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WinX DVD Ripper Platinum review

Vitaliy Shychenko

A leading software analyst in security, PC optimization and utilities.


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Today DVD discs are less in use than 10-15 years ago, but still relevant. There are several reasons for this. For publishers, this is a simple way to keep track of the number of copies sold. For users, in the era of online streaming, a physical copy is a way to be independent and not rely on an Internet connection. As we’ve recently covered WinX video converter, it would be only natural to also do a WinX DVD Ripper review, as it is from the same vendor.

Disks, though, are prone to mechanical damage which could make it unreadable. Therefore, many users prefer to make a disk copy. For DVD disk content copying there is a type of software called “rippers”. It deactivates protection algorithms on a DVD disc (if any) and extracts files. One of those is WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, which we are reviewing today. Let’s start with key aspects.


Vendor Digiarty (visit site)
Newest version WinX DVD Ripper Platinum v.8.20.0 out 10.22.2019
Operating systems Windows / Mac
Installer file size 31.6 MB
Menu languages 6
Support formats 350+
Support Input Disk, Image, Local folder
Extra features Video converter, Video editor, Screenshot maker
License types Free / Subscription / Lifetime
Pricing $29.95 – 1 Year Subscription, 1 PC
$69.95 – 1 Year Subscription, 5 PCs
$47.95 – Lifetime License, 1 PC

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DVD / DRM wiki

With traditional video formats such as AVI, MOV, MP4, as a rule, it’s a single video file, sometimes containing multiple audio tracks or subtitles. But getting information onto DVD disks is different.

Open a disk with a movie and i the root folder you will see 2 directories: AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. First folder contains audio if it is a DVD-audio disc, and the second one stores video files if the disc is in DVD-video (or similar) format. Depending on disc type, one of the folders will always be empty, so don’t worry if AUDIO_TS folder is empty on a movie.

In the VIDEO_TS folder, a few files of specific format and a few small files sit. These will represent the actual movie, recorded on a disc via technology that makes it readable on DVD-players. Here are brief format descriptions:

  • IFO – Primary files, that contain information for navigation (scene selection, scrolling, etc.)
  • BUP – Backup copies of IFO files, typically the number is equal to IFO files.
  • VOB – Video files, that contain all video scenes (episodes, screensavers, extra materials)

You can manually copy the content of .VOB files from disks with a low degree of protection, but the most disks won’t let you do this. Copy protection methods are a part of Digital Rights Managements system, or DRM. There are several methods to protect disk content:

Protection method Action Result
Changeable encryption A key changing various parts of data Impossible to decrypt files
Pseudo headers Creates links to nonexistent files in menu structure Difficult to find the right files to extract
Pseudo files Creates files duplicates Difficult to find the right files to extract
Disk ID Adds a unique ID to a disk DVD-player recognizes illegal copy and refuses to play it
Watermarks Adds a watermark to files DVD-player recognizes illegal copy and refuses to play it

These are just the most common methods, in fact there are more DRM methods. For example, Microsoft’s technology based on Kinect, which tracks the number of viewers and stops playing if one exceeds the limit for home viewing. Such methods have one thing in common – trying to make it impossible to extract data from disk.


The interface of WinX DVD Ripper is straightforward. At the top there are buttons for key operations. The right side contains video player and special features. And the central part (which supports drag-and-drop) displays the content/files. Users can switch languages in settings, the program has 6 languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese.

Evidently, we can divide WinX into 2 main parts: ripper and converter. Ripper is represented by a small menu which appears when you select a source. There are several additional menus which appear after adding files: presets menu (conversion options) and options menu.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum review

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How to rip a disk with WinX?

The first step is to select the source of video. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum supports three types of video file sources: Disk (disc in PC drive), Image (disk image in ISO format only) and Folder (when disc content is saved to a local drive). When selecting Disk or Image sources, you also have to specify their file system. By default, automatic detection is enabled, but you can change it if needed.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum DVD sources

Moving on to the next step, we see a converter menu. On the left side there are categories and preset list (which, by the way, allows to use the app as a powerful video converter). Totally there are over 450 presets in 16 categories and subcategories. Let’s name a few of them.

