There is a saying – Free is the Most Expensive. Do you agree? In reality, most people will give priority to free DVD ripper software. That’s the reason which makes the free dvd ripping tools like Handbrake and MakeMKV become so popular.
But how good is the free ripping tool is still a question? Luckily in this article we help you to test and give a simple review for each of the tools listed below. The tools were selected and are the best free ripping programs that you can found on the market. For newbies, you can read this article on how to rip a DVD successfully.
Of course the free rippers have some limitations and hence the shareware DVD rippers are always recommended if you’re serious. Also, in case if you are tight in budget, here are the free DVD rippers that you can choose.
Top 5 Free DVD Ripping Software Reviews
Even though the free tools are not as good as the paid version, but somehow it still can get the simple ripping job done. Our recommendation is that you can download the free tools and see whether they can rip the DVD or not. In case the tool cannot rip the disc or output quality is not satisfying, then you can get the paid dvd ripping software.
Following are the top 5 free DVD rippers for your reference:
- WonderFox Free DVD Ripper (Speedy)
As most of the free DVD rippers out there cannot rip the DRM, CSS, or encrypted discs, BUT with the exception of WonderFox free ripping tool!! You even can use it to back up the scratched or damaged DVDs.
So, the WonderFox DVD Ripper Speedy lets you rip a DVD to MPG format within 10 minutes with 1:1 lossless quality output. The program also supports basic editing features like add or remove subtitles, add effects, crop/rotate video, increase/decrease video volume, etc.
However, compared to the WonderFox upgraded or premium version (paid), the free version still lacks some functionalities. For a limited time, you can get the program at 50% off special discount – Buy DVD Ripper Pro Now!
Pros: Supports almost all DVDs, the fast ripping speed with quality output.
Cons: Some features are available on the pro version.
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
Site: https://www.videoconverterfactory.com/dvd-ripper-lite/; a full review is available here.
Following video demo how to rip movies from DVD’s using WonderFox software:
No doubt that Handbrake is another great choice for ripping videos from DVDs and it’s best used to transcode and shrink the DVD. It supports video converting and ripping DVD to an MKV and MP4 file which is compatible with many media players.
The program is designed with preset profiles for Apple iPhone, Android, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and WP8. For more experienced users, you can use the editing features like cropping, scaling, or even de-interlace, de-comb, de-block their video files using the application.
However, the copy-protected DVD disc is not supported by this software unless you can combine it with another file called libdvdcss. Several integrated steps are involved.
Pros: Excellent video quality output; small in size; support batch encoding or one by one converting.
Cons: Transcoding speed is slow; it cannot rip copy-protected DVDs and more suitable for advanced users.
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (64-bit only); Mac OS X and Linux.
Site: https://handbrake.fr; read how to use the HandBrake here.
Watch the video on how to use the free Handbrake to rip a dvd:
MakeMKV has both freeware and shareware versions, the beta version is free while the full version is shareware. With the beta version you can enjoy all the application features but the Blu-ray decryption and processing are only free for 30 days. To remove the shareware limited functionalities, purchase a registration key to make it the full version.
It is another ripping tool that is highly praised for its ability to quickly and easily rip DVDs (and Blu-ray) discs into a set of MKV files. The program is able to preserve all the disc’s information including tracks, chapters, HD audio, menus, and so on.
The ripped MKV files usually can play on most media players. But if you want to watch it on mobile devices, you may get disappointed.
Pros: Free for both DVD and Blu-ray (with 30-days trial period to encrypt blu-ray)
Cons: MakeMKV is free for stripping DVD, but is shareware for Blu-ray. Output only supports the MKV file.
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.6 or above and Linux.
Site: www.makemkv.com; read the review here.
- DVDFab HD Decrypter
This tool allows you to remove the protected DVD disc and copy the content to your hard drive or to a blank disc. However, it only able to remove part of the blu-ray protections.
You can use it to either copy the full disc or just copy the main movie. The full disc will copy everything on the DVD (including menus, trailer, extras, etc) while the main movie option only rips the movie itself.
