As far as I can see, music live concerts are organized chapter by chapter ( one song per chapter). That brings you in a position separating the entire concert into the single songs and I want to split DVDs specially music DVDs to separated MP4 files by chapters and have tried a couple of DVD rippers to rip DVD chapters into individual files but have trouble to achieve this small target.
I did a couple of Google searches with different keywords and Aimersoft DVD Ripper comes as featured snippets in some searches. But it has its own problems like I meet with other DVD rippers.
Aimersoft DVD Ripper is the first one I tried to rip chapters of music DVDs into single mp4 files. I follow their guide but it rips the whole DVD into a single MP4 files WITH chapters markers without splitting. And this is the most common issue I face and it happens to a couple of DVD rippers like Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, MakeMKV, Handbrake etc. And I don’t find any option in the program to rip Chapters only. But they are still good to go if you just want to rip DVDs WITH chapters but I want to warn you that there is no update for Aimersoft DVD Ripper since 2014.
Two DVD Chapter Splitter
During my tries to rip DVD chapters into individual files, I find the below two programs really good to go and would like to recommend them to you all.
Magic DVD Ripper seems to be a little bit outdated but it is really easy to use and does the job of ripping DVDs into individually chapters in AVI (Xvid, DivX), WMV, MP3, MPEG2, MP4 as well as iPhone iPad and smart phones and tablets. Also, the backup mode of Magic DVD Ripper is nice and serviceable for those whose want to split one DVD-9 disc to two DVD-5 discs or shrink to a DVD-5. Ripping DVDs into chapters with Magic DVD Ripper is extremely easy within just two or three mouse clicks. Actually the program itself is designed to rip DVDs as simple as possible. I will offer detailed guide later.
Magic DVD Ripper works on both Windows and macOS. As far as I can see it is fully compatible with Windows 10 and macOS Sierra and High Sierra. However, as for the mac version, the latest version is from early 2014, so I don’t quite recommend the mac version.
AnyMP4 DVD Ripper is another DVD chapter splitter that works for me rip chapters of DVDs into single mp4 or mp3 files, which is really helpful to rip separate songs from a music DVD. AnyMP4 works on both Windows and Mac and has been tested to be fully compatible with macOS High Sierra and plans to release a 64-bit version for the coming new macOS 10.14 Mojave.
Update: Good news! AnyMP4 has upgraded both Bluray ripper and DVD ripper to 64-bit and they are 100% compatible with macOS High Sierra and Mojave. You can learn how to rip Blu-ray and DVDs on Mojave in this post.
In AnyMP4, you are free to set chapters ripping as default. If not, there is just one more mouse click. You are able to use AnyMP4 DVD Ripper rip DVD chapters into individual files in various video formats like MP4, MKV, FLV, AVI etc and audio formats like MP3, M4A etc. Split the chapters to 3D MP4, MKV etc are also available. Really a bonus feature.
How to Split DVD to Separated MP4 File by Chapter
I will offer guides for both programs to split DVD to separated MP4 or MP3 files by chapters.
Magic DVD Ripper Guide
Upon the first try using Magic DVD Ripper, it merged all of the chapters into one when I converted the kid’s movie to MP4. But I found it extremely easy and much easier than other programs to rip chapters individually with Magic DVD Ripper from Magic DVD Software. If you are also wondering how to do episodes or chapters individually one at a time to keep the separate tracks or you are not sure how to use Magic DVD Ripper to separate files for each chapter, here we go.
Step 1. Getting Ready
Download Magic DVD Ripper for Windows, install and launch it. If you are a Mac user, here is the link for Mac version.
Insert your DVD to your DVD drive. Magic DVD Ripper is believed to support all kinds of DVDs with protections of CSS, Region, RCE, Sony ARccOS, and PuppetLock etc. I have ripped one called Brave and I am gonna show you how to rip the DVD Toy Story 3.
Step 2. Open DVD Ripper
Magic DVD Ripper is able to load DVDs in your drive automatically, so there is no steps for you to add a DVD like other DVD rippers while you will have to click xxx button to do so. However, if there are two or more DVD drives, the program seems to load the DVD with prior drive letter. You will then have to select manually.
Step 3. Select Split Mode
You will notice that DVD is read and analyzed very fast with the main title being selected. It is done the moment you open the program. Just go Split Mode and select By Chapter.
Step 4. Set the destination folder
If it is your first time using this program, you will have to click Browse and set a destination folder, or you can pass this step and go to step 5.
Step 4. Start Ripping DVDs to individual chapters
Hit the Start button to start ripping. Within only three mouse clicks and about half hour of time, you will see your DVDs will have been ripped to chapters.
Since I am just testing to show you how to separate DVDs into chapters, I did not change the last profile I use for output, which is iPad, well, it saves me one click. : ) But if you want, go the drop-down menu to select one or click the Edit button to modify or go Profile-Profile Editor to create your own.
AnyMP4 DVD Ripper Guide
In my previous post Rip Music/Concert/Drama DVDs to Music in MP4/MP3/AAC for CarPlay, I also recommend AnyMP4 as its “Only convert Chapters” mode impresses me and is the very function I need for ripping chapters of DVDs into single files, including MP4. And you can follow this quick guide below to see how easy you can handle this.
Step 1. Download and Install
Follow the above link to download and install your very tool to split DVDs by chapters.
Step 2. Load DVD
Click the Load Disc button or its drop-down menu to load a DVD disk, a folder or an ISO file. Choose DVD Navigator Mode as it recommends.
Step 3. Detect the Right Title
AnyDVD lists possible titles as well as the bonus features. I just don’t want those, I only want to rip the main movie to chapters. You are able to use the built-in preview to see if the first one or two is the right/main title or check the below free guide.
Step 4. Specify Output
AnyMP4 is able to split every DVD chapters to all video and audio formats it supports. So, just use the one you need. MP4? Good! MP3? No problem.
Step 5. Ripping[Important]
We are now almost ready for the whole job of ripping DVD chapters. Just hit Run and MAKE SURE to select “Only converter Chapters”.
If the above window does not appear, go for Preferences-DVD to see if you have disable it: