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10 DVD ripper programs
Streaming services and online videos have taken over physical format, and ripping a DVD may seem a throwback. But what about old disks with family videos or film collections? Most laptops do not even have disk drives anymore. Transferring the contents from physical media into digital files with a modern codec is still possible via DVD ripper software. It converts files into standard formats such as MP4 or AVI. Here are 10 programs to consider.
OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. License: freeware.
DVDVideoMedia covers a great number of common video formats – MP4, H.264, AVI, MP3, WMV, WMA, FLV, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, etc. Also, it has presets for portable players such as iPad, iPhone 4, PSP, iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPhone, Apple TV, Xbox, and more. Along with conversion, there are extra tools – trim, merge, crop, brightness, contrast, saturation, resolution, bitrate, frame rate, encoder, audio channels.
Test. A 15-minute part of the video was ripped into AVI in about 10 minutes, which is pretty fast. Subtitles weren’t preserved, contrary to vendor product description.
Pros: Multiple output formats Video editing features Conversion speed
Cons: Issue with subtitles
OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/2003/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. License: freeware.
FreeStar is a very simple and quick DVD ripping software that helps to convert to VCD, SVCD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, DivX, and XviD formats. Available options to configure are video quality and size, video and audio codecs, frame rate sample. There are no editing tools, so one can only rip the whole DVD or chapters, with 1 audio track and 1 subtitle file (or disabling it).
Test. When processing begins, there is no time counter, only a visual progress bar. Yet the speed is decent – a 22-minute chapter was done in 10 min.
Pros: Good conversion speed Free app
Cons: Doesn’t work for all DVDs Basic features only
OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP. License: freeware.
This program with a long generic name is free and can convert DVD to MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, MKV, and 200 video formats. It also can extract audio files. Moreover, the app is able to overcome DRM protection, often present in Sony and Disney products. Unfortunately, extra options like trimming, merging, subtitles, are available in the Pro version only.
Test. A chapter of 23 minutes length was ripped in 11 minutes.
Pros: Over 200 export formats Video editing features Fast conversion
Cons: May not recognize some video files Free version limits
OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10. License: freeware.
Get DVD or BluRay video into MP4 or MKV formats. However, not for encrypted disks, sadly. To make it easier there are presets. Experienced users can customize encoding settings – bitrate, size, quality. There is a feature of applying video filters as decomb, detelecine, deinterlace, rotate, reflect. Capturing audio and subtitles is also possible.
Test. A 10-minute video fragment took about 15 minutes to convert, which is slower than most DVD ripping software. On the other hand, the output video contained multi-track audio and subtitles.
Pros: Functional interface Conversion settings (presets and manual) Supports multitrack audio
Cons: Slow conversion Only MP4 and MKV
OS: macOS 10.11 and later, Windows 7/8.1/10; Linux. License: freeware.
Similarly to VidCoder, HandBrake can only produce videos in MP4 and MKV. Along with presets there’s much more room to tweak configurations. Crop, change codecs, frame rate, effects, chapter markers, video filters, transfer subtitles and audio tracks.
Test. A fragment with a 10 minutes length was ripped in 10 minutes, audio and subtitles were preserved.
Pros: Many input formats A lots of conversion settings Multitrack audio
Cons: Only MP4 and MKV No support for encrypted DVD
OS: Windows 10/8/7.
License: $29.95 lifetime.
WonderFox can rip DVD, ISO image, or a DVD folder, and then allows to edit video content. Also, one can enhance the quality by adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, or apply special effects – mosaic, blur, sharpness, embossing, noise, old film, and so on. This DVD ripper for WIndows is capable of removing/bypassing DVD CSS, region code, multi-angle, and other kinds of DVD protection.
Test. A trial version limits the result at 15 minutes. At the same time, it converts it in 7 minutes with high-quality settings in AVI format. Audio tracks and subtitles are there too, yet can not be removed by choice.
Pros: Input and output formats Video editing features Rips encrypted DVDs
Cons: Trial limitations Only 1 audio and subtitle track kept
OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista//XP, macOS 10.13 and later.
License: $29.99 lifetime.
Despite the name, this program isn’t actually free, you can just use trial for a while. It has output presets for portable iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android devices. There is an option of extracting audio from a DVD video and converting it to a music file. In addition, a solid choice of editing tools – to trim, crop, merge, adjust contrast, add watermark, etc.
Test. Trial doesn’t limit files in time but adds a large watermark. Ripping of a 10 minute fragment took about 13 minutes, which is relatively slow.
