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On my Mac/Windows PC…Handbrake - Rip DVD to MP4 files

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I find that I need Handbrake less as DVDs become less popular, but there is still an occasion when I need to turn DVD formatted video into something that my computer can understand (and edit). Once converted, you can play the video on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet -- pretty much anywhere. You can import it into your favorite video editing program, re-mix it, add titles and such and then export it to what file format you wish.

Handbrake is probably the quickest and easiest way to perform this task. You insert the DVD, select which track you wish to convert and click Convert. Handbrake converts in faster than realtime, so an hour long video should only take 30 mins or so to convert, perhaps less.

Previously in On My Mac/Windows PC...

On My Mac/Windows PC is an on-going series highlighting the software (and sometimes, hardware) I use on my Mac nearly every day. Look for additional On My Mac…posts in the coming weeks! -- Douglas

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