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Five DVD ripping tools

DVD ripping software allows you to extract a movie from a DVD and convert it to a format that you can watch on a mobile device.

Today's tablets, smartphones, and portable media players make it possible to take movies with you on the go. Most of these types of devices have access to a movie library through which consumers can purchase or rent movies. That's great if you want to watch the latest new release, but if you have some old classics on DVD you probably aren't keen on the idea of paying for the same movie twice. DVD ripping software can solve this problem by allowing you to extract a movie from DVD and convert it to a format that you can watch on a mobile device. This article lists five DVD ripping products.

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Before I Begin

Before I get started, I need to keep the lawyers happy by explaining that digital piracy is a crime and that none of these products should be used for illegal purposes.

DVD Decrypter

DVD Decrypter is a free product that has been around for quite some time. In spite of its age, it seems to work really well for ripping all but the latest movies. The software is designed to be paired with another free utility called RipIt4Me. RipIt4Me is a wizard that greatly simplifies the DVD ripping process. In fact, the wizard even provides a one click mode that makes ripping a DVD really simple.

In preparation for writing this article, I spent some time working with DVD Decrypter and RipIt4Me. The software seems to work best for ripping a DVD to a computer's hard drive (where it remains in DVD format). There are many other software applications that can be used to convert the now non-copy protected movie to another format.

Magic DVD Ripper

Magic DVD Ripper is a commercial DVD ripping utility that can extract a movie from a DVD and save it in a number of different formats. My favorite thing about Magic DVD Ripper is that the software offers a number of built in profiles for various mobile devices. For example, I use a Zune HD to watch movies on the go, and Magic DVD Ripper includes a Zune profile for converting DVD movies to a Zune compatible format.

Magic DVD Ripper sells for $34.97, and includes free upgrades for a year. The upgrades are an important selling point, because DVD manufacturers sometimes change their copy protection methods and the only way to make sure that you will be able to rip any DVD that you want to is to make sure that you are running up to date ripping software.

Easy DVD Rip

Easy DVD Rip is another utility for ripping DVDs and converting DVD contents to various other media formats. One of the nice things about this particular application is its flexibility. For example, the software allows you to remove or merge DVD chapters. You can even control if (or how) sub titles are used in the ripped content.

Easy DVD Rip is free to try and costs $34.95 to purchase.

Xilisoft DVD Ripper

Xilisoft DVD Ripper is designed to rip DVD content and convert it to popular formats such as MPEG or WMV video. Like some of the competing products, Xilisoft DVD ripper has options to convert DVD contents to formats that are compatible with devices such as iPods and other media players. Some of the more unique features include the ability to extract DVD audio and save it to an MP3 file and the ability to produce DVD screen captures.

Xilisoft DVD Ripper comes in three different editions. The Standard Edition costs $39.95 and should be adequate for most users. The Platinum edition ($49.95) and the Ultimate edition ($59.95) contain additional features which are primarily related to video editing (such as cropping a video or adding a water mark).

DVD Shrink

DVD Shrink is a handy (and free) utility for anyone who wants to create a backup copy of a DVD movie. Whereas most of the DVD rippers that have been discussed focus on extracting video from a DVD and converting it to a format that is playable on a mobile device, DVD Shrink seeks only to copy content from a DVD to a DVDR. In doing so, DVD Shrink is able to reduce the size of the content so that it will fit on a recordable DVD, hence the name DVD Shrink.

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Brien Posey is a seven-time Microsoft MVP. He has written thousands of articles and written or contributed to dozens of books on a variety of IT subjects.

45 comments
geraldvonberger2002
geraldvonberger2002

It's pretty incredible that there are so many DVD ripping software options available. I've been wanting to duplicate quite a few DVDs of ours for a long time now. We have a bunch of concert, play and sports DVDs of our kids and we'd like to have copies made for the whole family. Of course, a lot of this stuff is a little over my head, so it might be good to just hire a service to do it for me. http://www.aaduplication.com.au/our-services/dvd-duplication/

AltRockAddict
AltRockAddict

Hi!  I am a grandma who worked with computers... in 1979 and beyond.  But this is now WAY beyond me.  I don't understand the lingo or how to ask what I want to know, so please excuse me for saying anything politically incorrect.  

I want to copy a concert DVD to another DVD so I can take it with me when I travel and leave the original with my daughter for safe-keeping.  I bought an LG portable DVD writer, but have found the original DVD in encrypted.  What now?  (In non-binary English?)  Download software: OK  cost: up to $40 OK, Easy: YES PLEASE!  nothing is blu-ray.  Thank you in advance for pointing me in the right direction!  


Stephen Connell
Stephen Connell

I was asked this question but not sure how to answer it;

If  the creator of DVD Decrypter  was forced to shutdown by the powers that be because of Piracy fears why  are products like DVDFab allowed to be sold freely to consumers when they can cut through all the copyright protection  currently used?  I realize that people should be aware of piracy laws etc  but the product is out there and  a small percentage of people will us it the wrong way.yet DVD Decrypter was slaughtered when its the same product as DVDFab.

