As much as I love the iPad for viewing movies and TV shows on the road, nothing really compares to what you can do with movies on the Mac. How do you rip DVD movies to your Mac? There’s an app for that.
Mac DVDRipper Pro does exactly what you expect and want.
It rips DVDs straight to your Mac, and makes them ready to use in iTunes for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Apple TV.
Whoa! Say what?
That’s it. Mac DVDRipper Pro copies DVD movies from the original disks direct to your Mac.
It’s a great way to time-shift your Netflix or rental DVDs. Rip them directly to your Mac, dump them into iTunes for your iPhone or iPad, and you’re good to go.
Ostensibly, the idea is to use Mac DVDRipper Pro to create backups of your store-bought DVD movies instead of carrying the original disks around with you.
With a big hard disk drive you can backup a large DVD collection or create a huge library from DVD rentals.
There’s not much to the interface, either. Drop a DVD disk into your Mac’s SuperDrive, open Mac DVDRipper Pro, select a destination folder, and click.
A DVD can even be ripped to an ISO disk image to be burned into a DVD backup disk.
In my experience on a MacBook, Mac DVDRipper Pro ripped full length DVD movies anywhere from just over an hour to just over three hours, so your mileage may vary.
And, I ran into a couple of commercial DVD movies that just wouldn’t rip at all, but many ripped just fine.
Is it legal to rip commercial DVD movies to your Mac?
It depends on what you mean by legal. The U.S. Supreme Court has side with ‘fair use’ proponents who want to use technology to backup media, but re-selling DVD movies might get you a few knocks on the door.