AoA DVD Ripper SE
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Full user review
"Fine if you go with the defaults, scary if not!!"
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.
When you get the settings right it does a good job. Not horrendously expensive.
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:
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.