Best Program to rip DVD for Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by sap12690, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. sap12690 macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    Whats the best free program to rip a DVD and convert it for apple TV?
  2. techwarrior macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2009
    PC or Mac?

    Mac the Ripper works pretty reliably for me.
  3. sap12690 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
  4. cmoore49 macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2008
  5. sap12690 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    so i just insert the DVD and it will rip it? i used to use DVDdecrypter
  6. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    +1 for Handbrake. Not only is it free, but it has an ATV 2G preset, so you don't have to fudge around with all of the settings. (If you are lazy, like I am!)
  7. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Handbrake for encoding...a sperate program to do the ripping, like Fairmount.

    Download and follow the procedure in this thread:

    It's been stickied at the top of this forum for a couple of years. It really is the best way to automate this procedure. Depending on your Mac's speed, you can end up ripping and encoding 10-15 DVDs a day. It's an amazingly powerful, yet ultimately simple procedure. And it is free.
  8. sap12690 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2011
    i just wanna rip it and then use vuze to convert it to apple TV, what program can just rip the audio/video?
  9. VTMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    Just use handbrake. It will rip and convert all at once. Unless you are doing a big batch of encodes using a separate ripper is pointless. For one offs just use handbrake. Vuze is pointless.
  10. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    It depends on what DVD,s you want to rip. If they are new or have some advanced encryption then you will run into issues. I have found that having more then 1 tool is sometimes needed.

    MTR or Ripit will most likely work on about any DVD you throw at it. To encode you can not go wrong with Handbrake, it's quality is excellent and I like the Que.

    my workflow has been to rip several DVD's and then load all of them into Handbrake
  11. sportster macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Katy, TX
    Agreed, I've used Handbrake with little to no issues. Why bother with a 2 step system?
  12. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Because of wear-and-tear on your optical drive.

    A ripper will load the entire disc image onto your hard drive within 15 minutes or so. Encoding directly from a DVD will mean the drive is spinning perhaps as much as 1.5-3 hours continuously, depending on how fast your computer can encode.

    For a one-time encode, this may not be an issue, but for multiple DVDs, you are putting tremendous strain on your optical drive.
  13. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    As I said, Fairmount can do the ripping. It's all in that procedure I linked to.
  14. tmagman macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2010
    Calgary AB
    +1 on handbrake. its great. very easy to use with the presets and even better- its 64 bit.
  15. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
  16. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    This really killed the superdrive in my old iMac.
  17. BladesOfSteel macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2009
    St. Paul
    I agree. Handbrake works great, but I soon realized that converting my entire library would put considerable strain on the drive.

    My solution? MacTheRipper.

    Now, I think the developer got sorta weird in that donations had to be made before getting the latest software . . . I don't know if that's true or not, I just know that I was able to download it before any of that.

    Sure having 4-7GBs of my hard drive eaten up by one DVD was a bummer, but the nice thing was that I was able to get 4-5 movies queued up in handbrake and let it run overnight.

    The next morning, delete the huge files, and start again. Perfect.
  18. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    Can't disagree with that, add another vote for RipIt.
  19. fosterpants macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    Are you guys tweaking the settings at all in Handbrake or just using the ATV2 preset? I've tried just the ATV2 preset and it doesn't seem to handle motion very well. There are a ton of different forum threads about this but I've yet to find a solid group of settings.
  20. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I have RipIt also and it's great. It was just updated and it now has an ATV 2 setting. Should I use this now or the the other settings? (I can't remember off hand what I am using)
  21. VTMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    Atv settings show no motion artifacts for me.
  22. k12g3 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I use RipIt for ripping and Handbrake for converting the VIDEO TS folder to .mp4. Really simple.
  23. ansalmo macrumors regular

    May 23, 2005
    Another vote for Ripit + Handbrake. I've had problems in the past with some discs using MTR and Fairmount, but Ripit has worked like a charm for everything I've thrown at it.

    I'll usually rip a few and then queue them up in Handbrake.
  24. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    +1 for RipIt + Handbrake. Best combo for a fairly large dvd collection.

    Just ripped 9 yesterday after work and threw them all in the queue in handbrake and ran all night.

    Plus RipIt is set up to automatically start ripping as soon as dvd is inserted, and to eject as soon as it is finished. So I just watch for the discs to eject out of the mini and throw another one in. Don't have to do an input.
  25. GeekLawyer macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    I was going to make the same point and use the same example. I completely fragged the superdrive on my iMac a few years ago ripping my Star Trek DVDs. If I had it to do over again, I'd buy a cheap external and use the two-step process (MTR and then HandBrake).

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