| | scott
do i also need to get a virtual dvd playerto play the downloaded 'rips'? i have about five movies on my current hard drive, but i can't get them to play or is there a certain format or file i need to put them in? when i try to access them they just want to burn.
Most likely if they want to burn they are done as an image, which is basically just a copy of the dvd in a file.
To play them back you will need to mount the file as a virtual drive. To do this get a copy of Daemon Tools. It's free just don't install the 'search bar' bit as its adware, but as long as you just deselect it during install there's no problem.
You can then mount the DVD image and it will appear to windows as it would if you had put a physical DVD in and can be played with the DVD software of your choice.
You can also rip DVDs to the HDD as the folders and files that are on the DVD and then play them directly without having a virtual drive. However I find using disc images and a virtual drive easier as it means you only end up with a single file for each movie and you can use it like its a physical DVD.
I use DVD Decrypter to backup the DVD as an iso, Daemon Tools to mount it and then Zoom Player to play it back. But there are many alternatives that will do the same job.