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Giveaway of the day — WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 7.5.4

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a DVD ripper software capable of ripping any DVD!
$59.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 484 (65%) 259 (35%) 67 comments

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 7.5.4 was available as a giveaway on April 5, 2014!

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$29.95
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The latest version of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum has skyrocketed to 50% faster in conversion speed while keeping highest possible quality.

Recent major updates:

  • Greatly improved the reading and pre-reading speed of optical drive, encoding technology, and multi-core optimization.
  • Added new profiles for Galaxy S5 and Surface Pro.
  • Support forced/hard subtitle.

Key features:

  • Built in 320 profiles, it supports ripping DVDs to any popular video formats and mobile devices.
  • Rip DVDs to M2TS, AVI, MP4, H.264, FLV, MOV, iPhone, iPad, Android, HTC, Samsung, WP8, etc.
  • Support trimming, cropping, merging videos, selecting inner subtitle, and adding extra subtitle before ripping.
  • Copy DVD full title / main content to MPEG file and clone DVD to ISO image, DVD folder.
  • Rip protected DVD in about 6 min (tested on a PC with Intel Core i7-4770k 3.50GHZ, 32GB RAM, Windows 7, DVD name Rio, output format MP4). The actual transfer time also depends on your CPU and DVD driver speed.

Please note: Giveaway version does not support free upgrade.Want to enjoy lifetime free upgrade to rip latest DVDs?Purchase now, Save 50% off!

System Requirements:

Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7, 8 (x32/x64); Processor: 1GHz Intel/AMD processor or above; RAM: 256MB RAM (512MB or above recommended); Free Hard Disk: 100MB space for installation; Graphic Card: 256MB RAM (512MB or above recommended); DVD-ROM drive

Publisher:

Digiarty Software

Homepage:

http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper-platinum/

File Size:

38.8 MB

Price:

$59.95

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#67

Under Suggestions: "Please provide multiple speeds for recording so that more than one movie, etc. can be placed on a DVD. Make editing your DVD for dummies."

What you need I think are 2 separate types of software, one to copy the content to your hard drive, and another to create your new DVD. Roxio, Nero, Sony Creative Software, & others sell some pretty easy to use software for authoring [creating] your new DVD layout, but they will not do anything about any DRM. There are free alternatives, AFAIK all using the open source DVD Author, but none of them quite as easy as the apps you have to pay for -- you can very often find the Nero & Sony apps on sale & even free after MIR.

Why not have one app that does it all? DVDFab is trying to be that app, with the addition of DVD authoring capabilities, & a few others are starting to move in that same direction. Companies like Sony & Nero have been doing the DVD Authoring bit for years, so they have quite the head start when it comes to ease of use, but a few of the Chinese DVD authoring apps are getting pretty good in that department. Roxio, Nero, & Sony have the edge on encoding quality, licensing the MainConcept mpg2 encoder -- so far Wondershare is the only Chinese company I've seen licensing MainConcept code.

At any rate, once you have your audio/video content on your hard drive, then at its simplest you just drag/drop those files onto a menu page in the DVD authoring app. When you're done you render your new DVD, which includes automatically re-encoding the video so everything fits. Caution though -- you don't want to go beyond 2 hours worth of video on a single layer DVD... if you need more than that encode the video to AVC/H.264, either putting the files on a data disc or in Blu-Ray format [if you still want/need to use DVD discs]...

Blu-Ray spec includes both DVD discs & DVD video frame sizes, the biggest difference being you'd be able to use the Much more efficient AVC rather than the decades old mpg2 -- a typical DVD video file encoded to AVC at the same frame size & about the same quality level is only about 1/4 the size. When you encode AVC you can usually either set the bit rate or the quality level -- lower bit rate &/or lower quality level = more video compression = smaller file size. Depending on how you set those values you could fit 2 - 4 full movies on a single layer DVD. The biggest downside to this approach I think is there's just less software available for doing anything Blu-Ray, and out of the software that is available, some of it will only do HD. While I've got Sony's DVDA 6 [their latest from late 2012], I've kept v. 5 installed [from early 2009] because unlike newer versions it includes Blu-Ray on single & double layer DVDs.

