[Windows] Rip Blu-rays and DVDs, and convert videos and audios to other formats with Tipard Blu-ray Converter

2013-03-06_233012dotTech has a review on excellent review on free video and audio converters. We have also written about free programs that can rip Blu-rays and DVDs, such as DVDFab HD Decrypter. However, we have yet to come across a program that rips Blurays, rips DVDs, and converts audios/videos to other format… a program like Tipard Blu-ray Converter.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Tipard Blu-ray Converter is able to rip Blu-rays and converter them to other video formats. However, despite the misleading name, ripping Blu-rays is not all that Tipard Blu-ray Converter does; it can also rip DVDs plus convert videos/audios to other formats.

Pros

  • Rips Blu-rays, rips DVDs, and does audio -> audio, video -> video, and video -> audio conversions
  • Blu-rays/DVDs can be converted to other video formats
  • Can bypass DRM protection
  • Supports both SD and HD videos
  • Supports batch processing
  • When batch processing, each input file can be set to a different output format with its own customized settings (i.e. all input files need not be converted to the same output format with the same output settings)
  • 2013-03-06_224807Supports a large number of input and output formats, including but not limited to AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, VOB, and 3GP. (Click the image to the right of this bullet point to see exactly what input/output formats are supported.)
  • Supports a large number of electronic devices vis-a-vis pre-defined output profiles. (Click the image to the right of this bullet point to see exactly what input/output formats are supported.)
  • Users are given full control over output settings, such as bitrate, resolution, codec, etc. Plus, users are allowed to manually input a custom resolution if there isn’t an option in the drop-down that you like.
  • Has basic editing capabilities: trim; crop; modify brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue; enable deinterlacing; add a text or image watermark; and modify volume level
  • Can merge input files together into one output
  • Has the ability to make use of all the cores of your dual-core or quad-core CPU
  • Supports NVIDIA CUDA and AMD APP GPU acceleration
  • Can take screenshots of videos and save screenshots as JPG, BMP, and PNG
  • Performs well (fast and good output quality)
  • Has the ability to automatically shutdown computer after conversions have been completed
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Can bypass DRM protection but developer is not very clear as to exactly what type of DRM protection can be bypassed
    • On the developer’s website it simply states “this Blu-ray Converter can automatically decipher your Blu-ray disc” without bothering to explain what types of Blu-ray and DVD DRM can be deciphered. The Help file provides a bit more detail on DVDs — stating “CSS, Region, RCE, Sony ARccOS” can be bypassed — but for Blu-ray simply states “all kinds of popular Blu-ray Disc”.
  • Has the ability to rip Blu-rays and DVDs to VOB and TS formats (which are the native formats for Blu-ray/DVD) but this isn’t the same as allowing rip of Blu-ray/DVD to Blu-ray/DVD folder or to ISO. The latter, ripping to Blu-ray/DVD folder or ISO, is more conducive for reburning to actual disc while simply ripping to VOB/TS is good for viewing but not as good for reburning.
  • No “keep original resolution” option
    • Note: The lack of “keep original resolution” isn’t that big of a deal because the program allows you to type in any custom output resolution you desire. So if the drop-down menu for output video resolution does not contain an option for the same resolution of your input video, you can manually type in the resolution. This is made easier due to the fact that the program displays what the resolution of the input video.
  • The output profiles for specific electronic devices are not always up-to-date and are lacking when it comes to Android and Windows Phone devices (e.g. has a profile for Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note but not Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)

Discussion

2013-03-06_233004Tipard Blu-ray Converter is an interesting program not necessarily for its features, per se. When looked at as independent silos, Tipard Blu-ray Converter’s Blu-ray ripping, DVD ripping, and audio/video converting features are good but nothing extraordinary; there are plenty of programs, freeware and shareware, that can do the same. What makes Tipard Blu-ray Converter interesting is the fact that it brings all three of these features into one program for one price instead of you having to download and/or purchase multiple different programs.

In terms of features and performance, I have nothing major to quibble about. As you can see in the ‘Pros’ list above, Tipard Blu-ray Converter has a bunch of features and performs very well. The only major thing lacking in Tipard Blu-ray Converter is the ability to output Blu-rays/DVDs as Blu-ray/DVD folders or ISOs (which helps with reburning to disc, if that is ever desired). However, that is probably not a deal-breaker for many people and can easily be added in by the developer in a future update. The biggest issue I have with Tipard Blu-ray Converter is lack of proper disclosure.

You see a Blu-ray/DVD ripper is only as good as the DRM protection it can bypass. After all, if a program cannot bypass the DRM protection on your Blu-ray/DVD then it isn’t a very good ripper because it won’t rip anything. Seeing as there are various different DRM protection techniques used by Blu-rays/DVDs, it is imperative that the developer of a Blu-ray/DVD ripper be clear about what types of DRM protection can be passed because that determines which Blu-rays/DVDs the ripper can rip. The developer of Tipard Blu-ray Converter is very coy in this regard.

