[Windows] Rip DVDs (bypass DRM protection) and convert them to other formats with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

WinX DVD Ripper PlatinumIf you’re looking for a DVD ripper for Windows, then WinX DVD Ripper Platinum may be just what you’re looking for. This is a paid program that promises to give you all of the ripping tools you will ever need. Does it deliver on that promise? Let’s find out!

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is DVD ripper program for Windows. It is able to rip video from DVDs (discs and DVD video folders) and convert them into mainstream videos like AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV, etc. It also offers converting profiles so you can easily convert DVD videos to play on specific devices, like Android, Apple, PS3, Xbox and portable Microsoft devices. The following table shows you exactly what output formats/profiles/devices are supported:

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WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can bypass DRM protection.

Pros

  • Rip your DVDs and convert them to many other video formats
  • Can rip just audio from DVDs
  • Supports DVD discs, DVD video folders, and DVD ISOs for ripping/converting
  • Can copy all DVD content to an ISO image. This allows not only for mounting the DVD as a virtual drive for lossless viewing on your computer without having to insert the DVD disc but also allows for lossless reburning to another DVD at a later date (if desired).
  • Bypasses DRM protection — bypass “all copy protections & region locks” including “DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM”.
  • Includes the ability to crop and split prior to ripping/conversion
  • Built-in video playback allows you to preview your video before ripping/converting
  • Fast rips/conversions and excellent output quality
  • Tons of professionally preset settings that allow for converting to popular devices with just the click of a button — little to no customization required on the user’s part
  • Although there are preset settings, users have the ability to modify almost all output settings if desired (e.g. video bitrate, resolution, audio bitrate, etc.). These custom settings can even be saved as profiles for easy reuse later.
  • Change interlaced scanning DVD movies to progressive scanning
  • Updated continuously to continue to offer support for the latest DVD copy protection technology and to offer support for playback on a growing number of devices
  • Has a free and paid version

Cons

  • The free version is limited in features as compared to the paid version. For example, free version cannot copy DVD to ISO nor can it bypass the latest DRM protection vis-a-vis Disney X-project DRM.

Discussion

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum ScreenshotThe list of pros is pretty impressive when you first look at it. However, after closely examining it, you will see that a number of these pros are included in other DVD rippers. This ends up being the program’s biggest downfall. It is a great program; it’s just not extremely impressive for a $40 price tag.

That being said, the program is able to do a number of things easily. One of my favorite things about the program is its ability to convert DVDs to video formats that will play on other devices. They offer preset profiles that you can click on. This means, you don’t have to do a thing. If you want the program to convert the DVD to a video that will play on your Android phone, no problem! Just select your device from the preset profiles and let the program do its thing.

If you don’t like their preset profiles, you are free to make your own as well. This makes the program perfect, not only for beginners who need the presets, but also for advanced users who like to tweak their output to their liking.

It also features a built in preview ability that allows you to watch a preview of the video that you are about to create. This will save you a lot of time when trying out new features. For example, say you want to change some options which you don’t know what they will do. Just check out the preview and see if it changed the output video to your liking.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

To put it simply, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is an excellent program and one of the best DVD rippers/converters out there. It used to sell for $29.95 and at that price was a huge bargain due to many free DVD rippers not having the same amount of features and rival paid DVD rippers costing more. At $39.95, however, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum isn’t as great of a bargain. Still, in terms of features and performance, it is hard to beat WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. If you are willing and able to pay for a DVD ripper, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is one of the best choices.

In regards to freeware DVD rippers, there is actually WinX DVD Ripper (free version) which does some but not all of the things that WinX DVD Ripper Platinum does. Then there is DVDFab HD Decrypter or DVDSmith, both which will rip DVDs and bypass DRM protection but not convert DVDs to other formats; you will need a freeware video converter like Freemake Video Converter to handle the DVD conversions after they are ripped.

Price: $39.95

Version reviewed: 7.0

Supported OS: Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / 2003 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Download size: 26.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45

Is it portable? No

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum homepage

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17 comments

  1. mukhi

    @Mr.Dave:

    i have had exactly the same experience a month before!!! although this company is very popular (thanks mostly to GAOTD and dotTech), i can’t like this company anymore. what a douchebag!

    @Tony:

    x264 codec for video, AAC 2.1 codec for audio, and MKV as container (or format) are highly recommended for small file size with high quality if you are using a standalone media player like WDTV. choose video/audio bitrates and resolution according to your TV size and capability. MKV rocks as it is probably the only container that can hold multiple audios, subs, chapters, etc.

