Today only: Free DVD-ripping software

Digitary's WinX DVD Ripper Platinum normally sells for $30, but you can get it free today from Giveaway of the Day. Just make sure you install it before midnight.

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Everyone needs a good DVD ripper. For the rest of the day, you can get this one absolutely free. Rick Broida

Want to archive your DVDs to your hard drive or convert them for viewing on, say, your iPhone or Zune HD? No problem: all you need is a good DVD ripper.

Today only, Giveaway of the Day is giving away WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, which normally sells for $29.95.

Just pop a DVD in your drive, fire up the program, and choose an output format: AVI, MP4, WMV, iPhone, PSP, 3GP, or any of half a dozen others.

The utility has a clean, simple interface that should be easy enough for novices to navigate. And advanced users can get under the hood to tweak settings like bit rate and resolution.

I've used WinX with numerous DVDs (all of them copy-protected, and all of them bought and paid for by me), and it worked quickly and flawlessly with each of them. Note: I'd recommend disabling subtitles, which are enabled by default.

Remember, as with all Giveaway of the Day deals, you must download and install the program before the clock strikes midnight. But that's the only catch. If you've missed past DVD rippers I've posted, here's your chance to score a good one.

By the way, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum comes from Digiarty Software, the same outfit that's giving away WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe until March 15. Gotta love the freebies!