I am "evaluating" clone dvd and so far it is just as impressive as cloned cd was when I used it years ago. My question is this though...When I copy the dvd to my hdd this is ripping it to the hdd correct? Then if I want to view this movie on my hdd through a player is there another step that I need to incorporate? My goal is to ultimately place most of my dvd collection on a portable hdd to take with me to work and other places. I have made several backup copies of my kids dvds to take on trips so I have this part of the process down. I am just getting confused or misguided in what to do to play the files after they are on the hdd. Do I need to convert them to and .avi/mpg etc.? Or is there a way to play them directly as Clone puts them on my pc? Thanks in advance.