WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Hey, everyone. Summer’s here, school’s out, and there’s nothing to do but chill. And blog. So, I though I’d do a nice review and then do a giveaway right after. So, here’s my review. Expect the giveaway in a day or so.

Check back soon for a giveaway!

I was asked to do a review of “WinX DVD Ripper Platinum” by WinX as a joint promotional attempt, of sorts; In exchange for reviewing their software, I was given 10 copies of the software to give away to you folk. I’ll write up that giveaway later, but for right now, I want to do a review of the software, because I was actually thoroughly impressed.

Ta dah!

Functionality

First off, function, the most important part of any bit of software. To rip a DVD, all you need to do is launch the program, pop a DVD in the drive, and wait a second. The software automatically detects the video files on the DVD and chooses the one most likely to be the movie that you want to rip (as opposed to trailers, extra scenes, etc.). You additionally have the option to manually select the source drive or Video_TS folder (dvd video folder) by clicking the “Disk” or “Path” buttons at the top of the screen.

Selecting the video output format for your video is as simple as choosing a tab at the bottom of the screen. The software comes with a lot of pre-configured settings optimized for any output device. You additionally have the option to customize these settings manually. You have manual control over many aspects of the finished rip; the software allows you to  choose quality rates from drop-down boxes, select sample/frame rate for the audio and video, tweak the gain (in decibels) for the volume, select audio and video filetypes and containers, and adjust the resolution and aspect ratio. A large “Start” button allows you to start the conversion process.

The pre-configured outputs are as follows:
  • Direct, lossless backup
  • AVI
  • MP4
  • MPEG
  • WMV
  • FLV
  • MOV
  • iPod/iPhone
  • iPad
  • Apple TV
  • PSP
  • 3GP
  • Zune
  • Music (Just the audio from the DVD)

Extra Features

The software includes a few extra features to enhance the conversion process.

Advanced De-Interlace Accelerator – When recording video, some cameras use “interlacing,” when twice the required frames per second are shot, the heights of the frames are scaled in half, and the two frames are meshed into one frame. This can cause individual frames to be blurry (to see what I mean, check this out). The software uses the De-Interlace Accelerator to quickly remove interlacing from videos.

High-Quality Engine – Using a specialized rendering engine, the software can create high-quality rips, lengthening the time it takes to rip a DVD but increasing the quality of the final product.

Intelligent A/V Synchronizer – When I had previously tried to rip DVD’s, I had always encountered issues with synchronizing the video and the audio of  the films. WinX included an automatic A/V synchronizer into it’s software so that people like me don’t have to fuss with video files and audio files just to see a movie as it’s supposed to be seen.

Things to be desired

The software, despite the fact that it works, smoothly and without error, is ugly. Its gui looks like it was designed in the ’90′s, complete with a serif-typeface splash screen. The buttons are rather gawky, and the icons for buttons and the actual buttons themselves don’t match. For example, in it’s main window, it lists 3 steps to get you started, but provides different images to represent the buttons than what they use for the buttons themselves. Just look at the screenshot above.

Besides the crummy visuals, there is no option to convert a standard video_TS folder or something like that. You must select a drive physically attached to your computer, which is limiting. It’s not the biggest of deals, but it would certainly help.

Overall?

After spending a good 2 weeks with a working copy of this software (I had initially tried running it on my desktop, which currently has a faulty optical drive), I can honestly say that there has yet to be a DVD that I haven’t been able to rip easily. I’ve successfully ripped and played back in almost every format, from full resolution to the “iPod” configuration, with no issue. I tried playing a movie on my brother’s psp, which worked fine. Seriously, I can’t see anything wrong with the software, bug-wise.

Cost: $30, includes 2 years of free backup downloads.
Check back soon to find out how you can get a copy for free!

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  • Steven

    Couldn't you always just mount stuff if you wanted to convert things in a folder and not in a physical drive?

    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      if you have something that can mount a folder, yes. But that's complicated
      for the average user. Most things only mount ISO's anyways, so you'd have to
      make an ISO, mount it, and then select it. It can be done, but not directly.

      • Steven

        Yeah true. Then again, people converting folders probably aren't your average user and could create an iso.

        • http://technoheads.org Salem

          Heh, good point.

  • http://technoheads.org Salem

    Heh, good point.

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  • GB Dick

    I've been using the WinX DVD Ripper for roughly 6 months, with excellent results. I have probably had no more that half a dozen films that it couldn't handle, which I have then converted with DVD Shrink. DVD Ripper is faster and easier to use than DVD Shrink, with results that are comparable.

    To change the subject, does anyone know a similar programme — simple and effective — that will enable me to convert VHS tapes to digital. I have a couple that are hell to use, and more often than not result in failure.

    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      Well, do you have a TV tuner and some sort of video editing software? I'd

      imagine if you set the input to be from your tuner card, you could

      live-record right to the computer. Granted, you'd have to play out the

      duration of the tape, but at the same time, it should work. Another idea is

      to get one of those VHS to DVD converters, and then rip the DVD's. It's an

      extra step, but it's pretty foolproof, especially with WinX DVD ripper.

  • Richard Glanville-Brown

    I've been using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for six months or so, and have found it to be excellent. As for whether or not it is ugly, I really don't care. It is simple, and foolproof, and that's what's important.

    To change the subject, have you reviewed any comparable programme for converting vinyl LPs to digital. I have tried Microsoft's Plus! Analog Recorder, Audacity and AVS Audio Recorder, with varying degrees of success, but all are far from problem free. Any suggestions?

    Regards, Richard

    • http://technoheads.org Salem

      Well, what problems are you encountering? I've never had issues with

      Audacity. Also, this comment looks awfully familiar.