Recently, I was looking for some free DVD rippers for testing so as to recommend for all you guys and when I did a Google search “best free DVD ripper” and Google recommended the below DVD rippers for me according to TechRadar:
- Freemake Video Converter
- DVDFab HD Decryptor
- WinX DVD Ripper Free Edition
To be honest, I partially agree with Catherine Ellis’ recommendations because:
- Freemake Video Converter is NO LONGER FREE. It was free a year ago or so and I had recommended it to many others on Reddit and Quora, however, I found it no longer free and it was giving me trouble on my Windows 7 machine and I had listed it here.
As you can see the watermark the so-called free DVD ripper adds to my video. It is right in the middle of the video.
- WinX DVD Ripper Free Edition. I notice there is a free version of WinX DVD Ripper, however, when you go for the download page, it downloads WinX DVD Ripper Platinum with the limited 5-minutes trial. I don’t think this is free?
2019 Top DVD Rippers That is 100% Free with Pros and Cons
Here’s what I recommend the 2019 best free DVD rippers with their pros and cons. They are all 100% free to rip DVDs, but each has its shorting comings. I suggest you guys have a try and the one that better meets your needs.
I agree with Catherine’s recommendation and MakeMKV is highly recommended by me as well, as it is truly free to rip all kinds of protected DVDs. According to the official site of MakeMKV, it is always free to rip DVDs. MakeMKV is constantly updated to support the latest DVD copy protection. Because there is no re-coding process while you rip DVD to MKV, the ripping speed is super faster.
Please note MakeMKV is only able to rip DVD to MKV and you are NOT able to cut or trim the MKV within MakeMKV. Also, there seems to be a problem in selecting titles and you will always have to confirm the right title for ripping yourself.
WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy
WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy is the lite version of its pro version called WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, which I believe is the fastest DVD ripping solution on PCs when it rips DVDs directly MPG file without recoding. WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy just rips DVDs to MPG as the pro version does. So, I believe it is the best and fastest free DVD ripper.
WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy seems to be a nice option if you just want to make a backup of DVDs to digital format without any worry about the data size.
Handbrake does not seem to work better than other free DVD rippers as it does not support encrypted DVDs.
VLC is also cross-platform to free rip DVDs for all you guys, and there are more profiles for meeting different people’s needs like MP4, AVI, MP3 etc. It also supports protected DVDs.
However, for some reason, VLC does not work quite well, it gives me trouble every now and then. Sometimes, it fails to rip the DVD, sometimes the output is out of sync. I am really not sure why.
DVD Shrink is a program that was developed a decade ago and it is still working well to free decrypt DVDs to the hard drive in VIDEO_TS folder or ISO format.
However, it does not work very well on my Windows 10 and there seems to be a compatible program with the latest OS. It does work great on Windows 7 at the moment.
Best Options to Rip DVDs 100% Free
We see each free DVD ripper has its shorting coming and but we do have a combination to 100% free rip DVDs to MP4 to meet most people’s needs as MP4 is widely supported by different devices like TVs, smart-phones as well as streaming. And here I’d like to recommend MakeMKV and Handbrake to work together: MakeMKV to decrypt DVDs to MKV and Handbrake to convert MKV to MP4.
Also, you can WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy to decrypt the DVD protection and convert with Handbrake or VLC for more video formats.