If you take a look at the online tutorials on DVD ripping you find some that require five or six different tools to rip a single DVD. Thankfully though it is possible to rip DVDs to the computer with just one or two free applications these days. Handbrake for instance which offers several presets that rip the DVD to various formats including iPod, PSP and other handhelds. Bitripper takes DVD ripping to the next level though, at least when it comes to the amount of work before the ripping process starts.
Bitripper [via Freeware Genius] scans the DVD drive of the computer and immediately detects a video DVD that is inserted into the drive. A click on Start Ripping would initialize the ripping process and that's it. No technical questions about bitrates, formats or resolutions, just plain and simple DVD ripping. The software offers settings naturally, the video can be saved as mpg or avi on the hard drive of the computer.
The settings button leads to a configuration window that allows the selection of the video and audio codec as well as the aspect radio, resolution and language track. Ripping a DVD with a playtime of 1:38 hours took roughly 1:20 hours on my old fashioned AMD Athlon 3000+.
The main benefit of using Bit Ripper is its simplicity. DVDs can be ripped with just a few clicks and almost no technical knowledge other than selecting the right track, video codec and output format. The software supports ripping from both 4.7 GB and 8 GB DVDs and can copy copy-protected DVDs as well.
Since it was designed for ease of use I do not miss the features that Samer pointed out in his article. You cannot use Bitripper to rip a DVD in a format that is supported by a mobile device for instance and can only save them in avi or mpg format. The one thing that I think is missing is subtitle support. There is no option to select subtitles that you would like to take over which is essential if you are ripping an Asian DVD with English subtitles, Vampire Hunter D anyone ?
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