I have been experiencing very frequent audio drop outs scattered throughout movies that last 3-4 sec each time. I'm using the latest version of Mac the Ripper to extract the movie then Handbrake to make it ready for my iPhone. using OS X 10.4.2. The problem is on the MPEG4 that is created by Mac the Ripper. It happens with DVD's that are copy protected or not protected. When protected, I am using the correct setting for my region (usually RCE1). Examples include 'Old School', Bruce Willis 'Die Hard'(latest release), 'American Gangster' etc. Last year using the same setup I ripped Casino Royale which I heard was a difficult movie to extract. No problems with that one. I have a G5 Power Mac (about 4 years old) Cannot tell if this is a problem with copy protection or the disc drive malfunctioning. I have no problems watching DVD's if I do so once in a while. Any suggestions would be appreciated.