Watching a DVD on a mobile device

Video conversion programs are very popular among software developers as well. With convenient free converters, the competition between programs is quite strong. And a paid converter can count on success only in case of greater functionality and convenience compared to a free counterpart. Prices for paid programs are constantly decreasing, so these programs also fall into the category of those available to the Russian consumer. We will not hide the fact that there are all kinds of "improvers" that turn the trial version into a fully functional program. Fans of this kind of cracks and keygens would not be superfluous to recall the need to check such programs for the presence of trojans and viruses.

The list of paid programs is longer than the list of utilities distributed free of charge. Therefore, I will focus only on those products that I had to deal with personally. Since they have the same principle of operation, the choice of a specific program for converting DVD depends on the ratio of functionality / price. Almost all paid programs have demo versions, familiarity with which will help you make your choice.

When testing the programs, the same DVD was used as in the first part of the review.

Total Video Converter

Developer - iTinySoft Total Vide, site - www.effectmatrix.com, price - $40.95.

A powerful converter that allows you to encode videos in a variety of formats and containers.

The program allows you to work with video files from a disc and convert DVDs and CDs. Additional options are merging several video files into one and extracting the video and audio track into a separate file. The last option can be used to create soundtracks.

After selecting the encoding source, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD and displays a list of all available titles. The same window displays presets for quick selection of encoding settings. Supports a large number of mobile formats (MP4/3GP, ASF, PSP, Nokia and iPod), a wide variety of AVI, Flash Video, Quick Time format. The program also has several codecs for converting sound. To convert video from a DVD, just specify the information file. The program will assemble all the fragments on its own.

When encoding, you can choose any of the audio tracks available on the disc. If no additional settings are required, then you can immediately start the conversion procedure.

More encoding options are available by activating the "Settings" button.

In the inner windows, you can change the encoding parameters for sound, video, change the geometry of the frame and crop.

In the main window there is a "Tools" button, in the pop-up menu of which there are options for burning a disc, merging finished files, extracting video and audio, as well as the option to combine video and audio from various sources.

After completing the settings, you can start the conversion. The program allows you to convert in batch mode, but the list of tasks cannot be saved. That is, all settings must be made immediately before starting the program.

The speed of the utility depends on the power of the processor. On far from the most modern Athlon 3200+, the encoding time was comparable to the length of the movie itself. This is not the best, but not the worst result.

Recently, developers have reduced the cost of the utility by more than $10, and, in my opinion, this is not the limit. Reducing the price of converters of this kind is a general pattern. The whole question is what price end users will be willing to pay.

Spb DVD Mobile

The program of the Russian developer Spb Software House. The cost of the utility is 375 rubles, that is, approximately $15.

The launch of the program is organized in the form of an installation wizard. After inserting the disc into the drive and launching the utility, the first Wizard window appears.

The video source is selected first. Then the disk is indexed, so you will have to wait a little before the menu appears on the screen. After the disc menu appears in the built-in player window, you can select the movie itself or any of the episodes available on the disc.

You can convert the whole movie, any of the parts or the selected range. The conversion options set the container type (WMV or XviD) and screen resolution for the final conversion. The program is able to adapt the final result to the width of the screen of a mobile device with different quality, which affects the conversion time. Then the compression quality is selected (you can set the final size in megabytes).

Immediately before starting, you must select a folder to save the finished video. It can be a folder on a PC or a memory card in a card reader. If the mobile device is connected to the PC, then the movie can be immediately recorded on the communicator (smartphone). During the conversion, you can turn on the movie preview, carry out the conversion in the background. After processing is complete, the computer can be given a shutdown command. Depending on the selected settings, the conversion time fluctuates around the length of the movie itself.

The program is primarily for copying and converting DVD content, so there is no batch mode. The lack of fine tuning can hardly be called a big minus. For those who want to delve into the intricacies of encoding, there are other utilities, and for a user who is not experienced in encoding parameters, extra information will only complicate the launch process. The quality of the resulting video allows you to view it on the screen of most modern mobile devices without any problems and brakes. At a low cost, the program is a good solution, especially considering the ease of settings, the presence of a Russian-language interface (you need to install the Russian version of the program) and speed.

ACALA DVD to Pocket PC Mobile

Developer - Acala Software, price - $34.95.

The program works on the principle of fashionable today "one window". The "+" button adds the video to the list of tasks (to do this, select the source in the drop-down box). The contents of the disc are indexed automatically. All settings are concentrated in the right part of the program window. You can choose one of the available profiles or create your own. Available settings for screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate, aspect ratio. A separate option is to adapt the size of the video to the size of the memory card. You must also specify a folder to save the finished video. Directly in the line of the selected part, you can specify the audio track and the presence of subtitles (for example, a French audio track and Russian subtitles). After completing the settings, it remains to click on the "Start" button. The program has a built-in player in which you can mark the necessary fragment for encoding.

Working with the program is simplified to the limit. It is enough to select the parameters on the screen, and you can start coding. With such minimalism, the price of the program seems clearly overpriced, even if we consider it as a payment for convenience.

