Why would anyone rip DVDs to their Mac? Legalities aside, getting a DVD movie copied to your Mac has plenty of positives. It’s a good way to make a copy and backup your DVD (for personal use, of course). Watch the movie on your Mac and that saves battery life and there’s no need to carry around a container of DVDs (which could get scratched during transit and use).
That’s exactly what you get with Mac DVDRipper Pro, a modestly priced Mac app that lets you backup your DVDs, keep a copy on your Mac, time-shift DVD rentals, export MV4 movies (ripped and converted from the DVDs) to iTunes, and save battery life while you watch movies.
What’s not to like? If I can do it, you can do it.
The whole ripping process is rather straightforward, too. Drag and drop the DVD from your Mac’s SuperDrive (or connected DVD player) onto Mac DVDRipper Pro, click a few settings, repeat for other DVDs, go grab some lunch.
Mac DVDRipper Pro rips the movie from the DVD and converts it to match iTunes so videos will also display on your Mac, a Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, many Android devices, and even Apple TV.
This is one of those unique apps that helps Mac users bridge the gap between yesteryear’s technology (DVDs) to today’s technology (digital downloads, multiple devices). Are there issues with the legalities of ripping DVDs to make backups on your Mac? Perhaps, especially the idea of renting a DVD movie, ripping a copy to your Mac, then time-shifting to watch the movie at a later date.
But I’m not a lawyer so I’m not losing much sleep over it. I backup my DVDs, view them on my Mac or iPad, and keep the original DVDs in the case to prevent scratches.