Tips For Ripping A DVD

Just a note for reference…
I am using NVDA 2019.3 on a computer running Windows 10 with all current updates as of when this is posted.

If you have seen one of my recent tweets about ripping DVD’s, you’ll know I’m very thankful to Android Police for an article they wrote that has made this process possible for me.
I’ve tried verious tips & read articles over the years, but things just didn’t come out right.

Here is the article you need to read to get the software you need & information, as I’m just supplying some tips as a blind guy to assist with things.

How to rip your movie collection to watch anywhere

You should get all three of those programs & the beta key for MakeMKV.
After you have inserted a DVD and verified your computer can see there is media in the drive (you can check in File Explorer by pressing windows key plus e.) you will want to open MakeMKV.
Once it opens let things just sit for about 30 – 60 seconds, based on the speed of your computer. You might hear the DVD stop spinning when its okay to proceed to the next step, if you don’t want to wait.

Press the Tab key until you are on Open Disk and press the space bar. You’ll hear the DVD start to spin again as the program examines the DVD.

Depending on the speed of your computer this process could take about a minute or longer. You’ll know the program is done processing the DVD when the drive slows down & you might hear the identification of an Edit Box being spoken at this point.

MakeMKV is very smart at identifying what on the disk is video longer than two minutes & will automatically select it for you. I choose to just let it do the work and after its done you might find it extracted other video tracks such as Directors notes or other clips of a movie.
Its just easier to delete any extra things I don’t want to keep instead of trying to remove those from being extracted.

Your next step is to press alt + f to open the File menu. Arrow down to Save Selected and press enter.
A dialog box will pop up soon after. In NVDA you can press insert b to read the box.
The info in the box will tell you a folder for your extraction doesn’t exist & asks if you want the program to make one. You can just press enter and a folder will be created. Its default is to store these in the C:\Video folder.

Things will now get busy as its extracting the data from the DVD. This isn’t processor intensive, but it is time consuming. Depending on the amount of data this process can take 25 to 45 minutes.
I like to minimize the program and watch in the “Running Applications” part of the desktop to monitor progress.
When it gets to about 90% or so, alt tab back into MakeMKV. When the program is done it will pop up another dialog letting you know it was successful.

Navigate to your C:\Video folder and locate the newly extracted movie or program & press enter.
The main file you will need is almost always the first file, if there is more than one file there you might want to make sure things are in a list by pressing Control + Shift + 6.

Navigate to that top file, which also should be the largest, sometimes up to 5 GB or more.

While on that file hold down the shift key and press your context or applications key.
You can let go of the context key after pressing shift & the key but keep holding down shift until you hear your screen reader announce the “Context Menu” Arrow down to Save As Path and press enter.

You just copied the full path to the file that you need for Handbrake. You can close this & any other windows and return to your desktop.

This next part in the process of ripping your DVD is going to be very labor intensive on your computer, so its best to have any other programs such as your browser, email, or other type programs not running.

Open Handbrake and give it a few seconds to get settled.
Press control + o to open a file.
In the box press control v to paste in the path to the file we are working with but don’t press enter just yet.

When we copied that path in the previous step, Windows adds quote marks to the start & end of the path.
We need to delete those before pressing enter. So press the home key to go to the beginning. Arrow over to the quote mark and press delete.
Now press the end key to go to the end of the edit box. Arrow to the other quote mark and press delete.

What is left is the path name to the file and will be something like this: C:\Video\Grinch\filename.ext

You can now press enter so Handbrake can open the file.
Leave all of the settings to their default, unless the movie or show has a audio description track. For that, you’ll need to move to the audio part of the settings and may have to experiment a bit to select the correct audio track. It won’t be the one that is selected & it might be another audio choice in English that might only show as Stereo.

Press tab until you get to Start Encode and press space.
NVDA & other screen readers should give you progress updates while the work is being done to compress that large file into another format.
Other than listening to your computer & hearing the progress bars, you’ll know Handbrake is done by pressing the Tab key. If after everything has settled down and you find the Start Encode button again, you are all done at this point.

You can find the finished file in the Video folder of your User folder in Windows. Press windows key plus r and type c: & press enter.
Next go to the Users folder & press enter. Arrow to your username and press enter.

The Video folder & your file will be in there.

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