Back up your DVDs (including commercial movies) and convert them to various mobile formats with this utility. Whether it’s worth the extra cost to have both functions in one easy-to-use program is up to you.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum ($46, free feature-limited demo) does a very good job backing up and transcoding your DVD collection, including your copy-protected discs.
Be aware, however, that according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) this is both legal and illegal. Copying is fine for the purposes of backup, while breaking the copy protection is not. Yes, a conundrum.
It’s unlikely that the Feds will bust down your door to haul you in for backing up your disc or converting it for viewing on your phone or tablet. Now if you tried selling a thousand copies, that’s another matter.
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum worked flawlessly in my tests. I don’t have all the latest DVD movies discs, but it worked with everything I tried. The company, Digiarty, makes a point of calling out their commitment to breaking the latest copy protection schemes, if and when they arrive.
In addition to copying DVDs, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum will automatically convert them to video files: AVI, MP4, MPEG-2, WMV, FLV, MOV, or just a soundtrack. If you prefer, you can select a template for the iPod, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, HTC devices, Samsung devices, PSP, and 3GP. You may also tweak the audio and video quality for smaller or larger files. I tried several different formats and all played perfectly.
The only negative about WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the price. There are free DVD rippers out there such as DVD Shrink, as well as freebies like Freemake Video Converter to turn them into video files. But WinX DVD Ripper Platinum streamlines the ripping/converting process so it could be worth the outlay if you have a lot of discs to back up or convert.
Note: The “Shareware” button on the Product Information page will download the software to your system.
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Jon is a musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late
70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area.
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