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Video Rippers | Review of Five Best Free Video Rippers Converters for Windows and Mac

This article rounds up the top 5 best free video rippers/converters for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 and Mac OS in 2016.

"Video Ripper" is an ambiguous noun that can refer to a video converter or a DVD ripper. But hereinafter we'll center on the free video conversion and video decoding software that are running on Windows and/or Mac (For the reviews of best DVD rippers, read here). Seeing that looking for a well-content video ripper is like searching for a needle in a bundle of hay, we prick off the easiest to use programs from the perspective of users.

Top 5 Best Video Ripper Freeware Programs for Windows/Mac

People will take the safety, usefulness, stability, update rates and the quality into consideration when choosing a free video ripper converter. The following tools not only do the trick in these aspects, but also probably have exhilarating features. Please read below and see whether a freeware can pique your interest and hit the spot.

WinX Video Converter

Developed by Digiarty Software which produces the famous WinX DVD Ripper, the free video ripper has survived for 10 years. It is a critically acclaimed Windows-based video related program featuring fast one-click operation and vivid ready-made profiles. Unlike most so-called freeware, it promises zero containing of malware or the like. Uniquely, it supports converting multi-track HD MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, HDTV and BDAV videos while delivering ultra fast speed and high quality with the assistant of High Quality Engine and De-interlacing Engine.

Main Feature: Rip SD and HD videos and make video files playable on different devices and players.
Extra Features: Allow adding external SRT subtitles; merging multiple files together; cropping, trimming, editing and adjusting videos. Note: the advanced version supports downloading video and music from YouTube and other online websites.
Supported Operating Systems:
Microsoft® Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10 (both 32 and 64 bit) Also has another version for Mac

Top Open Source Video Ripper Freeware Review - WinX Video Converter

Supported Input Formats:
MKV, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, M4V, FLV (YouTube), H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MOV, RM, RMVB, VOB, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, QT, DAT, Google TV, WebM, VPX 8, MOD, M2TS, TOD, etc.
Supported Output Formats:
Devices: Apple: iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, Final Cut Pro; Android HTC, Samsung, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7, New Nexus 7, Huawei, Lenovo, Acer, Asus smartphones and tablets; Microsoft WP8, Surface tablet, Xbox, Zune; Sony PSP, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xperia; Amazon Kindle Fire, Nokia, Blackberry, PDA, Zen, etc.
Music: MP3, AAC, iPhone Ringtone, AC3, WMA, AIFF, CAF, DTS, OGG, AU, RA, WAV, FLAC, ALAC

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter has been a good choice for millions of users. More than just a video ripper, it combines the video editing and the web downloading functions. Basically, it will turn full and ultra HD videos into different formats. With DirectX video acceleration technology, the free video ripper claims to be faster than before (it will still take 8 minutes to complete converting an 11-min video). But admittedly, its functions are really powerful.

Top Open Source Video Ripper Freeware Review - Freemake Video Converter

Main Feature: converting videos from one format to another.
Extra Features: downloading online videos from websites, edits videos, burns DVDs, making photo slideshows, uploading to iPhone, etc.
Supported Operating Systems:
Microsoft® Windows Vista, XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 Supported Video Formats:
Supported Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WAV, FLAC, M4A, AMR, APE, M4R, etc.
Supported Websites: YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Flickr, Nicovideo, VK, LiveLeak

Any Video Converter

Similar to the other video ripper freeware in this post, Any Video Converter is capable of taking computer videos or internet downloaded videos into nearly any other formats, as the name implies. Without limitations and costs, it comes handy in ripping audio from CD and videos, transforming online videos to PC, laptop, Apple/Android smartphones/tablets. However, it has many bundleware.

Main Feature: Aiming to enable playing back any video on any device.
Extra Features: Downloading online videos on 100+ sites, saving music from YouTube directly; having DVD video NTSC or PAL profile options.
Supported Operating Systems:
2000 SP4*, XP, Vista (32bit & 64bit), Windows 7 (32bit & 64bit), Windows 8 and Windows 10; (edition for Mac)

Top Open Source Video Ripper Freeware Review - Any Video Converter

Supported Input Formats:
AVI, FLV, MPG, MP4, M4V(without DRM), M2V, SWF, 3GP, 3G2, 3GPP, MOV, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, MTS, MKV, DV, WMV, MOD, TOD, ASF, DAT, F4V, VOB, RM, RMVB, DivX, XviD, MXF, H.261, H.263, H.264, NUT, NC, NSV and more.
Supported Output Formats:
Videos: WMV, MPG, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, FLV, F4V, SWF, DV, VOB, HTML5 WebM/MP4/OGV Theora, DVD NTSC, DVD PAL
Devices: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, Apple TV, Galaxy S III , Google Android, Kindle Fire HD, Sony PSP, Xbox 360 and more.

MacX Video Converter Free Edition

The number of specialized video rippers for Mac is limited, and MacX Video Converter Free Edition is one of the rare ones. It is precious because it really contains no spyware, malware, ads or bundle at all. It is a standalone video converter and decoder with 370 built-in video & audio codecs, and no strange HD video from camcorder, standard video or online YouTube video are supported. Customized to Mac users, it looks beautiful and runs smoothly and seamlessly on a Mac computer. Better still, it will always support the latest Mac OS, iOS and Apple devices (for example, iPhone 7, as one of the output format). What's more, it's extremely brisk and for ripping a 2 hour HD video, it only takes several minutes.

