DVD Ripping: Digiarty Software, Inc. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

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Although we probably all still use our DVD players to some extent, there is a massive temptation to rip all of our DVDs to a digital format such as DivX so as to provide a fully digital media library, which in turn makes taking films and the like on holiday (especially useful for the kids) and also media streaming at home a much more convenient prospect (For details on the legalities of this click here).

Traditionally ripping DVDs (i.e. copying the file to a, generally smaller, video file on your hard drive) has been tricky requiring multiple softwares and codecs in order to complete the process (making backups of personally owned copyrighted commercial DVDs is still considered illegal, although apparently WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is more than capable of undertaking this task).

In our tests we used a personal home video DVD owned by one of our reviewers (for the obvious legal reasons). The interface for the software is very similar to that of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe produced by the same company. Ripping a DVD is simply a case of inserting a DVD into your hard drive, selecting a DVD folder or using a drive emulator to load a presaved DVD image, then selecting an output format and then clicking "Start".

The program offers a number of preset video outputs as well as offering the ability to customise for any given purpose.  Output formats available are 1:1 copy, AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, FLV, or MOV and their is the ability to just rip the audio is desired.  Presets are available for outputting video to iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, 3GP and Zune.

With the tests we conducted ripping of an hours video direct from the DVD to an AVI (720x404 resolution) took around 20 minutes, with faster times if the video was already located on the drive. The video quality was good given the resolution and on a par with comparable softwares.

Importantly the WinX DVD RIpper Platinum software allows for control over system resources when reencoding and ripping DVDs, with the ability to limit the number of CPUs utilised, as well as control over the way in which the software itself runs, with auto deinterlace, audio/video sync, and safe mode functions.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Software retails for ~£25 (at the time of writing) and is a very simple, yet adaptable, piece of software for DVD ripping which would really come into it's own if personal users were allowed to make personal copies of the copyrighted commercial DVDs.