Record Video Clips from DVDs with VLC 1.0

The VLC application iconWe frequently get asked by faculty about getting clips from DVDs to use in their classes. For most of them, it just too much hassle. With the release of VLC 1.0 (available at, it is now as easy as clicking a button.

I could spend all day discussing the ethical and Fair Use issues that arise from this, but to save time, I will just cover the technical part.

First, if you haven’t already, download the new version of VLC. To enable recording, in the menu bar select View -> Advanced Controls. Click the record button to start saving the video, and when you have reached the end of the clip, click the record button again to stop. The video clip will be saved in MPEG format within your Documents folder.

For illustrated instructions, please visit the How-To Geek for the instructions of How To Copy a DVD with VLC 1.0.

This, sadly, does not work with the OS X version of VLC. 🙁

About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for OIT. Since 1996, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through managing the SMU STAR Program and now as part of OIT's Customer Service Team. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family.  
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