Best DVD ripper for dummies?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by danmc00, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. danmc00 macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2009
    I have been using Handbrake 0.9.8 for Mac OSC.6, but it hasn't been working on the latest movies I have tried to rip. All i want to do is rip the movie so i can put it on my hard drive to watch later on Apple TV or iPad. Is there a good free "ripper" out there that you would suggest other than handbrake? Or am i doing something wrong with Handbrake? I tried to rip World War Z and Now you See Me tonight and neither one of them will scan the DVD disk correctly.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Handbrake is usually rock solid. You aren't by any chance trying to rip Blu Ray's are you? You need a dedicated drive to do that, and an app such as MKV to do the initial rip.
  3. pmau macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2010
    If you just want to rip a DVD to have a VIDEO_TS Folder that you can feed into HandBrake, install MacPorts, then install "vobcopy".

    If you cannot deal with Terminal commands, you would have to learn those.

    Regarding ripping in general. It's DVD drive dependent.

    I bought a 39 Euro external DVD burner from Amazon, that can read most DVD's. Internal drives might choke more often.
  4. danmc00 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2009
    definitely not ripping bluRays. i have done well over 75 movies, but it seems this just started happening lately.
  5. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I've found that when handbrake fails, as it sometimes does in this never ending cat and mouse copy protection game the studios subject us to, I can get makemkv to work. It's a 2 step process and involves using over 6 GB of disk space for the mkv file but it gets the job done.
  6. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Best rippers for Dummies

    More can be found on the Windows side but for Mac -

    Older DVDs - Mac the Ripper (free)
    In general - DVDfab (purchase)
    MakeMkv (purchase)

    I would suggest going to DVDFab and MakeMKV forums on respective sites and look at what the users have to say and also their wiki for how to use.
  7. rob3988 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2013
    I think I figured it out

    I ran into a similar problem. Try downloading a free copy of MakeMkv and ripping a copy with that first. It will produce a folder with several files. Then run handbrake and use that file folder as the source.

    Hope this helps.
  8. troy23 macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2013
    Same issue

    I had the same issue with World War Z, the first DVD I could not rip. When I scanned it, there was no title with a movie-length file on it.

    Usually if I have problems scanning the source, I go to the DVD player and find the title number, then scan just that title in HandBrake. But when I tried that on WWZ, it says something about "no content" being there.

    So, if you MakeMKV on WWZ, then Handbrake that, did that work?
  9. cifzo macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2012
    I found this thread, and was having the same issue with WWZ. Did MakeMKZ and then Handbrake. Worked fine. Thanks!
  10. Nickwell24 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    My favorite is, iVi from the App store. It has successfully ripped almost everything I've thrown at it, with the exception of Disney movies and 300. The benefit to iVi is that it also will import the metadata and include cover albums so your iTunes is nice looking (maybe an OCD thing of mine).

    $3.99 but worth it for me just for the metadata cleanup.
  11. Junebugapril macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2012
    Worked perfectly for me, too. Thanks!

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