Safe (Legal?) Way to Have Service/Person Rip DVDs Into Movie Files?
October 3, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
Is there a person or company that one could safely hire (i.e., safeguards against theft) to rip DVDs they own into digital video files?
posted by WCityMike to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am lucky enough to have all five seasons of “Angel” and all seven seasons of “Buffy” thanks to a long-ago purchase during good times. However, I no longer have a television or standalone DVD; nearly all my television and movies have been ripped to movie files on my computer.
I have a spare hard drive on which they could all go, and I’d like to have them in digital form. I just don’t have the time or inclination to spend the necessary hours ripping these DVDs, plus I’m more than a little concerned about wearing out my laptop’s DVD player with such extended use.
I know you can hire entities like RipDigital and its competitors to rip your CD collection. But unlike CDs and MP3s, I’m pretty sure that ripping DVDs for this purpose is technically illegal since it involves breaking the encryption. (If I'm wrong, I'd appreciate being corrected, but in advance I hope that subject doesn't derail the thread.)
So, my question is this … ARE there any services out there that will rip your (legally owned) DVDs to movie files?
If not, do you have advice on, or what’s my best bet for, finding someone that’ll do it, without getting my stuff stolen – and what would be a fair price for the job?