Review: Rip DVDs to your hard drive for backup with Mp4DVD for Mac

Rip DVDs to your hard drive for backup with Mp4DVD for Mac.

Those with large DVD collections may want a program to back them up on their computer hard drives. If so, you'll pass on Mp4DVD for Mac, which didn't work well for us.

Available as freeware, Mp4DVD for Mac downloaded quickly and installation did not require any user interaction. It also didn't include any user instruction, and technical support did not appear to be available. Fortunately, the user interface was easy to use, albeit dated. The program asks the user to drag and drop a DVD icon into it for ripping. There are no options available for file conversion, such as audio and video output formats. The user also has no control over the resolution of the output video file. Once initiated, a menu comes up showing the progress of the ripping operation in an easy-to-read display. The DVD tested started ripping quickly, but stopped approximately halfway through with a large and indecipherable error message. The output file came out corrupted and would not open in any video player application.

While simple, Mp4DVD for Mac's lack of options and poor current functioning mean users should look elsewhere for applications to back up their DVD collection.

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