Best free DVD rippers: ALL LIES

Up until today, I had been using Freemake to rip movies off of DVDs. The free version would put a banner at the beginning and end of the movie, which was no big deal. Well, today, I found out that the program had been updated so that you got both the banners AND a watermark right through the middle of the screen throughout the entire movie.

I loved Freemake, because it was (1) free, (2) extremely easy to use, and (3) had multiple formats that you could convert the DVD to. I preferred mp4.

Well, I looked all over the Web this morning, and EVERYTHING that has been claimed to be FREE is actually only bullshit.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum (you can’t download the simpler version) only gives you the first 5 MINUTES in the free version.

Freemake Video Converter is a fucking lie, and prior versions either connect back to their home server to get the upgrade or you can’t completely uninstall ver

Handbrake doesn’t install on my Windows 8.1 laptop. Makes no sense.

MakeMKV is freakishly fast (just a few minutes per half-hour length of movie), but it has output limitations. A 97-minute movie that I wanted to rip was set to copy as over 6 Gigs, and Windows has a 4-Gig limit for file creation/transfer.

AnyVideoConverter only lets you rip if you buy the Platinum upgrade. Oh, and by the way, it installs malware shit “Yahoo! Powered”, which is more of this malware that you can NOT uninstall. I had to download a trial version of “UnHackMe” from to purge it from my system.

4Videosoft DVD Ripper only gives you the first 5 minutes.

AnyMP4 DVD Ripper only gives you the first 5 minutes.

PavTube DVD Ripper has a watermark right in the middle of the video.

Everything else only gives you an .ISO file so that you could burn directly to a blank DVD, which defeats the whole purpose of a DVD ripper.

I found WonderFox Free DVD ripper from, but it only gives you an MPEG file. I just ran a short video that I ripped, the audio and video are OUT OF SYNC!!!

Can anyone recommend a decent free DVD ripper?



(1) Using VLC media player did NOT work for me.

(2) THIS appears to be COMPLETELY FREE, but it only worked fine for the add-on documentary, NOT the main movie. Your choices are limited, mainly to .avi (DiVX) and .mkv. However, you get to see all the distinct tracks, so you can select the main movie or the documentary that comes with it. One weird point: If you try to rip a second track to the same folder, it claims that everything already in the destination folder will be overwritten! AND IT’S TRUE! WTF???  ALSO, FAILED DUE TO COPY PROTECTION.


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2 Responses to Best free DVD rippers: ALL LIES

  1. David says:

    vidcoder is free and works well.

    winxdvd ripper claims to have a free version that doesn’t remove DRM but I can’t find it. they are indeed losers.

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