Best freeware for converting DVDs

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  1. act1980 macrumors regular

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    Hi guys

    Could someone please point me in the direction of some software that I can download to convert my DVDs so that I can import them into iTunes and play them on my iPad?

    Cheers :D
     
  2. MykullMyerz macrumors 6502

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    Handbrake is pretty good, unless the DVD has copy protection on it.
     
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    Handbrake is the best. Doesn't matter if it's personal or commercial DVD. It just works. Presets allow for the best settings for iPad, iPod/iPhone, and just about any other settings presets you can think of.
     
  5. OptyCT macrumors 6502

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    I've ripped over 100 DVD's and have never had a problem with copy protection using Handbrake. I rip mostly mainstream movies, though.
     
  6. TwinCitiesJHawk macrumors 6502

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    What about blu-rays? Handbrake do those as well?
     
  7. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys.

    Ok, I'm attempting to encode s DVD as we speak. It would only let me open the video filer and not the audio so I am keeping my fingers crossed that the finished result won't be muted.

    Wish me luck! :D
     
  8. OptyCT macrumors 6502

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    Instead of wasting all that time, just stop it a couple of % into the process. That way, you'll have a couple of minutes of sample video that you can then check for quality and audio. You can even put this sample onto your iPad to see if you like it.
     
  9. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a

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    it should pull the audio as well. The one thing you have to make sure is some DVDs as a form of copy protection put 99 titles on their discs, which basically create almost 100 DIFFERENT versions of the movies, putting chapters together in the wrong order.

    If you notice that, you'll want to open the DVD in DVD Player, get to where the movie is playing, then click the "Go" menu and select the title option and see which title is checked. That will ensure you rip the right one.
     
  10. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Ok it finished encoding but I am now left with a video that looks like a mosaic. It has pulled the audio though. It's an mp4 file but you can't see the picture at all just a bunch of random squares.:confused: What do I need to do?

    Hope people understand what I mean.

    Thanks!
     
  11. newportbeach macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to have to give handbrake a try. Any recommended places (that are safe) to download it from?
     
  12. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a

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    what settings are you using and what are you playing it in? I would try playing it in VLC instead of Quicktime (i'm assuming that's what you're using) and if it works in VLC, try using one of the Apple Presets in handbrake
     
  13. JRoDDz, Mar 30, 2011
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  14. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a

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    I've never had a need for 2 programs, Handbrake has ripped commercial DVDs for me for a couple years now. I think he's having settings issues.

    Use the Apple presets like ATV2 or iPad to get higher quality even if you'll play on iPhone.
     
  15. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have tried playing it in QT and VLC, neither work :(

    I have changed the settings to iPad too and also left it on regular but still nothing.

    I have no idea why it won't work :confused:
     
  16. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    I think he'll need VLC in addition to Handbrake in order to decrypt the DVD's. Handbrake uses VLC's decrypting library.
     
  17. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a

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    Try this.
    Quit Handbrake

    Handbrake uses VLC's decryption library. Open VLC, check for updates, update it, Open it so OSX security clears it, close it, reload handbrake and try again...

    fingers crossed..

    EDIT -
    Yep just realized that hopefully updating VLC is the cure.
     
  18. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    Yes he will. Handbrake does NOT decrypt DVDs unless you also have VLC installed on your system.

    You can also use Fairmount, MakeMKV, Ripit etc to rip the DVD first, which is useful if you want to queue up encodes (and arguably reduces wear on the DVD drive too).
     
  19. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I never really thought about it because I use VLC as my primary media player and was using it before I ever used Handbrake so I had it to begin with.
     
  20. RaceTripper, Mar 30, 2011
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    Everything you need to know about ripping and encoding DVDs and Blu-rays is here. I've done hundreds of DVD and Blu-ray shows and movies. It can all be done with free software. Don't be fooled. You don't need to spend a penny on any payware.
     
  21. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks to everyone for all the help!

    I downloaded ripit and then encoded the file in handbrake, that seemed to work!

    I had the most recent copy of VLC so not quite sure why that wouldn't work?

    If I download fairmount does that mean I won't have to rip the DVD first? Does it do what handbrake does in effect?

    Thanks again :D
     
  22. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    If you want to rip Blu-ray Discs you can first use MakeMKV to rip the BD to an MKV file then use HandBrake to convert that to whatever format you need.
     
  23. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    AND if you download what's in this process, you'll be using Fairmount which does essentially the same thing RipIt does as well as Handbrake and VLC. The benefit is the automation and scripting which makes the process simple and painless enough to rip, encode and automatically tag and move to iTunes, upwards of 10-20 DVDs a day! (based on your processor speed)

    That automated process handles BluRay ripping too.
     
  24. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    iPad Volume Low

    What's everyone doing about the iPad's volume for movies using headphones?

    I have several movies on mine and even music plays at a low volume compared to using the same headphones on my iPhone.

    Anyone else feel it's quite low? What's the solution?
     
  25. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok guys,

    I downloaded Fairmount, VLC and Handbrake. Used Fairmont to import the dvd but it has basically duplicated what was on the Disc and now I just have the TS files from the disc instead of 1 ripped converted file.

    Getting well confused as I'm obviously doing something wrong.

    Please help!:confused::)
     

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