By Monte FergusonI have always been an admirer of the Keep It Simple Stupid, or KISS,
method of design. It demands a very focused approach to design. It also
forces the designer, or in this case developer, to focus on exactly what
task the product is designed to do. Once that has been decided, only
those features that accomplish the desired task are necessary. There are
few programs that live up to that ideal. But I have found one. It is
RipIt is a really simple tool. It is used to make backups of the DVDs
you own. It makes a copy of the entire disk, including menus and what
not. There is no compression. This is a full copy of the DVD. After you
have used RipIt, you can store the original DVD. You can play the movie
on your computer without the disk, with all of the features intact in apps like Apple’s DVD Player.
That is all the program does.
There is a minimal interface, just one floating window, which is really
straightforward. Just pop in your DVD and hit one button. You get a
status update in the Dock as well as via the applications one main
screen. (Rips usually take about 40min, give or take.)
What attracted me to the program initially was its simplicity. Better
yet, it worked every time, even on disks that had failed with other
software. But what really perked my interest was the dedication of the
team behind the program. If RipIt chokes on a DVD the developers ask you
to contact them. They’ll go out and get the same DVD and figure out what
caused the problem, then issue a FREE fix.
There is even a very favorably priced Household Pack. It allows you to
install RipIt on up to 5 computers. All five computers do not have to be
in the same house, despite the Household Pack name, for the 5 user
license. You can also try out RipIt as a solo purchase and upgrade to
the Household Pack separately.
Oh, and did I mention that they offer a trial version that will let you
use the program ten times? Oh yeah. You can try it out on ten DVDs for
free before you have to make a choice to purchase the program. Now that
is showing some confidence in your product.
The only two negatives I could think of were addressed in the official
FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions, section of the product web site.
1)There is no official dual disk ripping support. The company says some
folks have gotten it to work on their own. It might be added in the
future. 2) Blu-Ray disks are not currently supported.
RipIt is one of those programs you instantly GET. It works so
intuitively that there is no learning curve. It also works like a charm.
I have tried disks that Mac the Ripper failed on, yet RipIt sailed right
through. I heartily recommend this program.
Fair Use & the DMCA
We would like to clarify that we are not encouraging illegal activities.
According to the DMCA circumventing encryption, all DVDs are produced
with encryption of some sort or another, is illegal. However, what we
are discussing here is making a back up copy of media you already own.
That would fall under the the legal precedent of Fair Use. So far there
have been no cases challenging Fair Use in the digital age.
Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010