I was wondering what is the better solution. I have a new 2.8GHz 24" iMac with 4GB RAM and a 750GB Seagate 7200.10 HDD (Thank you Apple for using a quality drive!) a. Using Handbrake to rip a DVD for Apple TV using 2-pass encoding straight from the DVD. vs. b. Extracting the DVD using MTR and then using Handbrake at the same settings. My reason for asking is most DVD's take approx. 12-30min to extract. And once that is done, I can queue several projects to run overnight. But mostly will I get a higher FPS/shorter rip time going from the HDD than from a DVD. i.e. am I limited by the speed of the optical drive read. c. follow up: If I do rip from the HDD rather than disc, is it better to have the file on the internal from which it is reading and ripping, i.e. more strain on the HDD and slows down the process, or should I use an external HDD to read from. I already have a FW400 drive with a 500GB 7200.10 drive that already has about 40 MTR extractions on it - main features mostly, some with full menus/extras.