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dvd ripper windowsThere are all sorts of reasons you would want to rip your DVD’s to AVI files. In my case it is getting rid of my space killing DVD collection.

I am going to be packing ’em up and putting them away for storage.

But that shouldn’t mean I can’t have access to any movie I own at any given time…


dvd ripper tool

Well for a long while, if you wanted to rip DVD’s that meant you needed to know how to decrypt your DVD’s and then you needed a little geeky know-how to convert those “vob” files and other crap to something playable.


Times they are a’ changing because this little free application called bitRipper includes a de-crypter and a converter in one package. That means throw the DVD into your DVD drive and click START RIPPING!

dvd ripper freeware

It is that easy. It’s easy enough for your mom to do it. For real!


If you don’t believe me, go check it out for your self. Grab the installer direct from here or visit the author’s homepage here.

My download did not require a registration code but the author does include this on the download page:

If your download requires entering username and regcode, please use the following ones:
User name:

Registration code:

bitRipper also has advanced configuration modes available where you can get at some settings but the two best features are the included DVD decrypting and On the fly writing.

On The Fly DVD Writing does not require you to use almost 5 gigabytes to rip your dvd before burning the AVI. That’s right it converts video on-the-fly, copying data and writing it to your AVI file at the same time.

bitRipper was originally commercial software when I first came upon it but it is free now and occasionally updated. The author points out that he has added these features in the recent past:

  • Ability to control the ripping process system priority
  • Internal video bitrate calculator to fine-tune the compression level
  • Authorization support for protected discs
  • Episodical discs support (multiple DVD tracks containing multiple parts)
  • Support of the most of video export formats including AVI, MPEG, DivX
  • Reduced installation package, maximized stability and reliability

bitRipper is an amazing find and a regular part of my DVD ripping activities! Give it a shot.

What do you use to rip your DVD’s? Something as easy and free? Put me on it in the comments.

  1. Chad
    December 31, 2009 at 12:00 am

    ***IMPORTANT*** b4 clicking settings or “start ripping” be sure up PLAY the dvd, not the whole thing just a few seconds of the movie, I use VLC (its free and we all love free right? LOL), to play the dvd b4 ripping but if you have some other dvd player it should work just fine.
    this “unlocks” the dvd and allows you to rip it. not sure why you have to do this and I think the reason other aren’t running into this problem is that they have software that tries to auto play the dvd for them.

  2. demi trump
    December 30, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Mac Video Converter is a powerful tool, and i also find iPhone Ringtone Maker

  3. Paul R
    December 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Just reied bitRipper after seeing positive comments. However it stops as soon as I hit Settings. Using Vista on an Acer 2GB RAM. Turned off macafee, no difference.

  4. fdsfsas
    December 14, 2009 at 3:21 am

    How to rip dvd on mac?here is a step.

  5. Pete Jacobs
    November 10, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Have been using BitRipper until lately. Had the DivX codec assigned to ripping (faster than the others though not as good resolution). It started coming back with an ''Statsfile' not found' error message as well as another error message shortly after clicking on the 'Start Ripping' button. May have added other video processing utilities since installing BitRipper. Could they have changed access somehow to codecs that BR uses? Great product otherwise.

  6. colm nets
    September 24, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I just found a very useful TS to AVI Converter, which is very powerful and also a TS to MPEG Converter

  7. gina lun
    September 23, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Today amny people have Sony Ericsson Phone as their portable devices, i think there also need some softare which are Sony Ericsson Video Converter and Sony Ericsson XPERIA Converter

  8. B&G
    September 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I just downloaded it have used it for about 6 rips so far. On a XP64 system, 2G memory, Athlon 3000+ CPU.

    No issues yet.

  9. Herman
    September 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    This is kindof cool These guys are giving away their new DVD Ripper for a few weeks:

  10. softdir
    September 11, 2009 at 1:09 am

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  11. free video converter
    August 26, 2009 at 8:47 pm
  12. alexnikle
    July 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    free avi converter i think you may need it

  13. Stephen
    July 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    we do need DVD ripper, We do need it to backup DVDs to computer. Free DVD Ripper is the best choice


  14. richard
    July 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    If you have a problem with opening the settings - open up another dvd software and then retry bitripper. I am guessing its not initialising something it needs correctly. Opening another dvd application seems to do the trick.

  15. sun
    July 27, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Aimersoft DVD Ripper is the most powerful one that I have used before. It has great power to rip DVD to video of all formats.

  16. jocko
    July 26, 2009 at 8:38 am

    does this work with 1 click dvd like dvd 43 does

  17. DVD iPod
    July 17, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Aimersoft DVD Ripper is the most powerful one that I have used before. It has great power to rip DVD to video of all formats.

