Best TV Shows You've Ripped

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by fivepoint, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. fivepoint macrumors 65816

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    Interested in everyone's favorite TV shows that they've ripped so far. Personally, I've decided not to rip anything in the 4:3 format, so no old ones... my favorite shows encoded so far (in this order) are:

    • Deadwood
    • Battlestar Galactica
    • Heroes
    • Rome

    If you haven't seen Deadwood, I STRONLY recommend it! :)
     
  2. odinsride macrumors 65816

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    Metalocalypse

    I'm saving the BSG experience for Bluray - hopefully they'll release all 4 seasons and Razor as a Bluray boxset when season 4 is over!
     
  3. mallbritton macrumors 6502

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    These do change, depending what I'm in the mood for but my present favs are:

    • The X-Files
    • Stargate SG-1
    • Firefly
    • Battlestar Galactica
    • Looney Tunes Golden Collections (LOTS o'cartoons, doc!)
    • Stargate Atlantis

    As an aside I did purchase BSG seasons 1 & 2 from the iTunes store and the quality is quite good. The only disappointment is those two seasons aren't in DD 5.1, but it's not that big a deal for me.

    Regards,
    Michael
     
  4. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I couldn't get my Firefly discs to rip with Handbrake or MTR. You had no problems? Also, how does stargate compare to BSG in your opinion? I've never seen it.
     
  5. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Stargate SG-1
    Stargate Atlantis
    Farscape
    Firefly

    Maybe more to come...

    I'm not ripping as much as I thought - would rather watch my TV and Movie shows with my home theater, on DVD and preferably, HD DVD/Blu-ray.

    If I rip for AppleTV, it's for watching upstairs in the bedroom. I also download a lot of documentaries that are released via iTunes rather than buy a higher priced DVD with 1 TV show on it.
     
  6. mallbritton macrumors 6502

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    I'm using MTR 3-r14m to rip my DVD and have not had any trouble. If you're still using v2.6.6 you might try upgrading. The process can be a bit tedious but it's worth it, I think. Just be patient and polite.

    I think the two shows compare well on a creative level. They both have strong characters and a good creative team behind them. Stargate is not as "gritty" as BSG, but it is intended to be as much of a straight drama as BSG is. The Stargate "universe" is not the dark place the BSG "universe" is.

    If you're a fan of BSG you might want to give Stargate Atlantis a shot first; that show has a darker tone than SG-1 much like BSG. You don't have to have watched SG-1 to enjoy it.

    Obviously I enjoy all three shows so I might be a bit biased. :)

    Regards,
    Michael
     
  7. mallbritton macrumors 6502

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    I've got all my DVDs ripped and accessible on :apple:TV. I really like the convenience of having it all in one place, almost literally at the touch of a button. If I want to watch that one specific ep of The X-Files with flukeman it in, I don't have to flip through my DVD sets to find it, just hit the :apple:TV Activity on my Harmony remote, scroll to the ep on the list and hit play.

    Of course I don't have a Blu-ray player, and right now my only legitimate source of HD video is the iTunes Store.

    Regards,
    Michael
     
  8. snowmaan macrumors regular

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    Guys

    I am a new PC convert to mac, and will post this in the appropriate forum maybe, but wanted to ask it here as you are all talking about this

    You talk about things like - "I've got all my DVDs ripped and accessible on TV. I really like the convenience of having it all in one place, almost literally at the touch of a button. If I want to watch that one specific ep of The X-Files with flukeman it in, I don't have to flip through my DVD sets to find it, just hit the TV Activity on my Harmony remote, scroll to the ep on the list and hit play. "

    This is 100% what I am wanting to do! How do I do this?

    My son loves the wiggles and Madagascar - bit the discs are sooo scratched, if I don't do this now, I will have to buy new ones.
    But also, I want the convenience watching them through MacTv would offer

    I just bought the iMac 2.8, 24" and also 160gb apple tv - arrives next week - aghhh, sleepless nights!

