Here’s your last best chance to rip DVDs to your Mac

“What can you do with all those DVD movies when Macs don’t come with SuperDrive DVD players and it’s hard to find a DVD player at Best Buy (they’re hidden, I swear)?” Bohemian Boomer writes. “How about an age old response to an age old problem? Rip ’em to your Mac.”

“That’s what MacTheRipper [US$40] does. It rips DVD movies from the DVD to your Mac,” Bohemian Boomer writes. “You know, for backup and archival purposes; part of the fair-use of digital media purchased legally. MTR is all professional looking with the new charcoal look that says, well, you know– professional.”

“DVD ripping is going the way of the dinosaurs,” Bohemian Boomer writes. “Get ’em ripped while you can.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Anyone still have DVDs they’ve not yet ripped (or replaced with iTunes Store-purchased or rented versions)?


      1. Use Handbrake’s Batch feature for multiple movies/shows. Set it and forget it.
        And for BlueRay, use MakeMKV, well worth the price of that feature… and you can try it for a month.
        Mac DVD Ripper Pro is your best best for DVDs. NOT MacX DVD Ripper, that’s the ripoff (rimshot, please).

        BONUS: Might I point out that this UI of MTR is 5+ years old and annoying as hell? It’s not new, it’s not modern, it has a look that says, well, you know– skeumorphicism of 2010.

      2. Downloaded Mactheripper. Kept getting something called Wonder…. Ultimate. Piece of shit. Nothing intuitive about it. Controls are in a vernacular I a mtotally unfamiliar with. I’m not going to spend the rest of my life trying to learn it. Glad I got the free version to test it.

        Uninstalling it now.

    1. I love having all my DVDs ripped and stored in iTunes with my purchased digital movies. That gives me hundreds of movies available to choose from whenever my Internet connection drops for the evening.

      I too love Netflix, but Comcast has a way of barfing periodically, and it’s nice to have locally stored content available on my LAN.

    1. Yes, you can. It’s a little more involved than DVD, and the files take a little (to a lot) more space to store depending on the format you choose and how you want to play them back.

      There are lots of ways to play those files depending on how you rip, including on your Mac and on iOS devices.

      Best way to learn about it is to do some googling, i.e. “rip blu-ray on mac”. There are some great how-to articles with links to software, etc.

    2. I have used Pavtube iMedia Converter for several years now. It works great and they keep up with latest in copy protection schemes. You can either rip the whole disk or transcode directly to a playable file. There are a wealth of presets that seem to be pretty good for just about any file type you would want to transcode to. I use it to rip disks for my AppleTV. I like having the physical copy and being able to transcode it myself where I can select what subtitles, language tracks and quality settings I want.

      For playback of Bu-ray disks, there’s Mac Blu-ray Player. It doesn’t use the disks menus and navigation but, it will allow you to play back the content.

      1. No!!! Do a google search for “Pavtube spam”. They’re spammers extraordinaire. I wouldn’t pay them a dollar. They take open source software, bundle it up into a usable package and sell it for $50. Do NOT patronize this company. I moderate several forums, and for a couple of years, we deleted spam posts every day from Pavtube and several other companies hawking their DVD copying software.

  1. I’ve always heard that realistically, ripping DVD’s is not legal – even for backup purposes or whatever reason you give. I read part of the DMCA, and it said that overcoming encryption for the purposes of copying was not legal. Of course, I thought, “Can I play the movie with VLC and rip it at the same time?” I’m overcoming the encryption to watch it, not copy it; I just happen to have a “byproduct” left-over at the end. While following the letter of the law, it clearly defies its spirit.

    There’s also the (likely) possibility that the creator of DVD-ripping software didn’t license the DVD codec patent. I wouldn’t be at fault for that, but I would be colluding since I have knowledge and would still willfully use the tool, knowing it’s not licensed.

    This is what’s kept me from ripping my DVD’s, even with many free tools available. It seems like if this was legal, there would’ve been $5 DVD-ripping tools at Best Buy for the past 15 years. Then, there’d be a lawsuit, but the tool-makers would’ve won, allowing the software to exist. Instead, RealMedia creates a mainstream DVD ripper, and it gets shutdown within months.