Richaldanny
Richaldanny

I have use Leawo DVD ripper(http://www.leawo.com/dvd-ripper/) and it is very helpful for me to copy my dvd movies to my tablet.Other dvd ripper like winxdvd, I have heard of it, but don't have the chance to try.

Promodisc
Promodisc

The new dvd chronicles is now available. Get the details from the post CD duplication

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

to get it you have to go to the Medibuntu website and download it there.

dingbat01
dingbat01

I would like any one of these to do rips to more than one format at a time... For example I rip for personal use only, to PS3 Ipad Android I would like to have a checkbox list where I can select all three at the same time and leave it running overnight, voila, all three formats happily for the family. Not having to get up at 01:00 03:00 and 05:00 to change and start a rip again would be fantastic.!! regards

iT_BANDiT
iT_BANDiT

DVDFab? An all-in-one suite for making 1:1 clone copies of DVDs, and ripping to virtually ANY format! I can't believe this is not on this list! http://www.dvdfab.com/

Gisabun
Gisabun

DVD Shrink does the job 99% of the time [it can also trash unneeded subtitles, audio tracks, extras, etc.] but there is the odd time where it doesn't work. I had this commercial DVD I wanted to back up and the way they created the DVD led me to believe it was some copyright protection as the VIDEO_TS totaled over 40GB for a dual layer DVD. In that case, I used DVDFab [the free edition].

stevehess1
stevehess1

No mention of Handbrake or anything pertaining to Blu-Ray disks? How about 3-D issues?

Haligonian
Haligonian

Another great tool (or suite of tools) is AutoGK. It hasn't been updated in a few years, still produces great results. It is slower than some but produces great looking avi (divx/xvid) output.

Kragom
Kragom

DVDFab is a product I found was very good at ripping the most stubborn DVD. Exists in free version too (Fab HD and similar...)

sdmagic
sdmagic

My DVD ripper of choice is: Handbrake ( http://handbrake.fr/ ) which I use in combination with DVD43 ( http://www.dvd43.com/ ). Both programs are free. DVD43 is a small (809K) Windows tray program that monitors the DVD drive. When a commercial DVD is inserted, DVD43 does the on-the-fly decrypting job. Handbrake is a video transcoder that can convert a DVD or a video file to a variety of formats. If the provided presets don't fit your needs, you can build your own using the multitude of options that are available in the program. Typically, I select the iPad preset and deselect the Large file size checkbox. With Handbrake setup this way, the resulting video is playable on our Google Nexus 7 or our Kindle Fire (original version) or our iPhones or on our TV using XBMC as our media player and entertainment hub. There are only a few DVDs that this setup hasn't been able to handle, but those are few and far between. Whenever we buy a DVD, we convert it to a file on our NAS and put the disk in a box in the closet.

count_zero_interuptus
count_zero_interuptus

This is more readable. Also AnyVideoConverter, free, is nice and many formats supported. Also DVD Cloner. for a fast rip/burn

dcolbert
dcolbert

Are why corporations LOVE mobile OS device platforms like iOS and Android, why they would also *love* to see the traditional PC become a dinosaur and a relic. Traditional PCs are a genie that is out of the bottle and can't be put back. Whereas almost all modern technologies and platforms have been designed with an eye to taking that control *back* from the technically adept consumer. (And restoring it to the corporations that control and distribute IP). That is, HDTV, HDMI, BluRay and 3D - as well as mobile OS platforms from both Apple and Google - have built in support for making it anywhere from far more difficult to nearly impossible to bypass built in DMCA protections. As we wonder what we give up going forward into the Post-PC era of computing, remember this. I think very few people really understand the significance of how we are losing control of our media and our devices.

SKDTech
SKDTech

Handbrake remains my go-to DVD ripping and video conversion software of choice and it is free. Unfortunately, they do not provide a decrypter so you need another program such as DVD43 (hasn't been updated since 2009) or Slysoft's AnyDVD to be able to rip encrypted DVDs. Another one I have been trying recently has been Freemake. It works well but Handbrake is easier for me to queue up a mass of dvdrips to be converted for my HTPC. When I have a multi-disc movie though Freemake allows me to join the video files and is the only free software solution that I was able to find to do this.

vaughndumas
vaughndumas

There are also a few programs out there (e.g. Badaboom) that rip using your GPU's power. It increases the speed of the rip quite significantly.

zefficace
zefficace

In case anyone is interested, I have a suggestion for Linux users. Nothing wrong with Windows or its tools, this is just a friendly suggestion. Anyway, K9copy does a really good job, and it's easy to use. With libdvdcss, it will rip any DVD and make a nice ISO / burn it for you. It is worth installing the few QT librairies, even if I use XFCE/GTK.

rey
rey

A review that doen't even mention SlySoft? You loose all credibity!

Loaded4th
Loaded4th

Slysoft has an excellent ripper that is freqently updated for a wide variety of DVD's and Blue Ray disks to a significant variety of formats inclunding an ISO image of the disc content. I mainly use the CloneDVDmobile app that is also available. I also use K9 (totally free) on my Kubuntu (Linux) desktop.

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