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#37: "Must I uninstall my current version before installing the new one? I don’t want to end up with nothing if the program considers the new version to be an upgrade which may then render my current version inoperable."

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum [& most all of these sort of apps] stores its registration info or data in the same place regardless the version. That means that if/when you install a newer version your old registration info is going to be overwritten. That's why all the cautions about updating a GOTD.

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#39: "(In Poland it is legitimate to make a copy of a DVD you have purchased for home use in order to protect yourself against damage of the original disc.) It is legal to do the same thing in the United States!"
#62: "#39 NO, It is not legal!! "
#50: "DVDFab’s issues relate to Bluray protections which is irrelevant as far as any comparisons to the current GOTD is concerned."
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I can only speak to the US, but there has been a court case that's been written about on-line & in the media quite a bit. There's something in the US (C) regs called Fair Use, & while it's been curtailed a lot with the newer laws & regs, it's still there. That court decision has been widely interpreted in the media to mean that you can do some limited copying of the content on a disc you've bought. However, since there's just the one court case AFAIK it's still a matter [IMHO] of what you feel that you can get away with without risking legal action.

Copyright *essentially* means that you can't make money by copying the work of someone else. There's no way to work with the DRM on protected video DVD & Blu-Ray discs without reverse engineering, to some extent copying the work done by the people & companies that developed that protection, and they hold not just the (C) for their work but I'm sure patents too. Reverse engineering is very common, prosecution under the law is not automatic, but it can be sufficient grounds to start legal proceedings.

IMHO & all that, not being a lawyer, the recent court action against Fentao [DVDFab] was brought about by the people that own the (C) for a protection commonly used on video Blu-Ray discs, it would seem for using their intellectual property without permission [licensing]. The court action could just as easily have been brought by whatever parties hold the (C) & patents on the DVD spec & whatever protections they use, or by some other company or individual that owns one of the other DRM technologies used on either type of discs. It's important to remember that no legal verdict was issued -- Fengtao simply didn't have a representative present in court, so the judge issued the court order that he was asked to issue under the circumstances, wiping Fengtao off the Internet, as much as it's possible for the US to do that sort of thing. Future legal action may change that, may focus more on video DVDs, may question whether the judge had the authority to issue the court order as it was written, and so on -- nothing at all was really decided.

Long story short there's plenty of room for some lawyer(s) to argue that you're breaking the law by using software that in their view violates the (C) &/or patents on whatever methods of DRM. There's also plenty of room for them to argue in court that the prior court ruling that I mentioned was wrong, or does not apply in your case. And none of that has anything to do with law enforcement, as various departments & agencies have done plenty of things that would *seem* to clearly violate one or more laws, but it's only illegal when/if someone takes them to court on it, wins, & that verdict is upheld as it works its way up through the courts to the highest levels. A recent case in point, one gentleman was forcefully removed by federal law enforcement from a movie theater, held, & interrogated for hours because he forgot to remove his Google Glass with prescription lenses [Google Glass devices are capable of video recording]. That would seem to violate several laws, if not the US Constitution, but it would take a high court ruling to make that sort of thing actually illegal. Making the issues even more murky, the US gov has taken the view that (C) is a matter of national security, which suspends many individual rights under the law, which also is being argued about legally & in Congress. So... Depending on whatever lawyer(s) you're right if you say it's illegal to backup your DVDs, & you're right if you say it's legal, in my honest but legally unschooled opinion of course. ;)

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#60: "I believe I read something recently about some limitations with DVDFab HD Decrypter FREE"

Shareware, DVDFab has 3 methods of limiting functions until you purchase a license... 1st is the 30 day trial period, 2nd is some functions are crippled, 3rd is the always free functions won't work with every disc, usually the most recent, but there may be some discs the free HD Decrypter never works with. DVDFab is actually a package with several separately licensed apps that do different things, e.g. one copies a DVD disc, one transcodes DVDs, one copies Blu-Ray discs, and so on. HD Decryptor is one of those separate apps, & comes into use once the trial of the full version(s) expires.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#66

#51 Hey Chris, you may download this software again at http://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/gotd.htm and register with license key.

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#65

Why does it say "Time limited version" on successful activation??

