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It’s becoming very common these days for people to “back up” their DVDs and Blu-Rays CDs Are Not Forever: The Truth About CD/DVD Longevity, "Mold" & "Rot" CDs Are Not Forever: The Truth About CD/DVD Longevity, "Mold" & "Rot" The digital age has revolutionized the way we handle information. Never before could humankind record and store so much information and in such diversity. While the amount of data has increased exponentially, the predicted life... Read More onto their computer. This despite the fact that the exact legality for making backups is murky at best. But my own personal opinion is that “if you own it, you can do what you want with it”. Watch it, burn it, eat it, use it as a frisbee in the park, whatever.

But how do you do it? Which programs are the best at ripping those disks Easily & Quickly Rip DVDs With These Windows Apps Easily & Quickly Rip DVDs With These Windows Apps People have been ripping DVDs for years, so most people assume it's an entirely solved problem. That’s not the case. Searching Google for "rip dvd" will present a variety of options and articles. Some are... Read More ? Which ones eat copy protection for breakfast? Here are nine free tools to consider.

MakeMKV

Intuitive cross-platform tool to rip DVDs and Blu-Rays.

I have previously written about MakeMKV Rip Your DVDs & Blu-Rays With Absolute Ease With MakeMKV [Cross-Platform] Rip Your DVDs & Blu-Rays With Absolute Ease With MakeMKV [Cross-Platform] If you ripped all your DVDs and Blu-Rays, you could create an amazing media center. Of course the main obstacle to ripping is the disk's copy protection. Enter our hero: MakeMKV. Read More , where I showed my love for this app. It is simply a case of entering the disk, and then point and click. Don’t touch the other settings unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Choose whether you want subtitles or not. Choose your language. Deselect everything you don’t need. Then let MakeMKV do its work. DVDs are very fast (normally no more than 10 minutes) and Blu-Rays range from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the length of the movie, and the extras you want.

The one downside is that you are then going to end up with enormous files if you rip a Blu-Ray (up to around 6GB is common). But this is a crystal-clear copy of the disk. For archiving purposes, it is perfect. However, if space is tight, you can convert it to MP4 or AVI formats, which will shrink the file considerably (and in some cases, the picture and audio quality will suffer).

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Handbrake

A versatile cross-platform and open source application that supports multiple output formats and can also convert files The Mega Guide to Media File Conversion Tools in Windows The Mega Guide to Media File Conversion Tools in Windows Wondering how to best convert that media file? This is your guide out of the media file jungle. We compiled the most relevant media file conversion tools and show you how to use them. Read More .

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This leads me neatly to Handbrake. You can use Handbrake 5 Clever Things You Can Do with HandBrake 5 Clever Things You Can Do with HandBrake HandBrake is a powerful tool, designed to help you get the most out of your digital media. We have compiled some of HandBrake's most ingenious uses. Check it out! Read More for converting those big MKV files into MP4 files, and you can also directly burn DVD and Blu-Ray disks to MP4 or MKV. Choose a profile, depending on what device you are ripping for (iPod, iPad, normal, etc), decide if you want the subtitles How To Use Handbrake To Attach Subtitles To A Movie File How To Use Handbrake To Attach Subtitles To A Movie File Read More , then hit Start. The other settings should be left alone, unless you know exactly what you are doing.

The software is cross-platform, free, and open-source. Plus it is in continual development, so it has the potential to get better and better.

Freemake Video Converter

A great Windows tool to not only rip discs, but also convert and merge files.

Freemake (our Freemake review Freemake - An Easy Video Converter For Windows Freemake - An Easy Video Converter For Windows Read More ) is one of my favorites, because it has never once screwed up anything I have thrown at it. You just need to insert the disk, point Freemake towards the disk’s folder, decide what format you want it converted to, and Bob’s your uncle. You can even join up files to have one big merged file. Videos can also be converted to Flash or HTML5, as well as MP3.

One great feature is when you rip it to become a DVD, you can also add a menu with clickable chapter titles.

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WinX DVD Ripper

Will convert your DVDs to various outputs, including mobile ready file formats.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of a free copy of the paid Platinum version, when they did a promotion a few months back. But for most people, the free version will more than suffice.

The free version will rip a DVD to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG, H.264, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, Samsung, HTC, and PSP. It can also rip copy-protected DVDs as far back as Windows XP.

The Platinum version will do all that, as well as rip a DVD to an ISO file, rip the disk in 10 minutes, as well as allowing cropping, trimming, and subtitles. It is a worthy contender to Handbrake and Freemake.

Aurora

Rips Blu-Rays to ISO files on Windows and Mac.

