September 30, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
If you want your movie collection stored on your PC and don’t want Hollywood breathing down your neck, Real Networks says its RealDVD program is 100 percent legitimate for copying DVDs.
It’s also now available for download, if you want to check it out for yourself. There’s an “introductory” offer of $29.99, marked down from $49.99, as well as a 30-day trial.
The software seems like it will turn your PC into a nice little DVD server, letting you browse your ripped collection by cover art, genre, actor and more. It will also let you start playing your movies right away without any previews or other junk, and it will let you save and easily access all of the extras on discs.
The question is, is it really totally legal? CE Pro has wondered what troubles might lurk as Real Networks seems to be following Kaleidescape’s path of legitimacy, and that company’s faced plenty of courtroom hurdles with its jazzy video server. Real Networks says as long as you’re the owner of the DVD and are using it for only for personal use, you’re golden.
We’ll see. Many people go the “illegal” route with programs like DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter and others that you don’t have to pay $50 bucks for, but the Real Networks’ solution looks like a solid, affordable option. Crave also points out that you can add up to four additional licenses so your DVD collection can be accessed on other PCs, for $20 each.
And if you watch a bunch of your own DVDs on your PC or laptop computer already, the company adds that it’ll save around 12 percent on battery life by using the stored collection instead of the actual disc. Sounds like long plane rides just got better.
Have you tried RealDVD? If so, tell us what you think.
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