Best App to RIP DVD with file size not an issue

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Semio1es, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Semio1es macrumors member

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    I have seen many threads about this topic but haven't found exactly what I am looking for.

    I want to rip my collection of DVD. Should I use Handbrake or Mac the Ripper.

    I currently use Handbrake.

    Is their a guide to the settings on Handbrake to give me the best quality.

    I will be playing them in iTunes thru my AppleTv so do I need to use .mp4 format? Will this file type give me the best quality?

    If someone can post screenshots of their handbrake settings when ripping a DVD that would be great and very helpful for others that have this question in the future.
     
  2. azdunerat macrumors regular

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    Neither!

    I use Ripit and it has worked without fail for me. Its only 20.00 and very easy to get. It rips a straight video-ts file with all of the menus and extras. From there if you want to compress it you could use handbrake
     
  3. rickeym macrumors member

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    Another vote for RipIt.

     
  4. Sky Blue Guest

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    Handbrake and Mac the Ripper are used for two different purposes. MtR will copy the DVD files to your drive and Handbrake can be used to convert those files for iTunes devices, games consoles etc.
    Rip It is similar to Mac the Ripper but costs more and doesn't do as much.
     
  5. azdunerat macrumors regular

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    What is mac the ripper going for these days??? When I first started looking I heard good things about it but couldnt find a download site of any kind. Looks like they kind of quit supporting it. Ripit is actually 18.00 but I round up
     
  6. soup4you2 macrumors regular

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    For regular DVD's handbrake hands down, thats all you need. just check out the presets and if you want feel free to tweak around. But there is really no need for any other software.

    If you get into backing up your blue-ray disks, then thats a whole different ballgame.
     
  7. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    Ditto Handbrake. Think about MTR this way: it will remove the encryption and region coding from your DVD and copy it to your hard drive, but still in 'DVD Format' (meaning a VIDEO_TS folder) -- it doesn't convert the video for use with :apple:TV, iPod, iTunes, etc. Handbrake will also un-encrypt, but will also extract specific portions of the DVD (e.g. separate episodes, main feature, bonus features, etc) and convert them to any of several formats, including MP4.
     
  8. rickeym macrumors member

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    What can MTR do that RipIt cann't? I've ripped hundreds of DVD's with RipIt with no problems.


     
  9. VTMac macrumors 6502

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    RipIt is fine if all you want is a backup of your DVD to play on DVDPlayer. But RipIt does not do nearly as good a job as MTR at removing various types of copy protection and at correcting improperly mastered DVDs. (Many studios intentionally master DVDs in ways that foul up software based DVD readers.)

    If you intend to take your ripped DVD and convert it with another program, such as Handbrake, then you will find you have better results using a MTR rip than a RipIt rip.

    All that said, it seems the best Mac solution right now is probably to use Fairmount to rip and DTOX (DVD2One) to remaster bad tracks. Then Handbrake to burn. It's time consuming but will almost always work perfectly.
     
  10. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

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    As far as quality for Handbrake you'll find as many opinions as there are stars in the sky

    I use:

    Apple TV setting with CQ at 62%

    Loose Anamorphic

    Decomb at Default

    Audio w/5.1 Dolby Digital and second at AC3 Passthru

    Files look great, most between 1-2.5 gb's
     
  11. rickeym macrumors member

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    I haven't found this to be the case. I rip all my DVD's with Ripit and then use handbrake all the time with no problems.

    Maybe I've been lucky, but I haven't had one DVD that RipIt hasn't been able to remove the copy protection.

     
  12. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    To make complete backups of my DVD's I have been using fairmount in combination with DMGConverter. I rip the contents of the Video_TS folder to a folder on my desktop with the same name of the DVD and then use DMG converter to convert the folder to a .iso file. This has worked great for me and I have only come across a few disc that could not be ripped.
     
  13. Semio1es thread starter macrumors member

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    Where do I change these settings in HB?

    Audio w/5.1 Dolby Digital and second at AC3 Passthru
     
  14. dlegend macrumors 6502

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    what's the best way to rip a dvd to the hard drive and then back it up on a DVD that can be played on a DVD player?
     
  15. Sky Blue Guest

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    Can Rip It just copy the movie only?
     
  16. rickeym macrumors member

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    No. But I use Handbrake to encode just the movie.
     
  17. Sky Blue Guest

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    I usually rip just the movie, so I can queue them up, free up my drive and not damage my drive by having a DVD spinning in there for hours.
     
  18. rickeym macrumors member

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    Why would the DVD spin in there for hours? You need a cheap external DVD reader. You can buy them for $30 on Newegg. I can rip a Full DVD in 20 min. Once its ripped, I use Handbrake for the encoding and MetaX for the tagging.

     
  19. azdunerat macrumors regular

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    Well I think I just came across my first Ripit problem. It seems like three of my rips are causing Plex to crash. Both Narnia movies and Cars. They play just fine in front row and VLC but Plex takes a suicide dive every time. Now I need to find a work around for that. Not a big problem but an annoying one.
     
  20. parcvisitation macrumors newbie

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    there are plenty of sharewares can help you rip/convert/backup your DVDs,
    specially some professional tools kits, like Ultimate DVD + Video Converter Suite
     
  21. alex416 macrumors newbie

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    Another vote for Ripitapp. It is more frequently updated than MTR (last revision for MTR was nearly 1 year ago!).

    It provides a simple one click DVD rip process. Super cool.
     
  22. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Handbrake... have had zero issues with it......
     
  23. Noplac2hyd macrumors member

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    I have been using Handbrake for a while now and I really want to back up all my dvd's but the issue I have is that it takes about 3 hours per dvd, here is my question is it faster to rip the dvd via MTR then handbrake or just handbrake from the original dvd?
     
  24. azdunerat macrumors regular

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    Well Ripit takes about 40-50 minutes to give you a full TS file. Then if you need to use handbrake it will be another 3 hours. I just found this out because three disney movies were causing plex to crash on me when I tried to play them. I used handbrake to strip everything but the main feature and now all is well.
     
  25. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I also think of some of the time it takes to rip a dvd is the speed of your machine. I am ripping a dvd using handbrake in about 12-15 minutes from start to finish. This includes adding all of the metadata and cover art.
     

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