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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by sap12690, Mar 6, 2011.
Whats the best free program to rip a DVD and convert it for apple TV?
PC or Mac?
Mac the Ripper works pretty reliably for me.
Handbrake and it's free
so i just insert the DVD and it will rip it? i used to use DVDdecrypter
+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!)
Handbrake for encoding...a sperate program to do the ripping, like Fairmount.
Download and follow the procedure in this thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=805573
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.
i just wanna rip it and then use vuze to convert it to apple TV, what program can just rip the audio/video?
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.
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
Agreed, I've used Handbrake with little to no issues. Why bother with a 2 step system?
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.
As I said, Fairmount can do the ripping. It's all in that procedure I linked to.
+1 on handbrake. its great. very easy to use with the presets and even better- its 64 bit.
I'm really enjoying the one click simplicity of 'Ripit' at the moment:
Seems to work real nice.
This really killed the superdrive in my old iMac.
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.
Can't disagree with that, add another vote for RipIt.
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.
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)
Atv settings show no motion artifacts for me.
I use RipIt for ripping and Handbrake for converting the VIDEO TS folder to .mp4. Really simple.
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.
+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.
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).