Flip4Mac’s Drive-in lets you to store your DVD movie library on your Mac

Flip4Mac’s Drive-in is an application that allows you to store your personal DVD movie library on your Mac. It is now available as a public beta.

Using Drive-in you can create an image of a DVD disc on your laptop or home entertainment system. The image preserves the quality, navigation and special features of the original DVD and can be played using Apple’s DVD Player or Front Row.

Drive-in preserves the DVD’s original content protection. Drive-in allows you to play your images on any computer that you own but does not allow you to share your images with others. To simplify the way you search and access your videos, Flip4Mac have added some helpful information like the DVD cover art, names of actors, movie description, etc. Once you’ve stored movies to your hard drive – just browse, select and play.

Drive-in may prove useful for:
• Laptop owners who like to watch movies on the go
• DVD collectors with a home theater system
• Families who often misplace or damage DVDs

While you can create DVD images for free using this public beta, you must purchase the final release if you wish to use those images, or create new ones, after the beta testing period has ended. This beta software will expire on May 1, 2007.

System requirements:
• PowerPC G4 or G5, or Intel-based Mac
• Mac OS X 10.4 or later
• Internet connection for activation and movie information download

Help Flip4Mac test Drive-in by downloading the beta today. More info here.

MacDailyNews Note: Our test worked, but one issue we ran into straight off is answered in Flip4Mac’s Drive-in FAQ; When attempting to image any DVD, I receive an error “Can’t Preserve CSS Protection” or “The DVD drive in this computer has not been set to a specific region”. The first time you play a DVD in your drive, the system sets the region code. If this has not been done, you will receive an error. Playing a DVD in the drive should correct the issue.

40 Comments

  1. “Help Flip4Mac test Drive-in by downloading the beta today.”

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  2. Old news! Been out for a couple weeks. It is useless, it just rips DVD’s doesn’t even remove all of the DRM stuff, also you can’t burn it.All it does is make a little file which says all of the information, the lookup thing for it to find the stuff automaticly didn’t even work for me. I could just make a text file. Use “mactheripper” to rip your DVD’s removes the DRM and it is free, also faster.

  3. MacTheRipper and Handbrake have me covered already. Just wish I had a faster Mac then the eMac I am using now. Handbrake takes about 5 -7 hours to compress a movie to 3000Kbps MP4 w/ AAC 320 audio. New MacBook 1.83 does it in about 2 hours. Time for an upgrade… still have over 200 DVDs to convert.

    The Dude Abides.

  4. There is absolutly no reason you need a DVD at 3,000KBPS, do a constant quality, on my iPod around 500 is indistinguishable from anything higher. 1,000 is the max you need. My macbook gets through a DVD in about 30 minutes.

  5. “Someone explain the value.”

    One value of having DVDs on an HD – playing a file is less battery intensive than playing from a disc. This comes in handy on planes, trains, and automobiles when either outlets are not available or the correct adaptors are not available during the trip. On my previous laptop, using only battery power I could not get through an entire movie when played on DVD, but could if it was a file on my HD.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but if one intends to stream movies using Apple TV, isn’t the point to have the files on your HD?

  6. “Someone explain the value.”

    Just because its not valuable to you, 5 years ago people were saying “Why should I buy a HD to keep my music on for $400 when I have a $50 portable CD player?

    Ripping and keeping DVDs on HD for instant playback is becoming increasingly popular with videophiles, who like to be able to have instant access to their collections without thumbing through racks. Those who care about quality won’t care that this software doesn’t remove DRM, just that it doesn’t degrade the quality of the picture or sound. This is a growing market, especially as the cost of HDs is getting very low.

  7. “Yuck, requires a administrative password to install.

    Sorry Flip4Mac, you don’t get the keys to my kingdom.

    Think I’m stupid?”

    After that comment, I think you’re stupid.

  8. You guys are idiots. I say this because most people that can’t see reasons beyond their own are such.

    They’re providing a legal(from what we know at least) tool to store your DVD’s and play them without you’re discs, with full menus and bonus material. You can rip a couple to your laptop before a long trip and not have to bring the discs. I have multiple terrabytes of storage on my home computer, and I could easily apply more if they get full. Cataloging complete DVD’s like my music on iTunes is an awesome thing, and this will provide that for more cautious people.

    BTW, MacTheRipper hasn’t been free since v2.6.6 which won’t handle most new dvds.

  9. “to the dude”,
    you must be watching your movie rips on a pretty crappy screen/monitor. Most people could EASILY tell the difference between 1,000 vs. 3,000 kbps. Also, I can only assume your using single pass converting, which again, won’t give you as good quality. That, or the 30 min. you speak of is for actually ripping the dvd to the computer.

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