DVDs are dinosaurs and their days are numbered. Remember records? 78s, 33s, and 45s? 8-tracks? Cassette tape? CDs? DVDs? These days, streaming video is all the rage and that means those of us with mountains of movies in DVDs are sitting on a dinosaur landfill. Here’s what you can do before it’s too late.
R.I.P. Or Rip In Peace
Walk into any Apple Store and you’ll be hard pressed to find a Mac with a SuperDrive built-in. If you want to view DVD movies, or burn a CD or even rip a CD on your Mac, it’s likely you’ll need an extra cost external SuperDrive. Discs are so last century.
What if you have a big collection of DVD movies and you want to preserve them with a backup to your Mac? Check out Mac DVD Ripper Pro. Think drag, drop, rip, convert, save. But hurry. The end is near.
What you get when you rip your DVDs to your Mac is a digital backup copy of the original that can play on Mac, PCs, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, and many other devices.
Let’s face it. DVDs are soon to become a fading part of media history. DVDs are fragile. They get scratched, broken, stolen, lost. Rip the DVD to your Mac and copy it to other storage devices and you create a 21st century archive library. That also plays movies.
These movies can also work on PCs, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, even most Android devices, so you’re somewhat future proofed.
For MacBook owners, the digital file version of a DVD movie uses less battery than a DVD. Mac DVD Ripper Pro comes with options to rip only the movie, and leave the advertising and promotional trailers behind (saves plenty of storage space, too). Ripped movies can be dropped into iTunes to be shared with other Apple devices.
There may come a time when an external SuperDrive– one that rips CDs and DVDs, and records both– will be hard to find. The end is near. The dinosaur is on its last legs. Rip. Mix. Burn. has been replaced by Rip. Save. View. What’s next is the last opportunity to Rip.
I just did a search on the Apple Store. It revealed a USB SuperDrive for $79. From what I can tell from a last minute search, there are no Macs that feature a built-in SuperDrive. A similar search on MacSales revealed a larger list of SuperDrive-like options which ranged in price from about $40 to $130 for a Blu-ray burner; both external devices.
The end is near.