Open DVD ripper 3.90

Reviewed by Gary Oldwood

"Open DVD ripper 3 is a remarkable ripping tool"

Overview

It’s nice to have your movies in DVDs, all organized and stuff, but what happens if they get lost or broken? To avoid the scenario of losing your movies you must make sure that you have a backup of it somewhere in digital form. Open DVD Ripper can rip DVDs and also convert their contents into one of the many supported file formats, or even better into a format that is specifically configured for playback under a particular device.

Installation

It’s very easy to install Open DVD Ripper. Simply launch the installer and follow the instructions to get to the main installation process, which is the final step. At some point you will be shown general information regarding the program and its usage, so it’s recommended that you check it out before proceeding.

There are no malicious items included in the setup package and no additional 3rd-party software is contained either.

Supported operating systems are Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

Interface

The program has two main interfaces instead of one, Express and Expert. The first one, Express, is more convenient for beginners who don’t want to mess with configurations and such; you just select the drive in which the DVD movie is inserted into (or browse to the folder that the ISO file is located in), the destination directory and the format you want to convert it into. Then you just have to click the big “Play” button to start the process. The second interface, Expert, has more settings and is suitable for more advanced users who wish to customize more the ripping process.

Pros

The small-sized window makes it clear to the users on how to use it. The Express and Expert interfaces are helpful to both experienced users and newbies.

You can rip DVDs but load ISO files as well.

The ripped movie is converted into one of the following formats: AVI, MKV, WMV, 3GP, MP4, MOV, RM, ASF, MP3, M4A, WAV, AC3, MP2, WMA, OGG and others. But why manually select a file format when you can just select the device you want to watch it on from the device list? There are preset profiles for loads of devices preconfigured with the best settings for each device. This is really helpful since it saves you from the trouble of manually making the appropriate settings. Some of the supported devices are:  iPod, iPhone, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1, iPad 2, The new iPad, AppleTV, Xbox 360, PSP, PS3, BlackBerry, Windows phone, HTC phone and others.

There’s a feature which can convert 2D movies into 3D with different 3D formats (e.g. Red/Cyan, Red/Green, Red/Blue, etc.).

You can add subtitles and make edits to the movie (adjust brightness/contrast, add watermark, etc.) before the conversion process begins.

Open DVD Ripper can bypass CSS, Region and Sony ARCOS protection types from DVDs.

Cons

No 1:1 copy feature is supported.

Alternatives

A very similar program in terms of GUI is DVD-Cloner (paid); it even has Express and Expert interfaces too, although it cannot convert to single file types and can only rip DVDs. Other alternatives are 1Click DVD Copy 5 (paid) and DVDFab DVD Copy (paid).

Conclusion

Nice program that has everything you need to convert DVDs into specific formats for playback on other devices.

Requirements: Pentium-II 450 MHz or faster processor, 64MB of RAM, 500MB free hard disk space, Windows XP, Vista,

What's new in this version: Optimized the H.264 encoding.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Open DVD ripper on 22 May 2012 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Open DVD ripper Antivirus Report
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