Although you can edit the settings and get the special effects on the video if you want to enjoys its advanced features in order to output more video formats, get the paid version.
Pros: Able to rip the protected DVD discs; multiple videos and editing settings available.
Cons: Unable to read some of the copy-protected Blu-ray discs.
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 (32-bit/64-bit).
- Format Factory
Format Factory is an all-in-one free DVD ripper and video converter. It supports ripping DVD to ISO/CSO file, ripping audio and image file was supported too. This program also supports converting videos to mobile devices including Apple, Samsung, Google, Sony, Nokia, etc.
It comes with 4 cool skins and supports more than 62 languages, which makes it very special among all the free DVD rippers. Before starting the DVD ripping process, you can adjust video bitrates, size, add subtitle, watermark, etc. as you like.
Pros: Supports all video file formats as well as other media files.
Cons: Annoying ads on the interface. The program interface also looks old and it contains some bugs as sometimes it will crash.
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
- WinX DVD Ripper Free Edition
Special note: In our review (May 2019), we found that the free edition of the WinX DVD ripper will let you download the Platinum version with a 5-minute trial limitation. Do you think it’s free?
This program comes with a simple interface that can accept DVD folders or DVD disc (D9, D5, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW), and ripping DVD to MP4, MPEG, MOV, WMV, FLV, AVI, and MP3.
WinX DVD Ripper also has preconfigured profiles that are suitable for iPhone, iPod, PSP, Samsung, HTC, and Apple TV. You can use the default settings or customize the audio-video parameters.
The software is supporting the normal encrypted DVDs, but when it comes to DVDs encrypted by a strong protection system, the program is unable to read them. So, either you can upgrade to its Platinum version (Now with a great offer) or use other tools to remove the copy protection first.
Pros: Fast ripping speed; and friendly user interface suitable for everyone (including newbie).
Cons: Unable to read some of the strong copy-protected discs.
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
Site: www.winxdvd.com; full review available here.
Note: There is another free tool to rip a DVD called DVDShrink that allows you to save the output as video files or as an ISO image file (that easily can be burn to a disc). This program can compress DVD data to standard 4.7GB DVDs. Although it has the ability to rip the encrypted DVD, the latest copy protected DVD are not supported since it stopped updating since 2004.
Following video show our recommendations on the top 10 dvd rippers for Windows and Mac:
Free DVD Ripper: The Limitations and Solution
Well, if you search around the web you can easily find the free DVD ripping software. They are capable and unique to help you with basic functionalities, but there also have some drawbacks that couldn’t fully meet your ripping requirements!
For example, the top free ripping tools recommended here also has some limitations. Format Factory filled with annoying ads, MakeMKV can only output MKV video format; Handbrake can’t rip copy-protected DVDs; DVDShrink may not support newly released DVDs, and etc.
Also, the free tools may have drawbacks like the developer do not have an extra budget to update the software or fix the bug to well support the latest Windows. Furthermore, almost all of the free DVD ripper programs cannot handle the copy-protected DVDs properly.
If you want to rip all the latest copy-protected DVDs and need HD supporting, subtitle adjustment, and more personalized settings from the DVD ripping software, then the shareware DVD rippers like Wonderfox DVD Ripper Pro is a better choice.
You should also give the shareware a try one by one since they all provide free trials with excellent features. In the following section we recommend some of the top shareware DVD rippers.
So Which Is The Best Free DVD Ripper?
As you may agree that the free tools may not as good as the paid DVD ripping tools. There is no single software that is perfect for free ripping program too. But some free tolls do provide excellent results.
For most of all DVDs and Blu-Ray, you can rely on the combination of MakeMKV to strip and rip and Handbrake to shrink. Together, they pack a very powerful punch. This is the best combination that we can recommend.
For the very few commercial or strongly protected DVDs that fail the above winning combination, you can try to use the shareware DVD rippers. Most shareware DVD rippers allow you to try for free, but you must purchase the full license copy to enjoy their full functionalities.
All the best and hope that this article can help you enjoy your movies on any device!