I see a post on MakeUseOf about 9 Tools to Easily Rip Your DVDs & Blu-Rays to Your Computer and I do agree with Mark on VLC to be easy solution for ripping DVDs and converting videos and I used it on my PC and Mac to check right DVD title for ripping. But I don’t agree with Mark O’Neill on most of the other tools because what he recommended is really limited and I do believe there is better programs for DVD and Blu-ray ripping and video converting. Besides, most of the 9 tools mentioned by Mark are for Windows only. There are better choices for Mac users. And I decided to share my opinions on those Bluray and DVD rippers as well as my recommendations or alternatives, especially for macOS users.
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Comments on MakeUseOf's Recommendations
Below is my detail options on Mark’s recommendations on MakeUseOf. As I never heard about Aurora, I don’t have any comment on it.
MakeMKV does a very great job decrypting protected DVDs as well as Bluray disc and produce a multiply audio and subtitle tracks MKV files. And, MakeMKV is always free for DVDs. You just have to get your new beta key every month. Along with Handbrake, it works perfectly for me to compress DVDs to H264 with multiply audio and subtitle tracks to MP4 so you can turn the subtitle on or off.
But I really don’t like MakeMKV as I don’t understand why it offers 4 or 5 titles selected for ripping, all of which are over 90 minutes. Obviously a DVD cannot be over 360 minutes long and I assume MakeMKV is not able to select the right title for ripping or it’s not sure. So it lists all possible titles and users have to make the decision themselves.
Also, you will still have to re-convert the MKV file for a more friendly formats if want to watch movies on your iPad/iPhone and Apple TV.
If you want to backup your Bluray disc, MakeMKV is no longer free but $50 for a lifetime subscription.
Handbrake can be a great tool if it can do better jobs for encrypted movies. And if there is more profiles, it can meet more people’s needs. Generally Handbrake is better for normal users than MakeMKV and it is cross-platform for Linux, Windows as well as macOS. For majority of people, we recommend to use MakeMKV to decrypt the DVD and recode to MP4 with Handbrake.
Please don’t rip your DVD to 1080P. It won’t give you any better quality.
WinX DVD Ripper
WinX DVD Ripper Mark listed is the free version. However when I download the latest so called free version from the official site, it actually downloads the trial of the platinum one. And, as far as I can see, the free version is really limited for the out video formats and it’s unable to handle copy protected DVDs either. So, I don’t recommend you guys to try the free version of WinX DVD Ripper. Instead, the platinum version, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, is more powerful with a lot of output formats and it supports Disney DVDs. Worth a try.
However, I don’t think it is the fastest DVD ripping solution on windows as it advertises. Actually I see people complaints it’s slow in ripping and takes ages for a single DVD rip. If you are looking for the fastest DVD ripper, I’d like to recommend you guys to try WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro as an alternative, the fastest ripping software, with its feature of ripping DVDs to any format and it is able to make an ISO file just with menus like the original.
Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter was one of free video converter and DVD ripper and I’d always like to recommend to people who are looking for freewares on Reddit. However, it’s no longer free and fails to start up on my machine and I tried everything I could but it still does not work. Below is just an error when I tried to re-download the latest version.
DVDShrink WAS great, but the latest version is Version 126.96.36.199 – 25 July 2004. See! 14 years ago! It is still working well on Windows XP and Windows 7. But I see users complaining its non-compatible with the latest Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. If you still want to shrink DVDs, I’d like to recommend Leawo DVD Copy or Magic DVD Copier.
AnyDVD HD is recommended by me than AnyDVD since AnyDVD HD can do everything AnyDVD does and it copies Blu-rays as well. RedFox inherits all the features of AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD.
However, AnyDVD or AnyDVD HD is really limited. It just removes the DVD and Bluray copy protections and make copy free ISO or folder of the original disc. And it only works on Windows. If you want an alternative for AnyDVD HD, here it is.
DVDFab IS powerful but I am afraid DVDFab is not open source! In fact it seems to be the most expensive and it charges YEARLY. But I have to admit that DVDFab is the best DVD and Bluray ripper in the whole world.
Also, other sites recommend DVDFab HD Decrypter as the free decrypter for all DVD protections, however, it’s no longer free any more.
My Recommendations: Best Tool to Easily Rip Bluray DVDs to PC and Mac
There are quite a lot of programs that are able to rip and convert Bluray and DVDs. I’m glad to recommend some and suggest you guys to have a trial first to see if it is the very one for you.
Leawo Bluray/DVD Ripper(PC & Mac)
Leawo is powerful in multimedia solutions and they develops all its programs into one program called Leawo Prof. Media. And the Bluray ripper and DVD ripper are part of it. Leawo Bluray Ripper is my recommendation for both Windows and Mac users and rate it to be the best tool to easily rip and convert protected/homemade DVDs, like Cars 3, Wonder Woman, Cize, to iPhone/iPad/Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, or rip directly to iTunes. Leawo DVD Ripper is also good to go, but please note it is only for DVDs.
There are other functions in Leawo’s all-in-one solution. I have reviews or user guides of Leawo’s other functions, check the links to see details:
For more details, giveaways, user guide on Leawo products, you can visit here.
AnyMP4 Bluray Ripper/AnyMP4 DVD Ripper(PC&Mac)
Wonderfox DVD Video Converter(Windows)
WonderFox DVD Video Converter is recommended because it is another all-in-one solution that rip DVDs, convert videos, download YouTube online videos and make ringtones.