WonderFox DVD Video Converter is a top-notch solution designed to fulfill all your DVD ripping, video conversion and online video download requirements. While the program is easy-to-use enough for beginners, thanks to its friendly user interface, it also includes some advanced functions that come in handy to experts. Besides, you have an extensive library of output formats and profiles at your disposal.
The program's state-of-the-art technology is capable of bypassing the DVD protections introduced by the most renowned cinematographic companies like MGM and Paramount Pictures, so that ripping their DVD movies for backup purposes is not a problem to this tool. Alternatively, it can also load the contents of any DVD folder you may have in your hard disk or pen drive. On the other hand, this program is one of the best options you should consider if you are planning to rip scratched or damaged DVDs, as its disc-reading technology is specially designed for that purpose. Once your DVD's contents is loaded, the program automatically recognizes and selects the main movie for extraction, though you can always select which titles you want to be extracted and which not.
Rather than loading a DVD contents, you can add your existing audio/video files if you plan to use the program as a converter. It supports all known audio and video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, 3GP, ASF, MOV, FLV, M4V, M4A, MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AC3, Ogg, FLAC and a lot more. High-definition video formats like MTS are also supported. Finally, as I already mentioned, a third source you can choose to get your source videos is to download them from YouTube and other similar websites like Vimeo. Doing so is as easy as copying the video's URL, pasting it and clicking on the "Download" button, but you can also change the download folder.
Whichever method you choose to form your source videos list, you can also use the built-in video editor to individually crop, trim, rotate or flip them and to apply multiple effects like blur, pixelate or sepia. Also, you can select to merge all your source video files into a single one as part of the conversion process.
Finally, the last step is to choose your output format which is a very easy task thanks to a special panel the program provides. This panel shows you all the supported output formats, neatly organized into categories such as Video, HD, Audio, Web, Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, Microsoft, Google and Amazon, among others. As you may have guessed, the program offers tens of presets for the most popular portable devices available at the moment such as iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Sony Xperia. Of course, these are great news for the novice users, who thanks to this flexibility can easily rip their favorite DVD movies and make them compatible with their portable devices, without requiring any special knowledge. However, you can also click on the "Settings" button to customize the advanced parameters of your selected format, like its video encoder, resolution, frame rate, bit rate and aspect ratio as well as its audio encoder and sample rate, which is perfect for many advanced users. All that rests now is to press the "Run" button to start the conversion process.
To sum it all up, this is a powerful tool that allows you to convert your videos from different sources including protected DVD movies and online videos, into a wide variety of output video and audio formats. Thus, the program can act as a DVD ripper, a video converter, an audio converter, an audio extractor and even as a video editor suitable for both beginners and experts. The only drawback I can find for this tool is that it doesn't allow you to combine videos from the different supported sources, but you can only select one of them at a time.