Converting a movie DVD to the desired video format is a two-step process. It involves ripping the DVD and then transcoding the ripped content. Thus, you need two tools – a DVD ripper and a video transcoder. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is an all-in-one tool for converting DVDs to any video format.

With built-in presets for many popular portable devices, such as Apple iPod, iPhone, Sony PSP and Microsoft Zune you can rest assured that the output will be compatible with the device. The software automatically takes care of audio and video parameters.

The main window is divided into two horizontal halves. You first have to specify the path to the DVD drive, and then click the ‘Disc’ button on the toolbar to load the DVD. The option to specify the DVD path is necessary in case the PC has multiple DVD drives.

When the DVD is loaded, the list of chapters is displayed, along with details such as the length, video resolution and audio format of each chapter. To the left of the list is a small preview box with mark-in and mark-out sliders at the bottom. These markers help you specify the start and end of the selected chapter. For instance, you may want to encode only a song video out of the entire chapter. It’s a useful feature, but we wish the preview box had a complete set of playback controls to watch the source video with sound.

After selecting the desired chapters using check boxes, you move on to the lower half. Here, you’ll find two rows of tabs. The upper row has tabs for various video formats, which include AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV and MOV. The second row has tabs for device presets such as iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, 3GP and Zune. These tabs make the process of transcoding videos pretty straightforward. Simply select the tab that suits your needs, tweak the audio and video settings as needed, and hit the big ‘Start’ button when you’re ready.

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