Political polls are driving me nuts. Today one candidate is down, yesterday they were up. Who can figure out what’s going on in this election cycle other than I’m tired of watching new poll numbers that change tomorrow.
So, let me conduct a poll of my own to add to the polls already desensitizing your brain. Quick. With a show of hands, raise your hand high if you have a DVD SuperDrive on your Mac. Hmmm. Not many hands. In fact, Apple doesn’t even put a SuperDrive into any Mac these days. Why not? DVDs are so 1999 and Apple is all about next year. So, how can you rip DVDs to your Mac.
Dr. Jekyll, Meet Mr. Hyde
One of the few remaining utilities that rip DVDs to your Mac is now called MTR. That means Mac The Ripper which is kinda sorta mostly Mac talk from yesteryear. If you have a collection of DVD movies and you want to, um, uh, back them up to store on your Mac, then you’ll need two things. MTR, the app. And a SuperDrive (a Mac with a SuperDrive built in, or an external DVD player-recorder).
MTR does the rest.
What you get in the professional-looking Mac utility is an app that goes beyond the simple one-click DVD extraction processes from the past, and takes you into a slightly more complex world that works on more DVDs than the easy point and click apps.
MTR has four extraction modes, including the basic ISO image, RnR (Rip and Rebuild) for VTS-level editing, Main Feature, and a specialized set for Batch Title Extraction. There’s also an option to extract challenging DVDs with another standalone utility.
What sets MTR apart is the option to chew through multiple DVDs with simultaneous extractions using chained SuperDrives or DVD drives. It helps to have a hefty Mac with plenty of RAM, but it’s a fast way to rip multiple DVDs at the same time.
Support for setting up and using MTR is a bit cumbersome but the YouTube video covers plenty of options in visual detail.
I use the phrase ‘last call‘ in the title above because it should be obvious that DVDs are an endangered species these days. Look around. Can you find a new Mac that even has a SuperDrive player? Nope. The last DVD I used in a Mac was years ago. I installed an old app on an older Mac and ejected the DVD. It remained in ejected mode in the SuperDrive for a couple of years.
It’s unlikely that DVDs will die completely but the trend is distinct. Movies and videos are online, easily streamed, and collecting your own will soon be a thing of the past.