Video streaming subscription has surpassed physical media as a more popular choice for home entertainment, accounting for three-fourths of consumer spending in 2018. Nowadays many people don’t or rarely buy new DVDs. However, many of us may still own a big collection of old home videos, movies, and TV series on DVDs being stored on shelves, in boxes, or somewhere else in house.
Physical DVD discs are indeed not as convenient as digital files, but they can be digitized with a software tool like open source HandBrake or more powerful WinX DVD Ripper. That kind of tool can rip DVD to cloud-friendly format so that you can save digital copies to cloud. This way you can not only save up on your local storage space, but also be able to access to your file library on various platforms as long as internet connection is available.
HandBrake or WinX DVD Ripper
HandBrake is free to download and use on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It can rip DVDs to MP4 and MKV within a few steps. However if you try to use HandBrake to rip read-only DVDs, you will probably end in failure. Only with the help of libdvdcss, HandBrake can rip some read-only discs. But the annoying thing is that libdvdcss doesn’t always work.
But it is different with WinX DVD Ripper – the flagship product of Digiarty Software. This software is available to cope with both home-made and store-bought DVD discs without hassle. Ripping commercial DVDs may or may not be legal in your countries. However, it should be ok to rip your purchased DVDs offline at home for DVD backup and your own personal use.
WinX DVD Ripper can rip your DVD collection to a wide range of file formats, far more than HandBrake offers. You can choose to digitize DVD to DVD folder or ISO image file to preserve intact DVD data or convert DVD main title only to MP4, AVI, WMV, 3GP, FLV or other mainstream video formats.
Digitizing DVD with WinX won’t take you too much time. You probably finish ripping a DVD within 5 minutes only. This is because it adopts multiple advanced technologies to boost ripping speed, among which, Intel QSV and NVIDIA CUDA/NVENC powered level-3 hardware acceleration is particularly worth mentioning. Level-3 hardware acceleration means that the hardware is used to assist all of the three main parts of video transcoding, including decoding, processing, and encoding, instead of only one or two of them.
Although HandBrake supports Intel QSV and NVIDIA NVENC as well, it hasn’t reached that level. Only decoding and encoding can be done on Intel hardware, and only encoding can be completed on NVIDIA ASIC hardware.
There may be concerns that enabling hardware acceleration will lower the quality of resulting file. Is it true? No. With the development of Intel and NVIDIA graphics technology, we have seen quality improvement on hardware-assisted processing. To the naked eyes, it is hard to distinguish the difference between the image decoded and then re-encoded solely by software and that processed with the assistance of hardware. Hardware acceleration is already able to make good balance among speed, quality, and file size.
All things considered, WinX DVD Ripper should be the better option.
How to digitize DVDs with WinX DVD Ripper
To begin with, we need to download and install WinX DVD Ripper Windows or Mac version on our computer. Go to the download page at: https://www.winxdvd.com/download.htm
After this, we can move to the following steps to rip your old or new DVDs.
Step 1. Put target DVD disc into the DVD drive of your computer and click DVD Disc button at the top right corner of WinX DVD Ripper. A small window will pop up for you to select the source DVD disc. As for DVD Disc File System Type, Just leave the default setting and hit OK.
Step 2. Choose a desired output format profile and click OK. If you’ll archive the result file into cloud, make sure the chosen format is supported by the cloud storage service you use.
Step 3. Enable Hardware Accelerator if you want to make use of your GPU hardware to quicken the DVD ripping speed.
Step 4. Click RUN and it will begin ripping DVD to digital file immediately. You can check on the progress from the popup window.
Save DVD digital copies to cloud
There’re many choices of cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, and iCloud. They will keep your DVD digital library secure and allow you to stream them on demand to whatever cloud-compatible devices.
It is easy to upload DVD backups to cloud. Take Dropbox as an example. You just need to: open and sign in to dropbox.com -> click Upload -> choose Files or Folder to select target DVD digital copies for sending to cloud. Certainly you can also upload videos via Dropbox application.