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How to Rip DVD to FLV on Mac and Windows

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You may utilize DVD video disks to store your favorite movies after you create video disks of home movies. However, DVD disks are difficult to edit the footage from the device itself and share them on the Internet. If you want to play them on the go, or clean up those physical discs but keep the content of DVDs on your HDD, you must rip them firstly. Fortunately, you can rip DVD to FLV format - a format which is space-saving and suitable for uploading to the video-sharing websites like YouTube and Google Video - for backup and easily playing them on your media center.

To convert the movie clips from proprietary disc into a set of FLV files, here we will use DVD Ripper for Mac, a simple and user friendly DVD ripping application. It will read the copy protection from your DVD and convert the contents of the DVD to FLV video and other formats that you can use on your Mac, iPhone, Apple TV and iMovie. It also allows you to backup DVD movies to good quality other file types for enhanced entertainment experience. If you are running a Windows computer, just use DVD Ripper for Windows to convert DVD to FLV video format or to a format that's playable on your iPhone, PS3, TiVo, Apple TV, or whatever device you might be using.

Now, let's go to the tutorial about how to decrypt and convert DVD to FLV flash video files on Mac step by step. Download the program firstly, and double click the .dmg image to install it following the installation wizard instructions.

Step 1: Import DVD disc

With the program running and movie DVD inserted into the computer's ROM-drive, just click on the "Load DVD" button in the main menu across the top to load the DVD files into the window of program. Or just easily drag and drop DVD files into the program window.

Step 2: Choose Your Video and Audio Settings

Click on the format icon on the right side of the file (see No.2 area), and then it will switch to the following format choosing panel. Select FLV.

For an advanced user, you can click the GEAR icon on the upper right corner to specify output FLV parameters: video codec, audio codec, video size, bit rate, aspect ratio and frame rate. If you don't know what you're doing, you can leave these at default.

Alternatively, to simplify the process of choosing output settings, The Mac DVD to FLV converter provides a group of presets. Just simply select on one of its presets and ignore all the other settings.

Step 3: Conversion

You're now ready to rip. Click the "Convert" button in the bottom-right of the screen to start converting DVD file to FLV file. As the disc is being ripped to FLV file, you can monitor the progress where the app built in a progress bar with data showing. The encoding time will vary relying on length of the movie contents in DVD and your Mac performance, but it is generally pretty quick.

After the conversion finished, Now go to the Output folder you selected earlier and you'll find the FLV files.

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