[For Windows and Mac] How to Record DVD with VLC

The post will tell you how to record DVD with VLC on Windows and Mac, and we offered detailed tutorials and clear screenshots for you to follow easily. Also, due to the shortcoming of VLC, we provide the best VLC alternative which has greater recording ability to help you.

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Updated on Dec 01, 2023

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In this era of streaming media, people are used to watching online TV dramas or movies on major video websites. But there are still many DVD lovers who collect their precious discs. But in order to make it easier to watch your favorite videos anytime and anywhere on other devices, you can use free, open-source software such as VLC media player to rip DVD content.

vlc media player

However, due to the strong copyright protection of some DVDs and some potential problems of VLC itself, likely, your DVD will not be successfully ripped. Don't worry, you can use the recording function of VLC to solve this problem.

Here we'd like to show you how to record DVD with VLC on Windows and Mac. Also, if you'd like better recording quality, we also offer the best alternative for you.

How to Record DVD with VLC on Windows

Before we start, you need to go to the VLC official website, download the VLC version of Windows, and install it on your desktop.

download and install vlc

After the preparation, please refer to the following steps to record a DVD with VLC on Windows now.

Step 1. Insert the DVD you want to record into the DVD drive of your computer.

insert dvd to dvd drive

Step 2. Find the DVD media file located in the DVD Drive disk on the Windows File Explorer.

find the dvd media file

Step 3. Right-click the media file icon and choose the VLC as the "Open with" option. Or you can just launch the VLC media player and open the DVD media by hitting Media>Open File options.

open file in vlc

Step 4. Then choose View>Advanced Controls to add the recording buttons on the player window. You will see 4 small icons appear in the lower-left corner.

add the recording buttons

Step 5. Now click the red circle record button or press Shift+R on your keyboard and play the DVD you want to record.

record dvd now

Step 6. When the movie is finished, end this recording and navigate to the VLC default save location to find the recorded video.

find the recorded video

If you accidentally recorded additional content during the recording process, you can use the video editing function provided by VLC to deal with it. This post will show you how to trim video in VLC.

How to Record DVD with VLC on Mac

It is also very easy to use VLC to record DVDs on Mac, but the operation process of VLC for Mac is completely different from Windows.

However, through the detailed steps and corresponding screenshots we provide for you, you can easily get the results you want.

Before following the method below, please ensure you have installed the VLC on your Mac.

Step 1. Insert the DVD you want to record into the DVD drive. And open the VLC for Mac and hit VLC> Preference to open the Preference Settings.

open the preference settings

Step 2. Here you should navigate to the Input/Codec option and set the Record directory or filename you want.

set the record directory or filename

Step 3. Then open the DVD media by clicking File> Open File…

open the dvd media

Step 4. Now hit Playback> Record to start the recording and play the video.

record dvd now

Step 5. At the end of the movie, hit the record option again and you can check the DVD you recorded in the file location you set in step 2.

Pro Tip: The Best VLC Alternative to Record DVD

Although VLC is a powerful multimedia software that can help you easily record protected DVD movies, it also has obvious disadvantages - the output video quality is not high. If you record a 4K resolution DVD, the recorded video quality will be degraded. To solve this problem, we will recommend you find the best alternative to VLC.

It is not difficult to record videos of the same quality as DVD. With the help of EaseUS RecExperts, you can get the goal with great ease. 

EaseUS RecExperts is a professional and powerful screen recorder. Although it can't help you rip DVDs directly, its powerful screen capture function allows you to freely record complete movies or movie clips.

Its main features are as follows:

  • Allows users to capture a full screen, or record part of your screen
  • Can record the whole DVD video with no time limits and any watermark
  • Offers video trimming function
  • Supports recording DVD video with internal audio
  • Can record any DVD movie to any common formats
  • Record or plays 4K videos easily

Follow the simple tutorial we provided below and record your DVD now.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts on your computer. Before recording, you can choose from two recording modes. To record the whole screen, choose the "Full Screen" mode; to record a part of the screen, select "Region".

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. You can also choose to record the screen with your webcam, system sound, microphone. Just click to select them. You can also set auto split, auto recording with various functions on the interface.

Record with Webcam and Audio

Step 3. Then, click on the red "REC" button to start recording. To pause the recording, click on the white double vertical bar; to end the recording, click on the red square sign. They are located on the menu bar appearing on your screen.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, you will be led to the recording list. Here you can view, split, extract audio, take screenshots, delete, and manage your recordings, etc. To start a new recording with previous settings, click on the "REC" button on the top of the window.

Recording List Window


VLC is a very good helper if you want to record a treasured DVD and make it convenient for you to watch movies anytime and anywhere. Its powerful compatibility allows it to meet the needs of both Windows and Mac users. In this post, you can find the right method of how to record DVD with VLC

However, due to limited functions, VLC cannot record video of the same quality as DVD, so EaseUS RecExperts, which supports high-quality video recording, will be a better choice.


1. How do I rip DVD in VLC?

You can rip DVDs in VLC by following the steps below.

Step 1. Put the DVD you want to rip on the DVD drive and open VLC.

Step 2. Navigate to Media> Convert/save

Step 3. Click the Disc option and choose DVD as a selection. Then set the DVD drive location and codec/particulars.

Step 4. Choose the destination and filename by hitting the Browse button, then hit the Start option.

2. How do I record a DVD onto my computer?

You can record a DVD on your computer with the help of EaseUS RecExperts, the professional screen recorder for both Windows and Mac. All you need to do is putting your DVD into the DVD driver, play the video, and open EaseUS RecExperts to record it without any watermark and video quality loss.

EaseUS RecExperts

One-click to capture anything on screen!

No Time Limit, No watermark

Start Recording

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