In this instructable I am going to show you How to Rip, Organize and Burn DVDs with Menus! This is really easy to do and only takes about an hour or two. We will utilize a few free pieces of software and some scripts that make this really easy to do. After completing this instructable you will have a copy of a DVD of your choice that you can use in a DVD player with your remote.
A Note of Caution
I am not labile for your actions. Currently it is illegal to rip and/or burn a DVD in the United States. Please only copy DVDs you own for backups, and do not give them to your friends, family, classmates, coworkers, or anyone else. Also you shouldn't rip movies you don't own. Don't sign up for a NetFlixs account and rip movies that you get from them. If you do this instructable you will be hunted down by a wild pack of dogs and the RIAA will jack all of your money and then some. Continue only if you understand the risk.
UPDATE (7/31/2011) :If you are just trying to rip a DVD so you can put it on your iPhone/iPod/Touch/Computer and you don't care about menus you should use an application called handbrake. It is very simple to use and works really well. You can download it at handbrake.fr
Step 1: Software/Hardware
DVD Drive that reads and writes-the faster the better
DVD- Almost all of the DVDs I have tried work. You need the DVD for a maximum of an hour which is nice especially if you rent DVDs or are borrowing it from a friend.
Blank DVD- You need a normal 4.7 GB blank DVD.
About 4GB of free space on you hard drive.
DVD Jacket- Nice hard plastic covers
Cover Art- If you want cover art you can get it from Amazon or you could scan them in.
You can just download this zip file I made. It contains all of the necessary software. You need to unzip it though. You can download it from instructables directly or from this link.
DVD Rip- This is a script made by LifeHacker. Here is a download link.
DVD Play- DVD play is also made by LifeHacker. Here is a link to the download.
VLC Player- You need VLC player for the DVD library feature. This is a great media player. Plays pretty much everything. Here is a link to the download page.
DVD Shrink- Here is a link to a download page- Note: I Don't know if this page is safe or not so uploaded my original download as a mirror.
ImgBurn- This is the software that will burn the dvd. Here is a link to the download page.
Step 2: Install the Software
Step 3: Rip the DVD
Now insert a DVD into your reader drive. Click DVD rip and watch it do its magic. You first type in the Name of the DVD then select the drive its in. Then just leave it alone for a while until it tells you it has ripped the DVD. You will find a new folder in you specified location named what ever you typed in for the movie title. Inside that folder there are 2 other folders, VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS.
Step 4: Get Cover Art
Step 5: Play the DVDs on Your Computer
Note: I put all of my ripped DVDs and the DVD Play executable on an external hard drive that way I can bring the hard drive any where and plug into any computer and use the application. If you do this I would recommend making shortcuts to DVD play.
Step 6: Burn It
Step 7: Enjoy Your Movie
Thanks for reading,
Shouts to : GorillazMiko for first image, and GoodHart (you are old but cool!)
Here is video a test on my DVD player first of the burned disc and on my computer of the rip.