WinX DVD Ripper: Convert / Play DVDs on Windows 10

Dennis Faas's picture

Infopackets Reader Steve G. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I just upgraded my PC to Windows 10 and I noticed that Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs in Windows 10. In Windows 7 it worked without a problem. I researched this issue and it appears that this 'feature' was removed on purpose because newer PCs and laptops do not have DVD players. As such, Microsoft has dropped all support for Windows 10 DVD playback in Windows Media Player. I plan on purchasing a thin ultrabook laptop (with no DVD player) soon. As such, I'd like to convert my DVDs into AVI or MP4 (for example) so I can watch my favorite media on the go. The problem is that many of the DVDs I own are from different regions, plus they are copy protected, which means I can't just copy them to my hard drive. Is there a program that you know if that can handle converting my DVDs into a single file so I can play it on multiple devices, including my new ultrabook when I get it? "

My response:

There are lots of programs out there that will copy an entire DVD and convert it into a single file format (such as MP4 or AVI, as you've noted). This file format is then playable on other devices, including PCs, Tablets and Smartphones - whether it's Windows, Apple or Android. The file can be played over the network or on a USB thumb drive, hard drive, etc.

By far, the best Windows DVD Ripper I've come across for this task is WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - it's been around since 2009 and has over 70 million downloads. Note however that this program is trialware, which means it's free to try, but full features are restricted unless you purchase a license ($67.95 $29.95 with discount below). In my opinion that's not much to pay considering what the program does.

Features include:

  • Simple and easy to use interface: supports 99 pre-defined output format templates for easy DVD ripping
     
  • Rip DVD to MP4 in around 5 minutes time on a modern PC; removes encryption and region codes
     
  • Convert DVD to ISO, MP4 (H.264/HEVC), AVI, MPEG, MOV and M2TS, or 1:1 file folder copy
     
  • Play the ripped DVD file on any device, including media PC, Android, Apple, Windows, and Linux
     
  • Supports hardware-level acceleration; reduces ripping time by 50%
     
  • DVD editor included: crop and merge video; extract audio; add subtitles, and more
     
  • Change DVD bitrate aspect ratio, resolution, fine tune audio and video codec

How to Use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

In general:

  1. Download and install WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, then launch it.
     
  2. By default, the program will be in trial mode. If you want to unlock it you need to purchase a full license. Trial limitations: you can only rip 5 minutes of video and advanced features are not available. Note that we have a special discount (55%-75% off) at the end of the article if you want to purchase the full version.
     
  3. To rip a DVD: load the DVD in the machine, select the output profile, then rip the DVD. This page explains the process in much more detail, including how to register the program.
     
  4. Once the DVD is ripped into the format of your choice, you can copy it to another device (or place it on the network), then play it using any modern media player, including Windows Media Player, VLC, Kodi, and similar.

Here's a quick video explaining how to use the program:

 

 

I hope that helps!

Time Limited Deal for Infopackets Readers

I've been in touch with Digiarty Software (the makers of WinX DVD Ripper) and managed to finagle a limited time offer for Infopackets Readers. If you purchase WinX DVD Ripper today, you'll receive 55% off the retail price; also included is an offer for 75% off 'WinX Holiday Video Pack'.

Please note that this offer expires in 2 weeks (March 12, 2020).

Update 8:50 PM EST: coupons are being automatically applied. If it didn't work before it should work now. Use the link below:

https://www.winxdvd.com/specialoffer/?ttref=yinfopac2002&utm_campaign=ptwin10

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Comments

olds97_lss's picture

AnydvdHD works well for blue-rays and DVD's when used in conjunction with handbrake. More expensive, but worth if if you want to put your entire library on a server so you don't have to use disks anymore. I can't even remember the last time I used either of my bluray players... lol!

ron_weiskopf's picture

I get to the page and it shows as 29.95 Adding the coupon doesn't seem to lower the price. There is no button for to apply the coupon

Dennis Faas's picture

The discounted price is $29 - I made a mistake when I published the article initially. My sincerest apologies for the misinformation.

brigadand's picture

I use Wondershare Uniconverter and much prefer it to WinX DVD Ripper. It's about the same price and there's a trial version to see if you like it.

4evercandice_13371's picture

Uniconverter can convert video format and burn video to DVD. But it lacks the feature of DVD ripping. BTW, WinX DVD Ripper also provides the free trial.

SteveMann's picture

Win-X Pro is still my GoTo ripper because I make an iso image for archiving and an MP4 (or M4V) for my Plex media server. But when I can't get Win-X to successfully decode a DVD, I use VLC Media Player to make an MP4. It's worked every time.