How to Upload a DVD Movie to a Computer

By Bess Cozby

Updated September 22, 2017

From disc to file in 30 minutes
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You can build an impressive and accessible digital movie library by uploading your personal DVD movies to a home computer. With the right software, this process–called DVD ripping–is simple and legal. You can convert your favorite blockbusters, classics or personal videos into files that will transfer to an iPod, Zune or other entertainment device. Whether you’re traveling light or taking a break at the office, having access to your DVD collection on a personal computer can create a convenient entertainment solution at your fingertips.


Read the back of the DVD case to determine if it already contains a digital copy on the DVD. If it does, simply insert the disc into your computer and follow the instructions on the main menu of the DVD.

Open "Computer" from the "Start" menu to check the available space on your C drive. DVDs are typically large files, and you should compare the size of the DVD with the available space to be certain your computer can accommodate the file. Determine the exact size of the DVD by right-clicking on its icon in "Computer" and reading the size under the “Properties” tab.

Right click on the desktop, then click "New" and "Folder" to create a folder for your movie. Label it with the movie's title or something similar that is easily recognizable.

Uploading a DVD Movie

Choose a DVD ripper program from the Internet and install it on your computer. There are several available online, and most are free or can be obtained for a free trial. According to a 2010 poll at, the five most popular programs are Handbrake, DVD Shrink, DVDFab, DVD Decrypter and AnyDVD.

Insert the DVD into your computer. If it starts playing, press "Stop."

Select the DVD drive in the main window of the DVD ripper. It will locate the DVD.

Click on the folder where you wish to transfer the DVD.

Press “Start.” The DVD ripping process should take approximately 30 minutes.


There might be slight variations in Steps 3 to 5 of Section 2, depending on the DVD ripper. After opening the DVD ripper program, there will be easy-to-follow instructions on the program window.

According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, DVD ripping is legal as long as you only intend to use the file for personal viewings and will not share it, sell it or show it publicly for payment.