Category Presets Popular formats
General profile 9 MP4, AVI, FLV
DVD backup 4 Full or partitioned DVD backup
Apple device 65 iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV
Android pad 85 Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Asus
Android mobile 137 Amazon, Google Mobile, Acer
Microsoft device 54 Xbox, Zune, Surface, WP8 Pad/Mobile
Sony devices 27 PSP, PS3, PS Vita, Xperia, PS4
Other devices 40 BlackBerry, Nokia, PDA, ZEN
YouTube video 3 MP4, FLV, MPEG4
Facebook video 4 MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV
Vimeo video 1 Vimeo
General web 1 WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4
PC general 9 AVI, MP4, Chromecast, MOV
Mac general 6 M4V, MOV, MP4
Music 3 MP3, AAC, AC3/DTS
TS video 4 TS, M2TS

The most useful presets in the light of our topic, are the ones from DVD Backup category, that allow to create a DVD movie copy. To use them, you need to know the number of possible audio tracks and subtitles in your film.

“Main Title Content Copy” preset creates an MPG file with 1 audio track and 1 subtitle track (or none). This helps to reduce the output file size if there’s no need for translations or subtitles. With “Full Title Copy” preset, 1 MPG file is created too, but it will contain all audio tracks and subtitles.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum subs & audio tracks

In fact, this would be a complete conversion of a DVD disc to MPG format. If you are going to watch a movie on a specific device, use the corresponding preset and click the Run button.

Tip 1: Sometimes WinX DVD Ripper cannot correctly recognize contents and shows a large number of video tracks. In such case, you can use built-in video player to find the right video track.

Tip 2: If a video is split over several files, select the parts and enable merging before ripping.

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Additional features

WinX DVD Ripper isn’t only a ripper / converter, it is sort of a small video lab. Not all of the features are visible in the main window, so we got to go through WinX menu, because it has the following hidden jams:

  • Hardware acceleration – use GPU to increase conversion speed.
  • High Quality Engine – exclusive technology for video quality enhancement.
  • Deinterlacing – eliminates the “linearity” effect which is typical for some codecs.
  • Safe Mode – use when conversion fails or ends up with errors. It slows down conversion a bit, but improves the chances of a proper DVD rip.
  • CPU Core Usage – see/edit how many processor cores can the app use.
  • Screenshots tool – when playing a video in the app, screenshot mode becomes active (note the camera icon).
  • Conversion settings menu – it can be summoned by clicking the gear icon next to file name. It allows to change the characteristics of video such as audio/video codec, bitrate, number of channels. More info in the FAQ section below.

WinX Ripper additional menu

Editing menu – with tools like volume adjustment, add subtitles from external file, video cropping.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum conversion settings menu

WinX DVD Ripper review: Testing

For tests, we used a simple DVD disc with a movie. Information on it was DRM protected, but the files were successfully copied and recognized by WinX player as corrupted. We tested 2 types of ripping: original DVD as a source, and then a disk image in ISO format. We got data for the image via “Full Title Content Copy” mode from this DVD. Thus, we were able to determine the possibility of ripping and the quality of a backup disk.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum result window

Test results:

Test Stage 1 (from DVD) Stage 2 (from ISO)
Main Title Content Copy 2m 19s 1m 39 s
Full Title Content Copy 2m 58s 1 m 50s
Conversion to TS 2h 12m 1h 58m
Conversion to MP4 2h 24m 1h 34m

The backup was created very quickly, and, as expected, a full disc backup a bit slower than partial backup. However, file conversion took a big chunk of time. At this stage, we found out that working with a DVD disc is much more slower than with an image.

Also, at the initial stage, the conversion FPS rate was about 150 but changing – 3 times lower values at times. Nevertheless, WinX DVD Ripper detected all the files, the backups were fully functional, and converted files did not contain any extra or corrupt data.

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For all WinX products, technical support is accessible via email. No phone or live chat support, although WinX is very active in social networks like FacebookTwitterYouTube. Contacts for various issues are: support (at) winxdvd (dot) com, sales (at) winxdvd (dot) com, and contact (at) winxdvd (dot) com – for general questions.

We decided to check how quickly (and whether qualitatively) the support team replies. We knew that WinX DVD Ripper Platinum was working great with DVD, Blu-ray and video formats, but not that good with audio CDs. So we asked WinX about this issue.

WinX DVD Ripper dialogue with support

We received the reply in 37 minutes, which is impressive. Besides, the message was informative and polite, not written in a hurry. So, we rate the support very high, yet it has one more issue – it’s not 24/7 (which is not a critical drawback).

Alternatives comparison

As WinX DVD Ripper alternatives, we have several suggestions. Format Factory – a free media converter which works with audio and video. Its advantage is the ability to create a disk backup in ISO or CSO format.