If you look on Tipard Blu-ray Converter’s homepage, you will see it say: “This Blu-ray Converter can automatically decipher your Blu-ray disc.” That tells as absolutely nothing about what types of Blu-ray DRM protection can be bypassed by this program. If you look in the program’s Help file, all you get is “load all kinds of popular Blu-ray disc” which still tells us nothing. In other words, if you buy Tipard Blu-ray Converter to rip/backup your Blu-ray movies, you are gambling as to which of your Blu-rays this program is able to rip: it may be able to rip all, it may be able to rip some, it may be able to rip none… it all depends on what type of DRM protection is being used and if Tipard Blu-ray Converter can bypass it or not.

For DVDs Tipard Blu-ray Converter’s Help file is a bit more clear listing “CSS, Region, RCE, and Sony ARccOS” as the type of DRM protection that can be bypassed. CSS, Region, RCE, and Sony ARccOS covers a good majority of DVDs so you should be able to rip most DVDs with this program but it doesn’t cover all. For example, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can bypass “CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, and Disney X-project” meaning WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can rip more DVDs than Tipard Blu-ray Converter. However, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is strictly a DVD ripper and not a Blu-ray ripper.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

In terms of features and performance, Tipard Blu-ray Converter is nothing special but is a good program nonetheless. The fact that it is a Blu-ray ripper, DVD ripper, and video/audio converter under one roof for one price (instead of three) is the major selling point. However, until the developer tells us explicitly what types of DRM protection the program can bypass, you are pretty much gambling by buying this program; it may, or may not, be able to rip your movies.

My recommendation to you is the following. If you are a gambling man or woman and you are thinking about getting Tipard Blu-ray Converter, give the trial a go before buying and see if it can rip the Blu-rays/DVDs that you own and intend on ripping. Of course this won’t help for Blu-rays/DVDs you intend on purchasing in the future but it will help ensure a tleast you get some use out of this program. On the other hand, if you don’t want to gamble with the $45 this program costs you, then skip out on Tipard Blu-ray Converter and instead look at freeware alternatives.

DVDFab HD Decrypter is a freeware program that will rip DRM-protected Blu-rays/DVDs. It doesn’t converter Blu-rays/DVDs to other formats but once you have ripped them you can use a freeware video converter to converter. Read dotTech’s review on best free video/audio converter for Windows to learn more.

Price: $45

Version reviewed: 6.3.38

Supported OS: Windows XP SP2/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Download size: 23 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/46

Is it portable? No

Tipard Blu-ray Converter homepage

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4 comments

  1. Larry

    The giveawayoftheday moderators censored my post about finding spyware in one of the Tippard dll files (bdd.dll) in this utility.
    Obviously, GAOTD has something to hide – why??

    bdd.dll has extra SSL creditcard code embedded init whereas the trial app from Tippard’s website doesn’t so look like the GAOTD people are doing something behind everyone’s back here.

    Beware!!

  2. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    [@Doug Thompson] It could be. However, it should be mentioned:

    a) Tipard is not an American company. They are most likely based in China, however, I’m not sure of their origins. Why they would care about American law I don’t understand.
    b) They mention what DVD DRM can be bypassed (in Help file) so I don’t see why they couldn’t do the same for Blu-ray. The only thing I can think of is the program cannot bypass very many Blu-ray DRM hence the developer has nothing to say except be coy.
    c) I’m no lawyer so I can’t argue with you on when a company becomes liable, but I would think that if they are going to get in trouble with the law, it will be for developing this program — regardless of if they mentioned explicitly what DRM can be bypassed or not. So why not mention it? I suspect because of what I say in part B.
    d) Other companies specify so why not Tipard?

    Of course you can be right. As I said, I’m not lawyer. However, “US law doesn’t allow” is more an excuse than anything else. Good points, nonetheless.

    [@Mrlasky] Let us know how it goes.

  3. Doug Thompson

    I suspect the “coyness” about DRM protection is due to US law which, if my understanding is correct, makes it a crime to defeat such protections under certain circumstances. It’s one thing to “copy a DVD” which isn’t specifically illegal and perhaps another to say it can defeat “XYZ DRM” which might well be deemed illegal. If this is so, the complaint is properly with the daft idiocy of the US Congress and not this company’s lawyers who might well have advised against making specific claims to do things which might be considered illegal in some circumstances.

    The publishers who use DRM and the laws that enable them to do so are designed to PREVENT doing what many who own DVDs wish to do, make a copy which is as good as the original. This software obviously is designed to do just that. It gets legally very fuzzy because most data can be copied legally in most cases and all data can be copied legally in some cases but there is some data which cannot legally be copied in some cases in some places, creating a situation where the user really needs a supreme court reference to know for sure if the “click” he’s about to make on the “copy” command is “lawful” or not.