DVDs can be a nuisance to carry around. They also scratch, break, or go missing over time. RipIt, from The Little App Factory lets you rip your DVDs to your Mac so that you can watch them at anytime without the DVD inserted in your drive.
RipIt is an application so beautifully simplistic, even your mum would have no problem using it. This review will have a look at why RipIt is better than other apps out there, highlight how the process works, and take a look at what’s missing.
Less is More
Upon opening RipIt, you are presented with a small window asking you to insert a DVD. When you put one into your disk drive, your DVD will be identified and you are offered two options; ‘Rip’ or ‘Eject’.
No fancy controls, no options. Just straight forward simplicity. Clicking ‘Rip’ will send the DVD icon into a whirring animated blur as the process begins. It lets you know the percentage done so far, and how long it has to go.
This lack of advanced features that you’ll find spilled throughout other apps such as HandBrake and MacTheRipper does mean that you can’t customize your resulting file much, but I have found that RipIt has an impressively superior speed and reliability when copying.
Why use RipIt?
Ripping your DVDs to your computer is useful for many reasons. As mentioned above, it’s good to back up your DVDs incase they get lost, scratched or broken. It also means that you have all of your DVDs in one place. If you own a laptop, running DVDs straight off the computer rather than spinning a physical DVD also saves a lot of battery juice.
When you Rip a DVD using RipIt, it saves the resulting file as a .dvdmedia file. This means that when you open it, it will launch DVD Player and play exactly as if the real DVD were in the drive. This is great because it means you don’t lose any of the extras such as the bonus features or commentaries.
Alternatively, you can ask RipIt to rip the DVD and save as a standard VIDEO_TS folder. This is useful if you want to convert the DVD to a format which can then be played on your iPod or Apple TV using another app such as HandBrake. Normally, I would just use HandBrake to rip straight to iPod format, but this and other applications often fail with some DVDs with good copy protection, as I found with WALL-E.
DVD ripping can be a little murky when it comes to the law. Most people believe that it should be fine to rip DVDs that you own for personal use, but just be aware of the laws in your country and only rip DVDs that you own.
Of course, simplicity has it’s flaws, and whilst all of the DVDs that I tested worked flawlessly, the lack of options does hurt a little. This is really just because I would love to have the option to convert DVDs on the fly into a format that can be put straight into iTunes and then onto an iPod or Apple TV.
The fact that options are more or less non-existent is both a blessing and a burden. Its great for making the app completely straightforward, but I think that a few conversion features wouldn’t hurt.
Good news though, as this feature may well be coming in a future release of RipIt, as Smoking Apples reports that The Little App Factory team are already working on a feature that will export directly to iTunes.
RipIt is an incredibly simple, fast and effective application for ripping your DVDs on to your Mac. If you want a tool to back up and store DVDs on your computer with ease, then RipIt is definitely the app for you. However, if you like the options and features that competing apps such as HandBrake offer, then I’d stick to those for the time being.
You can download RipIt for free, allowing you to rip 10 DVDs, after which you will need to buy the full version for $19.95. Let us know know what you think of RipIt, and whether it fills your ripping needs!