DVDs to AVI

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  1. Pyrotechnic macrumors 6502

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    I have quite a few DVDs that I would like to convert to AVI. I do a fair bit of travelling about and its a whole lot easier to drop AVI files onto my Macbook rather than carry a load of DVDs about, plus it will allow me to change them on a regular basis.

    What I am looking at, is a quick easy method of converting my DVDs to AVI files. I don't mind paying for software if it works. I have looked at imedia from iskysoft but wondered if there is a one stop shop program that will allow easy conversion.

    I also have an iphone so it would be nice to have the facility to convert to be able to add them to my iphone if required.

    Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
     
  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    I am going to assume that those DVDs are "Home Videos" that you want to back up and not feature films because that would be against the law. Handbrake is the easiest and cheapest way to do this. Now alone Handbrake won't rip DVDs with copy protection but the cool thing is that if you have VLC install it will use its libraries for decryption and rip them just fine. Handbrake has presets for all different types of file formats but you can also customize every setting. I would recommend using H.264 instead of AVI because you will get much better quality at the same file size and H.264 MP4s are compatible with pretty much everything now.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why avi?

    anyways use handbrake for encoding and mactheripper for ripping dvds
     
  4. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Handbrake can rip dvds if you have vlc installed
     
  5. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    I rip with Handbrake as well, is there any major difference between that and MacTheRipper?
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    handbrake doesnt rip, it encodes a dvd to a file. it also has the ability to encode a file into another format as well

    meanwhile, mactheripper rips the dvd data for data

    the two programs do not achieve the same purpose

    think of handbrake as itunes converting a cd to aac and mactheripper as lossless in a sense
     
  7. Pyrotechnic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I just presumed that avi was the best format. I do like the simpler software to be honest. Handbrake and all the settings look rather complex for my knowledge. ?
     
  8. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Handbrake isnt too bad. Know that half the buttons dont need to be bothered with. Pick a format, choose what quality, and rip.
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    use the normal setting in the latest handbrake

    pp4 files with h264 encoding is muuuch better than avi in terms of quality for the same space
     
  10. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    As I said before, Handbrake has the ability to decrypt DVDs if you have VLC installed.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    lol

    handbrake is an encoding app. yes it can encode straight from a dvd to a file. it cannot rip the disk though

    mtr does no encoding and gives a pure rip

    trust me or research it more yourself

    btw, you cant even use hb without vlc installed anymore since like 2 revisions ago
     
  12. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Tbh, i dont see the point of MTR unless i am missing something. All it does is copy the files to your hdd. I can copy *_TS folders with Finder.
     
  13. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    My mistake, you are correct on this. Not many people just want a straight rip of a dvd so I tend to over simplify things.
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    No you cant as the Video TS folders without the use of an app will be uncopyable unfortunatley due to protection measures

    I wish it were that simple
     
  15. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    http://www.metakine.com/products/fairmount/
    I use that to break encryption. It works really well and doesnt get in my way. MTR just seems weird to me. The interface makes it look more complicated than it really is.
    But in the end both work so who cares? ;)
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i use that too more than mtr as mtr is kinda flaky these days

    however, it still wont rip my 310 to Yuma disck or dark knight:(
     
  17. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Have you tried DVD43 in windows? I havent used it in a long time but it worked on all of my movies.
     
  18. Pyrotechnic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK, I am a little confused now.

    Yes, many are home movie DVDS. I have also bough a Media Hard Drive which I can plug into the TV.

    So really all I need is some software, to enable me to create a file such as an AVI to dump on either my MacBook or my Media Hard Drive.

    Will Handbrake simple convert them to a more suitable file, if so which is the best one to go for.

    Please note I am a relative novice at this ;)
     

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