What is the best software to digitize my DVD collection?

BomTek October 31, 2010
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Basically, I want to get rid of my DVD collection in order to downsize my life a little bit, but I want to copy all of them onto my hard drive first. I’m looking for the Windows software that will allow me to do the following things:

1. Remove any and all DRM restrictions.
If it can’t copy/rip every DVD I own, I’m not interested.

2. Make a copy of the full DVD onto my hard drive, with the “AUDIO_TS” and “VIDEO_TS” folders within the folder for the DVD itself.

3. Have the ability to burn a movie onto a DVD-R to play in a DVD player when necessary.
It’ll be nice to get rid of all our Dinosaur Train DVDs and cases, but eventually BomTek Jr is going to want to watch one of them again. If I can just make him a disc he can pop into the DVD player, everyone’s happy.

4. Turn any of my DVDs into an iPod-compatible format later.
I’m deploying to Afghanistan in a few weeks and I want to be able to load up my iPod without having to track down a DVD-R, burn it, then put it right back in my DVD drive in order to do the rip.

It seems like the WinX DVD Ripper Platinum product that MakeUseOf has given away a few times can do most of that, although I’m not savvy enough to understand everything they say on their webpage.

I think I worded everything OK, but if you think you can help me out (and believe me, I appreciate any help I can get here), but you’re not sure exactly what it is that I’m wanting to do, let me know.

  1. widgetsdaddy
    November 5, 2010 at 3:38 am

    DVD Fab is definitely the best & easiest I've found out there. Get any version free from a torrent site such as btjunkie (or buy if you prefer). If using pirate copy rip everything to generic or mobile which will allow you to convert to avi for storage & burning or any other file for various formats such as ipod or xbox etc. If you choose to buy go for latest Platinum version. It's awesome and child's play.

  2. Anonymous
    November 4, 2010 at 12:57 am

    PowerISO basically makes an image of your dvd or cd. Then you can "mount" it on your computer, which is like inserting a real disk. And you can also burn the image file onto a dvd. And if has drm, use this: http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk instead. Besides poweriso, there are free alternates. For example DAEMON tools lite, virtual clonedrive, and or imgburn,

  3. Aibek
    November 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm


    I wasn't able to find a single program for all of your needs but you can dinfitely manage with 2-3 apps.

    bitRipper : One-Click Free DVD Ripper for Windows


    - backup DVDs to your PC.
    - You may play those DVDs on PC or on iPod
    - removes DRM restrictions (not sure if it can handles everything though)


    2-Step DVD-to-PC or iPod Video Conversion using Free Tools


    a. http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm
    - create a copy of the DVD disk on your computer

    b. http://handbrake.fr/
    - can convert DVD files to media files for use on your PC or iPod


    ImgBurn – Easy & Free CD and DVD Burner App


    - backup/restore dvd: Use create image file from disc option. To create a similar DVD in the future use 'write image file to disc'

    • BomTek
      November 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you for your help as well. I'm currently trying to figure out if these programs you've mentioned will work for me in the field.

      • Aibek
        November 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

        let us know if you need any further assistance

  4. Ryan
    November 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I personally use DVD Fab. It seems to get rid of any protection, and I rip all the discs to an ISO file which I prefer. I can either use that file to burn it to a disc, or mount it to a virtual DVD drive on my PC and watch it that way. I don't even do a 100% disc back up, usually 50%+ or more (single sided DVDs, not dual layer) and they still look fine and fit on the cheaper single sided DVD discs. I also know there is a feature for iPods, but I never use it, and I also don't know if that feature costs extra.

    DVDfab.com is their website.

    God Bless and thank you for your service!

    • BomTek
      November 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      Which DVDFab product do you use? Browsing their website and trying to parse the language, it sounds like I'll need DVD Copy and DVD Ripper, but what do you use?

    • BomTek
      November 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      BTW, you're very welcome!

  5. Anonymous
    October 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Several different factors determine the compatibility of your ripped video files. The resolution of the video, the video and audio codecs. You can adjust/modify the aspect ratio , But note, it can distort the picture quality. You have to test so to minimize file size and to match your expectations of the video quality.


    Aimersoft DVD to iPod Converter
    It includes two parts: how to rip DVD for iPod Touch in an easiest way and how to customize your DVD movies by splitting, joining, cropping, trimming and appending effects before converting

    Cucusoft iPod Video Converter Suite
    includes "Cucusoft iPod Video Converter" and "Cucusoft DVD to iPod Converter".

    Any DVD Converter for iPod

    Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum

    Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate

    • Alice
      February 28, 2012 at 7:42 am

      I think wondershare dvd ripper is a great one! Very professional!

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