What is a DVD Ripper?
A DVD ripper is by and large a DVD content extractor and backup software tool for preserving, playing and organizing better the media files, which are the backup copy of and output from original DVDs.
No one but WinX DVD Ripper can be qualified as the best free yet proprietary standalone DVD ripping software. Developed by Digiarty Software Inc., it is a desktop freeware excelling at converting any personally burned DVDs or copy-protected commercial DVDs to MP4/H.264, WMV, FLV, MPEG and the like digital files to hard disk/drive, USB, MicroSD card, etc, or ripping DVDs to fit iPhone, iPod, Android Samsung, HTC, PSP, etc. DVD-R, DVD+R or DVD+R DL (Double Layer) discs, of 4.7 or 8.5G are supported by the DVD ripper, no matter in NTSC or PAL.
We’ve singled out top 5 free DVD rippers via a side-by-side review: WinX DVD Ripper, HandBrake, MakeMKV, DVD Shrink, and Freemake Video Converter. Particularly, WinX DVD Ripper tops the best free DVD ripping software, for forthright interface easily accessible for all people, and rich features helping output awesome digital copy of DVD.
A. NO.1 Fast DVD Ripping Speed than Any Other Free DVD Rippers
WinX DVD Ripper quickly made a name for itself as the fastest free DVD ripping software, primarily for being easy to use and using unique Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow!. Plus the Hyper-threading technology, the time to rip DVD to MP4/MPEG/H.264, etc is only about one third (or less) the length of a movie.
If a free DVD ripper can’t bypass any copy protection or clings to outdated decoding techs, no matter how great it was, it can’t be fast now, or rather, it can’t even successfully rip most DVDs without third-party tools, let alone rip DVD fast, just like famous HandBrake. WinX DVD Ripper supports most DVD encryptions, which will be presented in details in the following parts.
While many factors contribute to the fast DVD ripping speed, being stable becomes the most important one once disc ripping is off the ground. Any error may leave you in a spot where you have to start the ripping all over again. No surprise, WinX DVD ripper does very well at this point.
Here come the statistics. We did a 50 min movie DVD ripping test with top free DVD rippers mentioned above on 64-bit Windows 7 PC with Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU and 8GB RAM. The DVD ripping frequency of WinX DVD Ripper is 106 fps, using less than 15 minutes, while HandBrake 94.2 fps, using 17.18 minutes.
B. Versatile Input and Output Supported
This top free DVD ripper for Windows (10) is designed to perfectly handle all your basic DVD rip needs, including ripping (copy-protected) DVD to MP4, WMV, iPhone and many more. Firstly, let’s take a look at its detailed supported input formats: DVD folder, DVD disc (DVD 5, DVD 9, DVD ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW). And then the supported output file formats: MP4, WMV, H.264, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MP3. More than that, if you have no idea about digital formats, just choose the platform or devices you want to rip DVD for playing on: iPhone, Apple TV, iPod, Android Samsung, HTC, PSP and many more.
Tips: Almost all copy-protected DVDs are supported well, with an exception of some strictly encrypted DVDs like Disney DVD with 99 titles. In this case, the upgraded version of free WinX DVD ripper is the way out.
C. Multiple Editing Options
Under the Output Setting area, you can click the dropdown button to specify another audio track, choose a subtitle track or disable the subtitle based on your own needs.
The video trim option lies beneath the preview window. If you want to cut off some clips, just move the bars or input the start time and end time.
Insert a DVD disc into DVD drive. MakeMKV will load disc info automatically. After disc reading process is completed, all the scanned titles will be listed. According to your needs, select main title, particular titles, or all listed titles for ripping. Specify the output folder and hit Make MKV button to get an excellent MKV copy with high definition from disc.
Besides, this free DVD ripper allows users to customize video audio parameters to get desired video/audio quality. You can tune video/audio bit rate, sample rate, format, video resolution, and volume. (Tip: If you are not good at this job, you’d better keep the default settings.)
D. Copy Protection Circumvention
Commercial DVDs are guarded with strict copy protections against reproduction of DVD contents. WinX DVD Ripper boasts its ability to bypass common DVD encryptions including CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and Sony ARccOS via built-in decrypter enabling users to rip copy-protected DVD to a digital file flawlessly.
We have tried to rip The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, one of popular newly released DVDs. This NTSC DVD for region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) contains feature film placed in main title (Title 1) and other titles with trailers, bonus and more. Import it to WinX DVD Ripper, check main title, select output format, for example MP4 and then start ripping. After that, we find this free DVD ripper can well handle encrypted DVD conversion and export a perfect playable MP4 file with full movie content.
However, WinX DVD Ripper should be upgraded to Platinum version if you need to rip Disney DVDs or some latest DVD movies encrypted with special protection schemes. Also, we suggest you to check “Safe Mode” to garner a 100% successful ripping process.
Steps to Rip DVD with WinX DVD Ripper
Before you start to rip DVD with WinX DVD Ripper, you need to insert DVD disc into the DVD drive of your computer. After that, download WinX DVD Ripper to your Windows PC and follow the steps below. Here we take ripping copy protected Frozen DVD for example:
Step 1 – Load DVD Disc to DVD Ripper
Click the DVD Disc icon to navigate to the Disc path, select and press OK to fast load DVD content into DVD ripper. Once fully uploaded, DVD details can be seen here, including (right) DVD title, video duration, aspect ratio, audio, subtitle etc.
Step 2 – Choose Output Format/Device
A dozen of output video formats and devices are provided here to rip your DVD movie into, e.g MP4, MPEG, FLV, MOV, Music, iPhone, Apple TV and PSP. Just specify one according to your actual needs to proceed.
Step 3 – Do Output Setting (Optional)
If the DVD movie owns multiple options of audio channels and subtitles, WinX DVD Ripper will list them in the Output Setting section and allow you to choose one. Moreover, the output folder and video/audio quality, sample rate, aspect ratio and video resolution are all available to reset as you prefer.
Step 4 – Start to Rip DVD
Press “Start” button to begin the DVD ripping process. Of course the DVD ripping time depends upon the size of DVD movie, as well as the specifications of your system.
Note: The DVD ripper developer only advocates ripping DVDs for personal use and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your country before doing so.