“I’m new to Android and smartphones in general, have lots of PC experience. What is the best method to convert a movie (DVD) so it can be played on my Android phone. Please mention details when answering, greatly appreciate it.”
“I own a lot of DVDs and I was wondering if there was a way that I could digitize my DVD and transfer it to and play it on my Android device.”
Nowadays, more and more people access to the Android devices no matter the smartphone or tablet. While, with every new device, comes many new questions about the workflow. The term ‘workflow’ can be fairly broad, but today I am looking at how to get Android devices to play DVD collections freely. And the following article takes a review to the top DVD Rippers and figure out which is the best DVD Ripper software for Android tablet and smartphone users.
I’ll compare the 3 DVD rippers in aspect of interface design, input format, DVD structure support, Android format support, ripping speed, and video effect to decide which would be the best DVD ripper for Android tablet and smartphone users. Well, the guide concerns on DVD to Android conversion so DVD backup and other irrelevant features will not be discussed here.
Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU
2.59GHz, 1.96GB of RAM
Windows XP Professional
In order to make sure the DVD rippers keep up with latest encryption method, the tests are done with a most recent DVD Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), which is released on March 27, 2012.
1. Interface Design (10 points)
Magic DVD Ripper: Magic’s interface is simple and easy to understand, but I find that movies are getting squashed when preview effect. One point in Magic favor is that it automatically reads the currently inserted DVD.
WinX DVD Ripper: WinX comes up with a gray interface with all the advanced settings at bottom, making the software looks busy and complicated for beginners.
Brorsoft DVD Ripper: Despite of the annoying green color,Brorsoft has an intuitive interface that is easier to start with. The preview window is a high point.
2. Input Format (10 points)
Magic DVD Ripper detects and imports DVD from optical drive automatically. If you have a DVD backup on hard drive, you can select and load the VIDEO_TS folder instead.
WinX DVD Ripper seems smarter; you can whether load a DVD or a VIDEO_TS folder at the very start. However, the software failed to find the correct main movie when I did test with Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) DVD, all it finds are extra movie trailers (e.g. Ice Age 4 as it shows in below sceenshot). Anyway, you should not expect much to a free tool.
Comparing with Magic and WinX, Brorsfot DVD Ripper supports more file types: DVD, VIDEO_TS structure, DVD ISO and IFO.
3. DVD Structure Support (10 points)
A good DVD Ripper lets you decide which titles/chapters to keep in which language you like. Compare in the following chart how the top 3 DVD rippers support DVD structure:
4. Output Format (20 points)
Magic DVD Ripper- Magic features adequate common video formats (MP4, AVI, WMV) for average users, but 32 formats are not enough for Android fans. As Galaxy Tab owner I would like to put DVD movies onto the 10.1’ tablet and I need a costumed format to ensure smooth playback on my device. Magic support 1 Android tablet only- the Kindle Fire. Hope the old Archos format work for new Archos tabs.
WinX DVD Ripper- seems that WinX support quite a lot of formats(MP4, MPG, WMV, FLV, MOV), and luckily I managed to find Samsung Galaxy Tab format which works for my device. Are there any other formats for more Android tablets? Well, unfortunately NO.
Brorsoft DVD Ripper- I was really impressed with the profile list of Brorsfot. Here you find almost all the Android tablets on market, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Acer Iconia tabs, Amazon Kindle Fire, Xoom, Toshiba Thrive, Sony Tablet, Google Nexus 7/10, etc. And you can also find optimized format for iPad, BlackBerry, Apple TV, etc. Apparently Brorsoft software wins hands down on export format.
Compare and check for a best Android formatted DVD Ripper:
5. Conversion Speed(10 points)
To keep tests fair, I use the same title (Title 28 of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) for ripping, and custom the output format to apply the same setting.
The source: Title 28 of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, movie trailer of We Bought a Zoo, 2 mins and 23 secs in length.
The conversion settings:
Video- H.264, 640×360, 1500kbps, 30fps
Audio- AAC stereo, 44.1khz128kbps
Andre here’s my test result:
Magic DVD Ripper takes 3 mins and 41 secs to complete conversion and results in a file of 27.2M.
WinX DVD Ripper performs faster than Magic. It costs 3 mins and 2secs to generate a MP4 file of 27.7M in size.
Brorsoft DVD Ripper converts DVD fastest. The same conversion takes 2 mins and 50 secs without GPU acceleration. And output file size is 29.8M.
6. Video Effect (20 points)
Finally we come to the most important part we set out to test: how does Magic compare with WinX and Brorsoft on aspect of video quality? The following screenshots are the same scene taken from the three output videos.
Magic DVD Ripper (somehow the picture gets stretched)
WinX DVD Ripper
Brorsoft DVD Ripper
Partial enlarged view and compare: Magic vs. WinX vs. Brorsoft
As far as I can see, Magic DVD Ripper failed to keep the original aspect ratio, and gave softer image. The other two presents sharper image with more details, but I noticed that WinX becomes grainy when dealing with bright spots and dark gradients.
Magic DVD Ripper vs. WinX DVD Ripper vs. Brorsoft DVD Ripper in total:
Brorsoft DVD Ripper is proved to be the best DVD ripper for Android tablets. It beats Magic DVD Ripper and WinX DVD Ripper for almost every aspect except for interface design. Its developer Brorsoft also released an advanced version- Blu-ray Ripper($49), which deals with both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
WinX DVD Ripper failed to recognize the main movie during above test, but it’s still a good choice for those who hang on to freeware. Magic DVD Ripper has an important feature that I did not mentioned of, and that’s DVD backup. And this is a nice tool for copying and burning DVDs.
Anyhow, hope this DVD to Android Converter reviews can help you fast choose an easy-to-use and yet professional DVD ripping tool for your Android devices. Enjoy.