Top 10 DVD Rippers for Windows 8 - Features, Prices and Comparison Speak

In this article, you can find a bunch of DVD Rippers trying to find their own way through the competition. Apologies, if the prices are not mentioned (have tried for the ones, for which, we could get). Hope you find this article of some help. Happy reading!

Videos are one of the primary methods of entertainment for computer users. And before there were computers, there were DVD players and MP3 players which came into our lives. While you can still copy MP3 files onto your computer from other sources, copying DVD files does not always work. Moreover, DVD files are unnecessarily huge compared to the quality they bring. In addition, since Blu-Ray discs are still far off reach and the Blu-Ray players even further, DVD ripping seems to be a good option to enjoy the DVDs we can get for rent from genuine renting services.

Advantages of DVD ripping

Ripping means to read the video content from the DVD disc and convert that data into video files. There are three major advantages of ripping DVD content to video files:

1. Reduction in size: Ripping DVD to Video files usually brings the size to half. This means you can store twice as many videos when compared to normal size.
2. Cleaner tables and racks: DVDs occupy physical space. Video files occupy space only in the hard disk.
3. Protection against physical disk corruption: DVDs can be corrupted by heat, dust, cold, or even sunlight at times.
It surely is worth ripping DVDs to video files. And to do that we have some magical stuff called DVD ripper software and we are going to list some of them for you.

Best DVD rippers for Windows 8 and Windows 7

Nero DVD Ripper

Once known well as a premium (and preferred) DVD Burning Suite, Nero had quickly evolved into a complete multimedia suite which supported multimedia collection management, music and video player and of course, a DVD ripper. Nero to this day is one of the best video ripping tools available for Windows platform. Not only can it rip DVDs of most formats but also Blu-Ray discs. Though not a free tool and quite a heavy download, it is still worth the $110 it comes for.

Xilisoft DVD Ripper

Xilisoft is a well-known name in the list of media conversion programs. Its video converter is capable of converting any video format to another. Built on top of the excellent algorithm is based the Xilisoft DVD ripper. Capable of converting DVD into plethora of formats like AVI, MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, RM, MOV, M4V, XviD, 3GP, VOB, FLV, SWF; convert DVDs to HD videos: HD AVI, HD MPEG-2/4, HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HD WMV, HD Quick Time, HD VOB, HD ASF, etc. you are never going to run out of options. With Xilisoft DVD ripper all you have to take care of is the amount on the hard disk and the number of discs you want to convert. Throw any DVD at Xilisoft and you will have the output you wanted.

WinX DVD Ripper

This beast is one of the popular ones among those who do a lot of DVD video related stuff. Apart from being able to convert DVDs into popular media formats such as MP4, AVI and WMV, WinX DVD Ripper is also capable of converting them in formats supported by the Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch so that you can transfer them to your iPhone and watch those movies on the go. And what is the best thing about this beast? Well, it's free.

VLC Media Player

Must we say that you have been living under a rock if you have been even remotely associated with any type of multimedia on any type of computer and have not heard of VLC media player. What is astonishing that apart from being the universal video player, VLC is also capable of doing a lot of other things such as streaming content (oh, and that can be on a DVD) and even rip DVDs.

To use this facility, all you will need to do is to select 'Convert/Save' from the 'Media' menu and select the drive letter in the Disc tab and then press the 'Convert/Save' button. Fill the desired name, video profile and location of the target file and start the conversion process. And again, this beast is free of cost! Killer deal, eh?

Read more about WinX DVD Ripper.

Magic DVD Ripper

One of the most issues with DVD video is the encryption used. This piece of goodness get rid of that for you and helps you save in any of the popular video formats. Apart from ripping DVDs to video file of your choice; it also comes with the good ability of splitting an existing DVD9 movie to two DVD5 disks. This too allows you to save the videos into Apple compatible formats. At $34, it is a little costlier than others of the same standard but none others offer DVD splitting so you might want to consider it for your ripping and DVD conversion jobs.

MakeMKV DVD Ripper

MKV format, a short form for 'Matroska' format which translates to excellent video quality at incredible small sizes is the new favorite. This format is almost set to make AVI and WMV obsolete and multimedia buffs know that. And it is exactly for this reason that MakeMKV is an excellent product. It converts DVD video into MKV format at much faster rates than other converters. If you have VLC media player to get your job done as far as 'watching videos' is concerned, then MakeMKV is a highly recommendable product for ripping DVDs. At the unbeatable price of $0 (yepp, that is free), it is a very useful tool!

Read more about Magic DVD Ripper.

DVDFab DVD Copy DVD Ripper

Clone, merge, decrypt, copy, backup and rip. If that is what makes you scratch your chin for find more things to with a DVD (now, we aren't talking about rolling DVD as wheels or playing them in your player, but) then DVDFab DVD Copy is a great thing for you to start your computer for. The good deal is when the makers of this fabulous software also offer you a complete suite of products build around the multimedia consumer. Well, leaving the suite apart DVDFab DVD Copy comes at $49. If you are not going to use its advanced features and just want to rip videos, we would rather recommend you Xilisoft for its awesome codec support or MakeMKV for the sheer speed of conversion to MKV format.

Read more about DVDFab software.

Handbrake DVD Ripper

The free does not get any better than open source. And what do you have to worry about when it supports a hell lot of formats, great speed by utilization of modern multicore processors and cross platform support? Doesn't get any better, trust us. It supports almost as many formats as VLC and Xilisoft, though with an interface which is much more friendly and advanced at the same time.


At $65 this is costly and we do not deny. But when it comes to break the DRM ice, AnyDVD works like the hammer of Thor. Regional restrictions? No issues either. Speed? Just chuck it – AnyDVD is fast. A pane on the left offering sections and arenas of jobs to do and the pane on right showing options. How friendlier can a program really get? The difference between AnyDVD and its HD version is that AnyDVD only rips DVDs which the HD version can rip Blu-Rays as well.

DVDShrink DVD Ripper

We place it at the bottom for just one reason – it cannot deal with the latest DVD formats and it does not always work. But when it does, boy, does it put up a grand show! So why does it deserve a mention here? Well, the name says it all. More than just being another ripper, DVDShrink has very high compression ratio making it one of the favorites for those who have a rather huge collection of non-modern classics.

This is it. We are here, at the bottom of the list. Exhausted and satisfied. We have shown you the best we know from the best we got our eyes on. We have offered you the free ones, the paid ones; standalones and mighty suites. Take your pick and let us know with a Facebook Like, that you liked our article. Or if you are not feeling that lazy, well, why not let us know in comments how good (or bad) it was going through this list?

Hope you found the article useful.

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