How To Rip A Blu-Ray On A Mac

NOTE: The MPAA and media companies make it very known that you cannot copy or convert commercial DVD’s or blu-ray discs for any reason. As an avid movie fan, and collector I am of the belief that if I purchase these products, I have every right to create a backup of these items. The law is not very specific one way or the other, but I would simply say that if you don’t own it, don’t rip it. Now after people starting borrowing DVD’s from my library, after a while it became a hassle to track down who had what, and eventually many of them started dissapearing. That led me to the practice of ripping all my DVD’s onto my server and streaming them to my Xbox or computers. This has proven the most effective method as it allows my wife to watch something she wants in our room, while I can watch something in the living room, and my son can watch something in his room. Unfortunately, thanks to technology I’ve switched from DVD only purchases to Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo packs. This allows me to have a high quality blu-Ray version of my favorite movies, and have a DVD version just in case I want to use it on an older laptop or gaming system. I then realized that I could no longer rip my movies because I had no idea or concept on how to rip a blu-ray. Well, after some searching and googling, I now have a new solution which led me to write this latest entry Now I am a Mac user exclusively so if you...

Syncing Folders on a Mac

Running several Macs can get a bit hectic after a while so I started to research syncing folders.  This in theory is a great concept.  Download a new album by Eminem and save it in my music folder. Next my system automatically copies it over to my “backup” system in a replica folder just like my music folder.  Easy right? Well I’ve decided to blog my experience at trying to do this.  I’ve never attempted to do this before so this is a new adventure so to speak. Without further adeue, let’s get into it. I’ve created one folder on my desktop called BETA_ROOT_FOLDER and one on my server called BETA_BACKUP_FOLDER. I placed a few MP3’s into the root folder. After googling around for a bit, I tried finding a solution using AUTOMATOR, the built in app that comes installed with Mavericks, but moved on to something a little easier.  I found Sync Folders Free. A free app I originally found on MacUpdate. I’ve linked directly to the developers site in case you were interested in the Pro Version as well. Installed it and was given a simple looking menu. I named my task name Beta Folder Sync Process, clicked on Folder A and selected my _BETA_ROOT_FOLDER folder. clicked on Folder B and selected _BETA_BACKUP_FOLDER. I left Sync move to A<+>B.  Didn’t really tweak much else.  Clicked on Synch Current Task. After a few seconds it was done.  The folders automatically synced! I did one test with 4 mp3 files. Absolutely successful.  I then did another test with 3 movie files. MP4, much larger then the mp3 files. Successful...