Reply   |   Comment by DVMarsh  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#64

Just go directly to http://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/gotd.htm and download the full version from there. The GOTD download is broken and basically just tells you to go and get it from that URL. "Failed to Launch the program."

Reply   |   Comment by krypto  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#63

OK.

Had problems at first. Not really a problem so much as not seeing the obvious.

The "sales" page has a button to click for the free version. Saw that but did not click, thinking it was just a link to download the free version. But eventually I went back to it and clicked . . . and up popped a window with the code. Entered the code in the appropriate box inside the software, and voila! All's well and it's registered.

Just wanted to say "thanks" and let those know who did not think to click the "giveaway" button on the page that looks like just a sales page . . .

"CLICK THE "GIVEAWAY" BUTTON!!!" and all will work afterward.

Reply   |   Comment by Jane Smith  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#62

#39 NO, It is not legal!! Please research this fact before relying on it users.

Reply   |   Comment by Prof. Dave  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#61

#47 You may not register license code to activate this software. Just go to http://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/gotd.htm and click "Get License code" button. Then you will see License code. And run this program , click "Register" to activate it.

Reply   |   Comment by Lisa  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#60

I believe I read something recently about some limitations with DVDFab HD Decrypter FREE
My memory ain't great these days. I think the limitation was - it would not keep up to date with protection removal (not handle the latest movies).
This paragraph on their current web page, may be saying the same -
"which can copy some old DVDs and Blu-rays to blank disc or to the hard drive"
I would appreciate your comments (I always appreciate your comments)

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Down Under  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#59

Installed without problem on my Win 7 x64. I found the registration process just a tad confusing, since, when you go to the link, the button there says to "get the program" instead of "get registration number." However, when I clicked on the download button for the program, it instantly gave me the needed registration code, so all is well. Thanks so much, GAOTD and Digiarty!

Reply   |   Comment by moosish  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#58

I just checked my version I had received earlier. Sure enough it was only a trial version. That is very common for this publisher. Even though I had turned off the updates it went back to a trial. I installed this one. Who know how long it will last. Thank you GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#57

My previous version 7.0 from Dec 2012 reverted to trial version...

Reply   |   Comment by GDrive  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#56

Again, about "mandatory" updates. Provided you use a good firewall, independent from the system, you may always block the acccess of a given programme to Internet, and that should solve the problem of undesired connections.

What I do not like about the "mandatory notification of updates" is that I do not see any fair and reasonable cause on the part of the software provider to disable the user’s right to stop the software connecting Internet where the software is not eligible to be updated. This seems a silly policy of the software provider, which may give rise to reasonable speculations why the software wants to connect with a server out there and what data is being transmitted up and/or down the computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Marek Czerski  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#55

# 24 Thanks for your comment, Mike.

1. I should have said that my remarks and experience reffers only to videos, whilst I have no idea about discs with games and similar softare.

2. I reported my experience which I have gathered in a number EU countries. It’s quite likely that European DVD distributors are more "liberal" than those in the USA, where the copyright lobby seems particularly powerful.

3. By no means am I an expert in IT, but it often seems to me that a number of problems with ripping DVD originates from hidden protection mechanisms built in newer Microsoft systems and their subsequent updates. Should I believe that MSW does not go hand in hand with the copyright lobby? Being cautious about "grasping" updates of anything that offers updats seems recommendable.

Reply   |   Comment by Marek Czerski  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

I had WinX DVD Ripper Platinum from a previous giveaway and had nothing but trouble. It would freeze every time I tried to use it or would say that the disk could not be read. But when I used DVDFab, I had none of these issues. Thanks GOTD, but I will stick with DVDFab.

Reply   |   Comment by Silent Wolf  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

#39

That is why it makes no sense that a judge shut down DVDFab. These tools have no bearing on what money I spend on new media. When I can afford to, I prefer to own the original material. What I cannot afford to buy will not be bought, regardless of whether these programs exist or not. And to not allow me to create backup media is, IMO, just a practice in government control, simply for the purpose of exercising that control.

