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.
• 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.