The sheer level of control makes HandBrake well worth a try. Read our full HandBrake review. Album) is a name synonymous with powerful, high quality freeware, and Freemake Video Converter doesn't let the Album) down. Its free DVD ripper boasts a clean, clear interface is a joy to use, and you're never left feeling in any doubt about what you're meant to do. Fire up the software, switch to the DVD section and choose your drive from the list.
After disc analysis you'll need to indicate which of the video track you're interested in. You can even take things a step further and clip out segments of a video to rip rather than grabbing the whole thing. Shortcuts at the bottom of the screen provide access to popular output formats AVI, MKV, device-specific formats ; just make your selection, hit 'Convert', and you're done.
Unfortunately, although it doesn't contain extra bundled software, the latest version of Freemake Video Converter adds a watermark to ripped videos. If you can live with that, it's one of the most convenient DVD rippers around. Read our full Freemake Video Converter review. As well as handling DVDs, the program, is also capable of ripping Blu-ray discs, and the process works in exactly the same way in each case although it's worth noting that Blu-ray ripping is only be free while the program is in beta.
The great thing about MakeMKV is that there is so little to think about. Fire up the program, analyze your disc, choose Album) of the track you would like to rip, indicate where the output file should be saved, and then hit the 'Make MKV' button. That's really all there is to it. There's no messing about, no complex configuration — just analyze, rip and go. Read our full MakeMKV review. DVDFab is an unusual case. The free portion is rather limited, allowing you to rip discs in Full Disc or Main Movie modes only.
This means that the free version is nowhere near as versatile as the other programs we've covered here, but it still has its place. For example, it can be useful if you want to extract the Album) files from a disc and maintain their original formats when transferring them to your hard drive.
You're then free to import the files into another program for further work if you want, or just use your favorite DVD software to watch the videos without the need for a disc to be inserted. This lacks a few of the features found in the premium version mainly speed-related and a couple of specific DRM cracksbut you'll still have a powerful DVD ripper on your hands that you can use indefinitely.
Once your input has been analyzed — a process that doesn't take long — you can take your pick from a raft of ready made profiles. For Hess, the tapes are an art project weaving together sculptural, design and audio elements. He thinks of the tapes as audio collages or old school mix-tapes designed to replicated memories.
He began releasing tapes in and also thinks of them as art objects. Cook has lived in St. Louis for eight years and sees the city as an initial gateway to a music and tape community he now knows intimately. Cook releases some of his own work, which is produced using a series of six oscillators built by a friend, and the Album) series which highlights local sound art, free improvisation, and electro-acoustic musicians.
Cook also emphasizes the affordability of cassette production. His output is slow, having produced roughly a dozen tapes sincebut that pace gives Cook a chance to focus on curating his releases without production pressures. Really, Cook, Stuttler, and Hess all want to share the music they love in a creative format. Tape production has allowed Hess, Stuttler and Cook to work with some of their favorite local musicians and release their music.
The Undercurrent series ends December. Next month Cook will release a tape by Charlemagne Palestine, a legend in experimental music. Our priority is you. Donate today. Send questions and comments about this story to feedback stlpublicradio. Search Query Show Search. News Topics. News Specials. Ways to Connect, Album). Ways to Give. Show Search Search Query. Play Live Radio. Next Up:. Available On Air Stations. All Streams. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email. Louis Public Radio. Hylidae - Coral From Rhizomatic St.
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