Reply   |   Comment by Brett  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#52

#17, #32

DVDFab is currently operating under a new name, also:
http://blufab.cn/

Reply   |   Comment by Brett  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#51

I go to http://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/gotd.htm
I get a licence code but the program tells me “Incorrect Licence Code! Please Input VALID Licence Code!”

I go back to http://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/gotd.htm
I get the same licence code, leading to the same error message.

=> uninstalled…

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#50

I am a big vocal fan of Digarty software owning paid up copies of four of their software and I would recommend their wares to anyone who will listen.
Yet, where there is a chance for feedback on a Digarty product (be on it G.O.T.D or on social media) you get to see the same complaint about upgrading by the same rocket scientists who find clicking on one button at start up so clearly stressful. If you miss this the work around is simple, Do not use the program while connected to the internet then it cannot check for upgrades and click on cancel when it does. It is not difficult. I did this for years before I caved in and started buying their products.
And:
@13. No.
@32. Not that I want to discuss it any length at all. DVDFab’s issues relate to Bluray protections which is irrelevant as far as any comparisons to the current GOTD is concerned. As for DVD ripping software disappearing or going underground, sure it is possible but so is the existence of a peace loving utopia for all. Possible but most unlikely. As much as Hollywood (and all major US sports bodies) would like to believe, there is actually a whole wide world beyond its boarders.

Reply   |   Comment by N Earl Roberts  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#49

#44 patrick, i don't know what your installing but it ain't this great giveaway

thankyou Digiarty and GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by buckoooo  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#48

#47 ken, read the read me file

Reply   |   Comment by buckoooo  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#47

I installed the program fine, but get a box stating it is a trial version, unregistered. I closed that box and clicked on 'Register' and still get the box, and it's wanting me to pay $39.95. Has a place to enter a license code. How do I get one from GOTD or Digiarty?

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#46

Another comment expressing disprovable of the nag screen that is impossible to turn off for good. I think giveawayoftheday should have guidelines for such things. It is not a giveaway anymore with the nag screen.

Reply   |   Comment by Alli3  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#45

With regard to the "auto update" option being set to "always," I don't believe you have much to worry about. While the software may check for updates, it apparently doesn't automatically install the update (unlike some other programs that will attempt to update behind your back, thus causing the software to revert to trial status).

As a matter of fact, I checked to see if I had this software from a previous giveaway, and I did (version 7.0.0). The "always" option was also set and grayed out, yet there was no "nag" screen or other indication that anything was out of order. The software still worked just fine, and it was only when I clicked on the "Check for Update" button that I was made aware that a newer version was available. Canceling that operation returned me back to the interface with nothing changed at all.

So, if the "auto update" is keeping you from downloading this great software, you may wish to reconsider and get it while you can! My experience with Digiarty products has been nothing but pleasant, and I would have no hesitation recommending them to people I know.

I recommend saving the activation code (on a notepad txt file) and the setup file (download link is on the same popup where you get the activation code) and putting them into a zip file for future use in case you lose your install. While this doesn't always work, in many cases it will and it's worth doing if there's a chance you may lose a software you come to depend on and/or value highly.

Reply   |   Comment by Don Hill  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#44

Why does this download want me to agree to accept a new broswer that i cannot change back to Chrome,Firefox,Internet Explorer etc. No way can I agree to that,
Pat K

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#43

Got it. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Chamlin  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#42

Guys, please help. I just can't seem to get the serial number.

Reply   |   Comment by Chamlin  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#41

#10 I agree. I have been using a couple of software rippers, burners for at least 5 years that are still spot on. Rarely do I have a problem ripping copy protected dvd's. I know they don't need to be updated several times a month or a year.

Reply   |   Comment by Jaxon  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

I have a previouse version (7.3.6) from a giveaway. Despite having "check for update" set to "never" it still prompts every time I open the program. So who cares if it isn't possible to set it to never, it doesn't work any way.

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#39

(In Poland it is legitimate to make a copy of a DVD you have purchased for home use in order to protect yourself against damage of the original disc.) It is legal to do the same thing in the United States!

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#38

# 32 Pea

Oh yes...you are probably right! Even the "BDlot-DVD-ISO-Master" developer's website has suddenly vanished a few months ago.

Unfortunately there's lots of money at stake here and copyright lobbies are very powerful indeed worldwide....

