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Rip DVDs to Mac, mobile or hard drive easily (and for free)

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MacX DVD Ripper Pro might be the best and easiest way to convert DVDs to usable files.
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Unless you’re a teenager, you’ve probably got some DVDs lying around from back when people still used DVDs. Ripping those old movies and TV shows not only keeps their contents from being lost or damaged, it also means you can print fresh copies from scratched discs (without those annoying FBI warnings or region codes, thanks to built-in DVD decryption), and have digital versions ready to edit for your own projects.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro makes all of the above a cinch. And right now a Christmas giveaway means you can enter to win one of 1,000 copies being given away for free every day until January 5, 2017.

How to rip DVDs using MacX DVD Ripper Pro

This may just be the best DVD ripper for Mac. It’s certainly one of the easiest to use. MacX DVD Ripper Pro’s interface is clean and simple, but under the hood you’ll find a powerful and versatile set of tools and options for getting just the right video format optimized for your specific device or use. You can convert to all the major formats — MP4, AVI, H.264, MOV, M4V, QT, MP3, etc. — for instant compatibility on any device, playback platform or editing software. Thanks to the software’s proprietary High Quality Engine and Deinterlacing Acceleration, the quality will be top-notch.

Upon opening MacX DVD Ripper Pro, you’re presented with a straightforward set of selections. At the top of the menu are the main options. You can select to rip from a standard DVD movie or TV show disc, one that contains the media in a folder, or an ISO disc image. Prior to ripping the content, you should select the quality, format and destination. Selecting high quality takes up more space — about 2 to 3 gigs for a feature-length movie — but the image and sound quality will be as good as the original disc, and the copy speed is still really fast. Thanks to MacX DVD Ripper Pro’s multi-core support, it shouldn’t take much more than an hour to copy a full disc to your hard drive.

Get your free copy of MacX DVD Ripper Pro

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Grab one of a thousand copies of MacX DVD Ripper Pro being given away every day until January 5.
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With MacX DVD Ripper Pro, you can easily select the target device. There are more than 350 output formats supported, which takes a lot of the headache out of converting and saving media. You’ll get tools for editing the video, too — perfect for when you just need to work with a particular part of a movie or show, or just want to add captions or cut out previews or those annoying FBI warnings. An output window shows you exactly what to expect, so you won’t waste effort making a conversion only to find that the result wasn’t what you wanted.

Once you’ve got your movies copied, you can use MacX MediaTrans to move the files among your Apple devices. The software is made specifically for transferring video, photos and music between iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Copies of both DVD Ripper Pro and MediaTrans are being given away through January 5. The only catch is that the free version won’t be upgradable. However, you can get the full version, with unlimited lifetime upgrades, for just $19.95 (the usual price is $59.95).

Whether you’ve got some old DVDs taking up shelf space, want to replace your scratched discs with ones that work, or just want to convert your favorite movies and shows for the devices you use most, this is software worth checking out.

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