WinX DVD Ripper

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A while ago we took a look at WinX DVD Author software, and recently they asked me to take a look at another of their programs called WinX DVD Ripper, and, as the name suggests, it’s a DVD ripping tool. There are plenty of ways to take your video with you, and this is just one of them, so I’ve got a brief review of the WinX DVD Ripper for you today, is this ripper worth your time? Read on to find out…


This is a download only from the WinX site, so no box shots or anything like that for you.

The idea of this software is of course transfer your DVDs to an electronic format to be played on other devices. I grabbed one of my all time favorite movies to test it out, The Hunger.

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Starting up the program you’re greeted with a fairly basic interface, across the bottom you’ve got the choices for converting your DVD to different formats like AVI, MPEG, MP$, WMV, FLV or even music.

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The software is fairly straight forward to use but there is a help section if you need it:

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Specifications:

WinX DVD Ripper

WinX DVD Ripper is a free software program that facilitates ripping the content of a DVD to computer hard disk drive and converting to popular video formats. It supports all types of DVDs including normal DVDs, CSS protected DVDs, commercial DVDs, Sony ArccOS DVDs, all region 1-6 DVDs and most of popular video formats such as FLV, AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, MPEG1/2 as output video formats.

Key Features:
1. Rip DVD to popular video formats as AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, MP4, MOV, etc.
2. Support DVD NTSC & PAL format and (S)VCD NTSC & PAL format.
3. Rip DVD audio into MP3 music file.
4. Support grabbing screenshot from DVD video.
5. Support ripping in single and batch mode.
6. All video/audio parameters adjustable for users optimizing video quality.
7. Supper fast ripping speed, up to 300%-500% real time.
8. Excellent video/audio quality.
9. Easy to use and 100% stable.
10. Multiple DVD source supported as normal DVD, CSS protected DVD, region 1-6, commercial DVD.

Supported DVD:
Normal DVD, CSS protected DVD, region 1-6, Sony ArccOS, Commercial DVD

Output video formats:
AVI, MPEG, FLV, MOV, MP4, WMV, MP3

Platforms:
Microsoft Windows 98, NT, 2000,2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7


To get started just put a DVD in your drive, I’m using my Liteon BD/DVD/RW Drive and then hit the ‘DVD Disc’ button to load it up and select it:

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After it’s loaded you’re greeted with the selection box to find what part of the DVD you want, normally you’ll select the largest or longest running file as this is the main movie.<

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There is one thing I don’t like about this program, it automatically selects subtitles for you, so if you aren’t paying attention you’ll have subtitles on your movie even if you don’t need them.<

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Before you start the ripping process you can also change the size, audio channel, audio format and quality.

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Hit the start button and you’re off ripping your favorite movie to your computer:

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WinX DVD Ripper apparently isn’t able to utilize multi-core systems, at least not my quad core CPU. Checking the Task Manager we see only about 30% usage on all four cores. Not being able to utilize the CPU fully will slow things down a bit as expected.

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The Hunger is 1:36:24 in length, and it took 1:11:23 to complete the ripping process, which is quite a while really. Longer than many others I’ve had the chance to review.<

Looking at the final output file we see it weighs in at 1.10 GB in size, and that’s pretty big as well, so not much in the way of compression is going on.

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The size though is not changing anything, essentially leaving it at the original aspect ratio and screen resolution, basically an exact copy.

For free it’s not bad I guess… but I’d like to see a smaller sized file and a shorter time to complete the process, it took almost as long as if I had watched the movie.


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Conclusion:
WinX DVD ripper though is not a bad choice if you’re looking for a free program to convert your movies from DVD to a format that you can easily move from device to device.  It allows for transferring to several formats, and you can change the output size as well.

While it’s not the fastest out there in terms of conversion speed, it’s free and I can’t fault it too much really.. for free you do get several features that can be very useful.

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Pros:
+Easy to use
+It’s free
+Several output options

Cons:
-Slow ripping process
-Enables subtitles by default
-Fairly large output size

Grades:  
Overall score-8-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-8-10
  • Bellorn Ristoe

    Thanks for sharing this free DVD ripping software with us. I download it and had a try.
    It is really nice program to convert DVD to video formats. And a little thing need to be specified, its speed is not much slow as I imagined. I just changed a new computer. That might be the reason. :)

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  • Stephen

    Acctually. this is the best free DVD ripper I have ever used. Almost not any video degradation after ripping and converting~~ Thank you, Kristofer Brozio.

  • charywilley

    Kristofer Brozio, thanks!
    I am preparing to buy a DVD ripper, find your review, very useful and saving my money

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  • Kenny7

    Sloooow. Use Clone2dvd and anydvd. It’s worth the 90 bucks

  • henry

    Yeah you CAN disable the subtitles nong!
    Output Settings which is on the normal interface has Audio then Subtitle, you just choose disable for subtitle!
    Boo-urns reviewer

  • Frankster

    Nice review! I’ll give it a go, it looks promising.

