You may have noticed that most netbooks don’t come with disc drives, which makes watching movies on an airplane a bit tougher. Sure, most of the time you can just stream video over the web. And of course you can always watch downloaded videos. But what if you really want to watch your Seinfeld DVD collection on the go?
VidCoder is a DVD ripping tool that makes it easy to create high quality copies of the videos on your DVDs. Sure, there are plenty of other apps that essentially do the same. But here’s what VidCoder has going for it: It’s basically a simplified frontend for the popular HandBrake video encoding tool. But unlike HandBrake, which was initially designed as a tool for Mac users, VidCoder is designed for Windows, and has a user interface optimized for Windows computers.
The app gives you a variety of options, including the ability to convert videos to MP3, MKV, or H.264 files, use 2-pass encoding for improved quality, and set your target bitrate, size, and quality settings. You can also queue up multiple encoding jobs, and easily pause and resume jobs.
While VidCoder is available as a free 5MB download, it requires Microsoft .NET 4.0 framework to be installed before it will run. So it might take a little while to get VidCoder up and running the first time.