Best application to Rip dvds? Best quality rip app?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iMackPro, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. iMackPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    Im new to this kind of thing but now that i have a computer powerful enough to quickly do this im going to start. so far I've found

    Xilisoft Video converter deluxe

    are anyone of these better than the other?
    is there a "best" one?

  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Handbrake won't rip anything that's copy protected.

    Mac the Ripper or Ripit. I use Ripit personally then re-encode using Handbrake if I want to get it on a different device like my iPhone or iPad or NAS so my ATV2 can get to it.
  3. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
  4. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  5. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    im no expert in this, but handbrake (and vlc) work perfectly for me!

    i did buy the mpeg-2 codecs from apple

    handbrake does require a bit of tinkering so my demuxed videos are of the quality and res i desire
  6. jbartusch macrumors newbie


    Jul 1, 2008

    Agreed. Handbrake with VLC installed will rip and encode the video in one shot and it works fine. On my new 2011 i7 macbook pro, most movies rip and encode in Universal Apple format in ~20 minutes. Much better than the 90 to 120 on my 2007 macbook.
  7. artomes macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2008
    Best one so far for me has been handbrake with vlc installed. I also have ripit and its also been good for what it does.
  8. rgomes macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Why does one need VLC to be installed?
  9. fortunecookie macrumors regular


    Dec 3, 2010
    Handbrake, hands down! Easiest and it's free!
  10. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    from How to backup/copy/rip video DVDs to your HDD and transcode them to another format in Mac OS X.
  11. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    Because Handbrake doesn't rip copy-protected discs. Therefore you need VLC installed to handle that problem so that Handbrake can convert the video.
  12. Russell L macrumors regular

    Russell L

    Aug 10, 2006
    San Francisco
  13. rgomes macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    So, VLC is involved when Handbrake is running (ripping or encoding?)

    What is it actually doing?
  14. deadwulfe, Apr 7, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2011

    deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    Yeah, you just want to have it installed. You don't actually need to do anything with it for Handbrake to make use of it.
  15. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I have been ripping with only HANDBRAKE.

    VLC is installed.

    Never had a problem with any disk, pop it in ..... fire up Handbrake and rip away.

    I like that both Handbrake and VLC are FREE !!!!!
  16. rgomes macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2010
    So where can I find a good tutorial guide for ripping DVDs / Blu-Rays on my iMac for viewing on Apple TV 2?

    I know iMac can't work with Blu Rays but there has to be a way to install an external Blu Ray Drive?
  17. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    The websites for Handbrake or RipIt! would be a good place to start.
  18. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
  19. currins macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Quick question on this as I try out my new MBP.

    I ripped the DVD using Handbrake/VLC using the "Normal" preset which converted it to a .m4v file. Plays fine on the MBP.

    I have my iPhone plugged in, so I tried to drag it over to the phone in iTunes. Wouldn't give me the option to move it to the phone.

    So I used Handbrake again to convert my new .m4v into the iPhone 4 format.

    But I still couldn't drag that new file onto the phone.

    My phone is usually plugged into the iMac, so this is its first time on the new MBP. I authorized this computer in iTunes, but still no luck.

    Any ideas? Am I missing a step somewhere?

    P.S. Love the new computer. This little handbrake exercise took my MBP for a good run.
  20. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    Use Handbrake with the Universal setting under the Apple presets.
  21. currins macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2010
    Do I need to "re-rip" the DVD w/ Handbrake to the Universal output?

    Or can I convert my .m4v file from my first rip into the Universal output?

    Does the fact that I just plugged my iPhone into the new computer when it's been synched before on the iMac downstairs play into it? ie, do I have the right format (remember I converted my ripped/encoded file to the iphone format in the presets), but can't transfer anything to the phone b/c it's plugged into a different computer?
  22. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    You can just add the .mkv file you already made to handbrake as a source, and select destination options. As long as you get the settings right, there should be no noticeable quality loss.
  23. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    For sure. It runs mine around 85-98% and my CPU temp will hit above 200F in no time. I usually kick up the fans before it starts.

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