how to rip dvds

Discussion in 'iPod' started by mathegax, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
    what should i download ? where do i get it?
    what do i do
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    If the DVD you're talking about is copy-protected then you're pretty much out of luck.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I'd give Handbrake a try. I have had good luck with it. It just pulls out the feature flick, and not the whole menu though(which is how i like it):apple:
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2007
    My reccomendation(s)

    1. Handbrake
    2. Mac the Ripper

    Both work well, Mac the Ripper is faster if you are simply trying to copy a dvd to a new blank dvd (in my experience).
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2007
    Handbrake is very simple and self explanatory since it's an all-in-one solution and has selectable profiles depending on what your target is for ripping (PC, iPhone, iPod, etc.). So usually you just stick in a disc, let it scan it, pick which part of the disc you want ripped (this is the only nebulous part sometimes, since these aren't labeled due to the way DVDs are encoded, but on a regular DVD you'd generally just pick the one that has the longest displayed time since that's no doubt the movie), select the target profile and hit go. You end up with a file with the same chapter stops as the original DVD (no menu systems though), you can assign custom names to the chapters too, prior to starting the encoding if you want.

    The only changes I make (I only really encode for use on my iPhone) is that I set it to do some form of deinterlacing since the iPhone profile isn't set to do that by default.
  7. macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2007
    I'm going with handbrake on this one. The files it produces are quite large, though, just to warn you. As in, large compared to most files produced by other ripping softwares. Still, quality is amazing, so I'd totally recommend handbrake.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    If you want to rip them to a video file to play them on your computer use Handbrake. If you want to rip them and burn them back to DVD use Mac The Ripper.

    Both are free.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    if you have a copy of windows laying around install windows via boot camp... ripit4me, dvddecrypter, dvdshrink, img burn (all free)

    mactheripper has gone crazy recently and requires a "donation" to use the latest beta releases... 2.6.6 is outdated and fails on many current dvds, however you can still find mtr 3 r14f floating around, which will work on a lot of films... the current beta i believe is r14i however there is no way to get this working without spending money... even after using mtr if you want to shrink the film to fit on a single layer dvd its going to cost even more money for a program like DTOX (dvd2one) since there is no free mac dvd compression software.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2007
    i use mac the ripper all the time since it gives me full quality.. but if i want a movie for my ipod i just use handbrake to rip the mactheripper file into mp4.. works great

  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    I use MTR first to just get the movie file out and then use handbrake to compress
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2007
    harddrive space is cheap so i like the better quality i get from mtr and I still get all teh menu's too
  13. macrumors 68020

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    any DVD, rips em all, only in windows, will still need Nero or any good burning software;)
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2006
    How large is large? Will a standard 2 hour movie be 1 gig? 2? more?


Share This Page