ImTOO DVD to Pocket PC Ripper

Developer - ImTOO, program price - $29.

A converter that also works on the principle of one window. Its feature is the adaptation of the program to the WMV format, which allows you to watch videos on your Pocket PC using a standard player. After determining the source of the video, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD. The part that needs to be marked. Basic settings are made in the lower part of the main window. The main one is the encoding profile. Depending on the selected profile, in the right part of the program window, you can change some settings - frame size, video bitrate, aspect ratio. The audio settings also provide for the use of WMA. There is no audio encoding in MP3.

The program has a very limited scope. The obvious disadvantages include the lack of codecs for encoding video in any other formats. And although it is quite simple to work with it, it is not suitable for encoding into an AVI (DivX/XviD) container. Thus, in terms of price / functionality ratio, the program is in many ways inferior to its competitors.

Plato DVD to PPC

Developer - Plato Software, website - www.dvdtompegx.com, program price - HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI/KIMIRONKO AT 62,000,000RWF $29.88.

Another single window program. DVD content is automatically indexed. Among the settings there is a choice of screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate and frame rate. All other settings are missing. You can encode both the whole movie and its fragment. The selection of a fragment is carried out in the video preview mode using the sliders on the Time line in the main program window. The demo version has a limit of 30% of the total length of the movie. While the program is running, a window with the current characteristics of the process is displayed. The codec for conversion is XVID.

The program provides good quality when watching videos on the screen of a mobile phone. Simplicity of settings provides easy development even for an unprepared user. At the same time, the price of the program seems too high.

Xilisoft DVD to PPC Ripper

The developer is Xilisoft, the price of the program is $29.

The program is a twin of the ImTOO converter described above. It seems that the product was made by the same company, and the difference in names is just a marketing ploy.

The program's features include converting DVD to WMV format, audio encoding to WMA and MP3, support for disc indexing, sound normalization with the ability to increase the volume, limiting the final file size. Support for preview mode allows you to visually control the conversion process.

Everything said above about the ImTOO program is also true for the converter from Xilisoft. The choice between these programs can only be made on the basis of providence.

Pocket DVD Studio

Developer - PQ DVD, program price - $34.95

In terms of its capabilities, the program is in the middle between Total Video Converter and simpler utilities like Plato. When you first start, you are prompted to choose between the type of conversion. After specifying the video source and indexing the contents of the DVD, you can choose to convert the whole movie or one of the fragments. General settings can be made directly in the program menu. Choose the frame size (depending on screen resolution), video compression ratio (indicating the final size of the converted file), sound track quality. At the top of the window there are several preset cropping presets. The aspect ratio of the frame can be changed using the slider in the upper left corner of the program window.

More options are activated after pressing the "More options" button. In this window, you can select the type of encoding (WMV or AVI), fine-tune audio encoding (volume increase is available). In addition, you can change the frame rate, image brightness and select the desired codec for encoding. To improve the quality of the video, the conversion can be done in two passes.

In the same window, you can set the folder for recording the converted video. As an additional option, it is possible to disable 3D screen savers, which slow down the speed of the converter.

Working with the program is convenient, especially if you have some experience. The program can be recommended for fairly experienced users who know exactly what they want to get as a result of the transformations. The cost of the program has also recently been reduced, reflecting the general trend.

DRDivX Video Encoder

Developer - DivX, program price - $19.99.

A paid video conversion program developed by the famous DivX codec company. Working with the program is organized as a Wizard (similar to Spb DVD Mobile). The first step is to select the video source. The contents of the disc are indexed automatically (when you select one of the movie fragments, the program automatically loads the rest). Then a rather long process of video analysis begins. After the analysis is completed, you must select the desired audio track.

Then an encoding profile is selected. The names of the profiles do not give any idea about the stream format, so you have to choose by touch. The settings modification button is used to change the settings. In this window, you can change the resolution and crop. In the advanced options window, you can fine-tune the encoding options. Here you can select the filter for changing the frame size, select the bitrate value for the video stream, and set the frequency of the key frames. If earlier you marked encoding in batch mode, then at the final stage a task sheet will open. You can start the task for execution at any convenient time.

Purchasing the program is justified if you need to convert video from various external sources, such as a digital video camera. You can use any other converter directly to convert files from a DVD. The only significant advantage of DRDivX Video Encoder is that files converted with it will be guaranteed to open on any device with a standard codec.

General impressions and conclusions

Any of the described programs can be successfully replaced by a free utility from the previous review. Paid programs do not have any special and pronounced advantages when encoding video from DVDs to AVI or WMV formats. The choice of utilities of this kind is justified only if the conversion is carried out for a mobile device that cannot work with files of the above types. It is rather difficult to give other arguments in favor of choosing paid software. As for the comparative analysis of paid programs among themselves, I found Total Video Converter and Spb DVD Mobile to be the most convenient. The first one is distinguished by maximum functionality, the second one is easy to use and affordable.

