They’re aging, but we want to keep the content around and not pay again for the same movies on cable TV, or streaming downloads. Here’s yet another way to rip DVDs to your Mac and get them ready for play on iTunes, iPhone, and iPad.
Rip DVDs For Fun, Not Profit
Ripping DVDs shouldn’t be rocket science, and doing so legally shouldn’t be an issue. After all, the TV commercials say, ‘Own it today!‘ when talking about the latest movie on DVD.
If I own it, I should be able to do what I want with it, including making a backup copy for personal use.
Yesterday I did a quick look at Mac DVDRipper Pro, an elegant solution to ripping DVDs that’s about as easy as it gets.
Today I’m taking a look at another Mac app which also rips DVDs but comes with a few more bells and whistles which may or may not make it worth the slightly extra cost.
DVDxDV Pro and little brother DVDxDV rip DVDs to QuickTime movies which can be placed in iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, Adobe’s Premiere Pro, and even Avid editing systems.
It also converts video for the web to be played on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, and some Android devices. Where Mac DVDRipper Pro is elegant and straightforward, DVDxDV Pro has a learning curve and an extensive list of options.
The less expensive DVDxDV doesn’t have 1080 HD output, audio level meters, time code, video cropping and a few other items. It’s the Pro version that has all the goodies?
1080HD, zooming timeline, time code, subtitles, audio level meters, multiple video output sizes, including cropping, audio extraction, and widescreen 16:9 resizing.
Where the basic DVDxDV is good for ripping DVDs and stuffing them into iMovie and iDVD, DVDxDV Pro works well for pro apps, including Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Both apps export videos as MP4 files, so they’ll play in iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and other devices.
You can also upload DVDs to YouTube, though that opens a can of worms on copyright issues, and assumes you’re uploading a copy of a home movie stored on DVD.
While all the bells and whistles of DVDxDV Pro are noteworthy, and the ripped DVD quality is generally excellent, Mac DVDRipper Pro is less complicated and rips many movie DVDs with ease (using your Mac to play the DVD instead of a SuperDrive saves battery power and makes a great backup of the movie DVD).