MAC DVDRIPPER PRO review

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ABOUT DVDSuki Software Inc.

Company information of DVDSuki Software Inc. is limited on the internet. We did find it was established in 2009, and its founder is called Alex.  Well Alex certainly did a good job creating Mac DVDRipper Pro. The name is nearly the same as MacX DVDRipper Pro, but they are two different companies.

Back in 2009, Alex, founder of DVDSuki Software, was travelling through Europe. An experienced Mac developer, he started thinking about video processing software. During his trip he grew convinced that he could build a much simpler way to save a DVD on a Mac than existed at the time, and he got to work. By the end of his European holiday, Mac DVDRipper Pro 1 had been released.

MAC DVDRIPPER PRO

MAC DVDRipper Pro has been around for many years and is a real DVD Ripper tool intended for ripping a whole DVD or just main movies etcetera. The interface is I think the easiest of all DVD rippers. This is also because it doesn’t provide many or any further ripping or output choices.
This is your real WYSIWYG ( What You See Is What You Get ) ripper. No frills just rip a DVD in 64-bit M4V format using H.264 video codec.

WHAT IS H.264

H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10, Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC) is a block-oriented motion-compensation-based video compression standard. As of 2014 it is one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content.[1]It supports resolutions up to 4096×2304, including 4K UHD.[2]

The intent of the H.264/AVC project was to create a standard capable of providing good video quality at substantially lower bit rates than previous standards (i.e., half or less the bit rate of MPEG-2, H.263, or MPEG-4 Part 2), without increasing the complexity of design so much that it would be impractical or excessively expensive to implement. An additional goal was to provide enough flexibility to allow the standard to be applied to a wide variety of applications on a wide variety of networks and systems, including low and high bit rates, low and high resolution video, broadcast, DVD storage, RTP/IP packet networks, and ITU-T multimedia telephony systems. The H.264 standard can be viewed as a “family of standards” composed of a number of different profiles. A specific decoder decodes at least one, but not necessarily all profiles. The decoder specification describes which profiles can be decoded. H.264 is typically used for lossy compression, although it is also possible to create truly lossless-coded regions within lossy-coded pictures or to support rare use cases for which the entire encoding is lossless.

 

FEATURES

Backup your DVDs
– DVDs can get scratched, broken, or lost. Create a DVD archive with MDRP.

Cut the Crud
– Rip just the movie. Ignore the trailers and ads.

Export to iTunes
– Our high quality M4V files can be dropped right into iTunes.

Soft Subtitles
– Subtitles can now be turned on and off using our next generation OCR engine!

Burn main-movie-only rips
– Make a backup of the main movie on a blank DVD, skipping the commercials

No BlueRay DVD’s
– BluRay’s and I guess the latest Disney DVD’s format are not supported !!

 

PREFERENCES

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HOW DOES IT PERFORM

As mentioned earlier Mac DVDRipper Pro is a basic ripping application. You will not find any different output formats as the integrated M4V format. This application is most suitable for those only interested in a plain ripping tool. No movie Trim or Crop settings. Chapter choices is present, and presented by numbers but it doesn’t show the chapter name or content, so making choices needs to be done with the integrated Player which works well.
Choosing chapters is made into a visual concept that works really well.

Somehow I am unable to capture the movie screen playing, either with Capto or Camtasia or Mac’s Screendump. So the example below is (in realtime ) showing exactly the movie chapter playing. If you want to proceed just hit the next-button as shown in this example.

 

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MDRP is not supporting Blu-Rays according to their website. It is wise to contact the developer if you need MDRP for ripping the latest DVD formats like Disney DVD. So MDRP is defenitly not as versatile as MacX DVDRipper Pro.
Mac DVDRipper Pro does have the best subtitles ripping of all. Font is clear nicely merged into the movie.
However it needs another third party application to change the M4V output file, for use on more systems ( Windows ) or hardware needing different movie-format !! The M4V format is mainly a strictly Apple / Mac format.

 

RIP-TIME MDRP vs MACX DVDRIPPER PRO

 

 

M4V FORMAT

The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to the MP4 format. The primary difference is that M4V files may optionally be protected by DRM copy protection.

Apple uses M4V to encode video files in its iTunes Store. Unauthorized reproduction of M4V files may be prevented using Apple’s FairPlay copy protection. A FairPlay-protected M4V file can only be played on a computer authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. [1] In QuickTime, M4V videos using FairPlay DRM are identified as “AVC0 Media”.