Watching a DVD on a mobile device

Video conversion programs are very popular among software developers as well. With convenient free converters, the competition between programs is quite strong. And a paid converter can count on success only in case of greater functionality and convenience compared to a free counterpart. Prices for paid programs are constantly decreasing, so these programs also fall into the category of those available to the Russian consumer. We will not hide the fact that there are all kinds of "improvers" that turn the trial version into a fully functional program. Fans of this kind of cracks and keygens would not be superfluous to recall the need to check such programs for the presence of trojans and viruses.

The list of paid programs is longer than the list of utilities distributed free of charge. Therefore, I will focus only on those products that I had to deal with personally. Since they have the same principle of operation, the choice of a specific program for converting DVD depends on the ratio of functionality / price. Almost all paid programs have demo versions, familiarity with which will help you make your choice.

When testing the programs, the same DVD was used as in the first part of the review.

Total Video Converter

Developer - iTinySoft Total Vide, site - www.effectmatrix.com, price - $40.95.

A powerful converter that allows you to encode videos in a variety of formats and containers.

The program allows you to work with video files from a disc and convert DVDs and CDs. Additional options are merging several video files into one and extracting the video and audio track into a separate file. The last option can be used to create soundtracks.

After selecting the encoding source, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD and displays a list of all available titles. The same window displays presets for quick selection of encoding settings. Supports a large number of mobile formats (MP4/3GP, ASF, PSP, Nokia and iPod), a wide variety of AVI, Flash Video, Quick Time format. The program also has several codecs for converting sound. To convert video from a DVD, just specify the information file. The program will assemble all the fragments on its own.

When encoding, you can choose any of the audio tracks available on the disc. If no additional settings are required, then you can immediately start the conversion procedure.

More encoding options are available by activating the "Settings" button.

In the inner windows, you can change the encoding parameters for sound, video, change the geometry of the frame and crop.

There is a "Tools" button in the main window, in the pop-up menu of which there are options for burning a disc, merging finished files, extracting video and audio, as well as the option to combine video and audio from various sources.

After completing the settings, you can start the conversion. The program allows you to convert in batch mode, but the list of tasks cannot be saved. That is, all settings must be made immediately before starting the program.

The speed of the utility depends on the power of the processor. On far from the most modern Athlon 3200+, the encoding time was comparable to the length of the movie itself. This is not the best, but not the worst result.

Recently, developers have reduced the cost of the utility by more than $10, and, in my opinion, this is not the limit. Reducing the price of converters of this kind is a general pattern. The whole question is what price end users will be willing to pay.

Spb DVD Mobile

The program of the Russian developer Spb Software House. The cost of the utility is 375 rubles, that is, approximately $15.

The launch of the program is organized in the form of an installation wizard. After inserting the disc into the drive and launching the utility, the first Wizard window appears.

The video source is selected first. Then the disk is indexed, so you will have to wait a little before the menu appears on the screen. After the disc menu appears in the built-in player window, you can select the movie itself or any of the episodes available on the disc.

You can convert the whole movie, any of the parts or the selected range. The conversion options set the container type (WMV or XviD) and screen resolution for the final conversion. The program is able to adapt the final result to the width of the screen of a mobile device with different quality, which affects the conversion time. Then the compression quality is selected (you can set the final size in megabytes).

Immediately before starting, you must select a folder to save the finished video. It can be a folder on a PC or a memory card in a card reader. If the mobile device is connected to the PC, then the movie can be immediately recorded on the communicator (smartphone). During the conversion, you can turn on the movie preview, carry out the conversion in the background. After processing is complete, the computer can be given a shutdown command. Depending on the selected settings, the conversion time fluctuates around the length of the movie itself.

The program is primarily for copying and converting DVD content, so there is no batch mode. The lack of fine tuning can hardly be called a big minus. For those who want to delve into the intricacies of encoding, there are other utilities, and for a user who is not experienced in encoding parameters, extra information will only complicate the launch process. The quality of the resulting video allows you to view it on the screen of most modern mobile devices without any problems and brakes. At a low cost, the program is a good solution, especially considering the ease of settings, the presence of a Russian-language interface (you need to install the Russian version of the program) and speed.

ACALA DVD to Pocket PC Mobile

Developer - Acala Software, price - $34.95.

The program works on the principle of fashionable today "one window". The "+" button adds the video to the list of tasks (to do this, select the source in the drop-down box). The contents of the disc are indexed automatically. All settings are concentrated in the right part of the program window. You can choose one of the available profiles or create your own. Screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate, aspect ratio settings are available. A separate option is to adapt the size of the video to the size of the memory card. You must also specify a folder to save the finished video. Directly in the line of the selected part, you can specify the audio track and the presence of subtitles (for example, a French audio track and Russian subtitles). After completing the settings, it remains to click on the "Start" button. The program has a built-in player in which you can mark the necessary fragment for encoding.

Working with the program is simplified to the limit. It is enough to select the parameters on the screen, and you can start coding. With such minimalism, the price of the program seems clearly overpriced, even if we consider it as a payment for convenience.

