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Swami7774

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What’s the best—and easiest—out there now that’s compatible with Catalina? I’ve read about MacX DVD Ripper but from their website it’s not clear that it’s compatible without a workaround. I tried Handbrake yesterday (tried to rip an old TV series DVD) but the finished product was hash. Thanks in advance.
 

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I use Ripit for DVDs. It can rip to MP4 but I like to control my conversion with Handbrake.
For BluRay I use MakeMKV.
I use Subler for meta data, but am also experimenting with its ability to properly handle optional subtitling for AppleTV. My original goto for meta data was MetaZ, which I still occasionally use for quick fixes.
 
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Steve Hans

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I read the product page of MacX DVD Ripper Pro again. It supports the Catalina (32bit & 64bit). They put the system info in the Supported Format near the download button.
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So I have a newer iMac now, and I bought a drive from OWC, and it was an LG (WH16NS40) that came with hteir evil 1.04 firmware, so I followed the instructions at Makemkv, and sideloaded a different firmware, and then downgraded the LG firmware, and Makemkv outputs a huge file, as usual, but Handbrake can only output a 32 second file from that. Something is wrong somewhere. So rather than fight the comments at their site, I thought I'd ask here first.

Anyone have any experience with 'blown' conversions? What's going wrong... The drive isn't 'bricked', because it still works, but for backing up Blu-rays, it's not happening. Thanks...
 
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jlc1978

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Does it play OK?
Yes. The file is large becasue it does not compress it. I then use iDVD to convert it to a smaller mp4 file, as I am not concerned with having bluray quality, to save space on my NAS.

For ripping, I use makeMKV and MDRP. Note Mac DVD Ripper Pro https://www.macdvdripperpro.com is different from MacX DVD Ripper Pro. I've used MDRP for years.
 
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PinkyMacGodess

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Does it play OK?

What plays a BDMV file? I tried to get VNC to play it, and it kept failing. Apparently the BDMV file is just an accreted blob of the Blu-ray disc contents? I did get a somewhat helpful response on the forums there, and an obtuse and somewhat 'it's your fault' response elsewhere. I love how people love to assume that doing something a certain way is 'stupid' because it isn't the way they do it, and then assume you are a moron for doing it that way because it's 'less fidelity'😱.

Yes, I can install VNC on the ATV, but I don't want to be there day after day helping people find content to watch in pristine uncompressed glory. It's not worth the effort, the waste of space, and extra drama. 'Go to computer. Go to Home Videos. Scroll down. Click on it. Click Play From Beginning if it asks' seems a whole lot simpler to me. And, *cringe*, I realize I'm being 'a user' by saying that it works on mac A, so why doesn't it work on mac B, and mac A has a three rev old OS because that's all it can handle. :rolleyes:

I try to be helpful with noobs. I remember my first experience with a self professed 'demigod' on the internet. I was trying to figure out what 'anonymous FTP' was, and having a hard go at it. Then someone from, of all places FTP Inc. told me that 'anonymous ftp works becasue it's anonymous, you idiot'. I finally asked a more sane and less ****** demigod at the uni I was working at at the time (this was Windows 3.11 daze) and he explained it, and also explained that the internet, still crawling at the time, was full of ******s like that guy. 'Don't be an ******' he said. I have tried ever since not to be. It's still discouraging to run into them. If you know, IMPART YOUR KNOWLEDGE, don't beat people down because they don't know it yet, or Ford forbid, don't do it your way. Sorry, ranting... It's a hobby now, apparently.

Does it blend? 😂😂😂😂😂😂

Oh, gosh, and thanks for contributing. Forgot that part. I've got a lot to learn in this end of the computing swamp.
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I read the product page of MacX DVD Ripper Pro again. It supports the Catalina (32bit & 64bit). They put the system info in the Supported Format near the download button. View attachment 902740

Isn't Catalina 64-bit only?
 
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SketchyClown

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Lots of good options getting posted here. I personally use iVI Pro 4.0 if I'm looking for an all-in-one converter. Not free but excels at what it says it does on the tin for making files compatible with many mainstream players, including Apple TV.

