|Nov 23, 2009, 09:48 AM||#1|
How to backup/copy/rip video DVDs to your HDD and transcode them to another format.
As this gets asked a lot, I put a little guide together for fast linking or even quoting.
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1. How to copy (rip) the content of video DVDs to your HDD
As commercial video DVDs use a copy protection scheme called CSS (Content Scramble System), additional software is needed to copy the content of a video DVD to your HDD, which is called "ripping". There are several applications to accomplish this.
1.1. MacTheRipper 2.6.6 (free)Insert the video DVD into your DVD drive and open MacTheRipper and click the GO button, after which you can select the place you want the video DVD's content saved to.
1.2. RipIt (19.95 USD, trial with 10 rips free)Insert the video DVD and press the RIP button.
1.3. Fairmount (free) - needs VLC 32-bit to decrypt the CSS (thanks to Satori for that information)
1.4. Mac DVDRipper Pro (9.95 USD)Insert the video DVD and select a destination folder, then press the RIP button.
2. How to transcode the MPEG-2 encoded video DVD material for use on your computer after you ripped the video DVD.
As video DVDs take up a lot of space (up to 8GB), one can transcode (changing the format and encoding) the MPEG-2 encoded video into MPEG-4 encoded video via Handbrake, which might only take 1GB of HDD capacity away, while still looking good.
3. How to transcode the MPEG-2 encoded video DVD material for use on your computer without ripping the video DVD.
If you don't want to rip the video DVDs first, and just use Handbrake for transcoding the video, make sure to install VLC Player to circumvent the CSS I mentioned earlier.
4. How to copy (burn) the ripped DVD contents onto another DVD.
After you ripped the DVD to your HDD (see 1.), you'll notice, that there is a VIDEO_TS and an AUDIO_TS folder inside the folder created by the ripping software to store the ripped contents in. These two folders are necessary for creating a video DVD, thus they have to be burned to the DVD you chose to use as backup.
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Also of interest: How-To: Automating DVD & Blu-Ray (Backup, Encoding & Tagging) for Mac OS X 10.6
Last edited by spinnerlys; Sep 27, 2010 at 08:38 AM. Reason: update on VLC 1.1.0 and put in link for older version, added link
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