How to Rip DVDs and Convert Video Files

You shouldn’t have to purchase a movie twice.

If you buy a DVD, you should have the right to watch it anywhere and in any format you choose, be it on your iPod, Zune, PC, or LCD TV. Sounds good, but how do you then go about transferring the media across platforms? Here are two options you can try:

Handbrake (Freeware)

handbrake How to Rip DVDs and Convert Video Files

Handbrake is an extremely popular free DVD ripper which can take DVDs and rip it to multiple formats, including iPod optimized videos (Download DVD43 for full DVD decrypting support).

If you’re looking to convert non-DVD files(other video formats), you can pick from a variety of free video converters widely available on the net.

Movavi Video Converter (Commercial product)

movavi How to Rip DVDs and Convert Video Files

This on the other hand, is a commercial video converter which does the following:

  1. Converts video into multiple file formats
  2. Rips DVDs into any format
  3. Extract audio from movies
  4. Merge multiple video files
  5. Trim down and edit large video files
  6. Supports for multicore processors for faster speeds

With prices starting at USD29.95 for a personal copy, you’re paying the extra cash for the ease of use (simple and intuitive) as well as the extra video editing features. If you’re new to video editing and ever wanted to do something like this excellent video below for example (RSS readers – please click through to the post!)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FExqG6LdWHU[/youtube]

…Movavi would be a good place to start. A word to the wise that it only offers very quick basic video editing. Perfect for novices. Anyone more serious in video editing may want to consider free specialized packages like Zwei-Stein.

Conclusion

When compared to the free alternatives, there is no doubt Movavi brings many things under one roof, but can it is hard to say if it justifies their premium pricing

  • If your primary focus is just to rip DVDs and convert files, or even to do some serious video editing, seriously consider the other free alternatives highlighted in this post.
  • If on top of ripping DVDs and converting files, you’re truly interested in doing very minor editing your own home videos at a novice level,and want everything in one package – Movavi may be a better alternative if you’re willing to shell out the extra bucks.

Oh yes, it is assumed you already own the original DVDs before you start ripping them :)

Disclaimer: Movavi has paid me to review their service, and to give an honest opinion. Please note that all opinions expressed in this post are completely my own, and have not been influenced by Movavi in any way.

What do you use to rip DVDs or convert files? Tell us in comments!

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