SoftwareInReview looked at DVD ripping software programs. Listed below are our top seven DVD ripping programs for 2011. Each program was ranked based on ease of use, effectiveness of features, and availability of help/support.
- DVD Cloner by DVD Cloner – www.dvd-cloner.com
DVD Cloner is the best overall DVD ripping software on the market. We give it high marks for being intuitive, having a comprehensive list of features, and providing ample help/support. This software allows you to rip and burn DVDs as well as Blue Ray discs. Additionally it can be used to rip DVD movies that are region-coded, CSS-encrypted or Sony ARCCOS protected. DVD Cloner provides a high quality copy in minutes and gives you the ability to control exactly what you want to include on the disc. The software does most of the work for you by automatically detecting disc format, screen ratio and scenes/chapters/episodes. DVD Cloner comes with FAQs and tutorials. If you need further assistance, they also provide a live chat option and email support. Even the most novice user can use this software to turn out beautiful DVD copies.
- CloneDVD by Slysoft – www.slysoft.com
CloneDVD by Slysoft is the perfect tool for backing up your DVD collection. It is the fastest DVD ripping software program on the market. Its straightforward interface earned top marks for user friendliness. However, this software does not allow you to convert your files for use on mobile devices, nor does it support Blue Ray ripping. Although it is very simple to use, if you do need help phone support and live chat are not available. Other similarly priced software on our list offered more features and video formats for the money.
- DVD Copy 6 Plus by Corel – www.corel.com
DVD Copy 6 Plus by Corel is the best DVD ripping software on the market for novices. It was by far the most user friendly software we reviewed. This program is also excellent for converting files for use on mobile devices such as iPhones, Zune and PSP. However, users do not have the ability to select custom resolutions which may be a problem for people with non standard mobile devices. Help is abundantly available in the form of FAQs, tutorials and phone and email support. While more advanced users might feel slightly limited with so many preset features, most users will find the program gets the job done.
- Power2Go by CyberLink Corp. – www.cyberlink.com/products/power2go
Power2Go by CyberLink is straightforward to use and provides high quality copies. Although the software allows you to rip and burn Blue Ray discs, it is limited in the file formats it supports. Power2Go will not allow you to decrypt copyrighted DVDs, nor does it give you the capability of converting files for use on a mobile device. This software received our lowest marks for help/support. Help is limited to forums and software tickets for technical problems. For $15 a month you can purchase a telephone support plan or FAQ software. Power2Go is great for backing up your media library, but you may want to look at other DVD ripping software if you want to convert files to your mobile device.
- ImTOO DVD Ripper by ImTOO – www.imtoo.com/dvd-ripper.html
ImToo DVD Ripper supports the ripping of most file formats. However, it does not support Blue Ray ripping. It does allow you to convert files for use on mobile devices. While novice users will have no problem ripping standard DVDs, they may have more difficulty ripping files that will be used on their mobile devices. Help is available in the form of FAQs, tutorials and email support. ImToo DVD Ripper also allowed the copying of encrypted and protected files. This may not be as intuitive as some of the other programs we reviewed, but it will definitely get the job done.
- Prism Video Converter by NCH Software – www.http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html
Prism Video Converter by NCH Software has something to offer regardless of your expertise. The software is easy enough for beginners while offering customizable features for more advanced users. No other program we reviewed supports more file types than this program. Help is limited to FAQs and forums with an option to pay for email support. Prism Video Converter does not have a lot of bells and whistles. If you want a simple DVD ripping program with a video format converter, this is the program for you.
- DVD Fab DVD Ripper by Fengtao Software Inc. – http://www.dvdfab.com/dvd-ripper.htm
DVD Fab DVD Ripper by Fengtao Software is a powerful DVD ripping tool that also includes the ability to convert files for mobile devices. It supports a large variety of file formats. However, it does not support Blue Ray or HD ripping. Help is offered in the form of FAQs and email support. Although the program offers advanced features, it provides a straightforward means of ripping standard DVDs without sacrificing quality.