Remember records? They became cassette tapes and I had to buy my music collection again. Then they became CDs. You know the story.
Our collection of Sony Betamax video tapes was made worthless by VHS tapes which disappeared when DVDs became the rage, forcing customers to buy their movie collection all over again. Now we live in a movie download age where everything we’ve bought and paid for a couple of times already is available again in digital format. Enough of that already.
That scenario is why you’ll enjoy ripping your DVD movie collection to your Mac. That way, you’ll have a digital movie collection that’ll last a few years until whatever is better and more expensive than Blu-ray comes along.
One of the easiest DVD rippers for the Mac is Mac DVD Ripper Pro. I loved Apple Mix. Rip. Burn. campaign for the original iTunes way back in the day, and I love ripping our DVD collection. You know, as a backup; so the DVDs don’t get scratched, lost, or broken. Uh huh. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
How does it work? Ridiculously easy. Drop a DVD into your Mac and Mac DVD Ripper Pro does the rest (hurry, while Macs still have DVD players).
There are added benefits to using an app like DVD Ripper Pro on your Mac. Movies can be ripped and exported to iTunes and then enjoyed on your wide screen TV via Apple TV. If you take your MacBook on the road, battery life improves because the movies you carry with you won’t be DVDs to manage, they’ll be digital movies.
Another plus is getting rid of the DVDs trailers and advertisements and promos. Just rip the movie. Leave the rest in DVD storage. Some users will also like the feature of time shifting DVD rentals. That’s right. It’s possible to rent a DVD movie, rip it to your Mac, view it when you want to, then get the original DVD back to the store or Netflix.
Your mileage may vary, of course, but all is not perfect. I’ve run into a few DVDs that just would not rip, though most work fine. The ripping and conversion process also takes time, depending on your Mac’s horsepower, so make sure to get a hobby while you wait.