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#37

System -- Win 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit. I have used an older version of this software for a long time, and prefer it to all of the other rippers I have tried.

Must I uninstall my current version before installing the new one? I don't want to end up with nothing if the program considers the new version to be an upgrade which may then render my current version inoperable.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Wolf  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#36

Sorry, my stupidity...found the activation code right in front of my eyes !

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#35

Where is my activation code? It loaded fine..but states it is a Trial Version. I went to the site it said to go for activation, and it was a bunch of advertising of your products

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#34

Downloaded program OK, but then when trying to install it comes back with a panel saying: Failed to Launch the program. What will I be required to do to install the program?

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

I installed this program. I have used the free versions before but didn't have it on my new computer. When I tried to run it, I was informed that without buying the licensed version, it would only copy a five minute segment. So totally useless and I will be uninstalling this.

Reply   |   Comment by susan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#32

#17 Giovanni - DVDFab has been sued and I believe they are operating from a different domain name. You might want to check this out: https://torrentfreak.com/companies-withdraw-blu-ray-rippers-following-dvdfab-lawsuit-140314/

It's possible DVD ripping software as we know it, will disappear or at least go underground. Get it while you can.

Reply   |   Comment by Pea  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#31

#7 William - I have had the same problem with all things from GOTD or GGOTD since a Windows update last summer. I don't think it is specific to Bitdefender or any one program. It's the GOTD wrapper and one workaround is to reboot in Safe Mode with Networking, then DL and install. It is slower but you won't get corrupted file message.

Reply   |   Comment by Pea  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#30

I bought the full version a couple years ago. I've tried many but this is consistently the best, fastest ripper out there!

Reply   |   Comment by mr-b  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#29

I installed todays giveaway. The D/L and activation was easy. The option to de-activate the auto-update is not. I went to the OPTIONS and the UPDATE is set to ALWAYS and is GREYED. This will not let me change it. Why show this as a possible option and not let it be an option.
This to me is like trying to FORCE sales. Let people try it for awhile and then push out an UPDATE to cancel the giveaways. And see if the people will pay to get it back.
If it is truly a FREE giveaway let the people change the update option or let the update be part of the FREE giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by T. Smith  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#28

#20 I can succesfully exsit the program. Just move your mouse to the upper right corner and click "x" icon.

Reply   |   Comment by Sean  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#27

I don't usually leave comments but this time I just had to. I've used this program a lot with Windows and it always worked great. I have since left Windows and gone to Ubuntu. Running under wine in Ubuntu this program continues to work great. I am impressed! Thank you to Digiarty Software and to GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Darrell  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#26

#8: "can this program rip to .MKV ?"
#12: "At present, it can not rip DVD to MKV. But we are planning to add this output format. :D"
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If this is a problem for you Slavka, there are several tools to take your audio & video that you get out of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum & put them into a MKV container file -- check the tools at videohelp.com.

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#11: "By the way (I have noticed this before, on several occasions), the BitDefender virus warning appears to relate to the GOTD wrapper, not to the publisher’s install file."

You might want to visit the forum, where you can find directly related info, William.

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#13: "Can this ripper burn too or just rip?"

I think regardless the software & whether it can burn or not, you'll most likely find the most recommended burning software for video DVDs [& video Blu-Ray] is going to be the free ImgBurn. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ImgBurn

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#16: "No serial ...
My solution:
Allowing javascript (which I dislike being forced to using) wasn’t enough.
But after I had cleared cookies and cache I went once more to above address and this time was successful."

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Rather than changing settings in your preferred browser perhaps it would be quicker/easier to use one of the portable browsers? You could use it only when/if needed, with no impact to Windows or your current browser & its settings.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#25

As with others, this is my mainstay. I have used several offered here and elsewhere. This one has worked when others would not so thanks for the update.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#24

#8: "Based on my own several-year experience, I hardly believe that DVD protection systems are effectively updated and chaged really often and I suspect there is something behind software providers pushing us to update, update – endlessly. Common conviction is that DVD protection systems change almost as often as new viruses occur in the net. But is it true? ... So I take all those claims of necessary updates as hoaxes disseminated by software producers for their own sake."

