A DVD ripper can be a handy tool if you want to clean up your physical discs but retain your favourite TV shows and movies on your HTPC. With this tool you can copy all audio and video content present in a DVD to a file encoded in the following formats-WMV, MPEG, MP4, AVI etc. The ripped file is thus saved in a media device like hard disk and can be further edited, backed up, shared or played back without the requirement to load a real DVD.
The list below comprises of 5 of the best dvd rippers which you can avail free of cost.
1. WinX DVD Ripper
WinX DVD Ripper has been designed by Digiarty Software and is the best free software to remove UOP, DVD CSS, RCE, UOP, Sony ARccOS and even region code. The software, however, cannot support DVDs which are encrypted by Disney X Project DRM. There are certain restrictions with this free DVD ripper, such as non-support to Multi-core CPU, inferior quality of image and output limitations. Yet, this is the excellent free tool for ripping your DVDs since it’s easy to use. With it, you can complete your ripping task soon. It has a free Mac version knwon as WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free with certain limitations.
Handbrake is a free software which provides a great quality of video that is transcoded. This program is of small size and is loaded with some excellent features that improves synchronization further. The quality of the video output is too good to be ignored. With this tool, you can convert video from any format to a wide option of modern supported codecs.
3. DVDFab HD Decrypter
DVDFab HD Decrypter is a free but powerful DVD ripper which can decrypt almost all DVD movies. It removes DVD protections and copies DVD content to the hard drive. In addition, it also removes portion of Blu-ray encryptions. Users can customize copies with the help of advanced settings and two copy modes. The best part is that it’s free for ever. Since video coding is not supported by DVDFab, you’ll require a third-party video converter.
4. DVD Shrink
DVD shrink is another freeware in this list meant for Windows users. It can copy your DVD and save as ISO image file or DVD folder. Copying commercial DVD titles that are copy-protected can be done easily since it has inherent decryption algorithms. The interface is sleek and the software has a special ability to squeeze dual-layer DVDs of 8GB to sizes of 4GB. The compress functionalities of DVD shrink are optimized with some extra features, such as re-authoring. Since it has a user-friendly interface, your experience of DVD ripping will be a pleasant one.
5. Format Factory
Format Factory is a freeware multimedia converter with excellent interface. It supports 60 languages and can convert picture, audio and video files. It’s customizable and flexible and allows you to change various output settings like adding subtitles, watermarks and many other options. However, it does not support DVD copy protection removal. Also, the ads on the interface are annoying.