How many ways can you rip DVDs to your Mac? The number is unimportant but the options are few. Very few. My favorite method for many years has been Mac DVD Ripper Pro, an elegant, clever, and dependable Mac utility which just works.
Remember Rip. Mix. Burn. from back in the day when Apple finally wised up to the music revolution and launched iTunes and CD-DVD burners? Today it’s Rip. Convert. Watch. That describes about all that’s required to use Mac DVD Ripper Pro.
A faithful reader turned me on to a copycat app (not that there’s anything wrong with that) that does much the same thing, has more features, costs more money, and may be the one you want to avoid. It’s called MacX DVD Ripper Pro. Only the ‘X’ separates the name from the app I prefer. This one is from a Mac app developer who loves the word ‘ripper’. I can tell because the developer also sells apps named iPhone DVD Ripper, iPad DVD Ripper, iPod DVD Ripper, and iTunes DVD Ripper. You could spend nearly $200 to rip DVDs to all your Apple iDevices or just buy Mac DVD Ripper Pro, save money, and the ripped DVD to iTunes and ready for viewing on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and even Apple TV.
To be fair about the comparison MacX DVD Ripper Pro looks more like a professional tool than Mac DVD Ripper Pro so it’s easy to think the former does more than the latter.
That seems to be the case as MacX DVD Ripper Pro lists supported devices for video playback including Mac, iPhone/5, iPad/iPad 2/iPad 3, iPod, iPad mini, Apple TV, Android, HTC, Samsung, XOOM, Galaxy Tab, PSP, Surface and more (What? No Windows on the list?). Many, many more. DVDs can be ripped to MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, MPEG, M4V, AVI, and Apple’s QuickTime format.
Well, at least it would be if it were not for all the half-star and one-star reviews on MacUpdate. I can only wonder if the reviewers of well known Mac websites actually used MacX DVD Ripper Pro before they wrote the review. Those reviews don’t seem to match those of other Mac users or my experience with MacX DVD Ripper Pro.