Well, it's been another year. Time to update the ol' Ripping DVD with VLC article again! This time, we're using VLC version 1.0.1 (Goldeneye) which you can download from here.
VLC Media Player is one of the most versatile media players ever. What it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in functionality. It can read and save all the major formats of video and audio, and much more than that, it can rip DVDs. This is a pretty simple process, if you know what you're doing. Plus, it saves you having to buy expensive DVD ripping software!
The first step is to open up VLC and open your disc (Media -> Open Disc or Ctrl+D.) From the dialog box that appears make sure DVD is selected and Disc Device points to your DVD drive. Click OK to see if that's what you want to rip. If it's not, change the title to "1" and then keep increasing the number until you find the one you want. It might take a little bit, some DVDs have the main video as late as title 15.
Once you've got the right video, open the Convert/Save dialog by going to Menu -> Convert/Save or hitting Ctrl+R. Select "Disc" from the tabs at the top and re-enter where the title you want to rip is. Hit convert/save. Browse to where you want the title saved, and make sure you end the file name in ".ogg". Under the settings box, select the "Video - Theora + Vorbis (OGG)" profile, and customize the settings if you are so inclined by hitting the settings button to the left. If you want lossless audio, select "Video - Theory + FLAC".
Start the rip by hitting the start button, and your DVD will start ripping. When it's done, you can watch the file with VLC, or if you want something fancier, make sure your movie file names adhere to this and your TV show names to this and go grab XBMC or Boxee. Unfortunately, the files ripped to OGG won't play on your iPod, but by using a different profile (Video - MPEG-4 + AAC (MP4)) they should work or you can convert them using this guide.
Disclaimer: Because of the DMCA, it's illegal for you to rip a DVD that has CSS (a form of DRM) on it. I'm no lawyer, but I think it should be fair use to do it. Don't hold me responsible if the MPAA comes knocking at your door. That said though, there's a lot of DVDs that don't have content protection, those should be perfectly legal to rip. Just don't go sharing them online!