    Looking at your screenshots, I can imagine lowering the video quality from 1500 kbps to a lesser amount (and the audio from 128 to let’s say 96) might deliver a smaller filesize. My goal is to be able to watch my movies on my phone :)

  • John

    The free version I downloaded this past weekend will not break copy protection. Apparently you must pay $30 for the full version that will supposedly break most copy protection. Thus the clains of FREE are a little misleading. It is also difficult for a novice to understad which format to copy to. It also took me a while to discover I could disable sub-titles. The position of last in the list of options in the drop down box made it more difficult yo find than if is were 1st in the list. I finally tried copying in WMV and was able to copy a copy of a popular DVD movie and it copied in just over 1 hr and took up 1.3G on my hard drive. It would play on Windows Media and started to play on my Cyberlink PowerDVD (the DVD player software that came on my PC) but stopped about 20 minutes into the the movie. Until I understand more about formats and can find out if this sofware will copy in a fomat that permits me to burn to my hard drive and then trun around and burn a copy to a DVD Disk that will play on a DVD player I’ll hold off on chosing a DVD Ripper.

  • matt

    i tried it on a monty python dvd, and the main titles did not show up, so there
    was no way to rip them. only 4 special features clips (2-3 minutes in length)
    showed up on the list. i’ll stick to handbrake

  • Leo

    Thanks for your review.
    I downloaded the GAOTD WinX DVD Ripper Platinum yesterday
    and tried to copy my DVD favourite movie “The Blues Brothers”
    to a blank DVD but I could not.
    The software only copied the DVD into a working folder on my
    computer. What I wanted was a 1:1 copy from disk to disk.

    Any thoughts?

    Leo

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  • Steve Troup

    I paid 20 dollars for platinum last night and it is a rip off. Been trying to get ahold of SUPPORT AND NO ANSWER DON’T WAIST YOUR MONEY ….. BAD PROGRAM

  • Chris

    based on this review I tried the WinX tool. i loved it. Bought the Premier version now and am happily ripping away. I have not used the advanced festures yet though.

  • Bill

    I downloaded the free version yesterday to try. All I want to do is convert to MP4 to transfer to my IPOD. It is working fine and not as slow as some are finding it. I do have dual core & 3gb. For a free ripper I dont think there is much better.

  • Mark

    Maybe someone can help me out here. I purchased the Plantinum Version the day before yesterday, and most of the DVDs I am trying to rip fail within a few seconds of starting the conversion. I’m only trying to convert to normal Apple TV, (MPEG4), format.

    I wrote an email to their support, who sent back what seems to be a form email saying try installing on a non-system partition. Try writing to a non-system partition. Try using the “safe mode” option. Try closing all other programs while running. All done, and make no difference.

    Then it goes on to suggest trying other DVDs. That’s all well and good, but what happens when I want to put my DVD collection up to my network, and only 1 out of every 8 DVDs actually rips using this software.

    I would love to hear suggestions or anyone who has run into a similar issue, and ways to solve it.

  • Matt D

    Tried it, works me, especially as a freebee ;o)
    All I need to do now is figure out how to transfer it to my iphone from itunes cos it says it cant play it on my phone!!?

  • Patrick

    Hi ,
    I am using the free version and you get very good image results with the tool, sharp
    quality from a +- 7 GB file to +- 1 GB outputfile (using it only for Xvid)
    However, there is one point that need to be fixed and its going on with the
    newer an older version as i see.
    When you want subtitles (yes), then after you playing your outputfile on a regulair
    TV set with the PAL system you wil see your subtitles out of the screen, this is
    anoying specialy with 4:3 movies and also you can’t get your screen filled for 16:9
    movies because of that (thats not the fault in my mediaplayers).
    I using the tool for cretation of my personal moviebox (HD) and watching movies
    without watching 5 minutes copyright for the movie begins.(not to mention TV
    series ! 7 discs = 7 times)
    It is making my nuts because i am a big buyer of dvd’s ! ..so…………

    best regards

    Patrick

  • Dave

    Thanks for the review! I’m not sure I would consider “almost as long as if I had watched the movie” to be particularly long. Really nice professional rips can take several times the length of a movie (in other words – an overnight rip!) when using considered customised settings (where the software allows). I’m going to try this one, as my new media player always plays Handbrake rips (mkv/mp4) badly with juddering and stuttering (no idea why) so I’m gonna try ripping to wmv. Thanks again.

  • Parnell

    DVD fab decrypter will rip your DVD in less than 10 minutes on such a PC. It is the king of DVD rippers and it is free.

    • Geoffrey mcknight

      Thannnk YOU!!!!!

  • AnnElk

    I notice a lot of (free) WinX users complaining about speed and output-file size. WinX defaults to maximum quality. (I’m okay with that.) Quality — and hence file size — is user-definable via the “video settings,” specifically the “video quality” setting. The higher the kB, the better the quality, the bigger the file, and the longer the rip — and vice versa. Other settings no-doubt also impact speed and size, but I’ve only started using this application.

    I’ve noticed that, with certain dvd’s, (free) WinX will pop up a notice that the disk “contains the new copy protection,” with a link to the not-so-free upgrade. I’ve found that the dvd frequently can be ripped anyway (ignoring the pop up). Besides, there’s no harm trying.

  • Tim

    What settings should I use to get an AVI file that fits a CD (700MB)?

  • Skeeter

    What? bolts? what the hell are you talking about?

  • Buddman60

    Soundtrack is consistently off a bit.  Disturbing.

  • Big Mac Joe

    This program is not free. I just downloaded it and tried ripping a movie and it told me I had to buy the program in order to rip. False advertising. I should sue this company and the author of this blog.

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