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DvdHeadI have been looking for a good free easy to use DVD ripper for a little while now that I can use to copy DVDs that are copyright protected (for backups). I came across this gem called WinX DVD Ripper which is a 6.5 MB download and which will have you ripping DVD’s with ease.

I have had a few favorites and they have all either become paid software or they have been crippled via updates. The movie industry is a hard cookie to have mad at ya”¦

So the lawyers get cease and desist letters out to the developers and hey why would a free app writer want a long drawn out battle in court? Most don’t and cave.

Please note that it depends where you live – but deciding to copy DVDs that are copyright protected might be illegal! Know your country/state laws regarding ripping DVD’s. I am sticking by my story that I back up all my DVD’s so my little one doesn’t destroy them and the $30 they cost!

how to copy dvds that are copyright protected

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So the new kid on the block is WinX DVD ripper. I put it through the normal tests and it is really easy to use! Let’s take a look

copy dvds that are copyright protected

Let’s set up our options, load our DVD in our drive and see how it works.

how to copy copyrighted dvds

You choose the format you want to convert to by clicking on the appropriate tab. I chose the first one which is AVI (my format of choice). Then I left all of the settings alone and just modified the path to output to above the settings here:

burn dvds which are copy protected

I left the folder name the same and changed the drive it was writing to. When I was done with the settings I made sure my DVD was in a DVD ROM and recognized by my system and then I hit the blue start button.

burn copy protected dvds

Now it was time to play the waiting game..

burn copyrighted dvds

You have the option of shutting down your machine when the rip is complete or for the application to open the output folder when it is done. If you want either of these options to happen simply check the corresponding box.

Once the rip is complete you will have a video file in the format of your choice in the folder you specified a few steps earlier. If you did not change the path it will live in the same drive you installed the software in a directory called OutPutFolder.

WinX DVD Ripper

For real – I have never seen a quicker or easier method to ripping. What do you guys use to do this dirty job? Care to share your favorite applications to copy copyright protected DVDs with us in the comments? We would love to hear from you!

  1. A.D. Smith
    September 3, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I still didn't see how to use the WinX DVD Ripper, for ripping DVD to DVD explained. I am what you would call a dummy when it comes to these things, and I would like an easier more detailed solution.

  2. harish
    April 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    hai guys

    my choice to rip a copy prtected dvd's is by video converters.

    i use freemake video converter to rip the copy protected videos

    amd my suggestion for all of u .

  3. Ibrahim
    January 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I don't know what all the slobbering fuss and idiocy is all about? I tried to rip a dvd and (guess what?) I get "Upgrade to Platinum Edition

    Note: You are trying to convert an encrypted disc, which is not supported in the Free Edition.
    We recommend you to upgrade to Platinum Edition. Try Platinum Edition Free"

    So this is what? Just a decoy software designed to make you buy the Platinum software for 29.95 through the trial-ware. --- So essentially then, if this so-called 'free' software can't rip an encrypted dvd, then all it does is make this poorly researched article "null and void". (Gosh! Any free video converter can easily rip an unencrypted dvd and there are now a dime and dozen of them!)

  4. Alyse
    January 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I have a program that lets me copy and burn dvds, i am wondering if there is a program that will let me bypass the new movies that have a block on them? I am not very good at uderstanding electronics so if someone does have a solution make it sound simple. lol Thanks!

  5. Jack
    December 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I personally prefer iskysoft dvd ripper. It works like a charm on my computer.

  6. dfssss
    December 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    How to burn dvd?I often encounter the problem.

  7. allie
    November 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    hey i hope someone can help i have the winx dvd ripper platinum

    But I'm not sure how to use it. Ive emailed winx and i got nothing. i really want to learn.But when i put my dvd in it show all the chapters and if i click them all and then rip when its done the movie is in diff. orders ex ch 1,9,20,3,10.....
    help someone plz

  8. Dean
    November 30, 2009 at 7:31 am

    So many people like it, not bad, I will try it

  9. stephen9527
    November 19, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Yes, but the upgraded version WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is amazing, if you need this kind of software, it should be one of your best choices. Unmatchable ripping speed. Have a try.

  10. Alex
    November 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

    i downloaded this program but sadly when i tried to rip my dvd is said "you are trying to convert an encrypted disc, which is not supported in the free edition."

