Sunday, September 23, 2007

DVD Ripper

Recently, my colleague asked me: how can one save a movie from a DVD and import a part of it into a PowerPoint presentation? I wanted to answer that this is illegal since all DVDs are copyright protected, but suddenly I’ve remembered that one of our senior students in his presentation had excerpts from different movies, and I’ve decided to research this topic.

In the hallway, a high school computer wiz enlightened me that there are several DVD ripper software and an 8th grade student suggested using an online video converter Zamzar.

This sudden glimpse into a video piracy left me intrigued, and I spent my Friday evening searching for DVD ripper software on the Internet.

On YouTube, I found many tutorials showing how to save video files, including YouTube movies, from the Internet:

How to Download and save Youtube videos to your computer
How To Download Videos From YouTube

GreaseMonkey Firefox extension allows users to “customize” websites with special scripts and save embedded videos with an unember script. A cute monkey sitting in the lower-right corner of a Firefox browser window can help you to download all your favorite movies and video tutorials from the Internet into your hard drive.

Zamzar is an amazing online software supporting conversion between a wide variety of different document, image, music, and video file formats.

Software as Mac The Ripper and PC Daniusoft DVD Ripper extract video files from DVDs and save moves onto hard drives.

There are many tutorials on how to rip DVDs on YouTube:

How to rip DVD with split/subtitle/crop/trim/effect the file
DVD rip and Video Compression Basics for Mac
Mac The Ripper DVD Copy

Is it legal to rip DVDs?

As we know, it’s legal to record movies from the TV to DVD, but the name of software “Mac The Ripper” and an icon with a knife explicitly suggest that this software is designed to strip encrypted codes from DVDs and download movies onto hard drives, and this can't be legal. Even though The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has no information on a DVD encryption since this document was signed by President Clinton in 1998, but it prohibits "any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that . . . is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing protection afforded by a technological measure that effectively protects a right of a copyright owner."


effecty said...

as this one ?

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