Pros / This program is easy to use, powerful and well coded. It has a respectable library of output profiles that should satisfy most users.
Cons / The conversion process is slow, taking nearly four times as long to complete a conversion as some of its competition.
Verdict / Leawo DVD Ripper is a commendable program that you won’t regret purchasing and will entice you to purchase the other modules found in the Total Media Converter suite.
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Leawo DVD Ripper is one of the modules found in the wider Total Media Converter Ultimate 7 suite. You can buy it as part of the entire suite or as a stand-alone application. As the latter, it makes an appearance in our review of the best DVD ripper software on the market.
It’s likely that Leawo DVD Ripper’s best quality is how easy the software is to use. This grows naturally out of how well the software is coded. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes for users of any skill level to discern how this program works. All you need to do is load up a disc, set your output parameters and click Convert.
To the novice user, “setting output parameters” may sound a bit intimidating. After all, how do you know what bit-rate is the best for a DVD rip. Leawo has an answer for this in the form of a library of output profiles that are optimized for dozens of file formats, smartphones, tables, gaming systems and more. For example, let's say you want to rip a DVD movie so that you can watch it on your HTC One smartphone. With this DVD ripper, all you need to do is select that profile from the library and Leawo DVD Ripper will automatically optimize your output parameters for playback on that device. The profile library is representative of all the major brands of devices and even includes the latest generation of gaming consoles such as the Xbox One and the PS4.
Making it easy to a straight rip and conversion is simple enough. However, sometimes you may not want to rip an entire movie. You may prefer to only extract a portion of a film for one purpose or another. Leawo DVD Ripper offers tools for this as well. It includes a basic video editor that enables you to trim video clips, adjust brightness, contrast and other picture values as well as add watermarks. These tools are useful, but they fall short of a full-bodied editing system. If you want to perform more granular edits, you’ll need to invest in a separate video editor.
Where this program falls down is in how long it takes to rip a DVD. In our test, Leawo DVD Ripper took nearly four times as long to rip a movie from a disc as our top pick. If you’re not in a big hurry, this isn’t a problem because it yields extremely high-quality results. Ripped movies produced by Leawo are nearly indistinguishable from the original on the disc.
- Video Format Options
- Smartphone & Tablet Optimized Choices
- Gaming System Optimized Choices
- Sharing-Site Options
This DVD ripper application is a handsome piece of software. Leawo excels at making its programs both intuitive to the new user and powerful enough to meet the demands of the expert client. It yields high-quality results, if you’re willing to wait long enough to get them.