A Windows post (gasp)

Windows software tends to abstract any kind of technicality from the user, except when it comes to ripping.  For some reason, this requires a myriad dropdowns.  I’m computer literate and I struggle.

I don’t advocate copyright infringement but I do fair use.  I am regularly away from home and take a hard drive with me on which I want to have copies of DVD, rather than carry around lots of DVD.  I would have thought that a fairly simple interface was required for this.

Fortunately, Lifehacker pointed the right direction with bitRipper.

bitRipper's main interface

bitRipper's main interface

See, there’s nothing too complicated here – pick the track (which granted can be an art form on some DVD), choose output and start ripping.  Of course, the options are there and it uses any available codecs.

Ripping

Ripping

See now that’s better.  I have used Handbrake but with mixed results and it seems top easy to click the wrong box and after sitting for an hour find that the file is, for example, soundless.  VLC can stream output which does work but tends to lose the first few seconds in a garbled mess.  Both of these have the advantage of being cross platform however.  So if you know of a Linux alternative then feel free to let me know about it.

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