ImTOO DVD to Pocket PC Ripper

Developer - ImTOO, program price - $29.

A converter that also works on the principle of one window. Its feature is the adaptation of the program to the WMV format, which allows you to watch videos on your Pocket PC using a standard player. After determining the source of the video, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD. The part that needs to be marked. Basic settings are made in the lower part of the main window. The main one is the encoding profile. Depending on the selected profile, in the right part of the program window, you can change some settings - frame size, video bitrate, aspect ratio. The audio settings also provide for the use of WMA. There is no audio encoding in MP3.

The program has a very limited scope. The obvious disadvantages include the lack of codecs for encoding video in any other formats. And although it is quite simple to work with it, it is not suitable for encoding into an AVI (DivX/XviD) container. Thus, in terms of price / functionality ratio, the program is in many ways inferior to its competitors.

Plato DVD to PPC

Developer - Plato Software, website - www.dvdtompegx.com, program price - HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI/KIMIRONKO AT 62,000,000RWF $29.88.

Another single window program. DVD content is automatically indexed. Among the settings there is a choice of screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate and frame rate. All other settings are missing. You can encode both the whole movie and its fragment. The selection of a fragment is carried out in the video preview mode using the sliders on the Time line in the main program window. The demo version has a limit of 30% of the total length of the movie. While the program is running, a window with the current characteristics of the process is displayed. The codec for conversion is XVID.

The program provides good quality when watching videos on the screen of a mobile phone. Simplicity of settings provides easy development even for an unprepared user. At the same time, the price of the program seems too high.

Xilisoft DVD to PPC Ripper

The developer is Xilisoft, the price of the program is $29.

The program is a twin of the ImTOO converter described above. It seems that the product was made by the same company, and the difference in names is just a marketing ploy.

The program's features include converting DVD to WMV format, audio encoding to WMA and MP3, support for disc indexing, sound normalization with the ability to increase the volume, limiting the final file size. Support for preview mode allows you to visually control the conversion process.

Everything said above about the ImTOO program is also true for the converter from Xilisoft. The choice between these programs can only be made on the basis of providence.

Pocket DVD Studio

Developer - PQ DVD, program price - $34.95

In terms of its capabilities, the program is in the middle between Total Video Converter and simpler utilities like Plato. When you first start, you are prompted to choose between the type of conversion. After specifying the video source and indexing the contents of the DVD, you can choose to convert the whole movie or one of the fragments. General settings can be made directly in the program menu. Choose the frame size (depending on screen resolution), video compression ratio (indicating the final size of the converted file), sound track quality. At the top of the window there are several preset cropping presets. The aspect ratio of the frame can be changed using the slider in the upper left corner of the program window.

More options are activated after pressing the "More options" button. In this window, you can select the type of encoding (WMV or AVI), fine-tune audio encoding (volume increase is available). In addition, you can change the frame rate, image brightness and select the desired codec for encoding. To improve the quality of the video, the conversion can be done in two passes.

In the same window, you can set the folder for recording the converted video. As an additional option, it is possible to disable 3D screen savers, which slow down the speed of the converter.

Working with the program is convenient, especially if you have some experience. The program can be recommended for fairly experienced users who know exactly what they want to get as a result of the transformations. The cost of the program has also recently been reduced, reflecting the general trend.

DRDivX Video Encoder

Developer - DivX, program price - $19.99.

A paid video conversion program developed by the famous DivX codec company. Working with the program is organized as a Wizard (similar to Spb DVD Mobile). The first step is to select the video source. The contents of the disc are indexed automatically (when you select one of the movie fragments, the program automatically loads the rest). Then a rather long process of video analysis begins. After the analysis is completed, you must select the desired audio track.

Then an encoding profile is selected. The names of the profiles do not give any idea about the stream format, so you have to choose by touch. The settings modification button is used to change the settings. In this window, you can change the resolution and crop. In the advanced options window, you can fine-tune the encoding options. Here you can select the filter for changing the frame size, select the bitrate value for the video stream, and set the frequency of the key frames. If earlier you marked encoding in batch mode, then at the final stage a task sheet will open. You can start the task for execution at any convenient time.

Purchasing the program is justified if you need to convert video from various external sources, such as a digital video camera. You can use any other converter directly to convert files from a DVD. The only significant advantage of DRDivX Video Encoder is that files converted with it will be guaranteed to open on any device with a standard codec.

General impressions and conclusions

Any of the described programs can be successfully replaced by a free utility from the previous review. Paid programs do not have any special and pronounced advantages when encoding video from DVDs to AVI or WMV formats. The choice of utilities of this kind is justified only if the conversion is carried out for a mobile device that cannot work with files of the above types. It is rather difficult to give other arguments in favor of choosing paid software. As for the comparative analysis of paid programs among themselves, I found Total Video Converter and Spb DVD Mobile to be the most convenient. The first one is distinguished by maximum functionality, the second one is easy to use and affordable.

