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You’ve spent a lot of money on your DVD library. However, these days there are so many more ways to watch movies, TV shows and other video programs that don’t involve putting a physical disc in a tray. For example, you can’t connect your smart phone to a DVD player and you can’t stick a plastic disc into your tablet. Furthermore, computer manufacturers like Apple are starting to eliminate optical drives altogether. So, you can rebuy all the media you paid for on DVD or you can rip it into a digital format and bring it with you into the future. This task is accomplished by DVD ripper software.
DVD ripper software takes the videos and other media found on your discs and converts them into a format that can be played without a DVD player. The best DVD rippers have a large library of output profiles that tailor files for playback on specific devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming systems and more. They also allow you to customize your rips by including basic video editors that let you trim footage, crop video and adjust picture values such as brightness, contrast and saturation.
We rated and ranked the best DVD rippers on the market. At the end of our analysis, Aimersoft DVD Ripper, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and Open DVD Ripper claimed the top spots on our side-by-side comparison chart. We’ve also authored informative articles about DVD ripper software for your perusal.
The best DVD rippers have a wide array of features and tools that allow you to rip, convert, edit and more. Below are the criteria by which we rated and ranked these applications.
The current crop of DVD rippers has made it extremely easy to convert a DVD for specific file types and devices. They do this by including the afore-mentioned library of output profiles. All you need to do is load your disc into the application, select the file format, device or service from the library, and start the rip. This category evaluates the breadth and versatility of the conversion choices offered by each application.
There’s more to DVD rippers than simply converting a DVD to an MP4 or an AVI. The best DVD rippers should perform conversions quickly, and the converted files should be high quality and a manageable size. The application’s interfaces should be intuitive and allow you to start a rip in three steps or less. Furthermore, the best rippers should be able to extract audio clips from discs, capture subtitles and more. This category assesses these features and tools and how well they work.
Even the most exhaustive library of preprogrammed output profiles can’t cover the infinite ways that you can customize a video. The best DVD ripping programs allow you to adjust technical aspects of videos, such as codecs, aspect ratios, bit-rates, frame rates and more, before you rip them. Most of the products we reviewed include a basic video editor that allows them to trim away unwanted footage, crop video, add watermarks and edit subtitles. This category shows you which applications have which tools.
Help & Support
No matter how easy an application is to use, occasionally some customers need support. Manufacturers that provide excellent customer service make the best DVD rippers. This service comes in the form of tutorials, FAQs and knowledgebase on their websites. If you can’t get an answer in those ways, manufacturers should offer email or LiveChat support.
At the end of the day, DVD rippers are applications that set your movies from discs and allow you to have digital copies of the content that you’ve paid for.