Pavtube BDMagic has lots of presets for outgoing files. It has a trial version too, though every converted file will have a watermark at the centre. DVDFab – in addition to ripping, it also converts files and create discs (DVDs, Blu-Rays, UHDs).

  Free/Trial Price Platforms Disk source Folder source Image source Converter
Format Factory Free $0 Windows + + ISO/CSO Audio, video, images, documents
Pavtube Trial (watermark) $49 / Lifetime Windows/Mac + + ISO/IFO Audio, video
DVDFab Trial (watermark) $369 / Lifetime Windows/Mac + + INI/ISO/NRG/IMG Audio, video


WinX DVD Ripper is available for Windows and Mac. For each platform, there are Free and Platinum versions. Free version comes with basic features, e.g. hardware acceleration, DVD cloning, video editing.

Feature Free Platinum
DVD disc, ISO image, DVD folder
Old/scratched/damaged DVDs
DVD to MP4
DVD to Digital/Device/Web iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, HTC, Samsung, PSP 210+ codecs and 350+ profiles
Clone DVD to ISO image
Level-3 hardware acceleration X8 faster
Edits (trim, crop, expand)

WinX has no price discrimination depending on the platform, it’s the same prices for Windows and Mac:

  • $29.95 – 1 year, 1 PC license
  • $69.95 – 1 year, up to 5 PCs
  • $47.95 – lifetime, 1 PC (including support and updates)

Governments, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and students can get a discount on any WinX product, including WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. To get it, one has to contact WinX via email: media (at) winxdvd (dot) com.

Purchases are made easy due to 13 payment gateways, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, AliPay. After the payment is received, user receives product activation key. 30 days refund policy, a money-back guarantee in other words, is a nice touch as well.

P.S. A special offer from WinX – “Cover-all media solution” – just for $59.95 you can buy a lifetime license for 1 PC for 4 programs: WinX DVD Ripper, WinX Video Converter, WinX MediaTrans, and WinX DVD Copy Pro.


WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a powerful program for CD, DVD, Blu-ray disk ripping. Easy to use and disabling protection does not require any actions from a user. The data source can be a physical disk, virtual image or local data copy.

A big part of the program is occupied by video converter. It helps to convert files from a disk to another format, as a part of ripping. There are over 450 presets available for a variety of devices, which makes conversion tasks much easier to accomplish.

On top of everything, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum also provides video editing tools. Of course, it cannot compete with professional software, but allows to add subtitles, adjust volume, perform video cropping, take screenshots from videos.


  • DVD content copying
  • Video converter
  • 450 presets


  • Built-in player bothersome
  • Support only via email

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Q: What is DVD ripper?
A: Software that can read and extract data from DRM protected disk.

Q: What is the best free DVD ripper?
A: The one able to overcome all types of disk protection - would probably be a proper answer. Free versions have limitations though, as a rule.

Q: What DVD ripper is free?
A: WinX DVD Ripper Free, MakeMKV, HandBrake.

Q: Is WinX DVD Ripper safe?
A: Yes, this is an absolutely safe program.

Q: Is WinX DVD Ripper free?
A: No, but there is a free version of WinX DVD Ripper with limited features.

Q: Will WinX DVD Ripper rip copy protected DVDs?
A: Yes, at least in our test it successfully managed to pass disk copy protection.

Q: How much is WinX Ripper Platinum?
A: It costs $29.95 for 1-year license and $47.95 as a one-time purchase.

Q: Is downloading WinX DVD safe?
A: It’s absolutely safe. We checked it with VirusTotal and used the app without any trouble.

Q: Is WinX DVD Ripper legal?
A: Yes, but you need to check copyright law in your country as well.

Q: What are audio/video track settings?
A: Codec - data encoding principle. Frame Rate - number of frames per 1 second. Aspect Ratio - monitor aspect ratio. Resolution - number of pixels on a screen. Bit Rate - number of bits per second. Sample Rate - sound sampling rate. Channel - number of channels for sound.

About author

Vitaliy Shychenko
Vitaliy Shychenko

A leading software analyst in security, PC optimization and utilities.

Vitaliy Shychenko is engaged in a fully-fledged software research, performance testing, market research, business R&D. He explores interfaces for convenience and practicality for end-customers. Vitaliy is actively developing modern testing methods for antiviruses, anti-malware, video editors & converter apps, uninstallers, based on scientific analysis and the “level playing field” principle.