DVD movies that you buy or rent can be viewed on your computer using a number of DVD player programs, but there are a few downsides to this approach - especially for laptop users who travel a lot:
1. Battery life on laptops is greatly reduced by the mechanical spinning of the DVD drive.
2. It's a pain to swap out DVD discs for each movie, let alone pack the discs along if you're on a vacation or business trip.
3. The spinning DVD drive is noisy and can be annoying for passengers sitting next to you.
For these reasons, it's often desirable to convert each DVD movie to an electronic format so they can be viewed as videos. This approach lets you store several videos on your hard and play them as often as you like without having to swap out DVD discs. Your battery life will also be a lot longer, because you won't have to keep a DVD drive spinning to watch the videos.
Converting commercial movies into video format requires software that's able to crack the copy-protection and convert the movie into common digital video formats, such as Quicktime's .mp4/.mov format, or Windows Media's .wmv format.
In this article I'll show you 5 easy steps for converting copy-protected DVD movies into videos using Wondershare's DVD Ripper Platinum program. You'll be able to convert your movies into numerous formats for viewing them on your computer as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, PSP, Zune and even an Apple TV.
To get started, download Wondershare for Windows (also available for Mac) from their website and follow along with the steps below:
Five Easy Steps for Ripping DVD Movies
1. Install and start Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum, and insert the DVD movie into your disc drive.