Legalities aside, there are many legitimate and legal reasons to rip DVDs to your Mac. Most Macs these days are notebooks. Carrying a stack of DVDs to play movies on our Macs while we’re on the road is a painful, battery-draining experience. Is there a better way? How about an app that rips?
Ripping DVDs For Fun, Not Profit
It’s easy to see why Apple has decided to move beyond DVDs. Despite the fact that DVDs are relatively inexpensive to produce, they get scratched. They consume battery life. They get lost, cracked, stolen and copy protection is just plain annoying.
Buying and downloading movies, or streaming movies online, is definitely en vogue, but we’re still stuck with a collection of DVDs. Is there a way to rip those and get them on our Macs? Yes.
DVDRipper Pro does just that. It copies the DVD movie to your Mac.
The benefits become obvious instantly. Put your DVD back into the case for permanent storage. Your Mac’s battery drains much slower when playing a movie from the hard disk drive or flash drive than from a DVD player. Storing movies on your Mac or an external hard disk drive is a great DVD back up.
Doing The Time Shift Dance
Probably my favorite use of DVDRipper Pro is time shifting rental DVDs. Instead of renting a DVD and worrying about getting it back on time, simply rent, rip, save, and watch the rental movie when you want.
I’ve run into a few movies that wouldn’t rip, but a couple out of a hundred is a winning solution. The app DVD Remaster can take your ripped DVD, compress it, and burn it to DVD for yet another back up solution.
The ripped DVD becomes just another file on your Mac, so you can organize and save back ups however you wish. Those are all positives, right? But there are a few things DVDRipper Pro won’t do.
No Blu-ray discs. No removing DVD region coding. No iPad playback capability.
But other positives include yet another favorite. It’s try before you buy, so rip up to five DVDs. DVDs may be going away, but they’ll be around for many years, and so will our DVD collections. DVDRipper Pro simply extends the digital life cycle of a DVD movie.