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Coming across some free software is nice, but what’s even nicer is finding an app that you typically have to pay for that’s available at no cost for a limited time. Do you like the sound of that? If so you may want to check out the currently free (until the end of October) WinX DVD Ripper Platinum that is being given away compliments of Techweenies.

This software is perfect for anyone who’s looking to convert those DVD formats into a format that can pretty much be played on any device. It includes a lot of pre-configured profiles for things like the iPhone, Zune, and more to minimize the amount of tweaking you have to do.

  • Rip DVD to popular video formats as AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, MP4, etc
  • Rip DVD to popular portable devices including iPhone, iPod, PSP, PDA, Zune, Mobile phone, etc
  • Support automatically detecting, connecting and transferring converted videos to portable devices
  • Rip DVD audio into MP3 music file
  • Support grabbing screenshot from DVD video
  • Enable to remove or choose subtitles for output videos
  • All video/audio parameters adjustable for users optimizing video quality
  • Supper fast ripping speed, up to 300%-500% real time
  • Best video/audio quality
  • Easy to use and 100% stable

And here’s a more complete list of supported input/output formats:

  • Input formats: Normal DVD, CSS protected DVD, region 1-6, Sony ArccOS, Commercial DVD
  • Output formats: AVI, WMV, FLV, MP4, MPEG, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, PDA, 3GP, Zune, Music, XviD, DivX, JPG, BMP

The software normally runs $25 (which appears to be an “on sale” price marked down from $50). What I love is that the version you download through the giveaway page doesn’t require a serial number or anything like that. Just install it and you’ll have the full version. And you can reinstall it on your computer whenever you want.

I’d say you should grab it before October 31st regardless of whether you plan on using it right away. That way the next time you have to rip a DVD you’re not stuck scrounging around for an app that can do it.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Giveaway (Windows only; Free until October 31st)