WinX DVD Ripper is a wonderful program to take your DVD collection and convert it straight to avi, mpeg, mp4, or wmv. The basic version is completely free.
These are the steps in the user guide from the WinXDVD website.
Step 1. Load DVD movie.
After running WinX DVD Ripper, you can load real DVD by clicking “DVD Disc” button and DVD folder by clicking “DVD Path” button.
Step 2. Select output format.
After loading DVD, the DVD’s information, such as title, subtitle, duration, output etc., will be shown in the file list. Choose the DVD file, click “AVI, MPEG, MP4, WMV, MOV or FLV” button to select an output video format.
Step 3. Set output folder.
Click “Browse” button in output setting area, select a destination folder in the dialog box that opens, then click OK. DONT FORGET TO SET SUBTITLES TO “DISABLE” IF YOU DONT WANT ANY
Step 4.Convert file.
After finishing the above settings, check the files needed to convert in the file list, and click “Start” button on the main interface, to start converting the movie. You can view the conversion progress from the progress bar at the bottom of the dialog box.
At any point during the steps listed above, you can click and drag the black square under the preview image of your DVD and drag it to any point you want. Then you just click “Snapshoot” and you can save this image as a backdrop in the folder you are saving your movie to.
Make sure you move that button back to the beginning before you start ripping as that is the starting point for the rip process
The free version of WinX DVD Ripper will not break protection. So, you can use DVD Passkey (free during beta) to run in the background and do this for you.
Also, if you're ripping to avi and you notice the audio is a bit out of sync, you can use VirtualDub to fix that. The process only takes about 3 minutes to complete. Follow the steps below.
- Click File, click Open Video File, select your avi
- Click Video, click Direct Stream Copy
- Click Audio, make sure Direct Stream Copy is selected, click Interleaving…You will be presented with this screen
- At the bottom, under Audio Skew Correction put in the value you need (this is kind of a guessing game until you get a feel for it. I've been using -130 for all the rips I have from WinXDVD). Click OK
- Click File, click Save As AVI
- Choose where to save and what filename (don’t use the same name as input file), click OK