Got DVDs? Yes. Despite the fact that I do not have a Mac with a built-in SuperDrive to burn or read CDs and DVDs, I have a huge DVD collection that ranges from classics to family movies that will embarrass us all for generations to come.
Earlier this year I embarked on a project to convert those DVDs to digital movies on the Mac. Popular thinking is that DVDs last forever. They. Do. Not. Here is how to rip ’em and save ’em on your Mac.
Ripping Is Fun
Nobody rips DVD movies for profit anymore. We’re more interested in backing up and storing DVD movies for posterity; on our home server farm or even in the cloud.
How? How can you put a movie onto your Mac?
First, you need a Mac. Any recent model will do. Second, you need a SuperDrive for the DVD, but those are inexpensive these days (Best Buy, Amazon, even the Apple Store).
Finally, you need MacX DVD Ripper Pro. That, and some time (and not much of that) is about all you need. The app rips standard DVDs– the kind you made yourself or the kind you bought– to any of the popular digital movie formats.
Look how easy ripping can be these days.
Whatever format on the DVD can be copied to your Mac as a backup. MP4, MOV, AVI, HEVC H.265 or basic H.264, MacX DVD Ripper Pro does the deed. The faster your Mac the faster the DVD ripping but even a lowly MacBook Air with a connected SuperDrive worked fine.
Our DVD collection is extensive and includes personal DVDs, and titles in UDF, non-UDF, and ISO 9660, easily ripped and recorded straight to the Mac. We have half a dozen DVDs that were damaged and would not play through, but even those were copied OK. No DVD movie or personal DVD used for family video storage took more than 11 minutes to copy to the Mac.
Alright, I get it. Storage isn’t cheap anymore. No Mac notebooks comes with a massive hard disk drive, so SSDs rule. MacX DVD Ripper Pro can compress DVDs to as little as 10-percent of the original size and that can save space on Mac notebooks.
Plus, you get useful features that are unexpected in video utilities.
What is remarkable about MacX DVD Ripper Pro are some of the features that go beyond just ripping video. Many DVDs have extraneous videos, promos, even commercials that just annoy and take up space. The app can trim video clips and useless segments from a DVD, even deleting trailers, ads, and promos. Plus, clips can be cropped and merged as needed.
Music can be pulled from DVDs, too, converted to audio formats like MP3 and then saved on the Mac, or moved over to iPhone or iPad. In fact, even the movies can be saved in a format perfect for mobile devices.
I bring this up because I know that the holidays mean you’ll shoot more photos and capture more videos. Timing is everything. I found out that MacX DVD Ripper Pro has a Black Friday special that runs until December 9. Free. All features except the typical updates.
So, think of it as a better-than-normal trial period with a 56-percent savings on the full version of MacX DVD Ripper Pro.