How to Copy a DVD Video to a Flash Card

by Christina Shaffer

Whether you want to make a backup copy of a home movie or a special occasion, such as a wedding DVD, you can use third-party software to convert the disc to a video file. To complete the process, install a free DVD-ripping program such as WinX DVD Ripper, FormatFactory or Freemake Video Converter. Such programs enable you to rip the disk to a variety of popular video formats, including MPEG, WMV and AVI. After you rip the DVD, use Windows Explorer to transfer the file to a flash drive.

Using WinX DVD Ripper

Insert the DVD into the computer’s disk drive.

Click the “DVD Disc” button on the toolbar. Select the name of the disk in the popup window and then click “OK.”

Select your preferred output format, such as MP4, WMV or FLV, from the Video Format toolbar. To change the resolution of the video, click the “Video Resolution” drop-down menu and select your preferred dimensions. If you would like to keep the same resolution as the original DVD video, choose the “Original Size and Keep Aspect Ratio” option from the “Output Image Setting” drop-down menu.

Click the “Folder” button on the toolbar. Select a destination folder for the ripped video file, and then click “OK.”

Click the “Start” button. When the ripping process completes, the video file is saved to your chosen destination folder.

Using FormatFactory

Insert the DVD into the disk drive.

Click the “ROM Device/DVD/CD/ISO” tab in the navigation pane, and then click the “DVD to Video File” button. FormatFactory loads the disk automatically and the “DVD to Video File” window appears.

Click the Video Format drop-down menu and select your preferred output format, such as AVI, MP4 or MPG.

Click the “Output Setting” button to customize the video resolution or aspect ratio. If you would like to keep the default settings, skip this option.

Enter a name for the video files in the File Title field.

Click the “Convert” button. When the ripping process is complete, the video file saves to the desktop automatically.

Using Freemake Video Converter

Click the “DVD” button on the toolbar. Select the disk in the “Browse for Folder” dialog box and click “OK.”

Choose a video file type, such as MP4, AVI or MKV, from the Format menu.

Click the “Preset” drop-down menu in the Output Parameters dialog box and select a custom video resolution. To keep the same resolution as the DVD, choose the “Same as Source” option.

Click the “…” button to open the “Save As” dialog box. Enter a file name for the video and select a destination folder in the Windows Explorer navigation pane. Click the “Save” button to exit the window.

Click the “Convert” button. The video file saves to your chosen destination folder when the ripping process completes.

Transfer Video to Flash Drive

Insert the flash drive into an open USB port on the PC.

Click the “Open folder to view files” option in the AutoPlay window. A list of files and folders stored on the drive appears in the Windows Explorer window.

Open the folder that contains the video file you created with the DVD-ripping software. Select the video file and drag it to the Windows Explorer window. The video is copied to the flash drive automatically.


  • Ripping copyrighted DVDs is illegal. Third-party ripping programs should be used only for creating copies of home movies and material you own.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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