 

VERDICT

So I have come up with some minor points for MDRP ( Mac DVDRipper Pro), but is it not good? If I would just want to use Mac’s and its M4V for a full ( or chapter ) DVD Rip, I would choose Mac DVDRipper Pro. Why you may ask? Because its the easiest ripper in this format and produces great output files with merged subtitles. Ripping speed is 100% slower then MacX DVDRipper Pro however, and its use is limited to just DVD format. Blu-Rays etc are not supported and this is where I feel MDRP is missing out compared to the competition. Blu-Ray is standard DVD format nowadays, so we need an application doing it all. Shame really as I feel MDRP is outstanding in use, video and subtitles quality.

MACX DVD RIPPER PRO review

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Version 5.7.0
Developer Digiarty Software Inc.
Website https://www.macxdvd.com

 

ABOUT DIGIARTY

Established in 2006, Digiarty is a software company specialized in multimedia software solutions. There product range is extensive and available for Mac as well as Windows users. MacXDVD Software offers a wide range of award-winning DVD backup, video converter, video downloader, iPhone manager tool etc for Mac users, including MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, MacX MediaTrans, MacX YouTube Downloader

 

MACX DVD RIPPER PRO

DVD ripper for Mac users to rip any format at fast speed (5 min only to rip a full DVD) and original quality. It supports all known DVDs (new DVD, 99-title DVD, damaged & unplayable DVD) and rip DVD’s / ISO images in all sorts of formats, including DVD to MP4, HEVC/H.265, H.264, MOV, FLV, MPEG4, AVI, QT, MP3, etc. With 350+ preset profiles, the DVD ripper makes it easy to convert DVDs for playback on iTunes, QuickTime, Apple iPhone iPad, Android, PS4, TV, etc.

You can also clone DVD to ISO image at 1:1 ratio and copy DVD title to MPEG2 and MKV with all videos, audios and subtitles.

INTERFACE

The interface of MacX DVD Ripper Pro is easy and well layed out.  But personally I feel it needs a more 2D look to match the Apple looks. Its just a personal vision, and has nothing to do with it being good or bad. One thing I would like to see different is that when ‘ripping’ is active, the ripping-overlay can not be moved to show the information beneath. You can’t check anymore wether you opted for the ‘ merge titles ‘  yes or no. Now you just have to wait for the end result instead of aborting the ripping and correct your choice made. Thats the only real thing I can think of design wise. It all covers every aspect of DVD Ripping and offers I think all possible options one might need. So happy with the interface layout, we checked the options in the menu.

Options only specify output Folders and language, so pretty basic one time settings.

 

 

WHAT CAN MACX DVD RIPPER PRO DO !     ALL OPTIONS !

 

This is just a full capture of the developers website statements about their MacX DVD Ripper Pro. So it seems to loaded with options available for a clean and fast job.

 

  • Convert DVD to iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV
    MacX DVD Ripper Pro lets you rip any DVD on Mac.
    Rip DVD to iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/SE/6s/6s Plus/6/5s/5, iPad Air/Air 2, iPad Mini 4/3/Mini with Retina display, iPad 4/3/2, iPad Pro, iPod touch 5/4, iPod classic, The new Apple TV, etc.
  • DVD to Android Mobile/Pad, Microsoft, Sony Devices
    Built in 350+ profiles and brand new core technology, this Mac DVD Ripper not only provides a perfect solution for Apple devices, but also covers almost all popular multimedia devices, like:
    Android Samsung Galaxy S8/S7/S7 edge/S6 Edge/Edge +/S6/S5, Note 8/7/5/4/Note Edge, Galaxy Tab S,
    Nokia Lumia 2520,
    Google New Nexus 7,
    Asus MeMo Pad 7,
    Huawei Mate 10/Ascend P7,
    HTC One M9,
    Microsoft Surface Pro 4/3/2,
    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX8.9, Xperia XZ/Z5/C4/M4/X Compact, WP8, Xbox, Zune, PSP, PS3, PS4, PDA, MP3 player, etc.
  • Trim, Crop, Merge, Add External Subtitle
    Trim — Extract video clips/segments from DVD to cut off the trailers and ads.
    Crop — Crop frame size to edit out any unwanted borders, backdrops.
    Merge — Join and combine separate movie titles into a single video file.
    Add External Subtitle — Attach your preferred language subtitle to movie.
  • 1:1 Copy DVD to ISO Image, MKV, MPEG2
    The “Copy” feature lets you backup DVD with original video/audio quality in a few minutes. You can copy DVD on Mac based MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini and iMac 5K with lossless output quality and original 5.1 channels Dolby AC3/DTS audio.
    It will produce a single MPEG2 file so you can store it on your Mac or USB hard drive, play it with VLC or QuickTime Player. It also features cloning DVD to ISO image, backing up DVD to MKV on Mac OS X.
  • Upload DVD Videos to YouTube, Metacafe, Break
    MacX DVD ripping software, provides easy upload to popular video sharing site, like YouTube, Google, Facebook, Vimeo etc.
  • Adjustable Parameter Settings for Advanced Users
    For  ” Advanced ” users, MacX DVD Ripper gives you the choice to adjust the decoder/encoder parameters to suit a particular use.
    The output settings can be adjusted in terms of video codec, video bitrate, frame rate, aspect ratio, resolution, audio codec, audio channel, audio sample rate, bitrates, etc.
  • Extract Audio and Snapshot Images from DVD
    MacX DVD Ripper is capable of extracting picture from DVD movie. It also helps you rip MP3 music from the DVD.
  • Advanced Tech to Optimize the Ripping Process
    Supporting Hyper-Threading, batch conversion, and Multi-Core CPU processing on Mac, the advanced function “Run as Safe Mode” and “Advanced Deinterlacing Accelerator” will also smooth the conversion and improve the video effect.
  • World’s No.1 Fast Speed and High Quality
    With batch conversion, hyper-threading, multi-core CPU and the unique Intel QSV tech, you can make maximum use of CPU and GPU and get the utmost out of hardware acceleration to speed up DVD ripping.
    The “High Quality Engine” helps to make sure the output quality keeping the same as the original. This DVD ripper for Mac can rip a full DVD in 5 minutes only without any output quality loss.