Aurora is free cross-platform (Windows & Mac) software which focuses on Blu-Rays only. It will burn the Blu-Ray disk into an ISO file What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7 What Are ISO Files & How You Can Create, Use & Burn Them For Free In Windows 7 ISO files can be created from any CD or DVD you have lying around. They’re called "disc images" because they’re an exact image of a disc. An ISO file contains an exact representation of the... Read More , and then burn the ISO file onto blank disks (if you want to do that part). It claims it can “easily decrypt any type of Blu-Ray”, and when I tested it on a Blu-Ray of mine, the conversion was indeed very fast.

Aurora too claims that it can work on Windows computers as old as XP (SP2). On a Mac, it will work on computers operating OS X 10.6.

CloneDVD

Windows tool to rip DVDs to ISO files.

As the name suggests, CloneDVD….well…clones your DVD disk. After inserting it into your hard-drive, choose which chapters you want copied, choose your language, whether you want subtitles, and off you go. Once the file, in DVD format, has been copied to your computer, you can then burn the ISO to a blank DVD disk CDBurnerXP - A Great Burning Tool For CDs DVDs, Blu-Rays & ISOs [Windows] CDBurnerXP - A Great Burning Tool For CDs DVDs, Blu-Rays & ISOs [Windows] Optical discs are not forever, but although they are losing significance, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are still a great medium for long term backups, given you store them right and don't use them as your... Read More , use software like Handbrake to turn it into a simple MP4 file, or mount the ISO file No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools My computer doesn’t have any optical drives anymore. That means CD drives, DVD drives, Floppy drives--they’ve all been cut out and done away with forever. If a particular piece of peripheral gear doesn’t have a... Read More  on your computer using a virtual drive.

They also have versions of the software for Blu-Ray disks, and for mobile devices.

DVD Shrink

Windows application to compress DVD rips into more compact files.

DVDShrink

DVD Shrink is so called because one of its main “selling points” is that it will shrink the size of the burned file for you. A standard DVD-R disk is 4.7 GB, and sometimes you will find that your burned file exceeds this size. So DVD Shrink will compress the data from the original disk, to make the file as small as possible.

You can also make a compilation from one or more source disks, as well as discarding any parts you don’t need. It will burn and shrink to WMV, AVI, MP4, MOV, and MKV format. It is free of charge, for Windows only, and they invite donations to keep the project going.

VLC Player

Famous for playing any file, this open source and cross-platform program can also burn DVDs.

Who around here needs any introduction to VLC Player 7 Top Secret Features Of The Free VLC Media Player 7 Top Secret Features Of The Free VLC Media Player That VLC pretty much plays everything that you throw at it is old news. It is also a media genie when it comes to other things apart from playing movies. We looked at some of... Read More ? No I didn’t think so. VLC Player has rightfully earned a reputation for being able to play virtually anything you can throw at it The VLC Media Player - Does it Really Play Everything? The VLC Media Player - Does it Really Play Everything? Read More . I haven’t yet found a file it couldn’t handle, and that is just remarkable. But did you know VLC also burned DVD disks?

As you can see from the image above, choose what you want converted, select No disc menus (if you don’t want them), point VLC to the disk location on your hard drive, then click Convert/Save. Ripping can take quite some time, though. Some users have reported it taking up to two hours. Whereas something like MakeMKV or Freemake can do it in 15-20 minutes.

DVDFab

A Windows only open source DVD ripping tool that can rip a batch of titles at the same time, audio only, or specific segments.

DVDFab is also a ripping app which has received a lot of positive praise from friends. As well as ripping disks to the usual formats, it can also rip only the audio. So if you are after a piece of music for your iPhone/iPod, then DVD Fab can grab it for you. Batch conversion allows you to rip more than one title at a time, and the whole software is run on open-source code What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Open Source Software? [MakeUseOf Explains] "Open source" is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. You may know that certain things are open source, like Linux and Android, but do you know what it entails? What is open... Read More .

Specify exactly the start point and end point that you want converted in a disk (which is great for music concerts How To Extract Your Concert DVD Audio to MP3 With 4 Simple Tools How To Extract Your Concert DVD Audio to MP3 With 4 Simple Tools Read More ), and you can also automatically crop the screen to show what you want.

There are obviously many more ripping tools out there, but these are the 8 which I personally like or have had recommended to me by friends. In case your favorite is not on the list, please let us know about it in the comments below and tell us what is so good about it.

Image Credits: Burning CD via Shutterstock

  1. Greg
    December 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Several years back I tried ( and succeeded) to transfer my DVD collection to a 1 terabyte HDD. I was just copying them, so I ran out of space fairly fast. I am at this moment going to try again as I am retired and have time. I use Linux Mint, so I installed Handbrake. First disc being converted at this moment. Great article. I've used several of the programs listed over the years. 1 down 104 to go!

