It's very fast and doesn't eat up all your memory. It has many output formats and you can even extract music from the movies.
It costs. Really. The only bad thing about it, is that it's not free. But then again it's actually worth the money.
I love movies. All sorts of movies. And when it comes to having them I have a slight space problem. No matter how much space I have on my disc drives, there's never enough. I'm sure most techies have this problem. So, in order to have all my favourite movies shrunk and backed up I had to come up with something. I thought a DVD ripper would be great. I could rip some of my movies and put them on my hard drive so I can always have them close at hand. It's always better to have them in a safe place like an external drive. I read somewhere that the best app to do the job would be WinX DVD Platinum from Digiarty. I had to know more about this one, so I spent some time reading about it on their website. They say it can rip even the latest type of copy protection technology. Well, that must be interesting because I just happen to have the new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DVD, which they say it can be ripped in a heartbeat. I said to myself, I gotta try this one so I got the program, installed it in no time and when I opened it I just starred at it for a few seconds. “My God, this thing has a lot of features!“. Starting with simple DVD copy and continuing with converting to all sorts of formats.
So, not wasting any more I load the DVD into my CD/DVD drive and then open the WinX DVD Ripper. Now would be a great time to figure out what is it that I want to do: do I want a simple copy of Transformers on my hard drive or do I want to save up some space? Of course I want more space so I'll have to select the format in which I want it converted. OK, so I press DVD Disc, exactly as the program advises me and my DVD is loaded, but wait … there's a message “The DVD is protected by the new encryption blah blah … and there's a link. I follow the white rabbit and my browser opens a page where I get all the information I need to backup my movie. Great, but how do I convert it? I go back to the program and there I have it: all the video formats, some of them I don't even know about. Cool! I select a simple avi conversion. There are a lot of other options as well, like “Use Advanced De-Interlace Accelerator” (which means that if your original DVD is interleaving video, this option can make your video much clearer), “Use Intelligent A/V Synchronizer” (this is way to good, if your DVD's audio is out of sync with the movie, this little thing will do the trick), then you have “Run in Safe Mode” (this one's also very smart, cause if you have any problems during conversion you can switch to this mode). While I decided to convert my DVD into avi, I still have to make a lot of other settings like audio and video. For the audio you can choose the audio quality which can be from 32 to 320 kb/s, the audio sample rate from 16000 to 96000, the volume which is set by default to +2 db, but you can increase it or decrease it and finally you can select the audio format which can be mp3 or ac3. For the video settings we have the video quality which can be set manually, video frame rate that includes all frame rates from 23.97 to 30, the format which can be DivX or XviD, video resolution which can be set manually depending on the output image setting selected. After I made all the desired settings, from which most are still default settings, I still had to select the directory in which to save my movie. I created a directory and selected it as the path for my movie and now comes something special: I could select whether I wanted subtitles or not, or select the language or on how many audio channels do I want it. As I made all these settings all that is left for me to do is to play my movie in a player and select which one is the correct title. After this I just select the correct title and I hit the Start button. Since I have a dual processor my waiting time is shortened, but I still have to stare at the walls for almost 2 and a half hours. Joking.
OK, 2 and a half hours up and my movie is ripped. I open the file and there it is, great image and less space occupied on my hard drive. I really think this was a good idea, not that now I'm gonna throw all my DVDs out, but it's always good to backup your stuff. I attached some screenshots that I made during the process and there's also one image of the final product. I think it looks really good. To be honest I didn't even set all those gizmos I was telling you about earlier, some of them were default settings and it still looks perfect for a DVD rip.
After testing WinX DVD Ripper I would recommend it to everyone out there who has tried all the free or commercial products that didn't work. And I can tell you for sure, before WinX DVD Ripper I have tried 2 different DVD ripper applications for this movie, but it was all scrambled image or it simply crashed. This application not even did a great job ripping the movie that is using such a sophisticated copy protection but it also did it quietly. I was able to even play something while I had my browser open, the application itself and several other background thingies. I'm not gonna rave about this program, but it really was fast and, as I was saying, quiet.
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