Watching a DVD on a mobile device

Video conversion programs are very popular among software developers as well. With convenient free converters, the competition between programs is quite strong. And a paid converter can count on success only in case of greater functionality and convenience compared to a free counterpart. Prices for paid programs are constantly decreasing, so these programs also fall into the category of those available to the Russian consumer. We will not hide the fact that there are all kinds of "improvers" that turn the trial version into a fully functional program. Fans of this kind of cracks and keygens would not be superfluous to recall the need to check such programs for the presence of trojans and viruses.

The list of paid programs is longer than the list of utilities distributed free of charge. Therefore, I will focus only on those products that I had to deal with personally. Since they have the same principle of operation, the choice of a specific program for converting DVD depends on the ratio of functionality / price. Almost all paid programs have demo versions, familiarity with which will help you make your choice.

When testing the programs, the same DVD was used as in the first part of the review.

Total Video Converter

Developer - iTinySoft Total Vide, site - www.effectmatrix.com, price - $40.95.

A powerful converter that allows you to encode videos in a variety of formats and containers.

The program allows you to work with video files from a disc and convert DVDs and CDs. Additional options are merging several video files into one and extracting the video and audio track into a separate file. The last option can be used to create soundtracks.

After selecting the encoding source, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD and displays a list of all available titles. The same window displays presets for quick selection of encoding settings. Supports a large number of mobile formats (MP4/3GP, ASF, PSP, Nokia and iPod), a wide variety of AVI, Flash Video, Quick Time format. The program also has several codecs for converting sound. To convert video from a DVD, just specify the information file. The program will assemble all the fragments on its own.

When encoding, you can choose any of the audio tracks available on the disc. If no additional settings are required, then you can immediately start the conversion procedure.

More encoding options are available by activating the "Settings" button.

In the inner windows, you can change the encoding parameters for sound, video, change the geometry of the frame and crop.

There is a "Tools" button in the main window, in the pop-up menu of which there are options for burning a disc, merging finished files, extracting video and audio, as well as the option to combine video and audio from various sources.

After completing the settings, you can start the conversion. The program allows you to convert in batch mode, but the list of tasks cannot be saved. That is, all settings must be made immediately before starting the program.

The speed of the utility depends on the power of the processor. On far from the most modern Athlon 3200+, the encoding time was comparable to the length of the movie itself. This is not the best, but not the worst result.

Recently, developers have reduced the cost of the utility by more than $10, and, in my opinion, this is not the limit. Reducing the price of converters of this kind is a general pattern. The whole question is what price end users will be willing to pay.

Spb DVD Mobile

The program of the Russian developer Spb Software House. The cost of the utility is 375 rubles, that is, approximately $15.

The launch of the program is organized in the form of an installation wizard. After inserting the disc into the drive and launching the utility, the first window of the Wizard appears.

The video source is selected first. Then the disk is indexed, so you will have to wait a little before the menu appears on the screen. After the disc menu appears in the built-in player window, you can select the movie itself or any of the episodes available on the disc.

You can convert the whole movie, any of the parts or the selected range. The conversion options set the container type (WMV or XviD) and screen resolution for the final conversion. The program is able to adapt the final result to the width of the screen of a mobile device with different quality, which affects the conversion time. Then the compression quality is selected (you can set the final size in megabytes).

Immediately before starting, you must select a folder to save the finished video. It can be a folder on a PC or a memory card in a card reader. If the mobile device is connected to the PC, then the movie can be immediately recorded on the communicator (smartphone). During the conversion, you can turn on the movie preview, carry out the conversion in the background. After processing is complete, the computer can be given a shutdown command. Depending on the selected settings, the conversion time fluctuates around the length of the movie itself.

The program is primarily for copying and converting DVD content, so there is no batch mode. The lack of fine tuning can hardly be called a big minus. For those who want to delve into the intricacies of encoding, there are other utilities, and for a user who is not experienced in encoding parameters, extra information will only complicate the launch process. The quality of the resulting video allows you to view it on the screen of most modern mobile devices without any problems and brakes. At a low cost, the program is a good solution, especially considering the ease of settings, the presence of a Russian-language interface (you need to install the Russian version of the program) and speed.

ACALA DVD to Pocket PC Mobile

Developer - Acala Software, price - $34.95.

The program works on the principle of fashionable today "one window". The "+" button adds the video to the list of tasks (to do this, select the source in the drop-down box). The contents of the disc are indexed automatically. All settings are concentrated in the right part of the program window. You can choose one of the available profiles or create your own. Screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate, aspect ratio settings are available. A separate option is to adapt the size of the video to the size of the memory card. You must also specify a folder to save the finished video. Directly in the line of the selected part, you can specify the audio track and the presence of subtitles (for example, a French audio track and Russian subtitles). After completing the settings, it remains to click on the "Start" button. The program has a built-in player in which you can mark the necessary fragment for encoding.

Working with the program is simplified to the limit. It is enough to select the parameters on the screen, and you can start coding. With such minimalism, the price of the program seems clearly overpriced, even if we consider it as a payment for convenience.

ImTOO DVD to Pocket PC Ripper

Developer - ImTOO, program price - $29.

