How to rip my complete Friends box set?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by snowydog, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. snowydog macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2011
    Hi all

    Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I wasn't sure where to put it.

    I have late 2011 MBP and I have Handbrake to rip DVDs

    I want to rip all my friends DVD - the whole 10 seasons - on to my laptop!

    How do I go about doing this saving the most space? Each season is roughly 7.5gb each (roughly just) so that would be well over 80GB ....

    It's the programme I watch the most so I would like it there so I can stream to my iPad or whatever...

    Any advice or tips?

    I only got my MBP in October...but I may purchase an external hardrive in the future so I can keep all my entertainment programmes and movies on but I'm not looking to buy just yet..

    If I put all friends seasons on to the laptop would it slow down the laptops performance?
  2. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    You'll want an app that will rip the DVD's to a VIDEO_TS folder. I personally use DVDFab. In the event that DVDFab doesn't work, then I use Fairmount.

    With a DVD ripper, you're making a duplicate of the DVD. After you have the DVDs ripped, you can use Handbrake to make the m4v files. Just use the appropriate Handbrake preset. I like to use AppleTV2. Just make sure you check to see if the shows are interlaced. If so, apply the de-interlace filter.

    I would just rip the DVDs and then encode the individual episodes. Then I'd delete the VIDEO_TS folders from the hard drive.

    Lastly, I'd used Subler to add artwork, descriptions, etc. to the individual episodes. Then import them into iTunes.

    The only way it would slow down your laptop would be if your hard drive got too full.
  3. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    As long as you leave about 15% space on your hard drive, no.
  4. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    Once I purchased the Apple TV 2, I put every DVD and TV show on my Macbook and haven't looked back. The ease of access is completely worth the time commitment. Ripping and converting your media to your Mac should not slow it down simply because it is stored on there.

    In order to rip your media to your Mac, you will need a program to actually take the content from the disk to your Mac; I use MacRipper. Handbrake will not accomplish this, it will only convert the content to the necessary format for iTunes.

    1. Open Ripper (or other ripping program) and rip entire disk. It will automatically save to the movies folder on your computer.
    2. Open handbrake and chose the ripped disk from movies and load it into handbrake.
    3. In order to convert each episode as its own entity, chose each episode from the pull-down title menu.
    4. Save the episode with a unique title in the Destination file name bar and click add to queue. Do this for every episode on the disk.
    *Note: be sure to save each episode with a different title to convert. It's not like converting the entire disk at once as if it were a movie. This would not allow ease of access to each episode.
    5.Once you save each episode to the queue, open the queue and click start. Each episode will be saved to the movies folder on your computer in the new format.
    6. Import each converted episode into iTunes. They will import as movies and you can change the information such as format and other properties, once they are in there.
    7. Once your are sure the shows/movies are successfully imported into iTunes, you can delete the original ripped copy of the disk and the converted copies of each episode from your movies folder. They have been successfully copied into your iTunes folder.

    I hope this helps. I'm far from a tech guru, but like to offer advice where I can.
  5. snowydog thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2011
    Guys your advice has been great - thank you sooo much!!

    It's actually been so long (ok a few months) since I ripped a DVD - I actually had a DVD ripper on my old laptop - I used Handbrake to convert it for my iPad to store on there before I got my MBP .. duhh :eek:

    May take me a bit of time, but like you said totally worth it...I guess I should do it AFTER I hand in my 3 assignments in the next two weeks :eek: and stop procrastinating on here :apple:
  6. Digidesign, Apr 13, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012

    Digidesign macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2002
    Great advice from Bozley, my only suggestion is to check out an app called iFlicks (link goes to mac app store info). After step 5 I use iFlicks to automatically pull in metadata such as cast/crew/descriptions of each episode or movie. It will also grab cover art and automatically change the metadata to be a TV show or Movie. For some reason, changing it in iTunes only saves the changes in the iTunes database, not the actual files. So if you ever have to copy back your TV shows into iTunes, you'd have to manual go through and change the metadata again. iFlicks can also do some encoding/conversion, but I use handbrake and just use iFlicks for Metadata.

    It's a paid app at ~$20 but it saves a lot of time!

    (cues theme song from Friends) We'll be there for you! :D
  7. snowydog thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2011
  8. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    I like iFlicks but I own identify2 also. The great think about the paid version of identify2 is that it can write the metadata into the file's title.


    Friends S03E11 title of episode (SD) (1996).m4v

    That being Friends season 03 Episode 11 standard defitinition and year the episode aired.

    It is very customizable, I even add (ID) so I know I tagged it with identify2.

    Identify2 lets you choose from multiple cover art where as iFlicks chooses for you.

    Identify2 also has many more customizable metadata fields.

    I mainly use iFlicks for converting MKV and AVI files. My own DVD rips are done with Handbrake and identify2 for tagging.

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