    Personally, I don’t pirate, and I’m not going to re-buy my movies. If everything gets expensive ($50 for one Simpsons season on iTunes! vs. $17 DVD on Amazon) or hard to use (DRM, etc), I’ll just not watch stuff or watch significantly less. Am I wrong about any of this? I’d really like to know if it’s legal or not. I mean *really* legal, not just because the MPAA is “bad” or it’s just easy to do. I’ll follow the law even if I think it’s dumb or I don’t want to.

    1. I’m not an attorney, but yes – you are you correct that you can’t legally make copies of your own movies – not even for your own personal or archival use. If you do, you’re violating copyright law.

      That said, who gives a rat’s ass? If your purpose was to give away copies to your friends and family, then I’d be all for you refraining from doing so. But, if your intent is to simply make a copy yourself for your own convenient storage and access, and nobody is harmed in the process, then why not?

      1. Not quite correct. You are allowed to make copies for personal use, so if the movie is not encrypted, you may make a personal copy. However, because of the DMCA, you are not allowed to break the encryption on DVDs in order to make a copy. In other words, copying he’s not illegal; breaking encryption is.

        1. Yes, you are correct. I neglected to mention that, but it was for a reason. Since essentially all commercial DVDs are encrypted with CSS, it’s impossible to make a copy without breaking the encrypting and running afoul of the DMCA, so ultimately it’s a distinction without a difference.

          1. Well, the way you worded it could easily lead someone to believe that “fair-use” copying is in violation of copyright, which it wasn’t, at least not in America since Sony vs. Universal (the Betamax case).

            You can copy your CD, your VHS, your DVD for your personal use and nobody can claim copyright infringement.

            When you decrypt a DVD (for whatever reason other than playing back), you are violating DCMA (not copyright laws). There is a very clear distinction between the two.

            There are commercially available DVD discs that are purposely sold with no encryption (very, very few, I know). Those you can safely copy without violating any laws.

  2. What’s with the “Mac the ripper” advertisement that tries to pass itself off as a news article EVERY few months?

    Every time there is an article about ripping dvd’s to your Mac…. It’s always Mac the ripper.

    Handbrake. Makemkv, a few other FREE options.. Outside that you are paying too much to get the job done.

    As far as the legality, very slippery slope argument. There have been lawsuits that have ended up with decisions on both sides of the “legal backup” issue.
    The entire DMCA is a clusterF***

    Not saying you should or should not back up your dvd/cd/blu ray collection. That’s a personal decision, don’t take what myself or anyone else tells you is “ok” etc.

  3. I don’t buy DVD’s anymore and I don’t buy movies from iTunes or another source. I don’t pay $3 per episode to watch some TV show. If it isn’t on Netflix or FREE OTA TV, I don’t watch it.

    I have given the entertainment industry enough of my hard earned dollars.

  4. To answer MDN’s question, yes, there are people who still have lots of physical media. I’m not about to pay for the same movie again just to have a digital copy. Nor do I need to have every movie I’ve purchased available on my laptop. I couldn’t anyway, as there isn’t a laptop made with enough storage space to contain my movie collection. And before you go there, I do not want to depend on a stable broadband connection in order to watch a movie. Or have to rent or pay a monthly subscription fee. I’ve either ripped or downloaded the included digital copy of my favorite films to my laptop, but I’m content to watch the rest.
    Perhaps if I watched a movie every night, a service like Netflix would be suitable. But for me, buying Blu-Rays when they’re on sale is just a better deal. Costs less than watching the movies in a theater, and if I watch the movie more than once, ever, it’s cheaper than renting. And with the few that I actually buy any more, buying the occasional Blu-Ray costs less than a Netflix subscription.

  5. MacTheRipper is IT — IF you are looking to make exact copies of DVDs, complete with Menus etc. But if you just want the DVD’s internal video files themselves, I’d recommend paying for MakeMKV instead, which can also handle Blu-ray discs.

  6. “DVD ripping is going the way of the dinosaurs,” Bohemian Boomer writes. “Get ’em ripped while you can.”

    Why is it going the way of the dinosaurs?
    Sounds like a “GET IT NOW” sales stunt to me.

  7. I’ve been using Tipard DVD Ripper for Mac. Costs quite a bit but makes it easy to rip into iTunes format. The saving in time and effort made the cost worth it. My library is now in iTunes and easy to access from any iOS device or Mac.

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