Can Handbrake skip bad sectors?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by hypersapien, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. hypersapien macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hello- I'm trying to rip the final disc of Dexter Season 1 (disc 4), which contains only the final episode and mostly bonus content. I'm getting bad sector errors that prevent me from completing this season. Are there any work arounds for this problem?

    I just watched the disc normally, and the episode plays fine. When I use handbrake to rip this disc, its initial "scanning new source" dialogue only gets to 11 of 19 titles and then stays there.

    Any ideas?
  2. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    Try opening up the DVD and dragging the entire contents to your hard disk. (usually a VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder) and see if you can get everything successfully copied.
  3. hypersapien thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2010
    I'm trying that now, so far one VOB file didn't work. I'm going to copy as many files over as it lets me, and hope there is a way to rip the files that did successfully transfer.
  4. roidy macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    Assuming that the disk is in good condition then bad sector errors are usually a type of copy protection that DVD's use to stop you copying them. Most DVD decrypting software can handle bad sector copy protection, eg AnyDVD for windows.
  5. hypersapien thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Thanks for the advice guys, I finally got it to work and am now better prepared for the next time I face this.

    First, I tried copying all the files from the dvd to my HD. Five of the largest .VOB files on the disc couldn't be copied over. I tried running hand brake on a couple of the largest .VOB files that did transfer, but they came out all scrambled. However, I could still make out that these select tracks were the ones that contained the episode I wanted.

    Next I downloaded mac the ripper. MCTR allowed me to select the individual titles I wanted to rip rather than the whole disc, thus skipping the bad sectors. I don't know if there's a way to make this program output a .m4v file or not, but I got a repackaged folder of more .vob's and stuff. So I then ran handbrake on this new folder, and voila! Finally I have completed this series. =)
  6. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Note that in HandBrake you can use open source title specific to just scan and encode the exact title you want. Much like mtr or dtox. As long as the bad portion is not in the title you want to rip (which in this instance sounds like the case) hb will ignore anything but the title you specify.

    Note: If you are using 0.9.4 or greater (which you should be imo) there is a shortcut. Any time the source browse window is open, after you choose your dvd, hold down the option key while clicking the "Open" button, that will tell the HandBrake MacGui to ask for the specific title next and then only scan that title number instead of the entire source.
  7. CAWjr macrumors 6502


    Jan 19, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    OMG..I am running 0.9.5 and I just tried the Option trick. It worked like a champ! I will never again scan the entire disk. Thank you so much for that!!
  8. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    No problem, scans are much shorter if you don't have hb scan the entire disk, especially on those 99 title disney flicks.
  9. giobox macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2009
    This is the most useful shortcut I've learned in a while. I have ripped hundreds of DVDs in Handbrake and not known about this. Thanks!

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