The Walt Disney Studios along with other film production companies including Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios are continuously upgrade their encryption technology to prevent their DVDs movies from being copied. New encrypted DVDs are most likely to have as many as 99 titles, most of which are fake with exactly the same length. You will probably get such DVDs to be out of sequence after ripping. This is possible because your DVD is tricking the DVD ripper and you will have to check the correct title for ripping.

I have a large collection of DVDs and want to rip them all to my iPhone or kid’s iPad for playback on the go or backup to HDD with menus to keep them from being scratched. You will see how important a correct title is for ripping DVDs if you have a large collection as I do when your ripped video is out of order.

Also, for DVDs like P90X3 from Beachbody (other Beachbody workouts, say, CIZE, INSANITY MAX:30, PiYo, 21 Day Fix etc, are likely to have two or more routines in each disc, but I am not sure. ) and others with two more episodes, all DVD rippers, as far as I know, only picks up one title for ripping. For other episodes, parts or routines you want to rip, you will have to check titles yourself.

Disney DVDs like Inside Out, Cars 3 etc are most likly to give you trouble. But, don’t worry, today, I’m gonna show you a common way to check correct DVD titles for ripping on both Windows and macOS.

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and far more powerful enough to handle all media files including MP4, M2TS, AVCHD as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

VLC Media Player is recommended here as the free tool to detect right titles before ripping because it is cross-platform and is available on both Windows and macOS including the very latest ones Windows 10, macOS High Sierra 10.13. And it is even available on Linux as well!

However, other DVD players like my default one MPC-HC, and the top downloads from CNET like, KMPlayer, INNA player, 5KPlayer are also very helpful. 

How to Check Correct DVD Title on Windows

Please follow the above download link for windows, install and launch VLC Media Player. Inert your DVD to your DVD drive.

Step 1. Play DVD

We will have to go Media, Open Disc and click  Play to play DVD.

dvd title open disc
open dvd disc

FYI, the drop-down menu in Disc device in VLC player offers quick access to different DVDs in other drives.

Step 2. Quick Access to DVD Menu and Main Content

VLC player goes directly to the DVD menu of Hunger Games Catching Fire. I have tested a few other DVDs like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Iron Man 3, kids movie RIO 2, the workout DVD P90X3, they go directly to the DVD menu. And this is another reason why VLC is recommended as it seems to default to go DVD menu without your clicking DVD Control and manually go DVD Title menu, making it the top choice to get right title and saves you a few clicks and some time. But just in case for other DVDs, you may have to go DVD Menu.

dvd menu

Then go PLAY MOVIE to play the main DVD movie:

play movie

Note:

Some DVDs will just show PLAY or FASTPLAY, something like that. There are DVDs that only show preview of each episode, you will then have to click the episode before you check the title number in the next step.

Step 3. Check DVD Title

In VLC player, we need to go Playback->Title to check the title that is being playing. Make sure the main movie instead of bonus or ads are playing.

main title

How to Check Correct DVD Title on macOS

Checking the right DVD title with VLC Media Player on macOS Sierra High Sierra is almost the same as we do on Windows. 

Step 1. Play DVD

Go File-Open Disc. Or the Open Media button on the main UI. 

open disc mac

Select the DVD in your DVD drive:

select dvd disc mac

Step 2. Quick Access to DVD Menu and Main Content

VLC player goes directly to the DVD menu of Hunger Games Catching Fire as well as some other DVDs like Inside Out, Cars 3. If NOT, go Playback-Title-DVD mean for a quick access. The reason we need to do a quick access to the DVD menu is we don’t have to wait for the bonus or ads and we can then go directly to the main movie so what we are going to rip would be all right. For Hunger Games Catching Fire, we just need to click on Play Movie and VLC will take you to the main DVD content. 

Step 3. Check DVD Title

 Go Playback-Title to see what is the current title being played.

Discover the Real DVD Title on Linux

For Linux users, VLC is also very helpful to discover the real DVD title for ripping. For more details please visit Hans’ guide here.

Tips

There are some tips for you guys:

  1. If you want to rip the main movie of a DVD, make sure you are playing the main content instead of ads, bonus or other usefulness stuffs before you check the title number.
  2. In step 2. some DVDs will just show PLAY or FASTPLAY, something like that. Also, there are DVDs that only show preview of each episode, you will then have to click the episode for playing before you check the title number in the next step.
  3. You may also see that the DVD title checked on Mac and Windows is different. I am not sure why but I just went ripping those two titles with a DVD Ripping Program, and both titles worked like a charm. Actually, I kept playing this DVD and the results were different but they all worked. I assume this DVD is specially encrypted with all those titles trying to trick DVD rippers, but there is no worry about this at all. VLC is always able to detect the right title for you.

Best DVD Ripper Recommended for PC/Mac Users

After the right title is confirmed, ripping seems to be a lot easier! However, title is only one kind of many DVD protections there! To be able to fully rip all kinds of DVD with different copy protections  including DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM, I’d like to recommend Leawo DVD Ripper.

Leawo’s DVD Ripper is part of its total media converter called Leawo Prof. Media. You can use only the DVD ripper part while other parts remain in trial. Leawo DVD Ripper is currently a 32 bit application but it is fully compatible with the latest OS from both Apple and Microsoft including macOS High Sierra and Windows 10 and I have positive reply from Leawo that they will upgrade it to 64 bit so as to run on next release of Apple new OS called macOS 10.14 Masaka. 

How to Check Correct DVD Title for Ripping Free on Windows 10 macOS Sierra, High Sierra
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