While I do not condone the ripping of rented or borrowed DVD’s or sharing ripped discs via bit torrent, there are perfectly legitimate reasons to record a DVD to your computer. Many of us are fans of home theater computers (HTPC) or have computer-based set-top boxes like Boxee or NeoTV that can stream content from different PC’s and servers around our home. That makes getting all of the discs we purchase onto a hard drive to create a sort of video jukebox a worthwhile endeavor.
There are a number of good free apps, such as DVD Shrink, that can do this but, thanks to ever-changing DRM methods, these can’t handle every disc. DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is a form of copy protection that is used by the movie studios in an effort to prevent their DVD’s from being ripped and pirated. It does absolutely nothing to thwart piracy, but it does cause plenty of problems for legitimate paying customers.
Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!
Disc images such as ISO files are a great way to work with copies of CDs and DVDs, and it is quite common to find that software is provided in this format.
Ordinarily, to make use of disc image files they would need to be burned to disc, but by using Prismo File Mount you can mount the file so that it can be accessed as a virtual drive. Let’s
DVD drives have been a staple of every computer or console over the past ten years. The ubiquitous storage medium has won over the world with its simplicity.
But is it the beginning of the end of the DVD era? Or for optical storage, for that matter?