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DVD Ripper Software Review

Here is a list of the current best DVD Ripper apps Windows. If you are looking for DVD Rippers for Mac, use this link to go to the mac ripper page. Current DVD Rippers can rip DVD discs to your Hard Drive for disc less movie playback, DVD Video conversion to other formats such as mp4, avi, mpeg for playback on iPod's, iPhones, PSP, Zune, and other portable players.

Updated for 2012 - Latest DVD Ripping Technology

After reviewing the latest round of DVD Rippers this year we like Wondershares offering for a number of reasons. First off is the overall feature set included in this years version. Compared to previous editions this year adds a few impressive tools to help with overall DVD ripping. A few additions are:

  • Rip and Convert in one step
  • Video cropping - Have black bars in the video? Well crop them off using the built in video editor with only a few mouse clicks
  • Convert to portable formats - support video on your iPod, iPad, Cell Phones, Xoom, Tablets, etc...

Reasons Shareware DVD Rippers are Better Than Free DVD Rippers

There are many advantages that paid DVD rippers have over their freeware counterparts. The main reason you should stick to a paid solution is simple: Updates! DVD copy protections codes are constantly being updated and modified. Nearly every week there is a new copy protection scheme being introduced, so a software such as this must stay on top of these and apply the latest updates. The reason these are paid options is mainly to stay on top of the constant updating. In addition to staying current, paid software also has an inclusive video converting system integrated in the software where with freeware you need to switch back and forth between apps which could get messy and frustrating. The final reason is support when you need it, either by email or a chat box, it just depends on what the company offers. With all that being said these are the best recommendations we can make to you after testing dozens of different DVD rippers.

Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum for Windows

One of the better DVD Rippers for Windows users today is Wondershare's DVD Ripper Platinum. Not only can you extract copy protected dvd content from 'Hollywood' DVD but you can rip certain segments of TV episode DVD's and parts of your own DVD's that you have already made. This makes it the perfect video mix and match software tool to use. Create your own 'mix' DVD of your favorite parts of movies or make a mashup of all of the best scenes from a TV series.

In addition to the additional ripping features this software will also convert said video into other portable video formats to support your gadgets. Have an iPad? Need video on it? Well, convert your DVD movies into MP4 so the iPad will recognize it. This is great to use on long car rides.

Hardware accelerators found in this software: Take advantage of CUDA technology which lets you fully utilize a multi core processor if you are using one. This results in faster ripping and video converting times, up to 6x faster.

OS: Windows All

License: $39

Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate

Another powerhouse when it comes to DVD ripping and converting. The main difference this Xilisoft rippers has over the Wondershare edition above is that you can also crop video segments, video size, edit video effects, add or remove the subtitle, and add watermarks to the video, thus creating the DVD video that you want. Full control of the output. After the video is optimized feel free to burn it to a DVD and watch away on any DVD player you have that supports reading from blank DVD media.

OS: Windows All

License: $55.95

Free DVD Rippers include tools such as DVD Shrink and DVDFab HD Decrypter. The current issue with DVD Shrink is that it is no longer updated. The last update was in 2009. It should still work on a majority of DVD movies, mainly ones produced around and before that time and could work on some titles today. So if you have an older collection of movies then using DVD Shrink might be a good option for you if you only want to extract the video from the disc. You would still need to use an editing software to cut/trim/edit the video and then use a burning software to burn to a blank disc.

DVDFab HD Decrypter on the other hand is updated more often because it is supported by FengTao software which makes many different media backup solutions including DVD Copying and Blu Ray Copying. Their free ripper is just enough of a software to give you some good ripping options but not enough for you to be the master of your own video domain. Check our their site to see what you think.

In Conclusion, when choosing a DVD ripper just know what your options are before deciding on a free or paid solution. As with anything else in life you get more features and less headaches when going with a paid software. We will be adding a more detailed review on free DVD rippers in the near future. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed to get the latest updates.

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