My interest is in ripping my DVD collection of movies and TV series. We have a TV series that was on the BBC from 2000 through 2017 and beyond. There are a total of 116 episodes in 16 DVD sets. From 2000 thru 2005, 85 episodes were recorded in 4:3 aspect format; from 2006 thru 2017 we have 31 episodes that are recorded in 16:9 aspect format.

I was using a ripping software called 123COPYDVD Platinum.   In addition, we had to use a plugin software called BOOOYA to decrypt the DVD’s in addition to the 123COPYDVD Platinum software. The original DVD’s are in VOB format as are the ripped copies. Each DVD has on average about 5 episodes (30 minute view time each) yet to enable episode separation, it took from 4 to 5 hours to rip and decrypt. This particular software is not able to change the aspect from 4:3 to 16:9.

The issue for me is that we desired to rip and decrypt the DVD’s to our PC hard drive (Windows 7 64 bit) and copy them over to an external hard drive which plays directly on our Samsung Smart TV. We have been told by Samsung not to play the converted DVD’s in 4:3 aspect format at lines will burn into the LED screen and permanently obstruct other full-screen viewing.

I have not been able to find any way to change the aspect ratio to accommodate to the 123COPYDVD Platinum software, and would like to have all the features available in just one software program. I also tried WinX DVD Ripper Platinum but the resolution is messed and not what I am looking for.

I am impressed by Leawo DVD Ripper software that converts, decrypts, changes aspect ratios, and does at a much faster speed and it fulfills all my needs of ripping DVDs to the PC’s hard drive, and then copy over to the external hard drive to enable playback on our Samsung Smart TV with 16:9 aspect ratio.

It is actually need to rip 4:3 DVDs to 16:9 MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV and 16:9 to 4:3 as well. And you are also free to trim, crop, watermark your DVD videos. Just follow the below buttons to have a free trial of the 4:3 to 16:9 DVD ripper.

How to Rip DVDs and Change Aspect Ratio from 4:3 to 16:9

This is my way of using Leawo DVD Ripper to change the aspect ratio of DVDs from 4:3 to 16:9 so it is more compatible with my Samsung Electronics UN55MU6300 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model), which is one of the top smart TVs on Amazon in United States. Actually, TVs accepts different aspect ratios. You can follow the below guide to change aspect ratios of DVDs to better suits your TV, new Apple TV included.

Please follow the above download button to download, install and launch Leawo DVD Ripper before you rip 4:3 DVDs to 16:9 MP4. Put a DVD into the DVD drive. Here we will take one of the BBC DVD 3618 as an example.

Step 1. Once you launch the program, choose DVD Ripper in the main interface.Click the “Add Blu-ray/DVD” option to add the DVD. Other DVD medias like ISO or VIDEO_TS folder on HDD are also available to add. Click the its drop-down to add a DVD folder or ISO option to add a DVD ISO file.

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Step 2. It takes only a few seconds for the program to analyze the DVD. Right after the DVD is analyzed, you will be presented a window to select Main, Full Movie or custom mode before ripping. Choose one your prefer, but I’d always recommend Main Movie for movie DVDs and Full Movie for TV shows.

Step 3. Custom the output for Samsung TV. MP4 comes as the default output profile. We need to click on “MP4 Video” and Change, go Device-Apple and find the profile for Apple TV. Or you can just search it for quick access to the profile. I find the profile for Apple TV works on my Samsung smart TV as well, so I go for that profile. For other TV, you will go check the specifications to see the video formats, codec and resolution it supports. But I assume the profile for Apple TV will work for most TVs.

Step 4. Set the resolution and aspect ratio. As we can see the default resolution for Apple TV is 1920×1080, which is great for Blu-ray ripping, but too much for a DVD. Simply expanding a DVD’s resolution won’t give you better video quality. So I suggest to click on Apple TV-Change to custom the profile. There we can change the resolution to original or custom a resolution and set the aspect radio to 16:9 for wide screen Samsung smart TV.  

Tips:

  • You are also able to change resolutions, codec for videos and audio codec, channels as well. Please note when adjusting the resolution, it is the small letter x between width and length.
  • Apple TV won’t accept videos with resolution over 640*480 if the video codec is MPEG4.
  • You are also able to set resolutions and aspect radio in Edit-Crop.

Step 5. There are no other settings needed. So we just go for RUN and let the program ripping for you. The ripping speed is slower using H264 than MPEG4. But I think the video quality deserves it.

The only pity, while watching on TV, is the title individual episodes as it won’t show up similarly to the way they show on the original DVD’s. The original DVDs open with each episode titled in a table of contents and you select which episode you desire and play that episode, or you can select to play all the episode on that DVD. But I am still able to do so on the computer with individual episodes or menus if I copy the DVD to ISO or burn DVD to DVD with Leawo DVD Copy.

How to Rip DVDs and Change Aspect Ratio between 4:3 and 16:9 for Apple TV and other smart TVs
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