How Do I Copy a Movie to My Computer?

by Alan Donahue

Copying a DVD disc to a computer may sound complicated due to the special files the discs use, but the process is, in fact, quite easy. With CloneDVD, users can copy almost any movie disc to have a stored backup on the computer hard drive. The program is simple to use and requires a few strategies to copy the disc contents to the computer.


CloneDVD is a one-screen program that features everything in single program window that only takes up around half of the screen. To start, insert the movie disc into a computer's DVD drive. The program will scan the disc to read and analyze the contents. The DVD contents will pop-up onto the screen, with the title of the disc appearing in the top "Source" section.

Target Source

The "Target Source" section is where you enter all of the information for the copied disc. Click the down arrow on the "Target" bar to select a destination for the disc to be saved at. Fill out the title of the disc in the "Disc Label" section. Choose the writable disc size to select from a double-layered DVD (9 gigabytes) or a single layered DVD (4.7 gigabytes). Most blank DVD discs are 4.7 gigabytes.


Use the bottom section of the program to manually select content from the DVD. The content is split up into video, audio and subtitles. Click on the check marks next to discs to eliminate them from the copying process. Unneeded audio files save a lot of space on copied discs and increase the quality as well.

Quick Options

Instead of selecting everything manually, users can select from one of three "Quick Options" for quick disc copying. The "Entire Disc" options copies everything on the disc. "Main Movie" eliminates special features, audio and subtitles. "Split Disc" allows users to make smaller files for possible CD burning or to burn a dual-layered DVD onto two discs.


When the disc is copied, the video files can only be played back on open codec media players like the VLC media player. Users can also burn the DVD/video files using a burning software program like Nero. While the disc is copying, do not eject the disc or use the computer because the files may get damaged.


About the Author

Alan Donahue started writing professionally in 2003. He has been published in the Norwich Free Academy "Red & White," UNLV's "Rebel Yell" and on various websites. He is an expert on wrestling, movies and television. He placed second in the NFO Screenwriting Contest and received filmmaking awards from Manchester Community College and Norwich Free Academy. He currently attends Academy of Art University.