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[Review] Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper

{rw_text}Giveaway of the day for October 10, 2009 is:

Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper [1]

Version reviewed:

v6.7

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/NT/XP/Vista

Software description as per GOTD:

Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper is flexible and easy to use DVD ripper software. It can quickly convert DVD movies to MPEG without any loss of quality.It is super fast, with incredible output quality. With Extra DVD to MPG Ripper, you can watch the DVD screen while ripping, and monitor the process. Enjoy movies anywhere, anytime! Download our free trial software and try it out!

What can Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper do for you?

  • Rips DVD to MPEG file format.
  • Various settings provide flexibility and effectiveness of the output.
  • Offers a choice of which subtitles and Audio tracks to rip.
  • Output file size is adjustable. You can compress movies to any size you need.
  • You can see the ripping progress in a preview window.
  • Supports both NTSC and PAL video formats.
  • Now support Windows Vista.

Ashraf’s note:

Please note this article is for informative and educational purposes only. I am in no way encouraging piracy or any other sort of illegal action. Please only use Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper within the laws of your country. I am not responsible for any illegal activities done by Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper.

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  • Straightforward and easy to use.
  • Can by-pass DRM protection.
  • You can pick and choose which part of the DVD to “record”.
  • “Fast forwards” past the commercials at the beginning of DVDs.
  • Has option to automatically shutdown computer after ripping of DVD is done.

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  • Only allows you to to DVD -> VCD or SVCD; there is no DVD -> “general” MPEG.
  • Needs a third party program to assist it in ripping region locked DVDs.
  • Developer leaves vestigial features which lead to developer’s website when clicked upon.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Point and click.
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{for=”Performance” value=”6″}Average conversion speed, above-average computer resource usage, and can only do DVD -> VCD/SVCD so you get VCD/SVCD quality outputs.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”4″}Most people that use VCD/SVCD probably won’t have a DVD to rip in the first place. Others that do have DVDs, probably won’t want to turn their DVDs into VCD/SVCD. Therefore this program will only be useful to a minority of people.
{/for}
{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”5″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect my overall rating/verdict of the program in which I considered all the features and free alternatives.
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From the title of the program and the description on the developer’s website, one would think Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper (EDtMR) allows you to rip your DVDs into any MPEG format videos. In reality, EDtMR only does DVD -> VCD/SVCD (VCD and SVCD are MPEG videos) and lacks the ability to do DVD -> “general” MPEG. The problem with only doing DVD -> VCD/SVCD is obvious:

That being said, how EDtMR works is that it literally “records” your DVD while playing it. Then, after recording your DVD it saves the recording into a .MPEG video. Therefore since EDtMR “records” your DVD while it plays instead of trying to convert it directly, EDtMR bypasses DRM protection. In other words you can rip your DRM protected DVDs without much/any problem. The only thing is if you have a region locked DVD you need a program called DVD43 [2]. DVD43 allows you to play/burn region locked DVDs on your computer. It sits in the background and automatically detects when a region locked DVD is put in. The system try icon turns green when it has successfully unlocked the DVD.

This is what the program window looks like:

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Using EDtMR is fairly straightforward:

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As already mentioned, the profiles you can choose are limited to VCD/SVCD:

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Decide what you want to do and hit “OK”.

If the window does not pop up, hit “Convert Now” from the top:

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Once you click “OK” you are done. The folder where you saved your video should open up.

One performance related thing I would like to point out is the output video file size seemed right around the money. You see I used a trial version to evaluate EDtMR, and with trial versions you can only rip the first 15 minutes of a DVD. So I had to estimate the final video file size. I took that estimate and compared it to the file video size of the same DVD ripped to the same format with same output settings with another DVD ripper and both came in around 900 MB.

Lastly, I would like to point out one of my pet peeves. It seem more and more developers are creating different versions of the same software but disabling some features in each version and selling each version separately. If that is their business model, that is fine with me. However what is not fine with me is leaving the features in the program but loading the developer’s website when the features are clicked upon. Extra Inc. does this with EDtMR and it pisses me off:

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This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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WinX DVD Ripper Platinum [10]

WinX DVD Ripper is an excellent DVD ripper. While it is slower than most of the DVD rippers I have used, the output quality is great.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the commercial version of WinX DVD Ripper [11]. Currently the developer is running a promotion to get WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for free. If you don’t get WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for free now you can always get WinX DVD Ripper for free whenever you want. Platinum supports more output formats than the freeware version but both can do DVD -> MPEG (DVD .VOB/VCD/SVCD/”general” MPEG).

It is worth noting you can do more than just DVD -> MPEG.

DVDSmith [12] + FormatFactory [13]

DVDSmith is an excellent DVD ripping tool which allows you to… rip your DVDs. DVDSmith rips DVDS into DVD compliant formats so after you rip your DVD, just throw it into FormatFactory to convert it to MPEG (VCD/SVCD/”general” MPEG). While this combo of DVDSmith + FormatFactory will be slower than other alternatives, the time spent to rip and convert are well worth it considering you get a *true* DVD backup and the ability to convert that backup to any video format you want (you can do more than just DVD -> MPEG.).

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{rw_verdict2}Generally speaking, I usually give Extra Inc’s DVD Rippers thumbs up and recommendations. However today I have to give Extra DVD to MPEG Ripper a thumbs down because, well, it only supports DVD -> VCD/SVCD; not being able to do DVD -> “general” MPEG is a huge con and the only reason why I give EDtMR a thumbs down. My recommendation for is to grab WinX DVD Ripper Platinum (if you miss out on Platinum get the freeware). WinX is an excellent DVD ripper which will get the job done in an excellent fashion.
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