  11. Dolie
    October 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    winxdvd.com/specialoffer/oct09.htm

  12. Bob
    October 21, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Both WinX DVD Author and WinX DVD Ripper software is free durring the month of october.

    winxdvd.com/specialoffer/oct09.htm
    Regular $29.95

    winxdvd.com/specialoffer/sep0902.htm
    Regular $24.95

  13. MikeL
    October 20, 2009 at 12:28 am

    WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is still free untill Otc.31
    http://www.winxdvd.com/specialoffer/oct09.htm

  14. AngelArtist
    October 13, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Am giving this a spin. I have a few hard-to-find movies that are like lullabyes to me. Have tried other products but it has been a waste of time. Hoping this one will save the day :)

  15. Ken
    October 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks mate! You saved my time! Very good piece of software, fast and FREE. God bless you! :)

  16. Steve
    September 28, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I get "WinX DVD Ripper has stopped working" every time I try it, and it has to quit, I have Vista 64 bit.

  17. happychine
    September 18, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Free DVD Ripper definitely recommended! Easy to use and good functionality. Works a charm! Download it here:
    freedvdripper.org/

  18. darknight
    September 17, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Guys,
    Good new for all of you.
    Free WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for a limited time(Exp9/30) so hurry)!
    http://www.winxdvd.com/specialoffer/sep09.htm

  19. darknight
    September 16, 2009 at 3:59 am

    it is really easy to use, very impresive

  20. Orange
    September 15, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Also find their WinX Video Converter is free too

  21. Orange
    September 14, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Thanks Karl

    "I have been looking for a good free easy to use DVD ripper" too.

  22. Weekended
    September 11, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Only 3-steps convert DVD to MP4 very fast

  23. Briars
    September 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Fast and easy than I expected, very like it

  24. MuMo
    September 9, 2009 at 4:34 am

    thank karl great work,and winx too

  25. Beck
    September 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    WinX DVD Ripper is a handy freeware tool that allows you to rip your DVDs fast and without too much effort. Apart from the naming of the output files, it does a great job and offers even experienced users the tools to alter various parameters for a better result.
    In you want to know more, I suggest you visit:WinX DVD Ripper

  26. SunRIse
    September 7, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks Karl and KnightD I need both DVD Ripper and iPhone converter, really works fine and totally FREE. And also thanks WinX DVD for the great and free prouct who need them.

  27. Beck
    September 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    WinX DVD Ripper is a handy freeware tool that allows you to rip your DVDs fast and without too much effort. Apart from the naming of the output files, it does a great job and offers even experienced users the tools to alter various parameters for a better result.
    In you want to know more, I suggest you visit:WinX DVD Ripper

  28. KnightD
    September 4, 2009 at 2:50 am

    gertnert do you try this, it as good as P.O. says, why cost $79.95 to buy your products, I check their proudct page

    a plenty of FREE product, I think it's all like WinX DVD Ripper, I tried their winxdvd.com/free-iphone-converter WinX Free iPhone Video Converter , and I like it.

  29. gertnert
    September 3, 2009 at 3:27 am

    I know only one thing --- you can't approach good things without payment.

    Then I prefer this set of DVD & Video & Audio decrypting and authorizing tool with full support of Windows Vista 64 bit and Windows 7.

    DVD Decrypting + Authorzing Tools Pack which consists of the DVD Ripper to decode DVD to video on PC with 1:1 quality, the Video Converter to convert all kinds of video formats, the Audio Converter to convert all audio formats and extract audio from DVD video and convert to MP3, the DVD Copy to decrypt CSS region protection and copy from D-5 to D9, D-9 to D-5, and thisDVD Creator to burn your own DVD from whatever audio & video files you have.

  30. charywilley
    September 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Free but powerful, seems everybody like it

  31. newpony
    September 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Yes, it's a great FREE back up DVD software to protect DVD to be sratch.
    THX

  32. Voprien
    September 1, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Thanks Karl,

    This program does what you says.It’s amazing to me. I convert my loads of DVDs to WMV correctly.

  33. ghosbule
    August 31, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Coooool,very helpful!!!

  34. charywilley
    August 31, 2009 at 2:55 am

    WOW, I didn't hear WinX DVD Ripper before, I was very impressed when first use it, simple and easy.

    Thanks

  35. Maarten
    August 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Hey windingman, you probably missed the last part of the article: "What do you guys use to do this dirty job? Care to share your favorite applications to copy copyright protected DVDs with us in the comments?" That's all, and by the way, I'll stick to DVD-Shrink anyway.

    • Karl Gechlik
      August 28, 2009 at 7:43 am

      Yup Yup. Thanks for reading (and comprehending!)

  36. windingman
    August 28, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Why there is so many competitior reconmend their product here, we just talk about WinX DVD Ripper here, I like this one, that's all.