    July 17, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Worked great for the first 2 DVDs then it kept crashing. Other than that it work great.

  19. jeffcard
    July 15, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I'd prefer this ( dvd ripper. It works pretty well for me.

  20. wenling
    June 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Try (" title="iSkysoft dvd ripper) dvd-ripper. Not dare to say it's the best, but it works perfect on my computer!

  21. anniebehrman
    June 12, 2009 at 4:04 am
  22. Jesse
    May 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I tried it on vista 64bit, works great. my only complaint is that it shrinks the size of the video. When you go fullscreen with the ripped video it is smaller than the original. I've tried a number of settings and can't seem to get rid of the "black border" around the video.

  23. Robert
    April 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Crashed out of the gate, oh well
    windows 64 bit vista

  24. Ted-E Bear
    April 25, 2009 at 3:15 am

    i recently stumbled across bitripper as i was looking for something quite easy to use to be able to add movies to my MP4 player (does play .AVI :D ) however after 2 dvd's bitripper will not work anymore.
    i go to "start ripping" and bitripper just closes and 16.48mb of data is dumbed on to the harddrive.

    System Info:
    Windows XP sp3
    AMD Athlon *2 2.61GHz
    2GB ram

    does anyone know how to fix this so i can continue ripping?

  25. lk
    April 18, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Tried bitripper today but all I get when trying to rip an old is an error pop up saying:
    Can't access DVD data. Disc is not authorized, anyone hade that one and knows how to get around it?

  26. Dr Adford
    February 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Why are some people saying that it can take them 4 hours to rip and burn a DVD using other software?
    I use DVDShrink which rips a DVD in about 20 minutes (depending on the DVD) and then burn it with Nero, in about 15 - 20 minutes (I always burn at 4x on 16x Taiyo Yuden DVD+R discs).
    I will give BitRipper a go tonight.

  27. Kelly
    January 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    worked great the first 1-2 times, but now it crashes a lot, or it says it is complete but it isn't the whole movie

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      January 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

      What OS are you running? What else do you have running? What is your processor and installed memory?

      • Kelly
        January 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

        Win XP sp3
        Rainlendar, KeePass, and some system processes were running, but all in the background, nothing else was eating up ram
        1.73 ghz with 2 gb ram

        • Karl L. Gechlik |
          January 29, 2009 at 10:52 am

          1.73? What kind of a processor is that? When the conversion was going on was the processor or memory maxed out?

          What are you running for Antivirus or other real time protection? Was that disabled?

  28. sarah
    January 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    ok so forgive me if this is the stupidest question but i am SO not a computer person. i am trying to find a way to put MY dvd's that i own on my new ipod and having one he!! of a time. are the AVI files like the mp4's??? and if i rip the movies where do they go? stay on my desktop or do i have to burn them to disks? like i said you are probably laughing so hard you can't read this anymore but i really need help:) thanks for your time! sarah

    • Aster
      January 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm

      Hey, Sarah. No worries, we were all newbies once. ;)

      .avi files are a type of video file, but it looks like ipods can't play .avi files, so BitRipper probably isn't going to help you. What you'll need to get your DVDs onto your iPod is software that will A) decrypt your DVDs (ie, get through the copy protection and make a copy for you) and B) convert them to a format that your iPod can read. I'm not sure if this is totally up to date or not, but this site seems to have a nice tutorial on how to do this with free tools (note, I haven't tried that tutorial myself, just found it via Google and looked over it briefly. I've seen DVD Decrypter and Videora software recommended before, though, so I think they're legitimate. Still, I'm not a professional, make sure you check it out beforehand, blah blah blah.)

      Good luck!

    • Amy
      August 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

      If this tool works for you to convert to .avi, then you can use Any Video Converter, a free video conversion tool, to convert the .avi file to .mp4 format. I use it to convert videos for my own mp4 player, and for converting flash videos to .avi.

      You can find it here:

      It's very easy to use.

      As for bitRipper, I'm having the same problem mentioned in a previous comment: when I try to open it, it tells me that it has stopped working, and it closes out immediately. I'm running it (or trying to, rather) on Vista.

  29. fee
    January 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    can we convert .vob file to .avi WITH the english subtitles? any help would be appreciated. thanks!

  30. T.J. Mininday
    January 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Wow, hadn't heard of this one. Great find...I've been looking for something to get the most out of my DVDs.

  31. Aster
    December 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I've been using bitRipper for awhile. I like it! It's so much simpler than more complicated apps like Handbrake (which does have its devotees, I know).

