There isn't any reason to believe that the recording given to you by the ultrasound tech is protected or copyrighted. Therefore you should have no problem ripping it. You need to download two free applications. They are VLC and Handbrake. Handbrake, using VLC, will convert the video to a format your Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad can easily play. Both apps can be found at MacUpdate.com and are easy to use. Of course it is quite illegal to copy a commercial, protected DVD but a recording of your child given to you by the technician at the hospital should be perfectly okay. I don't know here the technician got the idea that ripping the DVD would destory it. Complete poppycock in my opinion.