Daniusoft provided the Geeks with a license of the DVD Ripper for Mac title for review. The aptly named utility provides the ability to rip DVDs to many of the popular formats plus the software allows you to rip background music from DVDs.
There are two types of DVD ripping software. First, there is the simplistic ripper that provides the user with very few options and clicks needed to start the process of ripping a DVD. Secondly, there are expert rippers that provide users the ability to modify everything from the bit and frame rates for video to the bit and sample rates for audio of DVDs being ripped. Daniusoft has walked the line and provided the best of both worlds in that you can simply drag a DVD and click “Start” to begin the rip; however, Daniusoft has also provided the options with presets (including Apple TV 2, Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy) to tweak the video and audio during a rip.
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Daniusoft's DVD Ripper for the Mac provides the ability to rip DVD's (including DVD folders, IFO files and ISO files) to various video formats including MOV, MPEG, Xvid, MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, ASF, M4V, MPG, MKV and many other formats (link to reference on Daniusoft's web site) as well as the ability to rip audio from the DVD (or files) to M4A, MP3, AC3, WMA, WAV, OGG, APE, MKA, AAC and FLAC.
In addition to the full range of supported output types, DVD Ripper provides some rather advanced features in a user friendly presentation. For example, the software allows you to create a snapshot of any scene in the DVD to actually change the ripped video's brightness, contrast, saturation and volume and includes presets to modify the video to Gray, Emboss, Negative and Old Film. You can also trim clips, merge batch DVD files into one, crop DVD video and add special effects.
While these advanced options are cool, how does Daniusoft stack up as a DVD ripper?
As you can see by the Devices and Options screenshots, Daniusoft's DVD Ripper includes presets for one of the widest arrays of devices supported I have seen in a DVD Ripper as well as the ability to tweak options once a preset is chosen. Presets for Apple products (Apple iPod Touch 4, iPhone 3G to iPhone 4, iPad, Apple TV/TV 2), HTC and Motorola Droids, Blackberry's, Gaming Hardware (PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii), Archos, Creative ZEN, Sandisk Sansa and quite a few Mobile Phones and Media Players exist (for the devices supported click on this reference).
To test the product, I got into the mindset of a typical user and set the preset (to Apple TV 2), dragged a DVD onto the application and clicked “Start”.
For the typical user, they would set the preset, drag the DVD onto the application and click “Start”. There were no errors on any of the rips and there were no issues in playback (some typical issues I've seen in the past with other DVD rippers include audio/video synching problems or remnants visible on action areas while playing back the video). In other words, the typical user will be thrilled by the ease of use.
Delving deeper, I worked with some of the advanced features and found those options equally easy to work with.
While testing, I noticed the product rips at the same speed as other DVD rippers I have worked with. Unfortunately for me, my testbed computer does not have the NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology or more than a duo core as Daniusoft's DVD Ripper has been optimized to provide accelerated video decoding/encoding on a CUDA-enabled graphics cards as well as support for multi-core processors.
Overall, if you are in the market to purchase a DVD ripper, Daniusoft's DVD Ripper is a good choice because the device templates or presets make ripping DVDs that are compatible to your viewing platforms easy to set and the overall process to rip a DVD can be accomplished with just a drag and a click.