How to Upload a DVD to YouTube on Mac and Windows Easily

Connie Wisley
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This post will outline how to upload a DVD to YouTube on Mac and Windows. In the past, DVD collectors loved to burn their own precious videos to DVD disc with iDVD or another DVD burning software. However, over time, some DVD discs can break down. To back up videos on DVD, they may need to rip home DVDs and share them on YouTube. If you have the same problem, you can use the YouTube rippers introduced below to rip and upload DVD to YouTube.


YouTube Upload Limits

YouTube is a popular platform making it easy to post your own videos online, but it has a number of restrictions and requirements. Before uploading DVD to YouTube, you should know the types of files, length, content, etc. that YouTube supports.

File format for YouTube uploading

Format Type of Format
MP4 Container
MPEG4 Container
MOV Container
AVI Video file
WMV Container
MPEGPS Container
FLV Container
3GPP (3GP) Container
WebM Video file
DNxHR Video Codec
ProRes Video Codec
CineForm Video Codec
HEVC (h265) Video Codec

Important tips:

  1. The best format for YouTube uploading is an MP4 file type that uses H.264 video codec, AAC-LC audio codec, 15-20 Mbps, and 16:9 aspect ratio.
  2. YouTube doesn't allow you to post the audio file. You can only create a simple video that contains the audio file you want to upload.

Maximum upload length and size

Generally, YouTube accepts videos up to 15 minutes long. If your DVD video is longer than 15 minutes, you can verify your Google account (become a partnership account) to increase the YouTube video length to 12 hours. Accordingly, the video size will be increased to 128GB as well.

Can I upload a commercial DVD to YouTube?

No, you can’t!

When you upload a copyrighted DVD to YouTube, you might encounter the following scenarios:

  • YouTube directly rejects your upload
  • Video gets deleted
  • YouTube account gets a strike against it or terminated
  • Being sued by a copyright holder

So, you can only upload a home DVD to YouTube.

How to Upload a DVD to YouTube on Mac?

To digitalize your DVD, you should install a YouTube ripper to convert DVD to YouTube. This part shows you the top 2 DVD rippers for Mac.

#1 Cisdem Video Converter

Cisdem Video Converter is regarded as the most effective DVD to YouTube ripper for Mac, enabling you to convert DVD to the most formats supported by YouTube. It's very easy to use. You merely need to drag your DVD disc to the software, choose YouTube format, and make a conversion. In addition to YouTube, it can also rip DVD to iTunes, iMovie, iPhone, Facebook, Instagram, and so forth. This YouTube ripper delivers more other features, such as editing, downloading, etc.

Free Download

Main features of Cisdem Video Converter:

  • Convert and rip DVD to over 150 formats

With a substantial collection of popular formats, Cisdem Video Converter can rip and convert DVD to YouTube or any other format you want, including all popular formats and some special formats like 4k/5k video formats.

  • Download video from the web source

It’s able to download online videos from 1000+ sources, including YouTube, Myspace, Crunchyroll, JW video, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, etc., and convert them to the file format of your choice.

  • Parameter Settings

You can adjust output format based on certain parameters, such as resolution, aspect ratio, encoder format, channels, etc. to make it usable for any platforms or devices.

  • Powerful built-in editor

With trimming, cropping, adding effects, adding watermarks, etc., the video can be a special video and more satisfying for your request. For example, you can crop video into several parts to match the length of the YouTube uploads.

  • 30X faster-ripping speed and highest quality

Output video with the highest speed and quality. Rip DVD within few minutes without loss, buffering, and breezing.

Steps to Upload DVD to YouTube:

Step 1. Download Cisdem Video Converter into your Mac and install it.

After you free download the Cisdem YouTube ripper, install and launch it. You will meet three interfaces: the conversion interface, ripping interface and the downloading interface. You should go to the second interface.

convert interface

Step 2. Insert the DVD disc into your Mac and add the movies into the software.

There are three ways to load DVD:

1) Directly Drag and drop your home DVD into the YouTube ripper.

load dvd

2) Click “File” > “Add DVD” to browser your DVD disc.

3) Click , select “DVD”, and add the movies.

Step 3. Click and Edit your DVD movie (Optional)

With editing feature, you can trim & crop your home DVD videos, add effects, watermarks, subtitles & audio, 3D effects.

edit videos

Step 4. Choose the output format.

The software has provided the optimized presets for YouTube. Thus, open the format panel, and choose "Web Video" > “YouTube Video”.

choose youtube as output

Step 5. Rip a home DVD

Click conversion icon to rip a home DVD. If you want to take several videos into one, you can click on the left of the bottom.

Step 6. Upload DVD to YouTube

Once you have finished home DVD ripping, the next step is to upload the ripped DVD to YouTube. Open YouTube, log in to your YouTube account, and start uploading videos.

upload dvd to youtube cisdem

#2 Handbrake

HandBrake is a welcomed and open resource for DVD ripping. It is able to rip DVD that’s unprotected via DRM or AACS to MP4 and MKV (only two formats supported). Now let’s see the steps to rip DVD via the free YouTube ripper.

  1. Insert a DVD in your optical drive.
  2. Run Handbrake, and you'll be asked to locate a source. Select your DVD and click Open. Handbrake will scan all the titles your DVD holds.
  3. Choose the main title from the Title menu and click “Add to Queue”.
  4. Select the output format and tweak your settings
  5. Click the ‘Start’ button towards the bottom of the window to rip DVD.
  6. Upload a DVD to YouTube. upload dvd to youtube handbrake


  1. Free


  1. The output quality of HandBrake has some loss and buffering.
  2. Only rip small size DVD movies
  3. Can’t rip protected DVD disc

How to Upload a DVD to YouTube on Windows?

VLC is a well-known media player for multi-platforms, but few people realize that it can do more than just play files. It merges the function of FFmpeg and can rip DVD & convert video from one format to another format. Below are the instructions to upload DVD to YouTube on Windows computer.

  1. Insert a DVD disc into the DVD drive on Windows PC.
  2. Once your VLC program is installed, open it.
  3. Unfold the “Media” list, choose “Convert/Save”. upload dvd to youtube vlc 01
  4. Switch to the “Disc” tab, and select “DVD” as a disc type.
  5. Browse your DVD source and click on “Convert/Save”. upload dvd to youtube vlc 02
  6. Choose a profile, such as “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)”.
  7. Specify the output destination and click “Start”.
  8. Upload your ripped DVD to YouTube.


  1. Free
  2. The speed of ripping a DVD is OK
  3. Offer advanced settings for experienced users


  1. The output quality is not good. There are always some losses and breezing.


Above is all the content on how to upload a DVD to YouTube on Mac and Windows. There are two actions: rip DVD to the digital video formats supported by YouTube and manually upload DVD to YouTube. The software you must use is DVD ripper. For Mac users, I recommend Cisdem Video Converter, which supports more powerful functions (such as more outputs, edit DVD movies, merge DVD, etc.) than Handbrake. For PC users, VLC is an ideal helper.

Connie Wisley
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Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.

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