For converting the DVDs we own for the purpose of archiving their content, carrying them on a laptop, or making them compatible with a device like iPod, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, we’re all big fans of HandBrake. It is approachable enough for those new to DVD ripping, but has not enough features for more-demanding users who want to tweak their videos. Also, some DVD ripping shareware with rich features can attends our special needs, like Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, newly upgraded with NVIDIA® CUDA™, offering 5X faster video decoding/encoding performance on any computer with a CUDA-enabled graphics card. But which one is ideal for us? Here I’d like to test some of them to help you make a decision.
Source file info:
DVD Movie: Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium; Duration: 1:34:18
System: Window Vista Home Basic; Processor: Intel P E5200
Graphic Card: NVIDIA GeFore 9800GT
Test 1: Rip DVD to SD Video with HandBrake
HandBrake is a freeware application that can convert movies and rip DVD including VIDEO_TS folders, DVD image to standard video like MP4, MKV, M4V, AVI or OGV.
Download the latest version from http://handbrake.fr/ for Windows Vista (select the GUI download link), install and launch it. Now let’s see how we can rip DVD movies (Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) to MP4 for playback on iPod Touch.
Step 1. Click on the ‘Source’ button from the menu bar, and select the files that you want to convert. As you can see, you have two choices: a video file or a DVD/VIDEO_TS folder. Choose what you prefer and then browse to the desired video file.
Step 2. Click ‘Browse’ button and choose a destination folder for the new video and type its file name.
Step 3. Select the output settings for the video file. This can be done from the presets panel on the right. Simply enable the ‘iPhone & iPod Touch’ option and all the output settings will be adjusted automatically.
Step 4. Click ‘Start’ button, found near Source. Handbrake will begin the encoding process and a command window will open with details about the process.
Test 2: Rip DVD to HD Video with Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate
For an ordinary DVD movie is often 7-8 GB in size, if we convert them to standard video formats, the size would be hundreds of MB, and the video quality may be not as satisfactory as the original DVD. Alternatively, you can rip DVD to High Definition video format to maintain the high quality, for these HD videos are often bigger than standard video and decrease the video damage. So the HD video seems to be lossless compared with the original DVD.
To solve this problem, we can refer to Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, which can rip DVD to High definition video formats such as HD MKV, HD AVI, HD MP4, HD WMV, HD MOV, MT2S/MTS, HD FLV, MOD, etc. And it is very easy-to-use, just a few click to finish the conversion without any learn curve.
Download it via the link: Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate, install and launch it.
Step 1. Click ‘‘ to import DVD movies by loading DVD folder, ISO file and IFO file.
Here we add a real DVD from DVD ROM.
(Optional) After you add the DVD, you can edit the video effect by clicking ‘‘ from the menu bar, this software has various video editing functions like crop the frame size, append effects, add picture/text watermark and edit subtitle.
Step 2. Select the output video format. This software supports various video formats, almost any video formats you can name, and many PMPs such as iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, Creative Zen etc. Here we select HD MP4 as output format.
Step 3. Click “Start” button to start the conversion. Then you can get a cup of coffee and come back later to check if the conversion is finished. What’s more, this DVD Ripping software offers the option to automatically shut down the computer when the conversion completed.
When the conversions are done, I make a comparison between these output MP4 files. From the table, we can see that: compared with HandBrake, ripping the DVD movie (Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) to SD MP4 videos, Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate only takes less than half an hour to complete the ripping. And the main reason may lie in its NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology. The conversion speed is 5X faster than without CUDA. Since HandBrake doesn’t support HD videos, Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate is a good alternative to accomplish this task. And there is a big difference between with NVIDIA® CUDA™ and without NVIDIA® CUDA™. With NVIDIA® CUDA™, Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate completes the DVD ripping only with an hour and a half, 5 times faster than without NVIDIA® CUDA™.
The comparison of the output files:
||Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate( with NVIDIA® CUDA™)
||MP4 with H.264 codec
||MP4 with H.264 codec
The above I have tested barely scratches the surface of Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate’s features. It also comes with other features that you can test by yourself, such as
1. Convert videos
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate supports all pop video & audio formats including MP4, MOV, M4V, WMV, AVI, MKV, MPEG, ASF, MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, WMA, MKA, OGG, etc. HD videos are also supported.
Handbrake can only convert MPEG, MKV, AVI, MPEG-4 video into MP4, MKV, M4V, AVI, OGV, AAC, MP3, Vorbis.
2. Remove DRM protection
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate can serve as a DRM Converter well, which removes DRM Protection from WMV, WMA, iTunes M4P, M4A, M4V, AAC, M4B, ASF, and convert them to common video & audio formats.
Handbrake cannot at present encode from DRM-encrypted videos purchased from iTunes or found on DVD or Blu-Ray discs. However, if VLC is installed under a Unix-based system, encrypted DVDs can be read as well.
3. Download YouTube video
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate also allows you to download videos from YouTube or other video-sharing sites, convert them for your device and transfer to the device.
This feature is not available for HandBrake.
4. Burn to DVD
Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate will help you burn any video directly to DVD. Hence, if you want to reserve the videos recorded by your digital camera or downloaded from Youtube for a long term, Daniusoft will provide you the ease to do so.
And that is what Handbrake not has either.