    • Karl Gechlik
      August 28, 2009 at 7:43 am

      Windingman Maarten below is correct we love to hear what our readers use. This helps give everyone a little more insight on what people use and why. And especially why they dont like a specific product over another. It helps everyone and keep em coming!

  37. Maarten
    August 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I'll try this one, but always used DVD-Shrink (totally free)up till now with great satisfaction. If you compare the bought version of WinX with the free version it's obvious you can't get high quality for free. But in DVD-Shrink you can choose to make a complete (high quality) back-up or a shrinked version. You can even make a video-CD from a dual-layer DVD if you want. And it can also skip the region-code, very handy! ! !

  38. Wood
    August 26, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, another shill, LOLs

  39. Jeff
    August 26, 2009 at 6:17 am

    You also could try "Daniusoft DVD Ripper" which a friend told me. It could help you rip DVD (including protected DVD with CSS) for playback on iPod, iPhone, Zune, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Smart Phone, etc. with only three steps. Also let you set the movie effects.

  40. Jeff
    August 26, 2009 at 6:16 am

    You also could try <a href=" convert-video-dvd.com/dvd-ripper.html#135" title="Daniusoft DVD Ripper" which a friend told me. It could help you rip DVD (including protected DVD with CSS) for playback on iPod, iPhone, Zune, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Smart Phone, etc. with only three steps. Also let you set the movie effects.

  41. Wood
    August 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Since this product is very useful to me, I also upgrade it to their platinum version, seem more powerful and only $14.95

  42. Wood
    August 24, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Karl Gechlik, thank you for your great review of the DVD ripper, I just need this kind of software to buck up my DVD to PC, and this is Free and works fine, no virtues include.

    PS,Karl don't be so angry about James, maybe this guy is just a competitior of WinX DVD Ripper, maybe this free software is not by him. LOL

  43. Apie
    August 24, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Just download and install this free dvd ripper, convert DVD to MP4,very fast and the converted mp4 is good, not find any other problem as far as now.

  44. lynchy010
    August 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I ripped it to avi and it looks fine but has no sound at all. I'm now trying ripping it to wmv and checking that out. Is there any reason why there was no sound with the avi version i ripped?

    • shin
      September 19, 2009 at 11:17 am

      Same problem, here try to convert to divx/xvid , it is impressive how fast it converts it and the quality, but cant seem to get the sound even though i have adjusted the sound level to highest?

      Anyone else having this problem?

  45. jane
    August 22, 2009 at 4:36 am

    I had been using 4Videosoft DVD Ripper Platinum. This tool is really practical for me.

  46. Blueseed
    August 21, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Cool, and THX Karl for giving us the great DVD ripper of FREE. Tried it very easy and fast going. I am very curious that why it is free

  47. LauraW
    August 20, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Just took a try of this free program. It done a good job. No spyware is found. Really like this freeware. Worth a try.

  48. eSPy
    August 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    i like DVD Decrypter myself....simple interface and removes protection as well as menu restrictions and Region codes.

  49. Charax
    August 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Nice program, seems to work ok, but unlike similar programs (DVDx, for example) it doesn't give you a decent preview of the size of the end file. You pretty much have to trial-and-error it, changing options each time. To it's credit, it does seem like a good one-click DVD ripper that handles CSS, whereas most other programs either just remove CSS, copying the whole DVD to disk, or convert to AVI.

    Once I find a good configuration for producing 700MB DVDrips this'll probably be my default ripping program. No problems with spyware thus far.

  50. Will Mueller
    August 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks Karl. I was looking for something like this recently and WinX seems to work fine, though much slower then I might have expected. Just using 196kb MP3 audio and AVI with regular settings it took about 1 hour to rip almost 17 minutes of a DVD I was testing. Not sure if this is standard for all programs of this type or if it is just my OK laptop DVD/CD drive.

  51. James
    August 19, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Looks like you were paid to post this spyware crap. No thanks.

    • Joe Mama
      August 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm

      Im confused James? Where can you find spyware? While I don't know where you got your info, but how about a little proof before spouting off about "spyware crap". The public seems to want a little more than one sentence rant these days so a explanation would be nice. Then again this probably doesn't run on your mac, so I can slightly understand your frustration. Hey thanks for listening to me.

    • Karl Gechlik
      August 20, 2009 at 8:17 am

      Are you kidding me James? I have been writing about Freeware and Shareware for almost 4 years now and NEVER have i ever been paid by a software company or developer!

      And there is 0 spyware associated or installed with this app!

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