It is available in the Mac App Store, but if you want actual DVD/BD ripping capability, you'll have to purchase a license directly from the developers website, as the MAS does not allow DVD ripping support to be included in Apps. So the true Pro version is only available directly. This FAQ post gives the link for iVI Pro DVD edition.

I've used this for quite some time, however I don't do much with old DVD content anymore, but it's always on hand.
 
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jlc1978

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Yes, I can install VNC on the ATV, but I don't want to be there day after day helping people find content to watch in pristine uncompressed glory. It's not worth the effort, the waste of space, and extra drama. 'Go to computer. Go to Home Videos. Scroll down. Click on it. Click Play From Beginning if it asks' seems a whole lot simpler to me.

Yea, user interfaces still have a way to go. I try to keep my ATV as easy as possible because people forget complicated steps and get frustrated having to click through multiple screens to watch a movie or show.

I try to be helpful with noobs. I remember my first experience with a self professed 'demigod' on the internet. I was trying to figure out what 'anonymous FTP' was, and having a hard go at it. Then someone from, of all places FTP Inc. told me that 'anonymous ftp works becasue it's anonymous, you idiot'.

Yea. a lot of people seem to think saying RTFM or flaming a noob somehow makes them special.

I finally asked a more sane and less ****** demigod at the uni I was working at at the time (this was Windows 3.11 daze) and he explained it, and also explained that the internet, still crawling at the time, was full of ******s like that guy. 'Don't be an ******' he said. I have tried ever since not to be. It's still discouraging to run into them. If you know, IMPART YOUR KNOWLEDGE, don't beat people down because they don't know it yet, or Ford forbid, don't do it your way.

I've always believed in don't be annoying and don't be easily annoyed; even if I fail to do so at times...

Sorry, ranting... It's a hobby now, apparently.

No worries, that's the offcial sport of the internet. Soemday it'll be an Olympic sport...

Does it blend? 😂😂😂😂😂😂

heh.
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Lots of good options getting posted here. I personally use iVI Pro 4.0 if I'm looking for an all-in-one converter. Not free but excels at what it says it does on the tin for making files compatible with many mainstream players, including Apple TV.

I'm a fan of IDVDF, and use it for DVDs as well as MKVs from BluRay's.
 
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mateytate

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MakemKv with handbrake, depending on what you are doing. And subler for metadata.

This. I have ripped hundreds of my old DVDs and BluRays over the years. Works a treat. Sure it's not an 'all in one' solution but works well, is free and regularly updated. I do use Subler too, but I've recently started using iFlicks for the metadata.
 
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maulll

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What’s the best—and easiest—out there now that’s compatible with Catalina? I’ve read about MacX DVD Ripper but from their website it’s not clear that it’s compatible without a workaround. I tried Handbrake yesterday (tried to rip an old TV series DVD) but the finished product was hash. Thanks in advance.
MacX DVD Ripper is fully compatible with Catalina. I have used it to rip a few discs without compatibility issue.
 
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MacBH928

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And the other question is...which software still rips DVDs/Blurays?

I use MacTheRipper 5 for DVDs and MakeMkv for BluRays.
I can't believe MacTheRipper still works...this was abandoned ions ago.
Where did you get it?

MakeMkv still in Beta? Even Blurays are phasing out by now. They even have a Softpedia banner on the page🤣🤣
How come this is the only software that can rip Blurays?

EDIT: I just noticed MacProRipper is different from MacTheRipper
 
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Taz Mangus

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And the other question is...which software still rips DVDs/Blurays?


I can't believe MacTheRipper still works...this was abandoned ions ago.
Where did you get it?

MakeMkv still in Beta? Even Blurays are phasing out by now. They even have a Softpedia banner on the page🤣🤣
How come this is the only software that can rip Blurays?

EDIT: I just noticed MacProRipper is different from MacTheRipper
 
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jlc1978

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MakeMkv still in Beta? Even Blurays are phasing out by now. They even have a Softpedia banner on the page🤣🤣
How come this is the only software that can rip Blurays?

My guess the market is small and the treat of legal action deters programmers. The only other BluRay tool I know of that works well is Redfox's (nee Slysoft) tools that are Windows only; and very expensive - 109 Euros.
 
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