What am I talking about? Ripping movies from a DVD to your Mac. The reason I don’t rip movies as much as I did a few years ago is because of iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and most of my massive DVD collection has already been ripped. Here’s how to do it.
RipIt Rips It
Only a few Mac apps rip DVDs to be saved to your Mac, and fewer still make it absolutely positively drop dead easy to do.
One at the top of my list of tools is simply titled RipIt. Drop in a DVD and RipIt rips it to your Mac, the way God intended for DVDs to be backed up and stored.
Whoa. What? Wait a minute. Why else you would rip a DVD to your Mac? You want a backup, right? That’s one solution.
RipIt is so easy to use and because the movies are now on your Mac for viewing, your original DVD becomes the backup.
Instead of using a DVD constantly and worrying about getting it scratched, broken, bent, or mishandled, RipIt gives you a digital copy to use.
The steps to rip it are simple.
Drop the DVD into your Mac, set the Compression level (good for making a smaller movie to store in iTunes or for iPod, iPhone, or iPad), click the Rip button, and wait.
That’s it. We’re done here.
Everything gets copied to your Mac (for backup purposes, of course). Movie, extras, subtitles, and more. What’s not to like?
Well, a DVD player. How many new Macs come with a DVD player these days? Not many. Fewer than ever since the last century. Fortunately, an Apple SuperDrive that uses USB and plugs into your Mac can also do the deed and doesn’t cost much.