A converter that also works on the principle of one window. Its feature is the adaptation of the program to the WMV format, which allows you to watch videos on your Pocket PC using a standard player. After determining the source of the video, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD. The part that needs to be marked. Basic settings are made in the lower part of the main window. The main one is the encoding profile. Depending on the selected profile, in the right part of the program window, you can change some settings - frame size, video bitrate, aspect ratio. The audio settings also provide for the use of WMA. There is no audio encoding in MP3.

The program has a very limited scope. The obvious disadvantages include the lack of codecs for encoding video in any other formats. And although it is quite simple to work with it, it is not suitable for encoding into an AVI (DivX/XviD) container. Thus, in terms of price / functionality ratio, the program is in many ways inferior to its competitors.

Plato DVD to PPC

Developer - Plato Software, website - www.dvdtompegx.com, program price - HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI/KIMIRONKO AT 62,000,000RWF $29.88.

Another single window program. DVD content is automatically indexed. Among the settings there is a choice of screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate and frame rate. All other settings are missing. You can encode both the whole movie and its fragment. The selection of a fragment is carried out in the video preview mode using the sliders on the Time line in the main program window. The demo version has a limit of 30% of the total length of the movie. While the program is running, a window with the current characteristics of the process is displayed. The codec for conversion is XVID.

The program provides good quality when watching videos on the screen of a mobile phone. Simplicity of settings provides easy development even for an unprepared user. At the same time, the price of the program seems too high.

Xilisoft DVD to PPC Ripper

The developer is Xilisoft, the price of the program is $29.

The program is a twin of the ImTOO converter described above. It seems that the product was made by the same company, and the difference in names is just a marketing ploy.

The program's features include converting DVD to WMV format, audio encoding to WMA and MP3, support for disc indexing, sound normalization with the ability to increase the volume, limiting the final file size. Support for preview mode allows you to visually control the conversion process.

Everything said above about the ImTOO program is also true for the converter from Xilisoft. The choice between these programs can only be made on the basis of providence.

Pocket DVD Studio

Developer - PQ DVD, program price - $34.95

In terms of its capabilities, the program is in the middle between Total Video Converter and simpler utilities like Plato. When you first start, you are prompted to choose between the type of conversion. After specifying the video source and indexing the contents of the DVD, you can choose to convert the whole movie or one of the fragments. General settings can be made directly in the program menu. Choose the frame size (depending on screen resolution), video compression ratio (indicating the final size of the converted file), sound track quality. At the top of the window there are several preset cropping presets. The aspect ratio of the frame can be changed using the slider in the upper left corner of the program window.

More options are activated after pressing the "More options" button. In this window, you can select the type of encoding (WMV or AVI), fine-tune audio encoding (volume increase is available). In addition, you can change the frame rate, image brightness and select the desired codec for encoding. To improve the quality of the video, the conversion can be done in two passes.

In the same window, you can set the folder for recording the converted video. As an additional option, it is possible to disable 3D screen savers, which slow down the speed of the converter.

Working with the program is convenient, especially if you have some experience. The program can be recommended for fairly experienced users who know exactly what they want to get as a result of the transformations. The cost of the program has also recently been reduced, reflecting the general trend.

DRDivX Video Encoder

Developer - DivX, program price - $19.99.

A paid video conversion program developed by the famous DivX codec company. Working with the program is organized as a Wizard (similar to Spb DVD Mobile). The first step is to select the video source. The contents of the disc are indexed automatically (when you select one of the movie fragments, the program automatically loads the rest). Then a rather long process of video analysis begins. After the analysis is completed, you must select the desired audio track.

Then an encoding profile is selected. The names of the profiles do not give any idea about the stream format, so you have to choose by touch. The settings modification button is used to change the settings. In this window, you can change the resolution and crop. In the advanced options window, you can fine-tune the encoding options. Here you can select the filter for changing the frame size, select the bitrate value for the video stream, and set the frequency of the key frames. If earlier you marked encoding in batch mode, then at the final stage a task sheet will open. You can start the task for execution at any convenient time.

Purchasing the program is justified if you need to convert video from various external sources, such as a digital video camera. You can use any other converter directly to convert files from a DVD. The only significant advantage of DRDivX Video Encoder is that files converted with it will be guaranteed to open on any device with a standard codec.

General impressions and conclusions

Any of the described programs can be successfully replaced by a free utility from the previous review. Paid programs do not have any special and pronounced advantages when encoding video from DVDs to AVI or WMV formats. The choice of utilities of this kind is justified only if the conversion is carried out for a mobile device that cannot work with files of the above types. It is rather difficult to give other arguments in favor of choosing paid software. As for the comparative analysis of paid programs among themselves, I found Total Video Converter and Spb DVD Mobile to be the most convenient. The first one is distinguished by maximum functionality, the second one is easy to use and affordable.

