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).
Linux has a few disc burning apps available, but our favourite is undoubtedly the powerful K3b.
Windows has more disc-burning apps than we can count, but a few notable programs stand out from the pack. Our favourite is CDBurnerXP for its long list of features and easy-to-use interface.