    It's not perfect...every now and then it'll chew on a disc for a long time and not completely rip it, but I think that's a copy protection issue (other rippers tend to also have problems with those DVDs). And I agree with the other commenter that being able to choose something other than the default language would be awesome (Japanese anime purist, who, me?) But overall, I keep coming back to bitRipper: it's small, it's simple, and it's relatively quick. It's all I need.

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      December 31, 2008 at 9:57 am

      Wow! So many people are using bitRipper. How come no one ever put me on?? Thanks for the comment Aster!

  32. Pierre Ouellette
    December 29, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Tried both BitRipper and DVDfab
    DVDfab freeware is a stripped version of DVDfab platinum which is actually 30 days trialware. I hate it when they do that so I did not try to use it.
    BitRipper is real freeware, works real fine with all features available as soon as the installation is completed.

    For me, the choice was easy ...

    Pierre Ouellette

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 29, 2008 at 9:19 am

      Exactly Pierre - Free is for me :)

  33. Matt Blake
    December 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Won't even open... just says BitRipper has stopped working and closes out.

  34. Catus
    December 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I use SimpleDivX which works pretty nice with language selection, and I'm also using Windows Vista.
    Judging from the interface, SimplexDivX needs some time to learn but it does a good job.

  35. Ron
    December 27, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    The other issues I have is that when I click on settings,nothing happens, no pop up window appears at all.Any ideas would certainly be helpful

  36. Karl L. Gechlik |
    December 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    What are the errors? Maybe I can help you out?

    • Ron
      December 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Karl
      The errors i get are similar to Razors..cannot find disc,and then when I click on rip,programs does nothing and finally locks up,shortly after I received the blue screen.

  37. Ron
    December 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    I just downloaded it today,and received nothing but errors and finally the beloved Blue Screen of Death.
    I am running it on Vista SP1

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

      Ian are you logged in as an Administrator?

  38. Versatileninja
    December 27, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    How does ripping on the fly and encoding compare to ripping to hard drive first, and then encode?

    Using the latter method, it takes me about 3 hours total for the entire setup. I cannot fathom that this program will take less time, but rather more time!

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm

      This program is definately MUCH faster. When I ripped a DVD to an AVI file yesterday, it took about one hour.

      • Karl L. Gechlik |
        December 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm

        46 minutes to rip a full DVD on the fly vs about 4 hours for a rip to disk and then de-crypt and convert. This is awesome. I can be so more productive now!

  39. Tron
    December 27, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    I am a bit suspect of the links to the porn sites at the bottom of their page. Clicking a couple makes Firefox not want to let me go to them... hmmm.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm

      So do you always just click on random porno links?

  40. Razor
    December 27, 2008 at 11:38 am

    huge problem for me it just wont work. first of all u must put a dvd in the drive before opening bitripper otherwise it cant see the disc. secondly when i go to rip it says an error occured cant find the video file even tho it sees the dvd and asks u which part of the dvd u want to rip. anyone else having this issue im running it under windows xp pro sp3

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 27, 2008 at 11:53 am

      Well that IS strange because even if a disk isnt in the drive, bitRipper detects a disk when one is finally put in (for me anyway).

      I don't have your second problem either.

      It works perfectly for me, despite the problem I mentioned earlier.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm

      I tried it on XP SP3 and Vista SP1 without either of these issues. Do you have issues opening or playing the disks? Is the drive light staying on or stopping after recognizing the disk?

      Do you have other apps using the drive? bitRipper needs exclusive access to the drive.

    • Chad
      December 30, 2009 at 11:53 pm

      b4 clicking settings or "start ripping" be sure up PLAY the dvd, not the whole thing just a few seconds of the movie not just the main menu, I use VLC (its free and we all love free right? LOL), to play the dvd b4 ripping but if you have some other dvd player it should work just fine.
      this "unlocks" the dvd and allows you to rip it. not sure why you have to do this and I think the reason other aren't running into this problem is that they have software that tries to auto play the dvd for them.

  41. slAcker
    December 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I usually use DVD Fab HD Decrypter, that also decrypts CSS ...

    It can be used as a one-click-decrypter but also offers more options like language selection.


  42. Mark O'Neill
    December 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I started using this yesterday but I came across a small problem which stops this from being 100% perfect.

    Basically bitRipper doesn't have an option to switch languages in the DVD.

    I have a lot of German DVD's which also have the option to switch to English. But bitRipper doesn't give me the option to switch languages. So it immediately rips the disk in the default language which is German. But the English language option is there! I just can't get to it!

    It would be nice if the bitRipper developer could fix this in an upgrade.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 27, 2008 at 11:29 am

      Hmmm thanks for pointing this out Mark. I only watch English DVD's so it wasn't something I tried to do. Maybe the author will see this post and fix it up for ya Mark! :)

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