Watching a DVD on a mobile device

Video conversion programs are very popular among software developers as well. With convenient free converters, the competition between programs is quite strong. And a paid converter can count on success only in case of greater functionality and convenience compared to a free counterpart. Prices for paid programs are constantly decreasing, so these programs also fall into the category of those available to the Russian consumer. We will not hide the fact that there are all kinds of "improvers" that turn the trial version into a fully functional program. Fans of this kind of cracks and keygens would not be superfluous to recall the need to check such programs for the presence of trojans and viruses.

The list of paid programs is longer than the list of utilities distributed free of charge. Therefore, I will focus only on those products that I had to deal with personally. Since they have the same principle of operation, the choice of a specific program for converting DVD depends on the ratio of functionality / price. Almost all paid programs have demo versions, familiarity with which will help you make your choice.

When testing the programs, the same DVD was used as in the first part of the review.

Total Video Converter

Developer - iTinySoft Total Vide, site - www.effectmatrix.com, price - $40.95.

A powerful converter that allows you to encode videos in a variety of formats and containers.

The program allows you to work with video files from a disc and convert DVDs and CDs. Additional options are merging several video files into one and extracting the video and audio track into a separate file. The last option can be used to create soundtracks.

After selecting the encoding source, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD and displays a list of all available titles. The same window displays presets for quick selection of encoding settings. Supports a large number of mobile formats (MP4/3GP, ASF, PSP, Nokia and iPod), a wide variety of AVI, Flash Video, Quick Time format. The program also has several codecs for converting sound. To convert video from a DVD, just specify the information file. The program will assemble all the fragments on its own.

When encoding, you can choose any of the audio tracks available on the disc. If no additional settings are required, then you can immediately start the conversion procedure.

More encoding options are available by activating the "Settings" button.

In the inner windows, you can change the encoding parameters for sound, video, change the geometry of the frame and crop.

There is a "Tools" button in the main window, in the pop-up menu of which there are options for burning a disc, merging finished files, extracting video and audio, as well as the option to combine video and audio from various sources.

After completing the settings, you can start the conversion. The program allows you to convert in batch mode, but the list of tasks cannot be saved. That is, all settings must be made immediately before starting the program.

The speed of the utility depends on the power of the processor. On far from the most modern Athlon 3200+, the encoding time was comparable to the length of the movie itself. This is not the best, but not the worst result.

Recently, developers have reduced the cost of the utility by more than $10, and, in my opinion, this is not the limit. Reducing the price of converters of this kind is a general pattern. The whole question is what price end users will be willing to pay.

Spb DVD Mobile

The program of the Russian developer Spb Software House. The cost of the utility is 375 rubles, that is, approximately $15.

The launch of the program is organized in the form of an installation wizard. After inserting the disc into the drive and launching the utility, the first Wizard window appears.

The video source is selected first. Then the disk is indexed, so you will have to wait a little before the menu appears on the screen. After the disc menu appears in the built-in player window, you can select the movie itself or any of the episodes available on the disc.

You can convert the whole movie, any of the parts or the selected range. The conversion options set the container type (WMV or XviD) and screen resolution for the final conversion. The program is able to adapt the final result to the width of the screen of a mobile device with different quality, which affects the conversion time. Then the compression quality is selected (you can set the final size in megabytes).

Immediately before starting, you must select a folder to save the finished video. It can be a folder on a PC or a memory card in a card reader. If the mobile device is connected to the PC, then the movie can be immediately recorded on the communicator (smartphone). During the conversion, you can turn on the movie preview, carry out the conversion in the background. After processing is complete, the computer can be given a shutdown command. Depending on the selected settings, the conversion time fluctuates around the length of the movie itself.

The program is primarily for copying and converting DVD content, so there is no batch mode. The lack of fine tuning can hardly be called a big minus. For those who want to delve into the intricacies of encoding, there are other utilities, and for a user who is not experienced in encoding parameters, extra information will only complicate the launch process. The quality of the resulting video allows you to view it on the screen of most modern mobile devices without any problems and brakes. At a low cost, the program is a good solution, especially considering the ease of settings, the presence of a Russian-language interface (you need to install the Russian version of the program) and speed.

ACALA DVD to Pocket PC Mobile

Developer - Acala Software, price - $34.95.

The program works on the principle of fashionable today "one window". The "+" button adds the video to the list of tasks (to do this, select the source in the drop-down box). The contents of the disc are indexed automatically. All settings are concentrated in the right part of the program window. You can choose one of the available profiles or create your own. Available settings for screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate, aspect ratio. A separate option is to adapt the size of the video to the size of the memory card. You must also specify a folder to save the finished video. Directly in the line of the selected part, you can specify the audio track and the presence of subtitles (for example, a French audio track and Russian subtitles). After completing the settings, it remains to click on the "Start" button. The program has a built-in player in which you can mark the necessary fragment for encoding.

Working with the program is simplified to the limit. Just select the options on the screen, and you can start coding. With such minimalism, the price of the program seems clearly overpriced, even if we consider it as a payment for convenience.

ImTOO DVD to Pocket PC Ripper

Developer - ImTOO, program price - $29.

