I've been using everything from Fairmount, RipIt and Mac the Ripper 4.0 for full DVD backups on my Mac Pro. 1. I've used Handbrake to convert the rips, using the BEST settings as to not decrease the quality of the DVD rip: Handbrake Settings: Video: - m4v w/ H.264 - Large file size - 1500 or 2000 bitrate with 2-pass Audio: Extremely crucial as I have a Pioneer Elite VSX-33 AVR that supports AC3/DD/DD Pro-logic II, THX, MCACC and I want to maintain quality - AC3 - AC3 − 6-Channel Discrete, Highest kbps (640+) - AC3 Passthru - AAC (I believe for 2-channel stereo devices) Months of intense research has resulted in many conflicting recommendations. I know audio layer 1 is usually decoded first, other layers are automatically selected based on the device. I want the BEST options for audio that would supply 5.1-7.1 surround sound w/ Dolby Digital and THX, etc and a second layer for 2-channel stereo for iPad's/iPhones. Streaming Handbrake converted m4v's via iTunes to my aTV2 which is connected to my Pioneer AVR via HDMI (Devices input via HDMI to my AVR, and AVR outputs video via HDMI to my 50" Pioneer Elite). Streamed m4v's via iTunes play in 5.1 rich surround sound, everything works. However, I need to make certain this is the best method to maintain full movie quality. I want to ensure that Handbrake is the BEST converter, I don't care about free or not.