Unlike ripping CDs, ripping DVDs poses many challenges for the average user. Because you need to get audio and video---and need to get them synced correctly---problems with the final version frequently arise. One common problem is that the volume is too low. The solution might seem to be to simply turn up the speakers, but the sound of a low-volume movie cranked up can crackle or distort. Instead, you increase your DVD rip volume by changing it before you begin the rip process.
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Increase DVD rip volume with iSofter DVD Rip (see Resources). With this program, a window called "Input Settings" allows you to control the volume before you begin. After the DVD is in the computer, you just use the "Volume" slider to increase the output volume. As of November 2010, the program costs £22.70.
Try Aimersoft DVD Ripper (see Resources). After inserting the disc, you simply click "Load DVD" and wait for it to load (this could take a few minutes). The "Settings" button presents a volume slider similar to iSofter's. Push it to the right to increase the output volume. As of November 2010, the program costs £22.
The free dvd::rip program offers the most customisable settings for the advanced user (see Resources). Not only can you increase the output volume with a volume slider, you can also compress the sound as well. This is useful for movies with both loud and quiet parts (such as action movies). It reduces the volume difference so you don't have to reach for the remote every five minutes.
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