  2. perter lan
    November 23, 2016 at 7:29 am

    UFUSoft Windows 10 Blu-ray Ripper is an all-in-one Blu-Ray, DVD and Video decrypter and Converter for Windows OS 10, Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. The product is specially designed for users to convert homemade Blu-Ray DVDs,BDMV/VIDEO_TS/ISO files into desired audio and video formats like HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MOV, HD WMV, HD ASF, HD WebM, HD SWF, MP4, H.264, AVI, MP3, WMV, WMA, FLV, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, 3GP, 3GPP, VOB, DivX, MOV, RM, RMVB, M4A, DPG, AAC, WAV, etc for playback on PC or multimedia players like iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini/iPad mini 2/iPad mini 3,iPad Air 3 ,iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod touch 5, iPod touch 4, Apple TV 2, Apple TV 3, Samsung Galaxy S7/Note 7, HTC, Nexus, Surface, Kindle Fire, etc. Now this guide will show you how to rip Blu-ray disc or convert Blu-ray ISO with Blu-ray Ripper for Windows 10.

  3. Jim
    November 7, 2016 at 7:24 am

    You can free try Acrok Blu-ray Ripper. It's a good Blu-ray ripping and converting software.

  4. Bruce
    October 16, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Tried the" FreeMake Video Converter"
    It was flagged as having 3 Trojan Horse viruses in it.

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 17, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Those are false positives. I can assure you that the software is safe. I use it virtually every day.

  5. Yougatan
    October 10, 2016 at 2:50 am

    UFUShare a great Windows 10 Blu-ray Ripper, which is capable to rip and convert 3D/2D Blu-ray disc/folder/iso on pc.

  6. Wendylan
    October 9, 2016 at 11:58 am

    The best program I can recommend for handling Blu-ray discs in Windows 10 is called UFUSoft Blu-ray Ripper, which makes ripping, converting and backing up Blu-ray movies in Windows 10 AS EASY AS A PIE. With it, you can convert Blu-ray yet DVDs to virtually any regular video formats like AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MP4, MOV, 3GP, ASF, VOB, etc.

  7. Sunderlandgreen
    September 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

    There are also other free optios for ripping DVD on Windows and Mac such as DVD Shrink, Format Factory, VidCoder, MediaCoder and Pavtube Free DVDAid,

  8. Lin Chen
    July 29, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Pavtube ByteCopy is another tool to rip Blu-ray and DVD. And it is very easy to use.

  9. Lazing Gu
    June 17, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Brorsoft DVD Ripper I think is also on the top list.

  10. Rob Miller
    June 14, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    These reviews are VERY helpful.
    And
    It would be great if some of the Limitations were presented.

    1. I just downloaded Winx RippDVD- the free version will only do 5 minutes of my 1 hr. DVD. I spent an hour of frustration trying to figure it out-- then dug into their website and found the "5 minute limitation.
    2. Then I downloaded Freemake
    AFTER downloading and getting 10-15 minutes into it--- it wants to download other crap on my computer.
    3. Then it wants to Brand their logo on front and end of my DVD. Or you can pay $9.99 to remove the "Branding".

    ****
    I understand developers need to make money.
    It would be nice to know some of these things ahead of time.
    It seems a rude Trickery biz model to have these manipulations AFTER the download and you believe them that it's a free software---- and it doesn't say anywhere- even this review on MakeUseOf--- about all this BS.
    FYI
    thx,

  11. Brazil D Uluwita
    June 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Hello Chaps, Greetings...

    This a very poor recommendations from many here. Unless all of you all are here only concerned about the video files. If that is not the case, from all the Software's Above only MKV Could give " Bit-stream " Audio Yet not Dolby Atmos and DTS NEO- X. sometimes it is not reliable too in ripping the Audio Correctly.

    In my opinion and experience, what good it does if it rips only good video but nothing to do with HD Audio such as, DTS HD MA 7.1 Dolby True HD 7.1 DTS Neo-X well as Dolby Atmos. Make MKV Does gives you Two Choices from the above given Audio Formats but not Dolby Atmos and DTS Neo X. Still as the author has written above you can't just just click the program and relax. You have to play around Make MKV To get the HD Audio.

    To my knowledge well as from what I have done over the years.... the program that gives you a real Blu-ray File ( .mts2 ) well as all major HD Audio format is Any DVD HD. All you have to do is insert the disk and " Rip Video to Hard-drive.

    Sure this article is right if all of us here who read this is just only need a video file and doesn't care a rubbish about HD Audio.

    For me I need good video and audio both. If not it is worthless for me to watch a movie.

  12. Dude
    February 1, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Bluray movies are 15GB on average. 6GB would be some black and white silent movie that cannot even have higher resolution?

    MakeMKV is awesome for ripping the disk without compression. Perfect for backups that have all content (forget extras anyway, useless marketing stuff in most cases). DVDs and BluRays are not meant to last forever and I have had to throw away a few for just being old.

