Streaming services such as Netflix are fast taking over from physical media, but you probably have a large collection of DVD movies sat on the shelf which don't get watched as much as you'd like.
But aside from the inconvenience of the format, you probably want to safeguard the video on those discs against damage so they can be preserved for the future, especially the rare and hard-to-find ones.
Making a digital copy of your DVDs on your PC or laptop is simple if you have the right software. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum allows you to quickly and easily make backups of your movies, even if the discs are scratched.
Once ripped, you can easily make extra backups to ensure that those videos are safe from deletion, corruption, fire, flood and theft. Plus, you gain the benefit of being able to transfer those films, TV shows and even home movies to your phone, tablet or even stream them to your TV and create your own private Netflix of sorts.
That's easily done by installing software such as Plex on both your PC and your TV or an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Apple TV.
Why WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?
Sure, it's a fair question. Why pay for software when you could download free DVD ripper such as Handbrake? Put simply, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a powerful yet very easy to use app which doesn't require any technical knowledge about codecs, bitrates and aspect ratios.
Handbrake is also powerful software, but to get the best from it you'll need to understand some of those details. You might also find that Handbrake won’t rip a whole DVD, but will stop part way through and jump straight to 'Completed'. That's something that won’t happen with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.
Plus, WinX works will all DVDs, including copy-protected discs and special discs which Handbrake doesn't support. For example, it can handle workout DVDs, 99-title discs, music DVDs and special Japanese DVDs.
The bottom line is that WinX will rip all your DVDs, not just some of them, and includes everything you need in one package so you won't have to download plugins and other software.
Speed is another factor. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can use the full power of your PC or laptop's hardware to speed up the ripping process. It supports Intel QSV and Nvidia NVENC/CUDA, technology which is found in many machines and which can shave minutes off the time it takes to rip a disc. That quickly adds up if you're processing your whole library.
Also, while Handbrake can’t back up a disc as an ISO image, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can do just that with zero quality loss. The reason you might want ISO or DVD folder is if you want not just the movie but the menus and extras from the DVD too. Then, you can 'mount' the ISO in a video player such as VLC and access it all without needing a DVD player.
And even when you're just ripping to a compressed format such as MP4, WinX processes each frame and can deinterlace, keeping 98% of the original quality. Compare that to 70% that you get with Handbrake.
Talking of compression, WinX DVD Ripper can maintain virtually original quality but still reduce the final file to a fraction of the size it is on the DVD. A typical 2.5 hour movie can be ripped at 355 frames per second with Intel QSV hardware or 385 frames per second with Nvidia NVENC, saving a 1.24GB file in well under 10 minutes. Handbrake will take around 18 minutes for the same disc, and produce a larger file. (Tests were conducted on a Windows 10 PC with an Intel Core i7 8700K CPU with different types of DVDs.)
If it can, the app will just use your graphics card, leaving your CPU free to run other apps while you wait for the rip to complete.
Yet another feature is a choice of video format. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum may rip a disc in as few as three clicks, but if you have a device that won't play the common MP4 format, you can easily pick a different one that it does support, such as AVI. It also comes with many presets that will optimise the video for a specific phone, games console or other video player.
Similarly, there are more editing tools than you'll find in Handbrake, including the ability to trim the video, choose the resolution, aspect ratio and even crop it.
How to rip a DVD using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?
If you tried Handbrake and weren't happy with the results, give WinX DVD Ripper Platinum a whirl.
- Insert a DVD into your drive
- Click the Disc icon at the top left.
- Choose the 'Output profile' you want, such as MP4, iPhone, Android, ISO image.
- Click the Run icon and the video will be ripped to your hard drive.
That's it! It really couldn't be easier.
If you want to make a backup of your DVD, choose either Title Content Copy (just the main video) or Full Title Copy, which saves everything on the disc.
To download a free trial or buy a licensed copy of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, click here. Currently there's 55% off which means it costs $29.95 instead of $67.95.