Hello Again my faithful readers! I’m back with another little program to help you take your media files with you on your mobile phone. Today I’ve got Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum, and of course Stargate.
Wondershare Platinum is actually a very good program, it works fast and can be used for all of your DVD ripping needs, not just for your phone, it will output formats for pretty much every popular mobile and desktop video and audio format out there today.
So read on…
Here’s a bit of info about Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum from the site, you can read more HERE if you wish.
Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum
Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum is the best DVD Ripper software that supports almost all portable video/audio players. It lets you easily rip DVD to iPod, Zune, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, Xbox 360, PS3, Archos, iRiver PMP Player, Creative Zen, PMP, MP4/MP3 Player, Smart Phone, Pocket PC, PDA, Mobile Phone and so on. Furthermore, it upgrade to support BlackBerry Storm, Bold, Palm Pre, PSP Lite 3000, Google Phone.
* Directly rip DVD (including protected DVD with CSS) for playback on iPod, iPhone, Zune, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Smart Phone, etc.
* New upgrade to support BlackBerry Storm, Bold, Palm Pre, iPod Touch 2, PSP Lite 3000, Google Phone and convert DVD to HD video formats.
* Support video trimming, cropping, video effect adjustment, adding watermark and video file and chapters merging.
It can rip DVD to iPod Video; Rip DVD to PSP; Rip DVD to PS3; Rip DVD to iPhone; Rip DVD to Apple TV (MP4, M4A, MP3); Rip DVD to Zune (WMV, WMA); Rip DVD to Archos MP4 Player (MP4); Rip DVD to Creative Zen (WMV, MP3, WMA); Rip DVD to iRiver PMP; Rip DVD to iPod nano and iPod shuffle (MP3); Rip DVD to Pocket PC (WMV); Rip DVD to Nokia; Rip DVD to Motorola Phone (3GP) and so on.
Most of the software of this type has a very similar interface, which is a good thing as it makes life easier so if you’ve used one you can easily pick up on another.
The interface for Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum is organized well, across the top are some drop down menus, but for the most part you don’t even need to worry about them, everything pertaining to your DVD and video is below.
There is a little help section as well that can be access by the top navigation bar, it gives you instructions on how to rip your DVD.
On the very bottom is a pop-up menu that will allow you to select the output format, most every portable format is represented along with standard desktop ones as well. One thing to note is that I didn’t see .AVI or Divx as one of the choice under common video, for me that’s a disappointment as I like to use it for all of my video files
We’re concerned with Windows Mobile Format and in that category we see four choices actually, the General Pocket PC is what I used for this review.
Put your DVD in your drive and navigate to it, then you’ll need to select which files you want to convert. It’s nice to be able to choose what to convert so you’re not converting the entire disc, we only really want just the movie.
Once you’ve selected your movie you can go in and make some adjustments if you wish via the ‘Settings’ option next to the output selection bar.
One thing cool about this program is that you can do a little editing to your movie before starting the process of conversion.
You can change the output size, and you’ll see a preview of how it looks:
You can also change effects like Brightness, Contrast and Saturation along with adding effects like Gray, Emboss, Negative and Old Film.
The last setting will allow you to watermark your movie, this can be very useful for your own creative works.
After you’re done changing things hit the Start button and off you go, you can watch the preview or not.
Looking at the Task Manager we see Wondershare does use quite a bit of my Quad Core CPU, 72% in this screenshot. That’s a plus there that it can utilize dual and quad core CPUs.
The time from hitting the start button to finish was 12:25 which is very fast, that time does not include editing etc, just the pure conversions process.
Wondershare is one of the fastest DVD ripping programs I’ve tested to date, but speed doesn’t mean much without a quality finished product.
The final file weighs in at almost 1gig in size, coming in at 905MB. That’s a big file, for me, with a 16gb card, that’s not a problem, but I can guess most of you out there do not have a 16gb card in their phones. So depending what else you’ve got on your card, you might not be able to fit many of this size file on your card to take with you.
Size issue aside the quality of the movie playing on my phone was excellent… I used a macro lens to take the following pictures, so you can see the pixels, but in reality with the motion you can’t see them. Very, very nice quality, audio and video are in sync just fine.
Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum sells for $39, that’s a bit high compared to others out there, but if you consider all that it can do in addition to just converting to your phone it’s worth the cost.
The program works well, it’s fast and it’s very easy to use, and of course the final result is near DVD quality, what more could you ask for?!
+Lots of additional options
+Easy to use
+Very fast conversion
+Excellent quality of final product
-Large output file size
-No Divx output option