The content of a full featured DVD movie can take up some space and is a little difficult to share, especially over the Internet. Luckily, with the help of specialized applications like ratDVD you can now rip content from movie DVDs in order to significantly reduce space taken up, but keeping all elements, from menu to quality.
Running the application brings up a rather simple and intuitive interface. There is a decent preview section to keep an eye your selection, a browser that lets you select movie elements to be converted, as well as a few output quality settings.
Easy quality adjustment
You can easily load desired files through the dedicated menu, with no support for drag and drop. From the “Content” panel you can adjust the output quality settings with the help of a slider, as well as specifying whether or not the audio layer should be kept. Moreover, the newly created file can either be of constant quality or constant average bitrate.
Hitting the button that triggers the process brings up a new window with a few more options you can set. A destination folder needs to be specified, have the conversions run in low priority, show a preview while the process takes place, shut down your machine when finished, as well as a few codec settings that are best left as default.
Create custom quality profiles
Depending on the DVD size, the conversion can take some time, but does not put much pressure on your system, regardless of your configuration. What's more, the application lets you create custom profiles by adjusting quality, main movie and menu settings. The end result is promising and it can be viewed with Windows Media Player.
To sum it up, ratDVD is a neat way to considerably reduce the space taken by movies, making them easy to share over the Internet. Moreover, it can also be used as a backup utility considering that it perform the reverse process. It's easy enough to use and worth a try, because you never know when the actual DVD might get damaged.