Switching to OS X from a PC is a big change. Here are a some of my random thoughts on the transition.
The safest way to save a movie from a Macintosh computer that you want to transfer to a PC is to save it as an AVI file. The problem is (as pointed out in the comments below!) is that the latest version of Quicktime cannot save AVI’s. To save an AVI file you’ll need to use Quicktime 7, AND you’ll need to upgrade it to quicktime pro which unfortunately is no longer available.
This is a little bit advanced, but useful.
1. Insert the DVD/CD into your drive.
2. Run the TERMINAL application (In your Appplications Utilities Folder)
You will get a little window with a prompt something this: Macintosh:~ wayne$
Someone asked me:
“do you have any advice on how to copy a DVD onto another DVD.”
It’s quite easy, assuming it’s not a commercial DVD.
You use apple’s built in disk utility (in your utilities folder) to make a disk image of the dvd (select the DVD then select ‘new image’), it copies it exactly. The default options of compressed and none are fine.
You then use disk utility to burn the disk image you have just created back to a dvd. Select the image and choose ‘burn.’
It must be your own dvd, not a commercial one to to this.
This works with data DVD’s as well as movie DVD’s.
If you want to copy a Movie to your iPad or iPhone, that’s a different matter, see this article.
When you’re watching a DVD do you get annoyed that there are those compulsory credits at the start, and copyright warnings, and you can’t skip them. Well, you can skip them with this simple program that modifies your apple DVD player so that it ignores the directions on the DVD about which bits are compulsory viewing.