Okay, let’s clear something up right away. When I say, “get ripped,” I’m not talking about your abs. I’m referring to your video. Ripping is the process of converting video from one format to another format. Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is a very powerful video converting tool. Here’s a 6 pack of reasons why Pavtube is so powerful.
Backing Up Your Discs with Pavtube
Do you own a large DVD/Blu-ray library? Have you ever wanted to back up your favorite ones in case of fire, damage or theft? Pavtube can be used to make an entire backup copy of homemade or commercially protected DVDs and Blu-rays. The backups can be made to your local hard drive, external USB hard drive or a mapped network drive. DVDs are backed up as VOB files, while Blu-rays are backed up as m2ts files.
Maybe you buy all your new movies from iTunes or other services and you enjoy not having to fetch a disc to play a movie. If only there was a way to convert your current movie collection to play on another device. Pavtube can rip any DVD/Blu-ray to any format that your device supports. Pavtube tries to make this easy by supplying a list of popular devices so you don’t have to know which video format your device supports. The problem is when a new device comes out, it takes time before that device appears on the list, so you may have to be a little savvy and see what video formats your new device is compatible with. The defaults work pretty well, but if you have a video background, you can tweak the settings when it comes to video size, sound and codec format. Basically, this software is good for the novice and professional.
Converting Video Formats with Pavtube
I’ve focused a lot on discs, but if your video is a file on your computer already, then you can add that file into Pavtube and convert it to another format. Pavtube can convert a DVD or video file to an HD video, but you can get lost frames when you do that, resulting in dropped frames in spots (video play is not smooth). However, converting HD video down to 720×480 works perfectly fine. Pavtube will not convert iTunes purchased M4V movies to any other format. Pavtube honors Apple’s protection. You can even convert a video to just an audio file like a MP3, WAV or M4A and many other choices. This can be helpful if you want to convert a TV documentary to an audio file and listen to it in the car or at work via your smartphone or iPod.
Taking Your Movies on the Road
Do you have a DVD player in your vehicle, but you’ve scratched too many DVDs or you hate all the room those DVDs take up? With Pavtube, you could convert all your movies to small video format like AVI. Store them to an external hard drive and connect that hard drive up to a device like WD Live. Then, connect the WD Live to the game console ports in your vehicle and voila – you have a homemade Netflix service for your vehicle. No more scratched discs, less clutter in the vehicle and no thieves breaking into your vehicle wanting to steal your DVD collection.
One of my favorite features in Pavtube is the merge option. If you do decide to convert your DVDs to a video format, say for your Apple TV, Roku, etc., you can use the merge option to join two discs together. You will have to rip each disc to a file first and then you can clear the list, add the 2 new video files, check the merge box and it merges the 2 files as one.
Here’s a tip, if you’re ripping for iTunes and you want all your movies to play with Dolby sound, use the .m4v format with AC3 selected. The DVD has to have Dolby 5.1 in order for this work (which most do).
Pavtube Tech Support
Tech support is available only by email or Skype. I have used the tech support several times myself, but only via email. Most of the time, it takes a couple emails to resolve any problems I have reported. If you ever come up against new DVD/Blu-ray protection, just email Pavtube Support and they will come up with an update to handle the new protection.
I also love the purchase once, free updates for life. Their updates average about 4 times a year.
If you want to transfer movies to your phone, ipod, tablet, TV, photo frame or vehicle, Pavtube will get you ripped! Pavtube Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is available from their website for $65. Pavtube also has a version for Windows.