Review of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
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.
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 (WinX Video Converter reviewed previously).
System requirements (minimum):
- Windows OS: Win 2000/Vista/XP/7/8/10
- MacOS: 10.6 or newer
- Processor: 1 GHz Intel / AMD processor
- RAM: 256 Mb
- Video card: 256 Mb
- Installer size: 31.6 Mb
- Hard disk space: 103 Mb
1 year / 1 PC
Let’s start with key aspects:
|Vendor||Digiarty (visit site)|
|Newest version (for Windows)||WinX DVD Ripper Platinum v. 8.9.2 out September 2019|
|Operating systems||Windows / Mac|
|Installer file size||31.6 MB|
|Support input||Disk, Image, Local folder|
|Extra features||Video converter, Video editor, Screenshot maker|
|Pricing||Free / License / Subscription|
|License||$29.95 - 1 Year Subscription, 1 PC
$69.95 - 1 Year Subscription, 5 PCs
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:
|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.
Tip: Note that in some countries, extracting the copyrighted content and making copies for personal or commercial use is against the law. Before using any DVD ripper, we advise to check the laws/rules.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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.
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.
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. Unfortunately, support for AMD-based GPUs is only in the works by the vendor.
- 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.
- Editing menu - with tools like volume adjustment, add subtitles from external file, video cropping.
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.
|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.
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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. 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.
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).
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||Source: Disk||Source: Folder||Source: Image||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.
|DVD disc, ISO image, DVD folder|
|DVD to AVI|
|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 sdame 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.