Rip DVD (film) to .FLV format

I am trying to rip a DVD and convert the film to .flv but I’m struggling to find out exactly how to do it.
To make things a bit quicker, I am ripping what part(s) I want to an .iso using k9copy (wizard) so it will be easier and quicker than swapping DVD’s when converting to .flv.

NOTE:I am doing this for personal use, NOT to fileshare.
Easier to have a huge catalogue on PC than swap DVD every time

Hi pooky

I can’t think of anything that will convert to .flv directly from a DVD, but you could first convert to mp4 using an application such as Handbrake then convert to .flv using ffmpeg as per this tutorial

Someone may have a better solution but that’s the best I can come up with

Good luck


WinFF can (I think) convert to FLV … anad I’m sure I read it can rip from DVD too … quite whether it can do both at the same time I don’t know but possibly worth looking into ?

It begs the question, why would you choose flv as a format to rip DVDs?
Would you not be better off with mp4? The latter supports menus just like in DVDs while FLV doesn’t.
See this comparison between the two formats.
Should you choose mp4, there would be few more choices in ripping software.

I’ve just looked at what I’ve got installed and I have Winff but can’t see an option to convert to .flv

I’m not fussed about menus or anything fancy, I just want to rip to .flv as I think it’s the smallest filesize I’ve seen and the video quality is acceptable.

I just want to rip to .flv as I think it's the smallest filesize

You do realise that the flv is just a container, the quality (and file size) is determined by the codec used to encode the video inside the container?
Given that both flv and mp4 is housing the video encoded with the same codec, I have read somewhere that flv is 1.22% bigger in file size due to container diferences.

Mark did explain back in 2011 that the file extension is just the ‘wrapper’.
It’s all a bit above my head, what with all the different ‘wrappers’ and it’s the audio/video codecs that ‘make’ the video.
I’m currently giving Handbrake a go but it doesn’t rip to mp4, only m4v and mkv.
Given that you say mp4 is a similar ‘wrapper’, what programs can I use to rip to mp4?

My head is spinning!!!

m4v is the same as mp4, it’s just a different name


Handbrake does two different containers:
Matroska → mkv
In both cases it uses h.264 (x264) as default codec to encode the video streams.

You can rename the resultant files (like Emegra pointed out) m4v to mp4.