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Popular DVD Ripping Tools

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Popular DVD Ripping Tools

Take your movies on the go.

There are many great utilities in existence to rip, encode, duplicate or play movies. Here are five popular utilities to get the job done.


Handbrake (Win/OS X/Linux)



Handbrake is a free, very simple program, with many great features. It will select recommended settings for whatever device you want to put the video on, if you are not too familiar with encoding. Handbrake is great in conjunction with other programs.




DVDShrink (Windows)

DVDShrink is a favorite ripping, decrypting, and compressing utility. Although it hasnt been updated since 2005 it can still handle many discs just fine. DVDShrink is well known for making its files very small and therefor very portable. Its completely free and very easy to use.






MakeMKV (Win/OS X/Linux) 

MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters. There are many players that can play MKV files nearly on all platforms, and there are tools to convert MKV files to many formats, including DVD and Blu-ray discs.

Additionally MakeMKV can instantly stream decrypted video without intermediate conversion to wide range of players, so you may watch Blu-ray and DVD discs with your favorite player on your favorite OS or on your favorite device.

  • Reads DVD and Blu-ray discs
  • Reads Blu-ray discs protected with latest versions of AACS and BD+
  • Preserves all video and audio tracks, including HD audio
  • Preserves chapters information
  • Preserves all meta-information (track language, audio type)
  • Fast conversion – converts as fast as your drive can read data.
  • No additional software is required for conversion or decryption.
  • Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Functionality to open DVD discs is free and will always stay free.
  • All features (including Blu-ray decryption and processing) are free during BETA.


DVD Decrypter (Windows)

DVD Decrypter also halted development but is still downloadable and usable. DVD Deccrypter is great to use in conjunction with other programs already mentioned.

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