RealNetworks bows app for ripping DVDs to PCs

Mon, 09/08/2008 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

Today RealNetworks unveiled RealDVD, which it said was the first mainstream PC application that allows customers to save their DVDs to their computer hard drives.

In addition to PCS, RealDVD also lets consumers save DVDs to portable hard drives, which allows them to be viewed without the physical discs. RealNetworks uses licensed DVD software that saves a secure copy of a DVD to a hard drive without removing or altering the CSS encryption.

RealDVD can also serve as back-up technology for consumers’ DVD libraries, and provide better battery life on laptops since the disc drive is no longer needed for playback.

RealNetworks said saving DVDs takes an average of 10 to 40 minutes while using 4 to 8 Gigabytes of space. The saved DVDs are encrypted and then locked to make sure they can’t be shared or stolen.

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