How can I rip my DVDs?

Episode 1231 (2:12:47)

Scott from Corona, CA

Scott bought some new DVDs and he wants to rip them to his Mac, but he's having trouble with it. Leo says it's likely due to copy protection. Leo recommends Handbrake and VLC VideoLan client. Both of those will work together to bypass copy protection and rip the movie to his hard drive. He can also use VLC to play the ripped video file back.

Is it piracy? Leo doesn't think so. He believes that people who buy DVDs have the right to make up a backup copy of their media in case they get scratched. As long as he doesn't sell them or post them online, it should be fine to rip them.