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Friday, January 19, 2007

Creating a backup of your DVD

In many countries, it is legal to decrypt a DVD for personal use such as on an iPod or for burning on a DVD to use as a backup. DVD are great in the living room but they are not as portable as they should. One of the best application on the Mac for decrypting DVD is a freeware called: Mac the Ripper. It decrypts and removes the Macrovision protection. It rips the VIDEO_TS folder and it can be viewed in DVD Player by clicking "Open DVD Media" in the File menu. You than select the ripped VIDEO_TS folder, click "Choose" and hit Play. Mac The Ripper is available as a free download here on MacUpdate. Please make sure this program can be legally used in your country.

See you tomorrow.

Here is a screenshot of the file menu in DVD Player:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd downloaded the program and ripped a movie to my computer. How exactly do I put it on itunes to put on my ipod, someone help me, please!

January 19, 2007 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

The iPod is quite picky on the type of file it accepts. A good tool to convert the VIDEO_TS to an iPod compatible format is Instant Handbrake. It is available as free download here. You can simply install the software, choose the VIDEO_TS folder, select which format (5G iPod or PSP), select the chapters, select the language and click convert. MacGeek.

January 19, 2007 at 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I first downloaded the full version of Handbreak, but if this will work, awesome! Thanks

January 20, 2007 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer instant handbrake overall, fast and easier to use.

January 25, 2007 at 8:21 PM  
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