    MKV only has problems with some badly mastered titles which is not its fault. The person who gets multiple titles for selection does not understand the disk was done like that - it either has multi-angles or unrated versions that all come from the same source with different chapters. The content on the disk is not necessarily 4x90min!

    Handbrake is great for ripping the content down to something small and playable. A 400MB DVD rip is great for watching it on the go. In the age of streaming when big-pixel youtube videos are acceptable and nobody complaints about FLV files H264 looks amazing on a small screen.

  13. Worm Techs
    November 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I am afraid DVDFab is not open source!

    • Worm Techs
      November 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      I 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 design themselves.

      Handbrake can be a great tool if it can do better jobs for encrypted DVDs. And if there is more profiles, it can meet more people's needs.

      WinX DVD Ripper you listed here is the free version with limited video formats and unable to handle copy protected dvds either. The platinum version, however, is much more powerful and I believe it is the fastest dvd ripping solution on windows. Here is a review:
      http://www.wormtechs.com/2015/05/what-is-the-fastest-way-to-rip-dvds-to-my-pc/

      DVDShrink WAS great, but the latest version is Version 3.2.0.14 - 25 July 2004. See! 11 years ago!

      AnyDVD HD is recommended by me than AnyDVD since AnyDVD HD can do everything AnyDVD does and it copies Blu-rays as well.
      AnyDVD HD: http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvdhd.html?aid=52306

  14. Riven Lee
    October 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I tried many of the Blu-ray/DVD ripping tools here. I also used Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate and I think it is an all-in-one solution, which contains the most functions of the ripping tools introduced here, especially in H.265 processing. Input and output, both are ok!

  15. Black Jordan
    September 24, 2015 at 1:18 am

    There are still lots of Bluray ripping and copy programs for sale some right here on the forum that work very well and they don't seem to be going anywhere with the exception of aieesoft.

    Just a simple google search and you will find more companies that I can count selling Blu ray and DVD programs. I'm currently using EaseFab's Blu ray Ripper ($36.9) to rip and backup my Blu ray & DVD collection. It's easy to use and can handle all the discs that I throwed in. It takes about 10~15 mintues to perform the ripping task.

  16. Denny Chan
    August 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Perhaps you have collected a big amount of Blu-ray movies in disc at home. Generally, with a professional Blu-ray player, you could make use of the big screen of TV to watch Blu-ray movies. Without doubt, it’s a pleasant experience to watch Blu-ray movies at home with home theatre system. However, there’re cases in which Blu-ray discs are damaged due to scratches, fingerprints, breakage, kids playing with them, etc. It will cost much once the Blu-ray disc becomes damaged. Fortunately, you get choices to backup Blu-ray disc to hard drive or blank Blu-ray disc. The questions are: what is the best Blu-ray backup software and how to backup Blu-ray movies?

    Here is a post that lists 10 wonderful Blu-ray backup software for you to copy and back up Blu-ray disc, folder and ISO image files on PC easily?
    http://www.leawo.org/tutorial/top-10-blu-ray-backup-software-to-copy-and-backup-blu-ray-on-pc.html

  17. Jakob Ruf
    June 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I'm currently using MakeMKV to rip my BluRays and Handbrake to convert them and shrink them down - great combo but it takes a few hours to do this process for one movie
    (BTW: I often find myself having BluRay movies of up to 30GB on my hard drive - so I call bullshit on the 6GB of uncompressed BluRay material)

    • Mark O'Neill
      June 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      I haven't personally experienced 30GB BluRay files, so that is a new one for me. I guess it depends on the length of the movie, and the number of extras you are downloading with it.

      I agree it takes a long time, but what I do is rip the BluRays during the day while I am awake (which is the fast part), then convert to MP4 in one big batch (which is the longest part) during the night when I am sleeping (and set Handbrake to switch the computer off when it's finished). When you wake up in the morning, it's all done.

  18. Peter Fitzsimmons
    June 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I've used wind DVD ripper for my DVDs. Overall it works fine, but every now and then I came across a DVD that would confuse the program and would copy bits of the disc or copy the first half of a show twice.

    I am looking for a good program to copy my blu rasy collection onto a USB drive to take on holiday so I may try one of these suggestions.

    • Mark O'Neill
      June 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Definitely use MakeMKV for your BluRays. It never fails (he says, with his fingers crossed behind his back).

  19. Joe Fish
    June 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I use CloneDVD, but that is the picture for generic CloneDVD, not the Slysoft CloneDVD.

  20. Kai M.
    June 17, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Nice list! Personally I've been using InfraRecorder for years to burn everything from CDs to DVDs and Linux and Windows disc images for client computers. The thing I like about it the most is the simple, easy to use interface. Check it out: http://www.infrarecorder.org

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