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Dingo Dave 69
Feb 6, 2008, 05:37 PM
I want to start riping my DVD's to my external drive to watch through my mac and possibly an appletv in the future. Can anyone tell me the best free software to do this? Ideally I would like to be able to rip it to a quality that would look as good as the original DVD when watching it on my 32 HD TV. I would also like to be able to transfer them to my iphone.

Cheers guys.



overanalyzer
Feb 6, 2008, 05:41 PM
Handbrake is probably your best bet. Search the forums and/or the MacRumors Guides and you'll find oodles of info....

swiftaw
Feb 6, 2008, 05:42 PM
MacTheRipper to rip them to your hard drive. Handbrake to convert them to AppleTV format.

overanalyzer
Feb 6, 2008, 05:49 PM
MacTheRipper to rip them to your hard drive. Handbrake to convert them to AppleTV format.

That's the process I personally use too, though you can also just use Handbrake to rip and convert them in one step. Usually I rip them to the HDD too because I like having the full DVD rip for playback on my Mac Mini that's hooked up to my TV, and then I use Handbrake to convert for my iPhone and/or iPod.

Dingo Dave 69
Feb 6, 2008, 05:51 PM
Cheers guys, can someone also let me know where the best place is to get artwork for my DVD's?

swiftaw
Feb 6, 2008, 05:54 PM
Cheers guys, can someone also let me know where the best place is to get artwork for my DVD's?

Amazon?

ipedro
Feb 6, 2008, 06:00 PM
Cheers guys, can someone also let me know where the best place is to get artwork for my DVD's?

Hands down the best place to get large format DVD and TV artwork:

www.impawards.com

JonHimself
Feb 6, 2008, 07:25 PM
I'll second (or third?) the call for MacTheRipper and Handbrake. If you're doing a lot then I'd recommend ripping a bunch to your hard drive and then queuing up a bunch to do overnight or something.

Terwal
Feb 7, 2008, 07:19 AM
I'll second (or third?) the call for MacTheRipper and Handbrake. If you're doing a lot then I'd recommend ripping a bunch to your hard drive and then queuing up a bunch to do overnight or something.

Clarification for a newbie :): I don't understand the benefit of the 2 step process (ripping + handbrake) as opposed to doing directly in 1 step from handbrake ?

Thanks,

w.

riscy
Feb 7, 2008, 07:24 AM
AFAIK, MTR rips the DVD but it will not fit back onto a DVD as it is too large, so HandBrake compresses this. I think it is the same on a PC, you rip and then shrink the movie.

ansalmo
Feb 7, 2008, 07:40 AM
Clarification for a newbie :): I don't understand the benefit of the 2 step process (ripping + handbrake) as opposed to doing directly in 1 step from handbrake ?

Thanks,

w.

The rip process is very quick, maybe 10-15 mins, but the transcoding takes a LONG time (depending on the spec of your Mac it can be several hours). So my workflow is to rip a number of DVDs with MTR while I'm around to swap discs, then queue them all up in HB to encode while I'm asleep or at work. I can get a lot more DVDs done that way than using a 1-step Handbrake process.

Cheers guys, can someone also let me know where the best place is to get artwork for my DVD's?


The third stage of my workflow is to use MetaX to apply artwork (automatically retrieved by MetaX from Amazon) and other metatags.

ascender
Feb 7, 2008, 07:45 AM
When you use Handbrake, are you guys just using the default Apple TV settings?

What sort of file size do you end up with for a typical 90 minute movie?

gazfocus
Feb 7, 2008, 08:16 AM
Is there any PC software capable of doing this? Thanks

stvfisher
Feb 7, 2008, 08:42 AM
I'm very interested in all this! Once I use 'MacTheRipper', is there a way to import it into iTunes, or do I need to run it through handbrake first?

ansalmo
Feb 7, 2008, 08:47 AM
When you use Handbrake, are you guys just using the default Apple TV settings?

What sort of file size do you end up with for a typical 90 minute movie?

I use the default AppleTV settings, though with the 2-pass option enabled. A typical movie probably comes in a smidge under 2GB.

ascender
Feb 7, 2008, 08:50 AM
I use the default AppleTV settings, though with the 2-pass option enabled. A typical movie probably comes in a smidge under 2GB.

Thanks! I'll get started this afternoon.

mr_matalino
Feb 7, 2008, 08:58 AM
I'm very interested in all this! Once I use 'MacTheRipper', is there a way to import it into iTunes, or do I need to run it through handbrake first?

iTunes does not accept VIDEO_TS folders. Handbrake is needed first to convert it to a format that iTunes will recognize.

riscy
Feb 7, 2008, 09:07 AM
Yes, I know there is as I used some, but when I tried Parallels to check it is having a fit and is unable to Open disk image!! I hate Parallels!!

Anywho, I think the PC apps you need are DVD Decrypt and DVD ShrinkIs there any PC software capable of doing this? Thanks

stvfisher
Feb 7, 2008, 09:33 AM
iTunes does not accept VIDEO_TS folders. Handbrake is needed first to convert it to a format that iTunes will recognize.

