PC: Rip and watch, the only way to experience DVDs.
Posted by cascadehush on January 9, 2007
I love a good DVD as much as the next guy, but the whole optical media world has been on my shitlist lately. I’m sick of renting or Netflix-ing a DVD, getting an hour into it, then hitting the scratchety-skip zone that freezes up my DVD player and leaves me unable to finish my stories.
My solution to this problem is to rip every DVD I rent to my hard drive as soon as I get it. In my experience, a rip smooths over those un-renderable sections of the DVD without issue, so when I’m ready to watch the ripped DVD, it’s certain to be scratch and skip-free.
Same here. DVDs suck anyway. It’s bad enough you have to sit through the propaganda from distributors, but now you often get anti-piracy messages on rental DVDs.
I don’t want to be forced to wade through a few minutes of drivel. It’s kinda ironic that these things that are supposed to help alleviate piracy are the very things that force me to rip the DVD.
And of course, as Adam says in his post on Lifehacker, you often encounter read errors that bring your evening’s viewing to a halt.
None of this is fun. Watching DVDs is supposed to be entertainment.
About 4 times a year I watch an actual DVD, and I almost always regret it. Rip and watch, the only way to experience DVDs.