A converter that also works on the principle of one window. Its feature is the adaptation of the program to the WMV format, which allows you to watch videos on your Pocket PC using a standard player. After determining the source of the video, the program automatically indexes the contents of the DVD. The part that needs to be marked. Basic settings are made in the lower part of the main window. The main one is the encoding profile. Depending on the selected profile, in the right part of the program window, you can change some settings - frame size, video bitrate, aspect ratio. The audio settings also provide for the use of WMA. There is no audio encoding in MP3.

The program has a very limited scope. The obvious disadvantages include the lack of codecs for encoding video in any other formats. And although it is quite simple to work with it, it is not suitable for encoding into an AVI (DivX/XviD) container. Thus, in terms of price / functionality ratio, the program is in many ways inferior to its competitors.

Plato DVD to PPC

Developed by Plato Software, website - www.dvdtompegx.com, program price - HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI/KIMIRONKO AT 62,000,000RWF $29.88.

Developer - Plato Software, website - www.dvdtompegx.com, program price - HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI/KIMIRONKO AT 62,000,000RWF HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI/KIMIRONKO AT 62,000,000RWF $29.88.

Another single window program. DVD content is automatically indexed. Among the settings there is a choice of screen resolution, frame rate, video and audio bitrate and frame rate. All other settings are missing. You can encode both the whole movie and its fragment. The selection of a fragment is carried out in the video preview mode using the sliders on the Time line in the main program window. The demo version has a limit of 30% of the total length of the movie. While the program is running, a window with the current characteristics of the process is displayed. The codec for conversion is XVID.

The program provides good quality when watching videos on the screen of a mobile phone. Simplicity of settings provides easy development even for an unprepared user. At the same time, the price of the program seems too high.

Xilisoft DVD to PPC Ripper

The developer is Xilisoft, the price of the program is $29.

The program is a twin of the ImTOO converter described above. It seems that the product was made by the same company, and the difference in names is just a marketing ploy.

The program's features include converting DVD to WMV format, audio encoding to WMA and MP3, support for disc indexing, sound normalization with the ability to increase the volume, limiting the final file size. Support for preview mode allows you to visually control the conversion process.

Everything said above about the ImTOO program is also true for the converter from Xilisoft. The choice between these programs can only be made on the basis of providence.

Pocket DVD Studio

Developer - PQ DVD, program price - $34.95

In terms of its capabilities, the program is in the middle between Total Video Converter and simpler utilities like Plato. When you first start, you are prompted to choose between the type of conversion. After specifying the video source and indexing the contents of the DVD, you can choose to convert the whole movie or one of the fragments. General settings can be made directly in the program menu. Choose the frame size (depending on the screen resolution), the video compression ratio (indicating the final size of the converted file), the quality of the audio track. At the top of the window there are several preset cropping presets. The aspect ratio of the frame can be changed using the slider in the upper left corner of the program window.

More options are activated after pressing the "More options" button. In this window, you can select the type of encoding (WMV or AVI), fine-tune audio encoding (volume increase is available). In addition, you can change the frame rate, image brightness and select the desired codec for encoding. To improve the quality of the video, the conversion can be done in two passes.

In the same window, you can set the folder for recording the converted video. As an additional option, it is possible to disable 3D screen savers, which slow down the speed of the converter.

Working with the program is convenient, especially if you have some experience. The program can be recommended for fairly experienced users who know exactly what they want to get as a result of the transformations. The cost of the program has also recently been reduced, reflecting the general trend.

DRDivX Video Encoder

Developer - DivX, program price - $19.99.

A paid video conversion program developed by the famous DivX codec company. Working with the program is organized as a Wizard (similar to Spb DVD Mobile). The first step is to select the video source. The contents of the disc are indexed automatically (when you select one of the movie fragments, the program automatically loads the rest). Then a rather long process of video analysis begins. After the analysis is completed, you must select the desired audio track.

Then an encoding profile is selected. The names of the profiles do not give any idea about the stream format, so you have to choose by touch. The settings modification button is used to change the settings. In this window, you can change the resolution and crop. In the advanced options window, you can fine-tune the encoding options. Here you can select the filter for changing the frame size, select the bitrate value for the video stream, and set the frequency of the key frames. If earlier you marked encoding in batch mode, then at the final stage a task sheet will open. You can start the task for execution at any convenient time.

Purchasing the program is justified if you need to convert video from various external sources, such as a digital video camera. You can use any other converter directly to convert files from a DVD. The only significant advantage of DRDivX Video Encoder is that files converted with it will be guaranteed to open on any device with a standard codec.

General impressions and conclusions

Any of the described programs can be successfully replaced by a free utility from the previous review. Paid programs do not have any special and pronounced advantages when encoding video from DVDs to AVI or WMV formats. The choice of utilities of this kind is justified only if the conversion is carried out for a mobile device that cannot work with files of the above types. It is rather difficult to give other arguments in favor of choosing paid software. As for the comparative analysis of paid programs among themselves, I found Total Video Converter and Spb DVD Mobile to be the most convenient. The first one is distinguished by maximum functionality, the second one is easy to use and affordable.