DVDs are quickly becoming outdated. Virtually no new PCs or laptops come with a DVD drive these days, meaning it’s impossible to watch movies from your collection. And if you’ve upgraded from a DVD player to a Blu-ray player, you’ve probably found that it won’t play some DVDs from your collection that are from a different region.

If you’re like us, you probably have at least a few movies that you ordered from another country because it was cheaper back then, or the release schedule meant you could get it months sooner by ordering it from the US or another country.

Quite obviously, it isn’t possible to watch a DVD on your phone or tablet, so how can you do it?

Video streaming services are great, but if you prefer to keep a local collection of your movies so you can watch them offline and never have to worry about buffering or internet connection problems, then DVDs still have their place.

And the way to overcome the problems and limitations of DVDs is, of course, to use a DVD ripper. This is an application which copies the movie from a physical disc and converts it to video file that you can play on just about any device, from a smart TV through to your phone, tablet, Apple TV, laptop and, yes, even a PC.

Wonderfox DVD Ripper Pro can rip a movie to your hard drive in as little as five minutes, making it quick and easy to turn your physical DVD library into a digital one that takes up no space at all and liberates those movies from the discs to all your devices so you can watch them whenever you want.

Some DVD rippers are very slow, but Wonderfox is one of the fastest around. You don’t need any special technical knowledge to use it: just insert your DVD, choose the type of file you want – typically MP4 – and then start the ripping process.

Everything is done automatically for you: the movie file is detected from all the files on the DVD, encryption is bypassed and region coding is removed.

This isn’t to say that you can’t fine-tune to process to your liking. For power users who know what they’re doing, DVD Ripper Pro offers all the options you could want, including excellent support for all video codecs, the ability to upscale a standard definition movie to HD and more.

Regular updates

DVD Ripper Pro is constantly updated so it can handle the latest DVDs and can convert the movie to the latest devices such as Samsung and Huawei phones, Amazon tablets, games consoles and of course iPhones and iPads.

These updates also help when you’re ripping TV shows, exercise DVDs and not movies: the software intelligently rips each episode, removing unwanted trailers and adverts.

Repair scratched DVDs

DVD discs can be scratched and damaged, but DVD Ripper Pro can still back them up to your hard drive by using clever error correction. This means that movies which won’t play in your DVD player can be repaired and restored.

ISO support

You might prefer to back up the entire contents of a DVD so you can convert it later on and choose things such as the audio language, subtitle language and more. Again, DVD Ripper Pro has you covered here as it offers an ISO backup which means every piece of data from your DVD is ripped and stored in a single .ISO file.

This is useful if you know you’ll want to keep the surround-sound audio, but also convert the movie for your phone or tablet which can only handle stereo sound.

Why should I pay when there are free DVD rippers?

There are a few free apps out there, such as Handbrake and MakeMKV. Sometimes they will do the job, but they’re more limited than a paid-for app such as DVD Ripper Pro.

Handbrake, for example, does a good job but isn’t as easy to use and won’t rip any copy-protected DVDs. MakeMKV does what it says and rips your DVD to an MKV file, but that might not be the format you want and it’s only as good as the last time it was updated. There are no guarantees it will continue to be maintained.

Wonderfox DVD Ripper Pro deal

Tech Advisor readers can get up to 58% off the price of a full license when purchasing DVD Ripper Pro. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro Lifetime (1 PC): Only $24.95 (Normally costs $39.95).

There are two other offers you can take advantage of:

DVD Ripper Pro + WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro Golden Pack: Only $29.95 (Normally costs $69.95).

WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro Family Pack (3 PCs): Only $59.95 (Normally costs $89.95).