    But - can you tell me, nice and simply, how can I put these DVD movies onto my Mac, and watch them through Mac TV on my plasma?

    Sorry it's probably a lame question, and many times over answered, but all the google searching I have done only talks about converting DVD's to Ipod touch etc...
     
  9. ayzee macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the mac world :) Im a recent switcher myself and I have gone through the process of ripping all my dvds to my mac, so I can watch them on my plasma.

    I use the free software called handbrake to rip my dvds to the mac using Apple TV settings. This setting will keep your movies high quality. In order to hook your plasma to your iMac you will need to buy an apple mini DVI lead. Depending on your Plasma's connections it will be a mini DVI-Svideo, mini DVI-Scart, or mini DVI-VGA. If your plasma has a VGA port id recommed using that. Once you have this connected your Plasma will act as a second monitor to your iMac, so you can then play your movies on it.
     
  10. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You'll also need to use a program called MetaX (google search) to "tag" the ripped movies/tv shows before you add them into iTunes. If you check out this thread, you'll see what I mean. Eventually, as you back up your DVDs, you'll notice that your computer doesn't have the space necessary to hold all of the files (ripped movies are around 2GB each). At that point, you'll want to check out this thread. Good luck!
     
  11. snowmaan macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys!

    I bought Apple TV though, so I can stream them across wirelessly.
    I can do it this way can't I, instead of with cables and using the plasma as a second monitor?

    Also dont I need MacTheRipper?
     
  12. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    I'm in the camp that wants all of my DVDs encoded and stored for AppleTV usage, but I'd probably have to say the series that I have taken the most time on would be either The X-Files, or Futurama.

    I've re-encoded these series' at least three times apiece already, and am about to do them again ofr a forth time. Those darn Handbrake devs keep adding features that make these mixed-content DVDs look amazing, so I delete and start over. :D
     
  13. snowmaan macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone for the feedback, I dont want to highjack this thread, so created a new one for my questions.
     
  14. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

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    I don't yet have my ripping rig up yet, but hopefully when I do there will be TNG on Blu-Ray. Please?

    In the mean time there is Lost on Blu-Ray. :)
     
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    +1
     
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    Scrubs
    Arrested Development
    Old Twilight Zones
    Seinfeld
    Spaced
    Lost
    The Office (british and american)
     
  18. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    Dexter

    All you need is Dexter. Whooo! Third Season!
     
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    Torchwood. It's a BBC show that's a spin-off of Dr. Who. They just put out season 2 of the show on DVD.
     
  20. kolax macrumors G3

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    - How I Met Your Mother (all time favourite)
    - Peep Show
    - That Mitchell and Webb Look
    - South Park
    - Family Guy
    - American Dad
    - Futurama
    - Men Behaving Badly
    - The Inbetweeners
    - The Mighty Boosh
    - Weeds
    - Bottom (4:3 taken from VHS)
    - The Young Ones (4:3 taken from VHS)

    To name a few of my favourite TV shows I've ripped.
     
  21. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000

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    Yes. Yes. Oh God yes. How I Met Your Mother is probably the greatest show I've ever seen.
     
  22. fivepoint thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've also heard really good things about how I met your mother... Might have to check that one out. Didn't it get cancelled though?
     
  23. kolax macrumors G3

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    No - Season 4 is currently airing on Monday nights (we're up to Episode 2).

    Probably the best TV show there is right now. The writers are so creative - there isn't anything like it right now. Their techniques and styles of telling the story are fantastic. Plus the characters are just legen....wait for it...dary!
     
  24. fastgraham macrumors member

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    Best shows

    Mad Men
    Breaking Bad
    Freaks and Geeks
    Chappelle Show
    Mr Show
    The Young Ones
     
  25. SingBlueSilver macrumors member

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    - Curb Your Enthusiasm
    - How I Met Your Mother
    - The Simpsons
    - Seinfeld
    - Futurama
     

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