If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you’ll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.
Dear Lifehacker, I know a lot of video players (like PotPlayer) can play any video file out there, but why are there so many video formats in the first place? Is there a real difference between DivX and XviD, or MP4 and MKV? When I rip a DVD, or go hunting for downloads, which format is the best to use?
Ashampoo’s paid version of their Burning Studio program rated highly in our recent app directory series for best disc burning app for Windows. It wasn’t the first choice, as it normally costs a cool $US50, but is available as a free download from The Download Crew’s Giveaway site for the next 26 hours (at time of writing).
Windows: If you’ve ever tried in vain to find a song you heard on a streaming internet radio station but didn’t get to the song info in time, StreamWriter can help. The free Windows program can record multiple audio streams simultaneously and also features scheduled recordings, a wishlist of songs you want to record, and the ability to add songs to an ignore list.