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[Windows] Rip or convert DVDs to other video formats with Tipard DVD Ripper

2013-09-20_000237 [1]Need to rip or convert your DVDs to a non-DVD video format? That is where DVD rippers come in; they allow you to rip/convert your DVDs to other video formats. dotTech has a review of best free DVD (and Blu-ray) rippers for Windows [2] but if you aren’t happy with our selection, then Tipard DVD Ripper is another option. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Tipard DVD Ripper is DVD ripper. It allows you to convert/rip DVD discs, DVD folders, and ISO files to other video or audio formats.

Take note there are two versions of Tipard DVD Ripper, Platinum and Standard. Standard does everything Platinum does except Platinum has three extra features: ability to convert 2D videos to 3D, ability to clip input files into separate segments, and ability to easily switch to a different input file when using the editing features.

Disclaimer: You are allowed to use the software mentioned in this review only within the laws of your country/region. dotTech and its staff will not be responsible for any illegal behavior.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

If you’ve ever used a DVD ripper before, you will find no surprises in Tipard DVD Ripper. It is pretty much like most other shareware DVD rippers; it allows you to convert DRM-protected DVDs to other video formats, supports basic video edits, has many output formats for you to select from, and works well. Indeed there really isn’t much to discuss about Tipard DVD Ripper that we haven’t mentioned already vis-a-vis out Pros and Cons section… except for one point.

When it comes to DVD ripping/converting/backing up, there is a hierarchy of important features:

Of these three features, the first one is the most important because if a DVD ripper cannot bypass DRM protection, its useless is very limited. The second most important feature is being able to rip/backup to DVD folder or ISO. Why? Two reasons:

The third most important feature is obviously being able to rip/convert to other video formats, but, as I just mentioned, this feature isn’t nearly as important as the other two features.

Tipard DVD Ripper can bypass DRM protection (except of Disney X-Project), so it passes the first requirement. Unfortunately, however, Tipard DVD Ripper cannot rip/backup to DVD folder or ISO — it only allows ripping/converting to other video formats. While being able to convert DVDs to other video formats has a use in and of itself, being able to rip/backup to DVD folder or ISO is much more useful and desirable as I just pointed out. So the fact that Tipard DVD Ripper cannot do it is potentially a deal-breaker.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Tipard DVD Ripper is good… but not great. Because it lacks the ability to rip/backup to loseless DVD folder or ISO formats, its usefulness is limited. You are more than welcome to get Tipard DVD Ripper if you want (they offer a trial, so always try before you buy) but I don’t recommend it. Instead, my recommendation is the following

If you are willing and able to spend money to purchase a DVD ripper, I have yet to come across a DVD ripper that is better than WinX DVD Ripper Platinum [5]. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum works well, it bypasses more DRM protection than any other DVD ripper, it can rip/backup DVDs to ISO, and it can rip/convert to other videos formats.

If you are not willing or are unalbe to spend money to purchase a DVD ripper, no worries because dotTech has a review on the best free DVD (and Blu-ray) ripper for Windows [2]. Our top selection in that review is DVDFab HD Decrypter [6] which, when used in combination with any freeware video converter [4], offers you features to fulfill all your DVD ripping/backing up/converting needs — without paying a cent.

Price: $40 (Standard), $45 (Platinum)

Version reviewed: 6.2.19

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Download size: 23.9 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 [7]

Is it portable? No

Tipard DVD Ripper homepage [8]