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Capturing Content from DVD > Ripping Content from DVD - Pg. 240

Adding Video and Sound from Movies or Television Shows to Your Digital Life- 240 style Projects If you try this with a DVD that is copy-protected, which most DVDs that contain recent movies are, the results will be terrible. The images will be distorted by wavy lines and will usually be in black- and-white. The video portion will be unusable. In such a case, you will need to use the ripping technique that is described in the next section. TIP If all you are interested in is the audio portion of a DVD's content, you might be able to record that successfully even from a copy-protected DVD. Even though the video track will be junk, the audio track often can be recorded just fine. Ripping Content from DVD There are applications that enable you to extract, more commonly called ripping, content from a DVD and create QuickTime versions of that content. After you have the DVD's content in QuickTime, you can use it in your digital lifestyle projects. This process works on just about any DVD. To rip content from a DVD, you need a DVD ripping application. There are several available on the Internet, and most of them are freeware. However, there are complex legal issues surrounding the software that enables you to rip DVD content, especially if you live in the United States. In fact, in the United States, distributing such software is currently illegal. Because of this, I can't tell you about the details of this process. However, I can describe it generally since talking about it isn't illegal. Basically, you use a DVD extracting application to extract the video track and the audio track from