What's best free software to convert dvd to mp4

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Found 2nd Sep 2015
Looking to rip my personal dvds so I can watch them on my phone/tablet on my way to work...got dvd shrink which is good but don't convert files to mp4 or avi files...can anyone recommend a free one please.
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Handbrake is easy to use and free. Just tell it what you will be watching on and it does the rest.
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looked at YouTube video I think it only compress video....which what dvd shrink does.
Why mp4?

DVD's contain vob files - use vobmerge to merge into one vob file and rename filename.vob to filename mpg and they'll play

or if that's a little difficult

DVDVideosoft's Free DVD Video Converter
Edited by: "philphil61" 2nd Sep 2015
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philphil61

Why mp4?DVD's contain vob files - use vobmerge to merge into one vob file … Why mp4?DVD's contain vob files - use vobmerge to merge into one vob file and rename filename.vob to filename mpg and they'll play



.....not sure what you mean. I want to convert it so it's a smaller file and mp4 or avi so it's small enough to put on tablet.
I have a great program that's free, when I get back later I will find it on my desktop and put the link in here for you, I use it to convert all my video files for the kids to watch films and programs on their I pads,
Freemake video converter is the best free software I've found to do the job, I've actually found it better than other paid versions. Mediacoder is another one but is a bit complicated as it requires more user input/knowledge.
I found the best one for me Handbrake, once you have the profile setup (look up a few guides for the right settings for your rips) its a piece of cake
peter512

.....not sure what you mean. I want to convert it so it's a smaller file … .....not sure what you mean. I want to convert it so it's a smaller file and mp4 or avi so it's small enough to put on tablet.



And your tablet will play mpg?
And DVD Shrink shrinks files? I've never used it so cannot comment
And you missed the last part of my comment...
I'm outta here
+1 Handbrake... Easy to use, free, no need for additional software (other than a plugins if wanted / needed) and importantly, no watermarks / time limits.

A summary of a few, from 2012 but stiil quite relevant - lifehacker.com/380…ols
Gynx

Freemake video converter is the best free software I've found to do the … Freemake video converter is the best free software I've found to do the job, I've actually found it better than other paid versions. Mediacoder is another one but is a bit complicated as it requires more user input/knowledge.


Agree, I use Freemake video converter all the time
freemake.com/fre…er/
Edited by: "daffers" 2nd Sep 2015
peter512

looked at YouTube video I think it only compress video....which what dvd … looked at YouTube video I think it only compress video....which what dvd shrink does.


if you are going to ask for help its a good idea not to argue wrongly with a good suggestion!
right get this program, I have found it to be the best free one for converting various files for the kids, very easy to use too:
videohelp.com/sof…ter

hope this helps
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daint

+1 Handbrake... Easy to use, free, no need for additional software (other … +1 Handbrake... Easy to use, free, no need for additional software (other than a plugins if wanted / needed) and importantly, no watermarks / time limits.A summary of a few, from 2012 but stiil quite relevant - http://lifehacker.com/380702/five-best-dvd-ripping-tools



​Can u tell me what other plugin I would need for hadbrake....
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hi found this if anyone is still looking and yes handbrake does work.....thanks everone for your tips and suggestion.

lifehacker.co.uk/201…ter
why not just download the films? Takes a few minutes each film and no less legal than ripping your dvds.

independent.co.uk/lif…tml
peter512

.....not sure what you mean. I want to convert it so it's a smaller file … .....not sure what you mean. I want to convert it so it's a smaller file and mp4 or avi so it's small enough to put on tablet.



MP4 and AVI files aren't video formats. They're called container files and typically contain video, audio, subtitles etc. Philphil61 was suggestion you leave the video alone and just put it in a container your tablet understands as this is quick and has no impact on the video.

The actual DVD video is likely in MPEG2 format. It sounds like you want to get the file size smaller and your best bet to do that is to convert it to a newer, more space efficient format and if that's not enough dropping the quality level a bit will result in a smaller file size.

Right now the H.264 video format is ubiquitous - that's what the often mentioned Handbrake specialises in. If your tablet is particularly cutting edge hardware then HEVC or VP9 formats are the next generation and hardware support for playing them is just being rolled out.

So you want to convert to H.264 video in an MP4 container. It might take you a couple of attempts to find a good mix of quality and file size.

You can also convert the audio to a newer & better format, but it tends to be fairly small in filesize next to the video so it's often not worth doing.
Well, converting DVD to MP4 with smaller size for playback on your mobile devices is the wise choice. Whether the freeware can rip your DVD to MP4 successfully depends on the copy protection types build in your DVD disc. If it's general ones like css, free Handbrake + libdvdcss (from VideoLan) can handle it easily. If they two fails, just try WinX DVD Ripper, Freemaker Video Converter or so. Kindly to remind friends with the same demanding that no freeware can kill the complicated encryption techs involved in the new DVDs from Disney, Lionsgate etc. And only some paid rippers can help.
locus_lll

Well, converting DVD to MP4 with smaller size for playback on your mobile … Well, converting DVD to MP4 with smaller size for playback on your mobile devices is the wise choice. Whether the freeware can rip your DVD to MP4 successfully depends on the copy protection types build in your DVD disc. If it's general ones like css, free Handbrake + libdvdcss (from VideoLan) can handle it easily. If they two fails, just try WinX DVD Ripper, Freemaker Video Converter or so. Kindly to remind friends with the same demanding that no freeware can kill the complicated encryption techs involved in the new DVDs from Disney, Lionsgate etc. And only some paid rippers can help.


Bit late there mate, this post is 18 months old
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