is a freeware DVD ripper (extractor) for MacOS X. This product is made to backup DVDs you have legally purchased for personal use. MacTheRipper removes CSS encryption, Macrovision protection, and sets the disc’s region code to ‘0’ for region-free by default, and is capable of removing RCE region protection as well, making an unrestricted copy of any DVD movie you own. It doesn’t rely on the DVD drive to get the CSS decryption keys, so that means that you do not need to play the DVD with DVD Player in order to rip it to your hard drive unprotected.
I have a number of DVDs I can’t play on my Powerbook, although I’d like to. My Babylon 5 DVDs are set to region 2 for example, but my Powerbook is set to region 4. A quick experiment with one chapter from a Space 1999 DVD was quite successful for ripping the chapter to my hard drive. There was a brief but effective PDF manual which explained the settings. VLC Player, which I’d downloaded some other time, popped up to play the ripped file.
Now it’s just a matter of getting that onto a fresh DVD. Apparently I’ll need the free
DVDbackup. Hmmm, or maybe not – it seems this does the same thing as MacTheRipper but you need to open the DVD with Apple’s DVD player first.
In any case, the comments I’ve seen all seem to say I’ll need Roxio Toast Titanium to be able to put the file I’ve created on to a DVD.