What is Ripping?
A DVD contains up to several hours of high-quality video and audio. Converting content from a video DVD to another format is called "ripping".
You may want to rip your video DVDs for several reasons:
To store the video on a computer hard drive and play it back on the PC. For instance, when traveling you can watch movies on your laptop without carrying the actual discs around.
To play your DVD movies on a device, like an iPod, cellular phone, or game console.
In case of damage or loss, backup your DVDs. A high-quality ripped backup means even if the DVD is scratched or lost, you can watch the movie.
You can rip the titles and chapter from a video DVD, then edit the movie using a program like Auto Movie Creator.
Terms You Need to Know
- Titles: A DVD may be divided into Titles. A Title is a particular episode or a subject. For instance, on a movie DVD the movie itself would be one title. A "Making Of" documentary would be a second title. Previews would be a third title. On a DVD of TV shows, each episode of the show would be a separate title. Titles have no restrictions on length. Some DVDs have only one title.
- Chapters: A title can be further broken down into short chapters. This helps with navigation, and chapters are often listed in DVD menus.
- Audio Track: A DVD can contain multiple versions of the sound track. This allows you to hear the movie in several different languages. You can listen to the director's or cast's commentary on the action instead of the normal audio.
- Subtitle: Many DVDs include one or more subtitle tracks. Subtitles are textual versions of the dialogues in the movies displayed at the bottom of the screen. They are often used when watching a movie in a foreign language, if the viewer prefers to hear the original dialogue instead of a dubbed version on a different Audio Track. They are also very useful to the viewers with hearing disability or when watching movies in a noisy environment.
- Angle: DVDs can include multiple views of the same scene from different cameras. These views share the same sound track. The Angle feature is often used when text is part of a scene (such as the scrolling text at the beginning of Star Wars ) to allow multiple language versions of the scene to be included.