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WinX DVD Ripper Platinum has been a favorite video tool of mine for a while since I first reviewed it here. Since it’s recently been rewritten with improved specs, I thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit it and see what’s changed, if anything.
The software is a hardware-accelerated DVD reader and video encoder (known rather dramatically as a “ripper”) with developers claiming it is “the best DVD ripper on Windows.” It’s an answer to the question: how do I play a DVD on Windows 10, or more accurately how do I rip a DVD to Windows 10 so I can play it? In our previous reviews I tested the software, and I can say it’s pretty much all of those things. But what’s new? Let’s find out.
How It Works
If you don’t already know, let’s quickly recap. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a DVD-ripping tool that permits you to insert a DVD that you’ve purchased into a computer-connected DVD drive and rip it to disk as a digital file you can play in a media player or via an SD card in any device like a tablet or a pico projector.
Using it is simple: once installed, insert a DVD into the drive of your desktop or laptop and choose the source (either disc, ISO or a folder on your computer).
Note: some Windows internal DVD readers have region encoding on them. Using a cheap external DVD drive is often the best way to circumvent this.
Once that’s done, you can choose the output format of your movie. The choices in WinX DVD are really comprehensive. The choice depends on what you are going to do with the video. It might be the target playback device is an iPhone or iPad, in which case you can encode the file to be compatible with these devices using one of the many presets, and there are many more formats to choose from.
If you’re happy with the settings, then you can feel free to hit the big RUN button to start the process of ripping and saving your film to disk. On machines with GPUs this process is much faster.
So What’s New?
Since I last looked at WinDVD, the program has been updated and refreshed in a variety of ways. While the look and feel of the interface hasn’t changed since the last version, much has been altered under the hood.
The ripper now outputs in the following formats: MP4, ISO, AVI, H264, HEVC, MP3, HDD, Plex, NAS, TV, Xbox, PS4, iPad (including the brand new 10.2-inch iPad and new Apple TV), and iPhone (including the Xs, Xs Max and XR, as well as the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Max).
They’ve apparently rewritten the kernel of the software, including support for the new Nvidia GPU accelerators, making it (so they claim) “the only DVD ripper supporting level-3 hardware acceleration” Along with speed, the new core has other added refinements, taking into account some of the new encryption standards for DVDs in 2019.
Of course they have also stomped any bugs they found along the way – for example, a small sound error which cropped up occasionally, and also found a way to improve the ripper’s ability to identify and capture the main video file. This is certainly the best WinX DVD Ripper ever.
It seems very solid and does its job very smoothly and fast, too. In fact, even on my crappy unaccelerated Lenovo laptop with the new version, I got 130fps with the default settings for the rip of a standard DVD to MP4, doing the whole thing in under 30 minutes. The software was good already but now it’s a lot faster, and I’m really pleased with its performance.
Obviously, to get the best image quality, you have to tinker with the settings of each preset, and checking the high quality engine and deinterlacing boxes can’t hurt either.
So, Is It Better?
WinX DVD Ripper Platinum already has a reputation for being one of the best free DVD rippers, and yes, you, too, can trial it for free. However, purchasing a license to unlock all the features is not at all expensive. For example, at the time of writing they have an offer to get the whole thing for just $29.95.
As I said before, the updates in this new version make WinX DVD even more of a solid prospect when choosing your DVD-ripping software. Personally, I’m loving it.
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