Main Feature: Convert videos from Mac to Apple and other devices supported video files, extract audio from movies.
Extra Features: Trim, crop video, add watermark and external subtitle, make slideshows, adjust parameters.
Top Open Source Video Ripper Freeware Review - MacX Free Video Converter Supported Operating Systems: Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan/MacOS Sierra
Supported Input Formats:
High Definition videos such as AVCHD Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (*.mp4), Blu-ray Video (*.mts, *.m2ts), HDTV Video (*.ts), Matroska Video (*.mkv) and JVC HD camcorder Video (*.mod, *.tod);
Standard Definition Videos such as AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, F4V, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, MOV, VOB, ASF, 3GP, 3G2, QT, DAT, ASF, Google TV, WebM and Vpx 8
Supported Output Formats:
HD/SD videos; NTSC DVD, PAL DVD; audio formats such as MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, AIFF, CAF, DTS, OGG, AU, RA, and (Lossless Audio WAV, FLAC and ALAC; profiles for Apple, Android and Microsoft devices and web sharing.

Windows Media Encoder

Top Open Source Video Ripper Freeware Review- Windows Media Encoder

Some people are familiar with NetShow Encoder as the precedent of Windows Media Encoder. As the freely downloadable app of Windows OS developed by Microsoft, Windows Media Encoder can't surely be absent from the list of top free video rippers. It works by capturing love and prerecorded audio, video and screen images for delivery purpose. But the output format can only be Windows Media formats. Integrated within Windows Media 9 Series, this app is helpful in enabling users to enjoy mixed-mode video and audio, high-quality multichannel sound, and high-definition video quality. However, this tool is now considered to be outdated.

Main Feature: Capture and transcode data into high quality sound
Extra Features: Create CD/DVD or MBR streaming; protect live streams or to start broadcasts
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows 2000, or later Microsoft Windows OS.
Supported Input Formats: Limited
Supported Output Formats: Windows Media formats only

Top 3 Open Source Free Video Rippers


Top Open Source Free Video Ripper - HandBrake

HandBrake was once the most commonly used open-source DVD and video ripper program for Windows, Mac OS and Ubuntu OS. The biggest limitation is the incapability of copy protection circumvent. For most users, it worked great until Microsoft in all their greatness put out Windows 10 and then nothing goes right anymore. There are more and more experienced issues such as it began to stop encoding fully and the end video was pixelated. Other common HandBrake problems like:

HandBrake Rips Some DVDs Only Half Way
HandBrake "Error Opening" when Finished
HandBrake Crashes before Finishing
VLC Found But Not HandBrake 64 Version Error
HandBrake Error Message: "No Titles Found"
HandBrake Cannot Rip DVD with 99 Titles
HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error 

Main Feature: Converting kinds of videos into an MPEG-4 video file in MPEG-4 Part 14 (.mp4) or Matroska (.mkv) containers.
Extra Feature: Personalizing Constant Quality by changing bit rate, file size and sample rate; batch encoding.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows (XP and later), Mac OS X (10.6 and later), Ubuntu (and complied to Debian, Linux Mint, Fedora, CentOS, or RHEL)
Supported Input Formats: DVD-Video from disc or ISO image, MKV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2TS
Supported Output Formats: MP4, M4V (iTunes), MKV, H.264, H.265/HEVC, VP8, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, Theora; AAC, AC-3, FLAC, MP3, Vorbis, DTS, DTS-HD

Top Open Source Free Video Ripper - VLC Video Player

VLC Media Player

In a sense, VLC is only an open-source media player, instead of a video ripper converter. But look closer, it can help HandBrake rip DVDs and of course play CD/VCD/DVD discs the ripped DVDs in ISO format. VLC, the same as 5KPlayer, is a brilliant choice for getting your DVD rips/downloaded YouTube video clips played back conveniently. But it needs some codec packs when playing some codecs.
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Main Feature: Playing files, discs, Webcams, devices and streams.
Extra Features: Installing extensions, adding skins.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android...
Supported Input Formats: Videos, audios, discs, streams
Supported Output Formats: None

Top Open Source Free Video Ripper - FFmpeg


FFmpeg means "fast forward" and is inspired by the MPEG video standards group under the license of GNU Library or Lesser General Public License version 2.0 (LGPLv2). It is an open-source software project that records, converts and streams videos and audio. It produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data and transcodes multimedia files.

Main Feature: Audio and video conversion.
Extra Features: Live broadcasts, video capture, etc.
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, AmigaOS and MorphOS
Supported Formats and Decoders:
lossless FFV1, WebM and VP8, OpenHEVC decoder, AAC encoder

The Ultimate All-In-One Video Ripper that Defeats All Above – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

• Download and rip YouTube and other videos from 1000+ online video websites.
• Convert any SD, HD and 4K resolution video files perfectly.
• No.1 fast speed powered by hardware acceleration tech QSV and CUDA/NVENC to encode and decode videos
• 420+ profiles for Apple, Android, Windows Phone.
• Have some bonus features to explore.

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