> Getting video from a DVD to your Mac isn't quite as easy as iTunes makes it
for audio CDs, but we'll show you how
Part of setting up a Mac as your media server involves making it easy to
access your _media_. For most of us, media includes movies and TV shows. And
many of us have collected our favorites on DVDs over the years. Let's look at
how to get video from the DVD to your Mac in a way that will make it much more
convenient for you to access next time.
If you have a collection of DVDs, the last thing you probably want to do is
swap them out every time you want to watch something. The solution, of course,
is to _rip_ them: to convert them to a digital format the same way you may
have done in the past with your audio CDs.
(For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to deal with Blu-ray Discs separately,
so the tips I'm giving you are mainly for DVDs specifically.)
## Copy protection
Thanks to copy protection and encryption on commercially produced DVDs and
Blu-ray Discs, this isn't just as easy ...