In the purpose of getting a reliable package to copy my collection of DVD movies to play on my iPhone, I searched the internet for a whole weekend. After going through over 10 different products, I selected one of them called Pavtube iPhone Converter Ultimate for the sake of audio-video in sync quality and Blu-ray compatibility. Besides this application, there are also another 3 utilities having good performances, I guess you guys might look for such a kind of solution right now, so I commented the 4 programs in my post in detail, hope you can find your right one among them.
No 1. Pavtube iPhone Converter Ultimate
To be honest, I did not find any software better than this one. It is capable of processing not only standard DVD movies, but also Blu-ray movies. With powerful decryption ability, it is able to remove different copy protections of commercial DVDs and BD discs, including CSS, AACS, BD+ and the new released MKB V17. I have used it a lot to rip my Blu-ray and DVD collection for playback on my iPhone, including the new BD Avatar! Exciting thing!
Additionally, it can be used as a video to iPhone converter as well. I mean that you can convert nearly all video files to your iPhone via it, including camera MTS/M2TS files, WMV/FLV/AVI/MKV files, and more. One of the most wonderful things is that it successfully converted my encrypted files recorded by my TiVo DVR to smoothly play on my iPhone, so it’s really amazing.
As I mentioned at the beginning, another reason I chose Pavtube iPhone Converter Ultimate is that it can guarantee an excellent output quality for my iPhone without any video and audio out of sync issues. Frankly speaking, lots of DVD to iPhone Converters are lack of this feature. Pavtube has it, so it won.
Besides output files specialized for iPhone, Pavtube iPhone Converter Ultimate also supports output other common videos, like AVI, WMV, M4V, 3GP, MKV, ASF, MOV, etc, so it can be considered as a versatile Blu-ray ripper + DVD ripper + video converter.
In my opinion, the only shortage of Pavtube is that it costs much more than the other 3 converters-$59 USD, but for its full functionalities, I think it is well worth paying.
Avex DVD to iPhone suite is able to convert commercial DVD and common videos like FLV, AVI, MOD, M2TS and more to iPhone MP4 video, but with the exception of TiVo files. (Its official site says it supports TiVo files, but in my test, it failed.)
Compare with Pavtube iPhone Converter Ultimate, Avex DVD to iPhone suite is not very user-friendly, at least for me, some conversion options are difficult to find out, for example, I have not got the way to select subtitles and audio tracks until read its manual. Besides that, users need select different conversion modes to rip DVD or convert video files. It seems a little troublesome, but not a big problem.
Another two reasons why I didn’t choose Avex are that it is without Blu-ray support, and one can only convert 5 minutes to see the conversion quality by using the trail version. In my case, the output quality in the 5 minutes conversion is good, but I could not check if it would keep the good quality when it went to the end of the movie. From this point, Pavtube is much better, because it allows users to convert the whole movie without time restrictions, and only with a tiny “PAVTUBE” watermark standing in the center of the screen. In that way, users are free to see the final quality of it.
Due to its less functionality, Avex DVD to iPhone suite is a little cheaper than Pavtube. It costs $45 USD. If you need rip additional BD movies and TiVo recordings, Pavtube is the proper choice, but if you just need convert standard DVDs and common videos, then Avex DVD to iPhone suite is your choice.
WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper is only focusing on ripping DVDs, including normal DVDs, CSS protected DVDs, Sony ArccOS DVDs and region 1-6 DVDs. More than converting DVDs to iPhone, it also supports exporting files optimized for iPad, iPod, and Apple TV.
The same as Avex DVD to iPhone Video Suite, WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper also has time restriction while using the trial version-less than 5 minutes. In my test, its output files are in an acceptable quality while playback, but it is a pity I could only see the file produced within 5 minutes to check the video and audio quality. From this point, Pavtube is more reasonable than WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper and Avex DVD to iPhone Video Suite.
But in regard to the price, WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper is much more affordable, only $29.95 USD. Supposing you just need ripping DVDs to play on iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple TV, then WinX DVD to iPhone Ripper is the best choice.
TOP DVD to iPhone Converter is a pure DVD to iPhone Converter, and unlike the former three programs, it only supports ripping standard DVD files to iPhone playable mp4 video and mp3 audio, without any supports for Blu-rays, common videos or other portable devices.
Compare with the above mentioned three applications, the conversion speed of TOP DVD to iPhone Converter is a little slower, but it’s not a serious thing, because the final quality is OK. The same as Pavtube iPhone Converter Ultimate, TOP DVD to iPhone Converter allows users trying the software without time limitation, only with three lines of text watermarks standing in the center of the image, which is a little bigger than that of Pavtube.
Another thing I need to mention is that video and audio settings like bit rate, frame rate, sample rate are unavailable to adjust in TOP software. Unlike the former mentioned 3 utilities, TOP DVD to iPhone Converter only provides users with “Video Size”, “Video Quality”, “Channel”, and “Audio Quality” options to change. But if you are ready to use default settings, this would not be a problem.
What’s more, TOP software seems not as stable as another 3 programs, one crash problem has happened during my course of conversion test. But considering its much lower price, $19.99 USD, the cheapest one among all, maybe we should not have much higher expectations on it. To put it bluntly, the final quality produced by this software is good, so if you are considering much more about money cost, you can choose TOP software to rip commercial DVDs for playback on your iPhone.
Well, hope the above reviews will be of some help for you guys. Good luck.