Thanks for the response. So if I don't plan on putting the movies on my ipod or an apple TV, is there any reason to convert them to an iTunes recognized format?

nebsta
Feb 7, 2008, 11:18 AM
I also want to start ripping my DVDs (most of which are TV shows) to my Mac before buying an :apple:TV. However, I have experienced a few problems - firstly when ripping some episodes of The O.C. Season 1, I have noticed that the audio is out of sync with the video - to the extent that it is unwatchable. Anyone else experienced this and know a fix for this problem?

I am also having trouble with the aspect ratios, I would prefer that all DVDs were converted to widescreen as I hate the black vertical bars, so I have experimented with using the anamorphic option for my 4:3 DVDs. However, I have read on the forum that 4:3 content should not be converted to 16:9 - why is this? Finally, anyone know on settings for 1.85:1 and 2.5:1 in order to display without black bars?

killmoms
Feb 7, 2008, 11:27 AM
However, I have read on the forum that 4:3 content should not be converted to 16:9 - why is this? Finally, anyone know on settings for 1.85:1 and 2.5:1 in order to display without black bars?

You shouldn't convert 4:3 to 16:9 because you're either going to stretch it sideways, making everything look fat, or you're going to crop the top and bottom of the screen.

Also, you shouldn't remove black bars from 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 matted/Cinemascope movies. They're there because the director decided that was the framing he wanted for the film. 16:9 is just as arbitrary ratio as any for TVs, it's just CLOSER to the typical film than old 4:3 screens. If you do so, you'll either be cutting off the sides of the picture or stretching the film vertically, which looks just as silly as a side-stretched 4:3 image.

Respect the director's intentions. Watch the film as it was made. As a bonus activity, look for framing/shots that justify the choice.

Tomasmekean
Feb 7, 2008, 12:32 PM
A question about saving art work. When you have a Movie on a network drive that isn't saved on your computer itunes will not save the artwork for that movie. I am sure it is something simple but haven't figured it out.

dogtanian
Feb 7, 2008, 01:31 PM
A question about saving art work. When you have a Movie on a network drive that isn't saved on your computer itunes will not save the artwork for that movie. I am sure it is something simple but haven't figured it out.

So if I alias all the movie files and pop them onto my media server, they won't have artwork, is that right? :eek:

ascender
Feb 8, 2008, 02:46 PM
Thanks for all your help with this, its a very useful thread. I got ripping last night and my ATV arrived this afternoon. I have to say, I'm very impressed with the quality of the DVD rips I'm doing with Handbrake. While its not the quickest process, I have to say that the results are making me think its time to buy a couple of bug external HDDs and rip a lot more DVDs than I'd originally planned to.

MikieMikie
Feb 8, 2008, 04:24 PM
Clarification for a newbie :): I don't understand the benefit of the 2 step process (ripping + handbrake) as opposed to doing directly in 1 step from handbrake ?

Thanks,

w.

By making it a two step process, you can have several benefits:

Less time-of-activity for your DVD drive. (While MTR uses the DVD drive for 15-20 minutes, Handbrake will keep it active for hours, through the entire encode cycle.)
You can rip a bunch of DVDs and then "batch" them by adding them to Handbrake's queue. This lets you process them, say, while you're busy doing something important, like sleeping. :)
Handbrake's ability to defeat DVD copy protection is less sophisticated than MTR's.

RedTomato
Feb 8, 2008, 05:46 PM
1. Is Handbrake still worth it if you want to keep full DVD quality? What settings would you use for this?

2. I'd like to keep the quality pretty near to DVD quality, while still saving some space. What are your favourite settings for this?

3. Can handbrake now keep the subtitles / closed captioning?

killmoms
Feb 8, 2008, 05:49 PM
1) No, Handbrake compresses the (already compressed) DVD into another codec, resulting in loss.

2) 2.0 - 2.5mbit Main Profile H.264 will probably be mostly indistinguishable from the original. This will not play on the iPod.

3) Yes, insofar as I'm aware.

MacAficionado
Feb 8, 2008, 07:02 PM
Cheers guys, can someone also let me know where the best place is to get artwork for my DVD's?

OMG! MetaX - the best app ever for tagging and finding artwork for media.

Enjoy (http://www.kerstetter.net/page53/page54/page54.html):apple:

JW008
Feb 10, 2008, 03:28 PM
So I just ordered the Apple TV this afternoon and thought I would get to work on ripping my DVDs. I know that no one knows for sure about the Take 2 update, but my biggest concern was about sound.

I know we don't know for sure if our ripped videos will support 5.1 surround sound, but I want to make sure that I rip them with 5.1 sound if it does let us. Does the normal Apple TV setting in Handbrake rip it with 5.1 or is there another setting I need to do?

iTeen
Feb 10, 2008, 03:31 PM
I heard handbrake is going to stop the dvd ripping on the program???? is this true?????/

ascender
Feb 10, 2008, 05:02 PM
So I just ordered the Apple TV this afternoon and thought I would get to work on ripping my DVDs. I know that no one knows for sure about the Take 2 update, but my biggest concern was about sound.

I know we don't know for sure if our ripped videos will support 5.1 surround sound, but I want to make sure that I rip them with 5.1 sound if it does let us. Does the normal Apple TV setting in Handbrake rip it with 5.1 or is there another setting I need to do?

The consensus seems to be to wait until Take 2 is released and see what happens. In the meantime, just spend your time ripping the DVDs where you're not overly bothered about the 5.1 soundtrack. Sitcoms and the like for example.