Pros: Multiple output formats Various editing features
Cons: Does not recognize all DVDs Slow conversion
OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10; Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
License: $39.95 lifetime.
Both ripper and converter, that can transform DVD into more than 180 popular formats, and even 3D. In addition to common editing options (trim, crop, merge) users can tweak codecs, video size, bitrate, aspect ratio, etc. One audio track and one subtitle track can be retrieved. With Leawo one can convert copy-protected disks as well.
Test. In the trial version work is limited by 5 minutes. Such a fragment was processed in 5 minutes. Probably a full version is faster.
Pros: A set of editing tools Great choice of input/output formats
Cons: Only 5 minutes of video in the trial version Only 1 audio track and 1 subtitle track can be saved
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10; Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
License: $44.25 lifetime.
For tasks like DVD to MP4, DVD to AVI, DVD to MOV, etc. AnMP4 app for Windows and Mac will be worth trying. It supports over 160 video and audio formats, including the ones for modern portable iOS and Android devices (iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Xiaomi, etc.). Plus lots of video editing tools, watermark, 3D effect, filters, adding subtitles – for post-processing.
Test. A 5-minute video segment (trail limitation) was converted in 6 minutes. That is quite slow – think about 2 hour content.
Pros: Nice interface Video editing tools Lots of output formats
Cons: A rather slow conversion (trial version) Only 1 audio track saved in output video
10. Magic DVD Ripper
OS: Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/2003/2000/XP.
License: $34.97 lifetime.
This “magical” application can both rip DVDs and back it up on a hard drive with original quality. But that is not all still: it also can split DVD-9 into two DVD-5s or compress any DVD to fit on a standard 4.7 GB disc. On the other hand, there’s no ability to trim a certain part, thus it can only rip the whole DVD or chapters. Magic DVD Ripper will remove different kinds of protection, i.e. DVD CSS, Region Code, Multi-angle.
Test. The processing of a full-length video (1 hour 53 minutes) lasted 50 minutes – a fairly good speed in comparison to other DVD rippers. The trial version does not cut down features but works for 3 conversions only.
Pros: Removes regional and other types of protection Fully-functional trial Batch processing
Cons: No editing tools Only 1 audio and 1 subtitle track
DVD ripper software: Summary
* Prices are one-time purchase for a lifetime use.
|License||OS||DVD protection removal||ISO files support||Editing options||Output formats|
|HandBrake||Freeware||Windows, macOS, Linux||No||No||Yes||2|
|Free Any||$30||Windows, macOS||No||No||Yes||13|
|Leawo||$40||Windows, macOS X||Yes||Yes||Yes||180|
|AnyMP4||$44||Windows, macOS X||Yes||No||Yes||160|
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Q: What is the best way to rip a DVD?
A: There are many special software products, with different usability, settings, input, and output formats. Some of them are free, like Handbrake and VidCoder, a lot of them have trial versions.
Q: Can I copy a video from DVD to my computer?
A: There are two ways to copy a video from DVD: 1 - copy all files entirely; 2 - rip and select the outgoing format via any software mentioned above in the article.
Q: How to rip a video from ISO file?
A: Some programs can do this - DVDVideoMedia, WonderFox, WinX, Leawo, MakeMKV, Anymp4.
Q: What is the best free DVD ripper software?
A: MakeMKV, HandBrake, VidCoder, Blu-ray Master, FreeStar, DVDVideoMedia.
Q: How to merge video files from DVD?
A: Use applications that are capable of such a task: DVDVideoMedia, WonderFox, WinX, Free Any, Leawo.
Q: Does ripping a DVD remove files from the disc?
A: No, ripping a DVD means only copying files and/or editing it. Original files stay on DVD without change.
Q: How to rip a video from DVD with all audio tracks?
A: The best way to save all audio tracks from DVD in output video is ripping by VidCoder, HandBrake or MakeMKV with selecting MP4 or MKV output formats.
Q: How to rip a video from DVD with all subtitles tracks?
A: Use applications that are capable of such a task: VidCoder, HandBrake, MakeMKV.
Q: How to rip DVDs with region code for free?
A: Some software can do this: Blu-ray Master, MakeMKV, Magic.
Q: How to rip a DVD and enhance video quality?
A: Use applications that are capable of such a task: DVDVideoMedia, WonderFox, Free Any, Leawo, AnyMP4, Aimersoft.
Q: How long does it take to rip a DVD?
A: It depends on hardware setup, video duration, selected software, quality and output format. It will range from 20 minutes to hours, yet with most DVD ripping software the process lasts for 30-40 minutes on average with median quality settings.