Handbrake still the best software for ripping my dvds?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by siritalks, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. siritalks macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    The thread title says it all really. I'm running Lion, and want to put my DVD collection into iTunes for use with Apple TV.
  2. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    Handbrake is the best for ENCODING movies, but not quite the best for ripping them. If your doing a large amount of DVD's then it would be better to use a combo of a ripper, encoder and tagger. Plus you can do them in "batches" which is much more time efficient.

    Personally I use RipIt + Handbrake + Identify = iTunes compatible movies with artwork and meta data all embedded in the movie file.

    Use RipIt to rip the movies off the dvd's, then you can set Handbrake up with the queue to run through all the rips at night and depeninding on the computer and how many your doing they'll be done in the morning. Then us Identify to tag them all and add to iTunes.
  3. siritalks thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    RipIt looks interesting. It says it can also do the Apple TV files themselves? What's the benefit of using Handbrake over RipIt?
  4. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    While I haven't looked into the specifics of the RipIt calls the AppleTV encode, I do know that Handbrake has the specific AppleTV2 preset which work with the iPhone, iPad and AppleTV2 which looks fantastic on all devices and on my 52" Sharp LED LCD.
  5. Maxington macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    Oshkosh, WI
    I have been using RipIt & Handbrake and find it the best solution currently out there for ripping full DVD's (as backup) and encoding them for my Apple devices (specifically AppleTV & iPad).

    You WILL run into some DVD's that can not be Ripped via RipIt though :( as is the case with other DVD "archiving" software
  6. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    Been using DVDFab Decrypter for years on windows; now available for Mac. Can't recommend it more highly.
  7. proximo macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2011
    I use iVI to do the rip, encode and tagging and have been really happy with it. It can even automatically insert the rip into iTunes, although I don't use it that way:


    Under the covers I believe it uses Handbrake for encoding. If you buy a copy, get the Pro version from the above web site and not the app store version since the latter has the DVD rip function disabled.


  8. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Yes, it uses HandBrakeCLI and an old version at that. Its in the package contents for iVI and does not use any newer version of HB you might have installed on your system.
  9. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Probably worth a quick mention here that VLC 2 which is in beta now ... will not include a libdvdcss.dylib for the macgui version of hb to use. so in effect, unless you install a separate libdvdcss library (which they will host), the mac version of hb will no longer be able to use vlc to read encrypted dvd's.

    Just sayin'.
  10. rpenzinger macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Agree! Best trio!
  11. hfthomp macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Another vote here for IVI Pro. I used to use Handbrake but ran into some problems with it and recently. Switched to IVI and love it!
  12. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I've been using IVI now for about a year...love it...Especially the "pass thru" mode...
  13. RichardF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2006
    New York City

    I have the same question.

    Why not simply use Handbrake?

    Besides, Handbrake support Remote Disc on the MacBook Air whereas RipIt doesn't seem to.
  14. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    Handbrake is fine on it's own, no question there. But if you are going to be doing your entire collection or large batches at a time, it just makes it easier and more productive to use the combo of apps. Just doing one disc, then it makes sense to just let HB do it's thing.

    Also keep in mind that HB uses the drive the entire time it is encoding and RipIt uses the disc in about half that time so less wear and tear on your Superdrive.

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