We've got quite a few DVD movies, that we would like to rip to a hard disk drive, to save space. I'd appreciate any suggestions as to what brand of software cruisers are using to rip DVDs, and whether you are happy with it....
I used rip dvd plus...i had 3 dvds out of about 50 that wouldnt work. Moved them to a 2 tb milspec portable hard drive then bought a $20 or so usb to hdmi video device on amazon with remote control...works great
There are many easy to use softwares out there for Mac or PC that rip and or burn to a backup dvd. Also Bluray.
I used: Magic DVD Ripper - rip DVD to hard drive or blank DVD in the past and it worked fine. Any failures usually come from scratched disks that often can be repaired.
If you're going to rip a dvd, do it when it's new. If you want to do Bluray, get a fast drive.
I've used MakeMKV for several years and over half a terabyte of movies. It's open source and it has an annoying "call home" feature whereby it insists on updating itself before you can use it after some arbitrary period of time. But it works reasonably well most of the time. If you do enough DVDs from enough different sources you will discover that the rips aren't always perfect. Sometimes you need to redo them and sometimes you need to use a different ripper. MakeMKV generally works and it makes a decent quality file but it makes a relatively large file.