I've also been reading a lot on this because I have a DVD that a buddy would like to borrower but everytime he does I get it back scratched--I'm even lucky to get it back with the case! He has tons of kids who really couldn't care less what happens to stuff. Nonetheless, I hate saying no to him so I decided that now he can borrower a backup copy of the movie. That will help me start backing up my DVDs one at a time and then loaning them to him and I'll be less stressed.
Anyway sorry for the off topic.
I read that I needed Roxio Popcorn which I got and the MactheRipper which I just downloaded for free off version tracker. Someone said that if I use handbreak I cannot watch the DVDs in a stand-alone dvd player. So I am going to try this method. Hopefully it works. Otherwise I'm booting up my windows machine (yikes) for the first time in months and using my once legal copy of 321studios DVD X Copy.