Alright, you’ve got this really cool DVD you just bought! You can’t stop watching it over and over again, so instead of inserting the disc into your computer every time, here’s how to convert that to a .mov file to permanently store on your computer!
What you’ll need:
Mac The Ripper– A free DVD ripping application.
HandBrake– A free video convert application.
And of course, a DVD.
Step 1: Insert the DVD into your computer. Open Mac The Ripper, and it will quickly scan the disc. If it detects an RCE Region, make sure you select Region 1 (USA) from the Region Selector. In the Mode Tab, it gives you an option to only rip part of the DVD. I just rip the whole thing. Once you are satisfied with what you’ve chosen, click Go! It will ask you where you want the outcome folder saved, and then it will proceed to rip it. Under normal conditions, this should only take about 30 min. or so.
Step 2: Once the rip is complete, you should have a folder named with the title of the DVD, and 2 folders inside that. VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS. Open Handbrake.
Step 3: Handbrake is not hard to use, but it takes a while to get used to. (For complete instructions, visit our How-To on that!) Select the options you want, and click Start. Depending on the amount of memory in your computer, this process could take anywhere between 1 hour and 1 day. The best thing to do is let this go overnight.
Step 4: The outcome of this conversion should be a reasonably sized .mpeg, .m4v, or .mov file. These extensions are interchangeable and can be easily edited to make the file open in a different application.
This is not extremely easy to do, but it takes only about 10 min. total of hands on time. The rest is just waiting. It’s definitely worth it, though, as now you have no need for the disc anymore!
Lastly, you are not supposed to use this process on any DVDs you do not own. We claim no responsibility for any consequences concurred by your actions. But, other than that? It’s up to you!!