How to convert a DVD into a media file

So, you have a bunch of videos on a DVD and you want to upload them to the Internet, but it’s just not working. It’s because a DVD file is different from video files like .wmv, .avi, .mov and .mpeg4. I’ve often had people ask me how to convert a DVD to a media file that you can upload.

There are a couple of affordable solutions. The two programs that I use most often are Handbrake, and Mpegstreamclip. Both are free and easy to use.

In this tutorial, I show you how to use Mpegstreamclip. In addition to converting a DVD to a range of file formats, you can also compress videos for the Web, download YouTube videos, and covert files.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Amani, This is a great video. I use the PC…what about compression for that? I'm currently using Movavi for all conversions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Peggy. Mpeg4/H.264 is a good codec for compressing videos produced with a PC. That way your your vids will be viewable on mobile devices like the iPad.

  2. Chaunpinkston says:

    I tried to follow the tutorial to convert, and I downloaded the mpeg streamclip, but I keep being told that I need the Quick time MPEG -2? Is that so?

  3. You commented using; Mpeg4/H.264 is good compression because it allows you to play video on Ipad. My question: Is Mpeg4/H.264 the choice compression for viewers that don't support Flash media? Is it also optimal for portable device (i.e. phones) given the non-android platform?

    • Anonymous says:

      Greg. While there are a few different formats H.264 in general is a nearly universal codec. There are some exceptions but it works great across platforms.

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