While DVDs are one of the more common ways of storing and viewing video files, the rise of smartphones and tablet mobile device has meant that increasingly people want to be able to view the video files from their DVDs on their iPad, iPhone or Android. DVDs are also at risk from scratching so having a backup copy can give you piece of mind. For extracting video files to view in iTunes or another player or to backup a DVD you will need DVD ripping software. There are a number of free DVD ripper programs available to assist you in extracting the video files from a DVD and we list the best free DVD ripper software for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX users below. (Note: Jabbersite does not endorse copying copyrighted movies for commercial sale or redistribution. Video piracy is a crime and we are only advocating the free DVD ripper software for legal use only.)

Handbrakefree dvd ripper

Available for Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

Handbrake is a good choice for a DVD ripper on Windows and possibly the best choice as a free DVD ripper for Mac. It has loads of features which are disguised by the relatively small file size. The recoded video is of good quality although conversions do take a bit longer than competitors. Mpeg-4 files are produced using the Handbrake system and there are many different audio and video parameters for you to play with and set to esnure you get the correct output you are looking for. Alternatively for the simple-minded you can simply start the process with one clock and the default settings. Testing has shown that Handbrake can rip some commercial DVDs depending on their settings and age.

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WinX DVD Ripperfree dvd ripper

Available for Windows or Mac OSX

Win DVD is a free DVD ripper that enables you to rip encrypted DVDs and enable the video files for playback onMP4, H.264, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV, Music, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, HTC and Samsung Galaxy Tab. It might struggle with newer DVD encryptions such as Disney but used in conjunction with other programs, you should be able to circumnavigate this problem.

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DVD Fab HD Decrypterfree dvd ripper

Available for Windows or Mac OSX

DVD Fab HD Decrypter enables you to copy the content of a DVD to a separate hard drive, with the option to copy the full disc or simply the title menu. The main problem with this software is the lack of features in the free version, which have to be supplemented by upgrades to produce a wider range of output formats. Test it and see if it works for you.

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DVD Shrinkfree dvd ripper

Available for Windows

DVD Shrink is a program built to rip a DVD to the your hard drive and compress the DVD data with hardly any noticeable loss in video quality. The user-friendly interface allows you to select which parts of the DVD file structure you want to include in the rip and can also be used in tandem with burn software such as Nero. However it is worth noting that the software has not been updated by developers since 2004, meaning that many recent DVD encryptions cannot be ripped. With non-encrypted DVDs though it works like a charm.

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Freemake Video Converterfree dvd ripper

Available for Windows

Free DVD ripper Freemake Video Converter is really more as the name suggests a video converter software with a DVD ripper included as part of the features. The video converter software works well converting videos to different formats for playback on portable devices including iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, PSP, and Blackberry. There is even a feature which allows you to paste a URL for converting online videos. The DVD ripper sadly is not as good, lacking the ability to rip encrypted DVDs crashing on most commercial titles. But for backing up your own home DVDs this ripper is still worth a look, especially when combined with the excellent converter software.

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