A DVD ripper is a program that enables DVD fans to circumvent copy protection on their legally-purchased movie DVDs and then re-encode them in various digital video formats for backup on PC, playback on mobile, and other personal use.
There are far too many DVD ripper programs out there, and every vendor praises their own product. If you decide to turn your physical DVD movies to digital form but don’t know which ripper is better to take, as a veteran in DVD digitization, here I’d like to recommend 4 great DVD ripping tools I ever used.
If I rank all DVD rippers in the current market, the Pavtube ByteCopy will be absolutely in my top five. And here are three reasons I value it so highly:
a) The ByteCopy allows users to select multiple video, audio, and subtitle streams of the DVD to be preserved into the MKV, MP4, MOV, and AVI container formats designed for holding numbers of video, audio, picture, or subtitle streams in one file. Converting DVD to multi-track video is needed by some users, but many DVD ripper developers don’t want to or are unable to offer it to users;
b) The ByteCopy enables users to decrypt/rip/copy/convert both DVDs and Blu-rays, but is priced at similar levels to the ripper programs that can only handle DVDs;
c) A number of additional features including DVD video editing, DVD chapter headers preservation, DVD subtitles importing & exporting, 2D DVD to stereo 3D video conversion, etc. are incorporated. The three reasons also show that the Pavtube developer is doing products by heart, unlike some other DVD ripper developers that make quick cash by plagiarizing and cheating in their products.
Of course, the ByteCopy is also imperfect, and the two biggest drawbacks for me are that it failed to read some of my DVDs released in the last year and doesn’t allow me to edit the DVD when I choose multi-track video as output. Hope these problems can be solved through the following updates. Pavtube ByteCopy sells for $42. You can get it using my affiliate link.
Tipard DVD Ripper breaks the copy protection (CSS, UOP, RCE, Sony ARccOS and region code) on movie DVDs, and compresses DVD video content into over 20 digital video containers including MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, WebM, etc. using different video codecs like H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4, DivX/XviD, etc. The additional features include ripping DVD audio to MP3, converting 2D movies to 3D, source movie editing and polishing, output file’s quality and size customizing, etc.
The app design is mediocre, even somewhat ugly, which might make you think it isn’t good either at performing its functions, but the reality is just the opposite – it can easily defeat the copy protection on the latest DVDs, trancode a 2-hour DVD in only 20 minutes, the resulting video has a clear image, and it has never crashed during my use. In short, this is a very practical tool, don’t misled by its unattractive appearance. Tipard DVD Ripper sells for $59. You can get it using my affiliate link.
Aimersoft DVD Ripper is a 14-year-long DVD decrypting, ripping, and transcoding utility, and has helped countless film lovers convert their DVD movie library to digital files. But somehow, the Aimersoft developers stopped updating it in 2014, which means it might fail to decrypt the new DVD movies, but once it works, it rips content from a disc onto your PC at great speed, and the resulting digital video is small and nice.
The utility supports DVD disc, DVD IFO file, DVD folder, and ISO for import and 30 video/audio formats including MP4, AVI, ASF, MOV, M4V, MKV, WMV, MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, etc. for output. Also, it comes with many DVD editing features with which you can trim individual clips, merge titles, add effects & watermarks, even search and embed metadata to your movies. Unlike some competition products that easily get stuck on the editing screen, Aimersoft DVD Ripper performs all of these editing functions smoothly and stably. The utility sells for $35.95. You can get it using my affiliate link.
As the name hints, Wondershare Video Converter Utimate (
hereinafter, WVCU) is not a sole DVD ripper. I list it here because I want to provide a comprehensive media content processing solution. With WVCU, you can rip movie DVDs, convert your video files between 150+ formats, edit/play virtually all types of digital videos, burn your precious videos to professional quality DVD, download/record videos from over 1000 video-sharing sites, stream media content from your PC to TV, direct download YouTube songs and channels. These functions are arranged appropriately on an intuitive, tidy, beautiful interface, and run fast and stably. WVCU is priced at $49.95. You can get it using my affiliate link.
Important to note, WVCU alone can’t read video data on encrypted DVD discs, and you need to download and install this free DVD decryption plug-in. It sounds a little tricky, but it’s really not - the plug-in is only 849KB and will work instantly after installing it anywhere on your computer. Moreover, with the help of the plug-in, WVCU even can convert DRM-protected movies & music purchased from iTunes, Amazon Prime Instant Video, etc. to common digital media formats.
I re-tested the four DVD ripping tools by using them to rip & convert my two DVDs, the "Interstellar" (released in October 2015 and 169-minute duration) and the "Frozen" (released in March 2014 and 102-minute duration), to MP4 video on my ASUS A450V laptop (MATSHITA DVD-RAM driver, Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Processor, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 OS), and posted their performances in the table below.
I use three criteria to evaluate the rippers’ performance: (1) The DVD decryption ability: if it can defeat the copy protection on my two DVDs and how often it is updated to enhance its decryption ability, (2) The conversion speed: how much time it takes to convert the two DVDs to a MP4 video (H.264 codec, 720x480 resolution, around 1000kbps bit rate), (3) The output quality: if the picture of the output video is clear and not grainy.
|The Decryption Ability||The Conversion speed||The Output Video's Image Quality||Free Trial|
|Pavtube ByteCopy|| - Successfully read the data on the "Frozen" DVD but failed to read the "Interstellar".
- updated every 3-5 monthes.
|- Spent 20 minutes and 46 seconds on the 102-minute "Frozen" DVD.||Download|
|Tipard DVD Ripper|| - Successfully read the data on both the "Interstellar" and "Frozen" DVD.
- updated every 3-5 monthes.
- Spent 36 minutes and 26 seconds on the 169-minute "Interstellar" DVD.
- Spent 22 minutes and 6 seconds on the 102-minute "Frozen" DVD.
|Aimersoft DVD Ripper||- Successfully read the data on the "Frozen" DVD but failed to read the "Interstellar".
- Stopped to update in 2014.
|- Spend 25 minutes and 30 seconds on the 102-minute "Frozen" DVD.||Download|
|Wondershare Video Converter Utimate||- Successfully read the data on the "Frozen" DVD but failed to read the "Interstellar".
- updated every 2-3 monthes, but the DVD decryption plug-in hasn't been updated since 2014.
|- Spend 8 minutes and 30 seconds on the 102-minute "Frozen" DVD.||Download|