AoA DVD Ripper SE

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fine if you go with the defaults, scary if not!!"

    September 30, 2010  |   By GrahamSivill

    Pros

    Once you have the correct settings it does what it says on the tin, but get them wrong and you will waste hours producing rips that have no lip synch or other weird issues.

    Cons

    When you get the settings right it does a good job. Not horrendously expensive.

    Summary

    I like the product now I have found the correct combination of settings that produce good rips at the same quality as the original DVD, but I don't like the fact that you have to find those settings yourself. All I wanted to do was make a WMV copy of a DVD for more convenient playback on my PC rather than having to mess about looking for the disks. With this product the default settings work but produce rips that are very low quality by default, by playing around with the settings you can get the quality you'd expect but it does not help you in any way, you just have to find those settings yourself. For me that is:

    Type: WMV9
    Res: 768 / 576
    Frame Rate: 29.97 NTSC
    WMV Video Quality: 2000 kbps
    WMV Audio Quality: 128 kbps

    Someone may be able to explain why here in the UK we are on PAL which is 25 FPS yet when playing back on a PC 29.97 NTSC works better?

    This is the issue, without some form of help from the program I wasted a lot of time producing dud rips and after reading a lot of technobabble in forums and the like finally got to settings that seem to be OK on my system.

    I would have preferred the software to ask me simple questions like do you want to make a like for like copy of the DVD or would you like to make it half size to make the rip quicker.

    I would prefer the former and would rather wait longer but have a WMV that plays back as if I am watching the original DVD. If the software held your hand a bit and didn't assume you are a DVD technician working for the BBC I would have given it full marks.

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  • Reply by Ravensfire1 on November 18, 2010

    Do U know of a program that will allow me to rip only the Audio of a film?? I'd like a program also that allows me to cut the trash in films I do not like.. however, finding such a prgram for either idea seems impossible. Once a movie dvd goes it it won't allow us to do anything. copy righted I guess.

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