Although it may seem like I am a genius with the computer, sadly I am not. While I do most of the writing here on this blog, the behind-the-scenes technical "stuff" is done by my husband, who is a software developer and all around tech geek. So I have a treat for you today - a review from Brian...
I never used to worry much about backing up my DVDs, mostly because I'm not the type who usually watches the same movie more than once. Even the few DVDs that I did own didn't concern me, because I usually take pretty good care of my gear. My kids, however, are the complete opposite. They will watch the same movie a dozen times in a row, and enjoy it each and every time. They each also learned how to work the DVD player by the time they were 2, so they always insist on changing the movies by themselves. Now we have 40-50 kids DVDs that are constantly being manhandled by a 2 and 4 year old. Although none of them have been completely destroyed yet, some of the more popular titles are getting pretty scratched up and skip from time to time.
Enter MacX DVD Ripper Pro. Originally for Macs, they also have a Windows version. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is a simple solution for backing up your DVD collection, and then some.
A full DVD backup can be initiated in about 30 seconds. Just insert the DVD into your computer, select DVD Disc as the source at the top, select the Copy tab with the Full Disc profile, optionally change the output directory, and click the big blue Start button.
The physical copying process depends somewhat on the power of your computer. My 4+ year old laptop took about 40 minutes, but LeeAnn's more up to date computer took under 10. When it has completed, you will have an ISO image saved on your computer, which can later be burned back to DVD as needed. I think this is perfect for archival storage. I can have a full backup of all of our movies, and only burn a DVD when needed. You will need additional software to burn the DVD, but there are plenty of free options available for download.
Another great feature of MacX DVD Ripper Pro is the ability to convert your movies for playback on other devices, such as a smartphone, tablet, home theater PC, Roku, etc. I tested a conversion for iPad, since I happened to have one on loan for a side project. This process was just as simple, and I was even able to use the previously created ISO image as the media source, which saved me from having to use the physical DVD again. I just selected the iPad tab and my desired profile, then hit Start.
This type of conversion is even more dependent on the power of your PC. LeeAnn's machine took about 20 minutes, while my old laptop took over 2 hours. In any case, once it was done, I added the converted file to iTunes, synced to the iPad, and fired up the Videos app.
The movie looked perfect and played flawlessly. This was on an original iPad, so anything new will surely have great results. Based on the file size (about 700MB) you could easily store 15-20 movies on a 16GB iPad. This would be great for kids on a long road trip, or taking along on a business trip.
There is plenty more you can do with MacX DVD Ripper Pro. I urge you to check out their site to learn more. The software normally retails for $49.95, but is currently on sale for $34.95 at the time of this review.
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. Well, I mean, Brian's. We received the MacX DVD Ripper Pro at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big Thank You to MacXDVD for providing the giveaway prizes!