As far as this being some marketing myth, the 2 oldest devs for this sort of software sell yearly & lifetime subscriptions -- one of the 2, Fengtao, once offered a yearly subscription on GOTD. It's not in their business interest for these 2 companies to release any updates during that year really, as it costs money to do that, yet they release several per month.

To know *1st hand* how true or false that is, i.e. how often video DVD DRM schemes are updated, you'd have to purchase each new release in every one of the world markets [DRM varies by country where it's sold]. That only makes sense if you develop & sell software to manage that DRM -- IOW I highly doubt anyone outside of those devs & the studios producing the DVDs really knows from experience. What we as average users can do is look for user reports of ripping/copying apps not working on newly released titles -- there are many such reports, thought I suspect that they are some fraction of the actual number of reported failures, because a lot of people would be hesitant to publicly say I couldn't rip this disc.

Where it's legal, users can try to backup the new releases they buy -- if the software only works after an update then it's sort of obvious that that disc's DRM is something new. If you find a GOTD won't work on a disc & an updated version as a trial will, that proves the point [you might want to run the trial in another copy of Windows or on another PC or in a VM or backup your current install]. Personally, just from the number of original video DVDs we've had problems playing in our players because of new, updated DRM, I can say that in the US at least, not every disc uses the same, 7 year old [or even older] DRM.

That said, adding DRM costs money too, so if you only buy bargain discs, there's a good chance old, un-updated software might work. With titles that aren't that popular, &/or where backers don't expect to make to make huge sums of money from DVD/Blu-Ray sales, distributors sometimes elect to save money themselves and include only the barest DRM. The discs we've had problems playing over the years were titles that were immensely popular, had tremendous success in theaters, and it seemed clear that whatever studio released the DVD poured all their resources into DRM, as the actual audio & video quality lagged far behind the average. The most recent example we've seen was the 2nd Hunger Games Blu-Ray, where they didn't bother using DTS audio, unlike 99.99% of the discs we've watched. A couple years ago there was one from Disney that didn't bother to include CC or subs -- we've only ever seen 2 discs where the studios were that cheap.

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#23

Thank you GAOTD. Just what I need to backup my copy protected dvd movie collection

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#22

Can I make an improvement suggestion to Digiarty:
(Running this prog on WinXP, so it may be different on another OS)

Please explain your UI better.
As a new user, it is not immediately obvious what the three icons at the top right do. When I hover over them, no tool-tips are given. That would be handy.

The only way to find out what they do is to click on them - at which point you may have starting something you didn't want.

Even the main buttons could be explained better - via tooltips or status bar explanation. For example, the ISO image button - should you click this to load an image or create an image?

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#21

#14 FrancisBorne. Hi Francis, you can rest easy about Javascript. A common misconception is that Javascript and Java are the same thing.

Javascript is a programming language and is considered relatively safe.

Java is an unnecessary bit of junk that is generally full of security holes.

Not trying to be a smart aleck, just letting you know that imo Javascript is okay and is used extensively.

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#20

Used #6 Advice on the install, works perfectly.

Digiarty - Why is there no button to exit the program?

Digiarty - How does one exit the program?

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#19

Thanks to WinDVD for offering today's software. I have used it in the past and found it quick and accurate with its conversions. However I don't think the developer's answer re: the "Check for Updates" feature actually addressed the issue. Here's a pic of the feature: Options.

In it you can see the dropdown menu for Check for updates is set to "Always" and is grayed out. In the past, if a GOTD software updates itself it has become invalid, requesting a new license code. If you don't want to lose the software, it is generally a good practice to look for and turn off any "auto-update" feature...but with this software giveaway, it appears you can't. I agreed with Motrin that this was worth mentioning and letting the developer know that it does make me less inclined to try out offered software, since in the past I have been burned by discovering that just when I needed to use something I downloaded from GOTD I couldn't because the software had updated itself.

I repeat, WinDV works well and I appreciate the giveaway. I look forward to testing the "improved conversion speed" they are touting today!

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#18

Been using WinX DVD Author for years. Tried other freebies but always come back to WinX. I just get more consistent results, less coasters. Will definitely be trying this out.

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