 

DVD RIP TESTING

According to their website this is to be the worlds fastest DVD Ripper. Well we’re going to find out if that statement is true. The interface is easy to work with and shows all available configurations. The choices made for ripping may vary from person to person. Its a true ‘ all benefit ‘ application. It handles all DVD’s ( also the latest types ), and rips any encryption or protected DVD.

Rip encrypted or protected DVD
(Support DVDs with CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection, etc.)

 

 

 

In order to test we use an original DVD:
The Trade video length 1:54:25 , full DVD , High Quality H264, Merging titles, slightly better sound output and use the High Quality Engine. So we set it up to some better quality instead of the basic settings.

MacX Full DVD Rip optimised settings:  Rip Time 58 min.    Aimersoft DVD Ripper : Rip Time  86 min.
Basic settings H264 / High Quality Engine off:    Rip Time 58 min.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro              Aimersoft DVD Ripper      Cisdem Video Converter

58 min.                                       86 min.                                75 min.

 

The ripping of the movie EDISON is even more surprising !   Check out the ripping time differences.

 

An astonishing difference in ripping performance ! It beats competition by approx. 29% and  50 % and  >100%  more speed!  Checking other reviews, they all show the same results as we’ve just produced.
So we can be confident this will reproduce in other tests. Now ripping time is one mayor aspect but the other is as important, which is the output quality produced. Besides great speed the output quality is exelent.

Okay, your ripping is done now its time for exporting. MacX DVD Ripper Pro supports upload to websites such as YouTube, Google, Metacafe, Facebook, etc.

Digiarty Inc. website claims a 5 min DVD Rip. Well though this application is fast and works great, the 5 minutes ripping is a bit of marketing talk. Contacting Digiarty Inc. about the findings and results, lead to the following explanation:
The 5 min for a full DVD rip, is performed with Sandbridge Intel CPU and bla bla… in the end I am unable to reproduce this ripping time or come even close !!
Great thats solved for me, but I don’t want buyers to think they can actually rip a full DVD in 5 minutes. There’s also one other aspect I noticed. The subtitles look somewhat better with for example MDRP.app ( Mac DVDRipper Pro) which produces better looking subtitels. Option wise, MacX has best solutions for any DVD.

 

TRIM , CROP , MERGE & ADD

A nice feature is the Trim & Crop option which is easily performed and has a well designed interface.

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Coupon Code Software License Type Product ID Discounts
18SUMOFF MacX Video Converter Pro Lifetime 4712746 $26.95/55% OFF
1 Year 4712743 $19.95/56% OFF
MacX DVD Ripper Pro Lifetime 4712185 $35.95/47% OFF
1 Year 4712171 $29.95/50% OFF
MacX MediaTrans Lifetime 4693707 $26.95/55% OFF
1 Year 4693697 $19.95/50% OFF
MacX DVD Video Converter Pro Pack Lifetime 4526664 $39.95/64% OFF
MacX Media Management Suite Lifetime 4705062 $45.95/73% OFF

 

VERDICT

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is one of the best DVD Rippers available now. It has all the options one needs for a clean and fast dvd-rip. In fact MacX DVD Ripper seems to be really fast, it beats competitors with 29% – 100% faster ripping. Great speed, and great output quality makes this application the one to buy. Its a fair price for an application thats this good. It rips any encryption or protected disc and also does 1:1 copies. The acclaimed 5 minutes DVD rip is marketing and not realistic. The Trim and Crop options work really well, as some competition lacks the ease of operation. MacX takes every DVD as others fail to load the main movie. Nothing is perfect in life, but MacX is best of its class if you want to have extensive control.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro is iPhoneX and 8 ready, so get your wallet out if you’re looking for a great DVD ripper.

