Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
DVD::Rip is one of my favorite programs, I have a 6TB rack and tons of DVDs so I use it all the time to rip DVDs to AVI format and store them on my PC, it also cuts down on allot of disk wear.
One thing I was really impressed with was it's ability to keep sound and video synced, I have a very acute sense for deviated tracks and mostly if not all the windows rippers cause fraction's of a second deviation between audio and video track which I notice. If DVD::Rip does go out of sync I can't discern it, and I am pretty sure 99.9% of everyone out there won't notice either.
It has an enormous list of formats it can encode video into AVI, DivX 4&5, FAME, OGG, MPEG to name a few.