RipIt 1.2.6 review

There are lots of reasons you might legitimately want to back up DVDs. For laptop playback, you’ll save battery power if you’re watching a movie directly from the hard drive. If you use your Mac as a media server, you can save space and have instant access to your collection if you convert it to bits and bytes. There are some dodgy reasons too – but we’ll assume you’re not interested in those.

You can find some very powerful DVD ripping and backup tools online, but Rip It's selling point is simplicity rather than deep configuration features. You won’t find compression settings or reauthoring tools – just a straightforward drag-and-drop interface.

Start up RipIt and you’re prompted to insert a DVD. Do that and the icon changes to a DVD with two big buttons. One says Rip, the other Eject. We delved into the preferences section, bewildered by such sparsity. There’s not much to configure either. No audio or video settings, no disc editing tools. You can choose which folder files will be saved to and whether they’ll have a DVDmedia extension. That’s about it.

As the process takes place, the DVD icon spins hypnotically and you get a continually updating readout of how much of the DVD has been backed up and how much longer there is to go. The process is fast – governed by the speed of you DVD drive. As there’s little interference by the software, the resulting files will be pretty large – playable by Apple’s DVD player. Or you can use free tool Handbrake for further processing.

OUR VERDICT

Do we recommend it? It’s pretty cheap, does its job quickly without any fuss and there are some interesting, advanced features in the pipeline. Movie fans, you’ll love to RipIt.

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