    XviD codec for video, MP3 stereo codec for audio, and AVI as container (or format) are recommended for small file size with high quality if you are burning the file on to a DVD (simply as data file) to watch using a standalone DVD player. with similar settings, the file quality would not be as good as above, but most DVD players in the market are compatible with DivX/XviD/AVI combo, not with x264/MKV.

    x264 codec for video, AAC 2.1 codec for audio, and MP4 as container (or format) are recommended for small file size with high quality if you want the file to be played in phones/tablets. MKV/AVI may also work but i find for most mobile devices, MP4 is the most compatible format (specially, for apple systems).

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    In Australia our free to air TV stations transmit the digital signal as DivX.
    The main cable company (Foxtel) also use DivX.
    (I am not saying that all of their transmissions are DivX, as no doubt the High Definition transmissions are much bigger)
    It is otherwise known as MPEG-4, and is about 1 tenth of the size of the original. Say the original was a movie on a DVD taking 6GB, then the DIVX equivalent might fit on a CD.

    Rob
    PS I probably won’t be trying the software, so can’t advise on what it calls DivX

  3. Tony

    Hi,
    I’d like to use this software to rip a music video DVD to the SMALLEST possible size clip which will be viewed on a TV (play by a media player), ofcourse that video clip should have good , acceptable quality.
    which format should I use? any recomendation on settings for that format are also welcome.
    Thanks

  4. Mr.Dave

    Warning: if this program is useful to you, and you already have it installed, GET THE NEW VERSION FROM GOTD TODAY.

    I had what Digiarty called version 7.0.0 from a Thanksgiving giveaway (same version number offered today by GOTD, though they claim GOTD version was released at end of December, long after the 7.0.0 version I already have). Can’t trust the version number!

    I wanted to see if my version had all the new features described on GOTD site, but when I tried to load a disc image a popup window told me they changed their registration process and I had to click a link to re-register – they apparently disabled my program. Clicked, got a page with a download link for version 7.0.0, nothing about re-registering. Installed new file, old registration code no longer works, and new one costs $40. I tried the new license code from GOTD, it doesn’t work. Need to download the version from the GOTD site and install it. Don’t know if the GOTD version will expire like the one I already had….

    All this BS is making the alternatives look a lot better!

  5. Tom

    @Strahd: I noticed that too… but I uninstalled the Thanksgiving offer just to lose the gobbler graphic on the main screen.

    I tried to use the GOTD registration code on the installer downloaded directly from Digiarty, but no success, FWIW.

  6. Rick

    Actually, I think what Digiarty is saying there is that the free version only converts 5 minutes, but if you register it using the GOTD registration code it will no longer have this limitation. Could have been worded more clearly of course.

  7. Peter

    A “super-con” is missing. Let me cite a comment by Digarty on the GOTD-site:
    “The only limitation is it only allows you to rip the first five minutes of the DVD movie.”

    So if you’re interested in this piece of SW (and not afraid of Themida installer, which is considered being malware by some people), grab it while it’s free (as beer, not as speak).

  8. Strahd

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isnt todays GAOTD WinX version the exact same version as the one given here on dottech.org, during last thanksgiving?

    GAOTD says version 7.0.0 and windows syas the one i have installed is also 7.0.0.

  9. Corno

    This is my default choice of a DVDripper, with good results for what I use it for: to watch DVD movies on my laptop. Conversion is also very quick. The only Con I am aware of is the program’s habit to update itself if you don’t watch it, thereby reverting to a trial version.

  10. Rob (Down Under)

    @Ashraf:
    It was many years ago, and it made a bit of a mess of my system. No doubt they have learned from it, as it is getting a high vote at GOTD.
    Is your review meant to coincide with the GOTD offering of the full version ?
    I don’t know if it is possible when you are checking out a GOTD version, but one thing that I would dearly like to know is -
    Is the program of the day (at GOTD) installable at a later date. If any program was, I would be many times more likely to download and try such a program

  11. Eric989

    This version is much improved in ripping quality over previous versions. You can now get a good quality video into a small file and it no longer ignores your settings and produces a huge file like it used to. However, the UI still needs work. Why can’t I press F2 to rename the output titles individually? The video preview is not working for me, only the audio. I do not see any way to save a custom preset. You can adjust all the settings to whatever you want but there is no way that I see to save this for future use.
    @Rob (Down Under): I don’t see that option to shrink a dvd but you can convert it into several different formats and shrink it that way but there is no great way to shrink it onto another.

  12. Rob (Down Under)

    I think that is the brand that I and a few others have had problems with in the past ?
    But putting that aside for the moment, did you mention the ability to shrink a dual layer DVD (which are common) to a single layer DVD folder ?

    Rob
    PS My current scenario is to use the free DVD Decrypter from DVDFab, and then use the free DVD Shrink to shrink the folder. DFDFab’s decrypter is up to date with it’s DRM, as it uses the same software as the paid version (without shrink ability)