Dumb MacTheRipper 3.0 Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by smootling, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. smootling macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    I haven't bought DVDs in a long, but I recently picked up a boxset and wanted to rip them to my macbook so I could watch without the discs (trying to avoid the inevitable moral/legal debate here!). I used the public mactheripper version (2.6 I think?), but now browsing around I realize there is a more recent "secret" version. Ignoring the obvious questions of pirating the software or paying for potentially illegal software or whatever, is there any actual difference in the quality of the "rips" between the two? From what I can discern, the latest is just better at overcoming copy protection schemes, the actual end-product is still the same, right? Sorry for the question, I'm pretty clearly ignorant on the subject. Thanks for your time!
  2. winty03 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    The difference I know is that there is a license that is registered to you and only you and one and only one copy for a machine. Besides that, yes your correct the interface doesn't look different, but I have not run into a single DVD where it has had an issue with the copyright protection, unlike the free one. I would HIGHLY recommend getting the 3.0 to me it was night and day struggling with copyrights and no it just rips.
  3. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    I couldn't get MTR 3.0-R14m to rip Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I downloaded a trial of RipIt and it worked like a charm.
  4. WarMachine macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2008
    I tried MTR 3.0 and even though not much changed in the interface, the ripping process is much faster than in MTR 2.6.
  5. Habusho macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2006
    MTR is supposedly free. The developer is looking to get donations now for the newer version. Effectively making it payware.
  6. smootling thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Alright, thanks for the information! Does the actual quality of the video change though? I mean, there's no logical reason it would (a full rip is a full rip), but I'm dumb with this kind of stuff so bear with me.

    Basically, there's no need to redo successful rips with the new program?

    Sorry again for my ignorance, one last bump!

    DVDs I already have successfully ripped would not be any "better" if I were to rerip them? Basically, nothing has changed except new features to overcome anti-copy devices, so as long as I can make a back-up successfully, there's no reason to redo it with the new program?
  7. WarMachine macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2008
    As far as I know MTR 3.0 has improved algorithms that make the ripping faster and it does so with less trouble, but a successful rip is a successful regardless of which version you used. I doubt you'd get any discernible difference with another rip.
  8. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    The MTR updates are needed for another reason: the movie studios are constantly changing their copy-protection schemes to thwart your ability to copy a disk under "fair use" because their claim is that there's no reason you can't spend another $20+ to replace your scratched disk.

    Now get this: I received Casino Royale for Christmas and finally got around to watching it last month. It's a Sony BMG disk. The PoS Sony player I have wouldn't read the disk because of their lame copy protection. Their support site (which is horrible) said to get an updated firmware...none exist. Yet this disk plays fine ona cheap Emerson player. Go figure.

    All the more reason I prefer to rip my disks...just to get them to work on the players made by the same company that released the movie.

    As for quality: Depending on the settings you use, you should be able to get an exact copy. You may face some degradation if you try to burn it to a single layer disk unless you strip out a lot of unnecessary stuff like all the alternate language tracks, menus, extras, etc.
  9. smootling thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    Alright, thank you for your advice, I'm gonna get 3.0 in case I ever have one of those hard to rip movies, but I'll keep the copies i've made so far. I'm just very obsessive about archiving movies and stuff I've purchased 100%. Sorry about the bumping.
  10. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    I just have been firing up VMWare and using DVDDecrypter - if you already have a Windows based machine (though 99.9% of the time I use handbrake for storage on my popcorn hour)

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