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AcidRip is a solid program that uses the Gtk toolkit, and therefore may appeal more to Gnome users. I tested with version 0.14-0.2. My rip of WarGames took about 4.25 hrs to complete, which places it in the bottom half, but comparable to other MEncoder based apps.
It is a full-featured program with room for a lot of tweaking, however, this flexibility comes at the price of a cluttered interface that could be intimidating to novices. My biggest issue with this program is that progress status was not properly reported. The correct window popped up, but none of the statistics ever updated. Not knowing that the encode is working or having any way to estimate how much work is left can be very annoying.
On the plus side, one of the biggest advantages of AcidRip is a single step that rips and then transcodes. I'm not sure why more apps aren't doing this. It seems like a simple addition that pays off in usability. AcidRip also supports more advanced features like subtitle support.
Even with the multitude of options, AcidRip can still be easy to use if you ignore the features you don't need. Follow along as I show just how simple it is to shrink the a DVD down to a 700MB AVI file. AcidRip defaults to the LAVC codec.
Set file name, file size, audio, and subtitle options.
Step-by-step (with default file size and options):
- Click Load at the top right of the Window read the DVD.
- Pick a Track title that will be applied to the filename. I chose WarGames.
- Switch to the Queue tab and select the Queue button near the bottom of the window.
- Press start and wait for it to finish.
Choose video codec, cropping, and scaling preferences.
I'm not going to go through each of the options right now because it is beyond the scope of this review, but I can do that later if there is a need. Please ask any questions or add comments in the forums. There is a link to the discussion at the end of the article.
If you want more than just a default rip and really need to tweak every aspect of your movie then AcidRip is definitely a contender, but for basic ripping I prefer a little more polish. I rate it as 3 stars. It would have received a four star rating if the progress reporting worked.