Handbrake (Extracting DVD clips)

Handbrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files. You can convert videos from any format using multiple different platforms.

In order to use Handbrake you will need to have downloaded the application to your computer.

Downloading Handbrake

  • Open Handbrake
  • Click on the ‘Other Platforms’ link under the Download tab
  • Select the platform your computer uses to download the application

Is ripping from Handbrake legal?

Yes! However, you can freely copy DVDs and CDs to your devices as long as you own the discs and use the files for your own use. Uploading the files to Youtube or Torrent sites is definitely illegal.

Selecting a Clip from your DVD

Handbrake only allows you to rip certain clips of the DVD if you know the Title and Chapters that it corresponds with. You can find the Title and Chapters by playing the clip on a DVD player. However, every DVD player displays this differently

  • On the Mac DVD Player, play the clip
  • Look under the Go menu items Title and Chapter to see what is selected

If you are not able to find the Title and Chapter, you can download the whole DVD and and edit out a clip using QuickTime Player or another software.

Ripping a DVD

  • Open Handbrake and select your DVD from the Source menu in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Handbrake will start scanning your DVD, which may take some time.
  • After Scanning, choose a Chapter to rip in the Title menu, which is under the Source button
  • Give your file a name and select where you want to locate it on your computer by clicking the Browse tab at the end of the File textbox.
  • Under the Presets sidebar on the right, choose a preset to adjust the video size and resolution, or optimize it for a particular device. ‘Normal’ or ‘High Profile’ are the options for computers, but you can also custom the file to fit iPads, tablets or phones.
  • Click the Start button on the top bar and wait for your DVD to finish ripping.
  • Your file will be saved by default in mp4 format with the name and in the location you entered.


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