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MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition is a handy Mac application that allows you to make backup copies of your personal DVDs. The tool's simplicity and ease of use make it perfect for home users who will have the opportunity to save DVD content into three of the most popular video formats: MOV, MP4, and M4V. In addition, you will have the chance to play your favorite videos on iTunes and Apple TV.
The program comes with an attractive and modern interface, displaying all functions in plain sight. With the main features placed right there at hand, you will get the desired result in a relatively short time. Having been designed for common users who may or may not have advanced computer skills, the utility opens with a main window that informs you about the major steps to follow to back up DVD content.
Like most similar ones, the app lets you import files from DVD discs, DVD folders, and ISO images. Regardless of what source you choose, the program allows you to select the video format that suits your needs best. However, the list of supported target formats is very poor, as it is limited to three video formats (MP4, MOV, and M4V) and three audio file types (MPE, AAC, and AC3). At least you have the ability to select the quality of the target files. Thus, for storage space reasons, you can save the files with low, medium, or high quality. Yet, a series of advanced settings is provided. They enable you to set the resolution and the bit rate, the aspect ratio and the audio channels. Before enabling the conversion, you can make a few adjustments, like trimming a part of a large video, cropping and rotating the image, and adding subtitles. What is more, you can adjust the sound volume, but you can't replace it with a different music track. Snapshots can also be taken – yet, they will be saved in PNG format only.
Providing a straightforward approach, any user can manage this program without any hurdle whatsoever. The fact that you can preview the files and see the pre-conversion adjustments in real time makes the app more appealing. It goes without saying that you can't expect too much from a free tool. Still, the severe restriction to the number of target video formats is rather aggressive – you feel forced to buy the professional version in order to overcome this drastic limitation.
- Easy to use
- Free tool
- Real time preview
- Trim and crop features
- Sound volume adjustment
- Can add subtitles
- Can take snapshots
- Drastic restriction to three target video formats
- Can't replace the original soundtrack