Every time tech formats evolve you’re left with out-dated stuff. Vinyl albums were replaced by 8-track tapes, then cassette tapes, then CD’s, then digital files on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. You can go broke trying to keep up with the different types of media.
With videos the investment becomes even more expensive. As video cassette tapes went the way of the Model T, people invested in DVD’s.
But now people want to watch their videos on the go and are buying digital video files instead of DVD’s. Replacing all of your DVD’s with digital copies could be very expensive if you had to re-purchase them. You may look at your stack of DVD’s regretfully, wishing that you had saved your money to get the digital versions instead so you could play your video collection on your iPad or have them handy on your laptop when you travel.
Good news! You can convert your DVD’s to digital files easily in just a few steps by using software called a DVD ripper. SoThink DVD Ripper from SoThink Media makes converting your DVD’s into digital files easy.
SoThink can convert your DVD’s into video files that can be watched on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android device, Windows Phone, Wii, PSP, Xbox 360 and many other devices. You can then watch these files wherever you are, even if you’re not connected to the Internet.
How to Use SoThink
After you download the software from the website, open it and load a DVD into your computer. Click on Open DVD and the title of the DVD will appear. Choose the format you want on the left side bar based on where you want to watch the video. SoThink guides you through the choices so that if you want to watch the movie on your iPad, SoThink shows you that you want an .mp4 format.
You can also choose other settings, such as the quality of the audio and video. Remember that the higher the quality of the audio and video the larger the file will be. You can also choose the language as well as whether you want subtitles (if these options are available on the DVD you’re ripping).
At the bottom of the screen you can indicate where you want your video file saved in the Output Folder box. You can save it to a folder on your computer, to your Dropbox folder, or to a folder on an external hard drive.
When you’ve adjusted your settings and selected your output folder, you click the Rip DVD button and the ripping will start. A status bar appears, as well as a counter that shows you how much time has elapsed and how much time is left. You can also check a box so the computer turns off or goes into sleep or hibernation after the conversion is complete.
Here’s a video showing how to convert a DVD to a video file to watch on your iPad (this instruction also applies to different formats):
Where to Store Your Video Files
Video files tend to take up a lot of space, so you may want to store them on an external hard drive if you don’t have a lot of room to spare on your computer. You can take the hard drive with you when you travel or bring it in the car or a plane to entertain kids on long trips. You can also store the files in your Dropbox so you can have videos handy wherever you have access to the Internet.
I was provided with the full version of SoThink by Thomas at Techworks DK Link as the Grand Prize in a contest held earlier this year.
I was impressed with the versatility and the ease of use with SoThink. I had tried a different DVD ripper years ago, but found it extremely complex. With the other software I used, some DVD’s would be converted successfully but others had video but no sound.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing with your video conversions, you will like using this software. SoThink also has advanced features, such as video editing, so that you can do more with your video files than simply converting them.
How Does SoThink Compare to Other DVD Rippers?
The SoThink website provides a DVD ripper comparison chart showing that their software is compatible with more formats than other popular DVD rippers.
What Else You Need to Know
Using SoThink you can also convert audio files from one format to another or get an audio file from a CD. You can
SoThink is available free for a 30 day trial period. After that, you pay $34.95 to use the software indefinitely.
The software is available for Windows 7 and Vista. There is no Mac version available.
Have your videos handy wherever you travel by converting your DVD’s into video files.
Do you own DVD’s you would like to convert to video files? Have you ever tried to convert them? Would you like to watch your videos on your mobile devices? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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