There are hundreds and thousands of software out there that allow DVD/Blu Ray ripping. However, most such applications I have come across had one major flaw – non user friendly interfaces. While most of these software did a great job of encoding video, they were not very usable for the average PC user. StaxRip is a video conversion utility that tries to overcome this problem – the app has an easy to use interface which even noobs can easily figure out. Of course, it does have advanced features for ‘pros’ but ripping video or converting between video formats is a pretty straightforward task with StaxRip. Speaking of converting, StaxRip lets you easily convert your DVD's, DVB captures and many more other video formats into MPEG-4 with codecs like x264, XviD and DivX.

StaxRip Screenshot

As you can see from the screenshot above, encoding/ripping video with StaxRip is very simple and can even be done in three clicks – select source, select output profile and select destination file. When you do this, the software will fill it’s advanced settings with default values. You can of course tweak these to your liking if you are an experienced encoder. StaxRip supports a number of difference input/output video formats, some of which are listed below:

  • Video Output Formats: x264, XviD, DivX
  • Audio Output Formats: AAC, MP3, AC3, Vorbis
  • Container Output Formats: MKV, AVI, MP4, DIVX

StaxRip is free, open source and is quite popular in the encoder community. For those who want to learn of it’s advanced features, there are plenty of guides and tutorials scattered across the internet.


[Click Here] to download the latest version of StaxRip from the official download page

[Click Here] to read StaxRip tutorials in project homepage (scroll to Where do I start? section)


  1. Ralph // 7/21/2010 10:52:00 AM  

    Too bad only windows. Handbrake and Avidemux are multi OS apps

  2. ollie168 // 7/21/2010 06:37:00 PM  

    can it convert to IPAD format?

  3. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 7/21/2010 07:28:00 PM  

    The iPAD supports plackback of H.264 and MPEG-4 video.
    StaxRip can convert to MPEG-4 video so yes, converted videos can be played back on the iPAD.
    (There are preset templates for iPhone and iPod which you can tweak to better suite the iPad as well)