What can you count on in life? Politicians lying hits high on the list, thanks to the season. But you can always count on change. Look around an Apple Store the next time you’re there. What’s missing? Did you notice? Apple has single handedly destroyed the DVD player.
Yes, the venerable SuperDrive– the DVD and CD player and recorder that did it all– is gone. Well, mostly gone; squeezed out of the Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro line entirely, relegated to a nursing home in a single legacy MacBook Pro model.
Without a DVD player how are we supposed to watch our DVD movies on our Macs? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s convoluted, mostly old school, but it works well enough to get DVDs onto a Mac.
Enter Mac DVD Ripper Pro, a Mac utility which rips DVD movies from the DVD and installs them onto your Mac for, uh, let’s see– backup purposes. Yeah, that’s it. It’s not stealing. It’s, um, for backups.
How easy is it to rip a DVD movie to your Mac? With a single caveat it’s as simple as drag and drop and click.
Of course, ripping a DVD from a DVD player to your Mac also means your Mac saves a bit on battery life while not having to spin around a DVD machine, and the backup can be cloned to another disk, and the DVDs can be stored to avoid scratches, cracks, dust and other debris, and you can rip only the movie from the DVD and avoid the ads and trailers and FBI warnings, and send the whole shebang to iTunes.
You still need a DVD player to play the DVD so it gets ripped properly to your Mac. Fortunately, DVD players are inexpensive, available even from the Apple Store, and can be used on any new Mac that doesn’t have one built-in already.
In the end you get a way to view your DVD movies on your Mac, wherever your Mac and you go at the same time, and you get a way to time-shift movie watching, save DVDs from wear and tear, and eliminate some of the visual cruft that can be so annoying when watching a movie (FBI warnings, movie trailers, advertisements and promotions).
What is there not to like about using Mac DVD Ripper Pro? Sure, DVDs are old technology, and Apple is as much to blame as anyone for its demise as a mainstream medium, but putting a vast DVD movie collection onto your Mac brings the ancient technology into the future. No. Wait. The present.