 

 

ELMEDIA PLAYER PRO review

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Version: 6.5.2
Developer: Eltima Software
Website: http://mac.eltima.com/media-player.html

 

ELTIMA

Eltima is a software developer for Windows and Mac related applications. They are in business for 15 years and provide smaller but useful utilities. SyncMate and Folx are some fine examples of their applications. Their media player application called Elmedia Player Pro ( version 6.5 ) is a neat and practical application which we will discuss in this review.

 

ELMEDIA PLAYER PRO

Eltima’s Elmedia Player is available in a free and paid PRO version. The differences are stated below. Your OS X system has its Quick Time player which is a fairly basic media player and supports not enough features for the media enthusiast.

Elmedia Player listing of what the free version can do and QuickTime Player is unable to: Open DVD VIDEO_TS folders, natively play FLV, SWF, XAP, DIVX, DAT, and other formats, internet browsing without leaving the application, compile media playlists, and open browser videos via optional bookmarklet.

This is where free applications like VLC ( which is good ) and the free Elmedia Player present a much better media player all round. So why? should you opt for a paid media player like Eltima’s
‘Elmedia Player Pro’ which will set you back $ 19.95.

Its the extra features in the Pro version that make you want the Pro version in order to use its full potential. Downloading from You Tube, streaming, converting and grabbing screens are options
making the media enthusiast choose for this Pro version.


PRO’s EXTRA FEATURES

Additional features include downloading from the Internet – videos, their soundtracks, RTMP streams, animations, converting Flash EXE files into SWF format, taking still screenshots from the video, and much more.

# Options Free PRO
1 Save videos, including RTMP streams, and external resources required by SWF animations ✔️
2 Download videos and soundtracks from YouTube ✔️
3 Adjust playback settings ✔️
4 Grab a still from a video or make a set of images ✔️
5 Convert Projector EXE files into SWF format ✔️
6 Stream music and videos from Elmedia Player to other devices with AirPlay support and vice versa. ✔️
7 Playback FLV, SWF, AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV, DIVX, DAT and many more videos on your Mac ✔️ ✔️
8 Browse Internet from the app window using built-on web browser ✔️ ✔️
9 Use Open Online Video and watch YouTube videos in player without ads ✔️ ✔️
10 Enjoy watching Flash files in full-screen mode ✔️ ✔️
11 Pin the player window on top of other running apps ✔️ ✔️
12 Compile and edit media playlists ✔️ ✔️
13 Edit subtitles ✔️ ✔️
14 Choose an audio track for playback – multiple tracks are supported ✔️ ✔️
15 Integrate the app with Growl and browsers ✔️ ✔️
16 Utilize app’s own volume control ✔️ ✔️
17 10 band audio equalizer with presets (Large Hall, Party, etc). ✔️ ✔️
18 Make your videos better by adjusting video brightness, saturation, contrast, sharpness, reduce noise, etc. ✔️ ✔️
19 Fit image into screen by changing aspect ratio ✔️ ✔️
20 Change playback speed to optimize video viewing ✔️ ✔️
21 Experiment with image layout – rotate, flip, mirror ✔️ ✔️
22 Apple Remote Control makes things easier – use it to the maximum ✔️ ✔️
23 A-B loop for continuous playback of a certain part of the video ✔️ ✔️
24 Match audio to video in case they are not in sync ✔️ ✔️
25 Match subtitles to video in case they are not in sync ✔️ ✔️
26 Use any subtitles file with the video you downloaded ✔️ ✔️
27 Double-click for Play/Pause, Enter/Exit full screen ✔️ ✔️
28 On-screen display of actions, like pausing, flipping, rotating videos, etc. ✔️ ✔️
29 Hardware acceleration for ultimate HD experience ✔️ ✔️
30 External audio tracks support ✔️ ✔️
ELMEDIA PLAYER PRO performance & PREFS
HD performance is great due to hardware accelerated decoding, Playing YouTube video via Open Online Video option of Elmedia Player you’ll see subtitles right where they belong.
The free and paid Pro version include an in-app web browser, and can be used to parse video, audio, or Flash content from any URL.
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VERDICT
Elmedia Player Pro is a far more powerful alternative to QuickTime Player. The ability to download web material is a real bonus to the paid version. Its got a good interface and solid performance
enabling you to deal with any video or media format and includes an in-app web browser. If you’re in for an upgrade to QuickTime this is a great application.
 5 STARs