Open Source DVD Ripper Software Review – Best Free DVD Ripper for Windows/Mac

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For people who own large collection of DVD disc, there are many reasons to rip a DVD. You may wish to rip and copy a movie from a DVD and store it on your computer, watch a new DVD on your iPad or tablet (which do not have DVD drives), backup your expensive movie collection or your DVD collection is bulging and you want to free up some room in your house (a 1TB hard drive full of movies could save a huge amount of cubic meters in your house). Fortunately, there are a lot of open source DVD Ripping programs out there to assist you to make a copy or backup of your DVD movies to local computer for conveniently viewing on computer, transferring to smartphones, tablets or streaming to TV via home media server. The article below has listed best 5 open source DVD Ripping software that works on Windows and Mac platform for you.


Best 5 Open Source DVD Ripper Software

Top 1: Pavtube Free DVDAid (for Windows and Mac)

With this 100% free and easy to use DVD Ripper application, you can effectively rip and convert DVD with copy and region code protection to various different video file formats such as AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, FLV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, etc or audio file formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, AAC, AC3, AIFF, FLAC, MKA, etc for playing on media player software or transfer to portable players.

Apart from Ripping DVD, you can also use the program to edit DVD chapters by trimming off unwanted segments, cropping out the black edges and unwanted area and setting the output aspect ration, splitting a large DVD video into several segments by file quantity, file size or time length, merging several DVD video into one clip, adding external srt/ass/ssa subtitle file to dvd movies or select preferred subtitles and audio tracks from original DVD movies to better understand the movies when watching on media players.

To assist you to get the best output video and audio quality, you can use the program’s bulilt-in “Profile Settings” window to flexibly adjust the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels.

Not supporting to output the most popular MP4 and H.264 format which are widely used a online delivery format.

Top 2: Handbrake (for Windows, Mac and Linux)

One of the favorite method to rip DVD is using a program called Handbrake, which allow you to convert DVD or Blu-ray-like source to which is NOT copy-protected (It is apparent that removal of copy protection is not supported) to MKV, MP4 with H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 codecs or preset profiles optimized for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Apple TViPhone/iPad, Android phone/tablet or Windows phone.

– Can’t rip DVD with copy and region protection
– Limited output options
– Not supporting batch conversion
– No video previewing function

Top 3: MakeMKV (for Windows, Mac and Linux)

MakeMKV is a free download for all operating systems. DVD ripping will always be free, but Blu-Ray ripping is only free as long as it’s in beta, after which it will go to a to-be-determined price, so get ripping now! The cons of MakeMKV is that it only can output MKV format, when you want MP4 or other popular file formats, you will still need to download Handbrake to convert MKV to MP4 or other formats.

– Not support to output a large MKV file with no video encoding function
– No video previewing function
– Can’t automatically select the main DVD title

Top 4: MacX DVD Ripper

MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition is a 100% safe yet free DVD ripper for Mac users to backup and rip DVD movies on Mac freely for convenient storage and viewing. This DVD ripper for mac free rips DVDs (including copy protected DVDs) to MOV, MP4, M4V, iTunes, Apple TV video with original video quality, 99.99% works with most copy protections that widely used in DVD movies, such as CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS, region protection, UOPs, APS, Disney movies copy protection.

This free Mac DVD ripper is stable and ultrafast to rip DVD free Mac and watch target videos on Mac media player, edit output videos by iMovie, upload DVD videos to YouTube, play DVD movie on iPhone (SE/6S), iPad (Pro 12.9/9.7-inch), Apple TV 4, Android devices etc. No malware, adware, spyware.

Top 5: MacTheRipper (for Mac OS X 10.7 or ealier version)

This Mac based application does a good job in DVD copy protection bypassing and DVD movie content ripping. It can powerfully remove all the copy and region protection equipped on DVD disc and convert DVD to VOB format. And if you are in demand of converting DVD to other video format like MP4, MOV, you need to seek help from the third party application.

– Low frequency in software updating
– Only allow you to convert DVD into VOB format

Professional DVD Ripping program – Pavtube BDMagic for Windows/Mac

All above listed open source DVD Ripping software have its own drawbacks, if you are looking for a professional DVD Ripper application with powerful DVD protection removing function,fast DVD Ripping speed, various output format options, rich DVD video editing and customization functions, we highly recommend Pavtube BDMagic to you, which has the following distinctive features and functions:
– Full disc copy of DVD/Blu-ray with all the original information well preserved
– Main movie copy of DVD/Blu-ray disc without unwanted extras
– Automatically select the main chapters for you to rip
– Flexibly to set subtitles during DVD/Blu-ray ripping process like select desired subtitles, enable forced subtitles or add external subtitles to DVD/Blu-ray movies.
– Tweak output profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc to get better output quality
– Edit DVD/Blu-ray movies by trimming, cropping, splitting, merging, adding watermark, apply special rendering effect, replacing/removing audios in video

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