Often, people may find themselves wishing they had digital versions of their physical movies, especially if they have a formidable DVD collection but not the desire to have to lug all those discs around if they want to switch between movies.
Because we all have devices capable of playing high-quality film that used to require huge, bulky boxes under your TV, more and more people have begun to seek out DVD ripper software so that they can legally take their collection of existing movies on the go with them with laptops and mobile devices or on an archive on their gaming consoles, multimedia devices or desktop PCs.
If you’re in this group of people- and I’m sure you are, since you’re reading this review and all- you know what you’re here for.
We’ll get to that in just a minute, but first let’s talk a little about the company behind the product we’ll be reviewing today.
Xilisoft is a Japanese tech company founded a decade ago, known for a series of high profile programs for video and video editing and conversion, as well as other series for dealing with discs and devices.
As a long-time player in the arena of premium software, they have the credentials and praise to match, with awards and praise from a great many high-profile critics, including PCWorld, CNET and Softonic.
While this program and many others they offer are premium, they have also expanded to trials and free programs in more recent years.
Now that you know about them, let’s see if they’ve earned their praise.
Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate Review
If you have a DVD in your computer, opening the program after the installation will immediately greet you with the main screen form which all of the program’s functions are accessible, showing the disc information in the bottom-right corner of your screen, a row of buttons on top, size and quality options at the top-right and conversion options at the bottom.
The main focus of the main screen is showing the video files present on the DVD, which is typically the main movie followed by title menu loops or special features if they happen to be on the same disc.
Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate’s Dashboard.
When you’ve selected the file from the DVD you wish to convert, you can choose freely what profile is used for conversion (you can edit this in the top-right corner or just leave it alone, your choice), where the file will be saved or exported to, and what file format and resolution it is saved in.
Xilisoft’s impressive list of conversion formats.
In addition to a great wealth of supported devices and video formats, the DVD Ripper also includes the option to rip audio or create images from the program. Just about every device and format is supported by the program, so no matter what the main machine you intend on using to watch your collection of DVDs, you will always find yourself covered by device-specific conversion options or universal file formats.
In addition to conversion and ripping, the program also supports some basic video editing functions and hardware functions that take advantage of advanced technologies like AMD’s APP acceleration or Nvidia’s CUDA capabilities.
With the main features covered, let’s wrap this up.
Xilisfot DVD Ripper Ultimate is a fully-featured application for quick, customizable DVD ripping to a great number of devices and formats.
- Hardware support
- Lots of options
- Basic video editing functions are basic for a reason
- Trial version is quite restricted
Despite my criticisms, however, this is one of the most fully-featured DVD ripping programs I have ever used. Use the trial to get a taste for yourself, and then buy it if you’re in the mood for a full-course meal- you’re guaranteed to leave satisfied.