All the conversations about using mac the ripper to download dvd's onto the hard drive seem to center on licensed dvd's. Does it also work for dvd's made from a dvd recorder? I'll just throw all of my questions out there and keep my fingers crossed that someone can point me in the right direction. My VCR died a while back and I've decided it's time to get a DVD recorder to replace it. It occurred to me that this might be a good time to think about all the video things I'd like to do above and beyond watching rented porn (kidding). Here's what I'd like to do... 1) Record a nightly cable news program. 2) Download the recording to my computer. 3) Edit the video, add music, titles, etc. 4) Upload that video to youtube. How do I do this? Are dvd recording encrypted? Do I need mac the ripper? Am I only missing a dvd recorder to make all of this happen (I have a 2-month old 17" iMac)? This is a hobby, not a profession, so I'm trying to figure out what to do with the minimum investment.