RIP your DVDs for free at 2017

I used to rip my DVDs several years back, so I had my slew of free software which did the job, and did it well.

I used DVD Shrink to grab what I wanted from the DVD, while using DVDDecrypter and DVD43 to overcome the DRM and other dvd security measures.

Then I would transcode the dvd which then resided in my harddrive using virtualdub, ususally to Xvid format, while embedding the subtitles in the video.

Well, dvds are not so popular anymore (I don't even have a normal dvd drive in my current computers around the house, so I connected an external dvd drive to my computer), and I haven't ripped a dvd for at least five years now, which is light years in computers and technology time.

So, I went out there, to see what is new and what should I use today to do the the same job.

My requirements are simple:


  • Nice GUI
  • Simple GUI
  • One software to do the whole job (rip, compress, select only the wanted streams etc)
  • (Optional) Software which will be able to use hardware acceleration, like to make good use of my CPU, multiple cores and GPU.
  • Free (preferably open sourced)
  • Updated frequently
  • No adware or any other form of nags

My competitors are as follows (they were chosen after lots of research):


Freemake got out of the list as it:
  • Tries to install 3rd party software (during installation) !?
  • In order to get subtitles handling, more speed and brand removing you need to pay

MediaCoder didn't win due to a wayyyy to complicated software (would recommend this one for advanced users which need complicated stuff done)

Very similar to Handbrake, so as it uses Handbrake behind the scenes, I don't see any advantage of using VidCoder, it was probably relevant in the past, bust since then, Handbrake got better and better so Vidcoder becomes redundant IMHO.

  • Constantly updated
  • Open source
  • Super simple
  • Nice GUI
  • Many options, but using presets can have the simple users covered


I didn't write about dvd copy protections, that is a subject in its own right.

About simple dvd ripping, I have a clear winner which is Handbrake, it does everything I needed in a simple clear and nice way, is constantly updated and is open sourced.

What more can one ask for !?


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