How to Extract Video From a DVD

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

A DVD contains a series of video files stored in a way that is not similar to that of a hard drive. To extract the video from a DVD of a home movie you made, use the Widows operating system's built-in copy utility. The procedure is straightforward and does not require any expertise in how a DVD works or the need for any additional software. Extracting the video file from the DVD will not harm the DVD in any way.

Step 1

Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Place the DVD on the disc tray. Close the disc tray.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button at the bottom, left of the screen. Select "My Computer" or "Computer" from the pop-up menu.

Step 3

Click the "Folders" tab at the top of the window that appears. Click the icon of the DVD drive that is in the left column of the window.

Step 4

Double-click the "Video_TS" folder that is in the center column of the window.

Step 5

Click the "View" tab at the top of the window. Select "Details" from the drop-down menu.

Step 6

Select each of the video files from the center column with the mouse while holding down the "Cntrl" key; the video files all end with "VOB."

Step 7

Drag the video files out of the window and onto the desktop. Wait as a copy progress bar appears, fills in from right to left and then disappears.

Step 8

Right-click the icon of the DVD drive that is in the window's left column. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu. Close the window by clicking the red "X" in the upper, right corner.

Eject the disc tray. Remove the DVD and close the tray.