Got a DVD that you want to turn into a friendly format so that you can store it on your hard disk, make a backup to disc, or play on a mobile device? Then you’ll want HandBrake. HandBrake is a video transcoder that takes your movies and transfers them to a format that’s useful on your computers, media centers, and portable electronic devices.
Handbrake accepts practically any type of video as a source, including a DVD, and a DVD image, and grabs audio from sources as well, including MPEG audio tracks. You’ll then be able to output a digital file in a variety of formats, including MPEG-4, AVI, OGM for video, or AAC, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis for audio.
There are some very nice extras in here, such as being able to select individual DVD chapters, grabbing subtitles, and more. You get plenty of control over your recording, including selecting the bit rate, maximum file size for video, and bit rate and sample rate for audio.
HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.