Handbrake is very simple and self explanatory since it's an all-in-one solution and has selectable profiles depending on what your target is for ripping (PC, iPhone, iPod, etc.). So usually you just stick in a disc, let it scan it, pick which part of the disc you want ripped (this is the only nebulous part sometimes, since these aren't labeled due to the way DVDs are encoded, but on a regular DVD you'd generally just pick the one that has the longest displayed time since that's no doubt the movie), select the target profile and hit go. You end up with a file with the same chapter stops as the original DVD (no menu systems though), you can assign custom names to the chapters too, prior to starting the encoding if you want.are there any guides
any DVD, rips em all, only in windows, will still need Nero or any good burning softwareif you have a copy of windows laying around install windows via boot camp... ripit4me, dvddecrypter, dvdshrink, img burn (all free)
mactheripper has gone crazy recently and requires a "donation" to use the latest beta releases... 2.6.6 is outdated and fails on many current dvds, however you can still find mtr 3 r14f floating around, which will work on a lot of films... the current beta i believe is r14i however there is no way to get this working without spending money... even after using mtr if you want to shrink the film to fit on a single layer dvd its going to cost even more money for a program like DTOX (dvd2one) since there is no free mac dvd compression software.
How large is large? Will a standard 2 hour movie be 1 gig? 2? more?I'm going with handbrake on this one. The files it produces are quite large, though, just to warn you. As in, large compared to most files produced by other ripping softwares. Still, quality is amazing, so I'd totally recommend handbrake.