Is Mac The Ripper 3 worth the hassle downloading?

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  1. mac.jedi macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure I want to go the hassle of paying and licensing MTR. I've heard a lot people have had issues with having to repay, re-up, phoning home, etc.

    Is is worth it to go through all the crap to obtain MTR3 or is there a better alternative?

    Also does MTR 2.6.6 work okay under leopard on an intel mac? Is there a big speed difference between 2.6.6 and 3.x?

    I used to use MTR a couple years ago, but then started to just use HB. I'd like to start ripping multiple DVD's and queue encodes in HB.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    3.x can get past newer tricks used to prevent DVD duplication. I've only used 3.x so I can't compare it to 2.6.6.
     
  3. mac.jedi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How did the licensing go with MTR3? Have you had any issues?

    You can only use it on one computer right?
     
  4. darkpixie08 macrumors member

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    It was a huge pain to get , but now that I have it I'm glad. I had a couple dvds that handbrake couldn't work with, and MtR has managed to get them all onto my computer. The licensing was pain-free, although I've only had it for a couple days, so I don't know whether it'll become an issue later on.
     
  5. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    MTR3 crashes on me almost every time. And I've tried several different releases of it. So I'd never recommend paying money for it.
     
  6. mindcrash macrumors member

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    Works great for me and the licensing was fairly painless. Just follow the instructions and you're good to go.

    It doesn't phone home anymore, and future updates are free, you just have to request the latest version when it's released.

    It's well worth it, it's ripped everything I've asked it to and is updated regularly. I think the latest update was solely to address new issues posed by 3:10 to Yuma, so they're pretty quick to adapt.

    Easy peasy!
     
  7. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    it's worth it if you want to rip DVDs on your Mac. I haven't found a better solution. There may be delays getting updates or licenses at times but it all seems to work out in the end. I can't remember the last time MTR has crashed on me.
     
  8. 126351 Guest

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    Same here. Pirates (At Worlds End) is the only new purchase I have tried with MtR3. Crash, crash, crash.

    I've tried ripping it about 25 times now.
     
  9. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    Disney Pixar are the worst for putting bad sectors on their DVD's to defeat ripping.
     
  10. mindcrash macrumors member

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    Try ripping the main feature only.
     
  11. ceehjayem macrumors regular

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    I use MTR only if Handbrake won't work with certain files.
     
  12. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    Until MTR goes to a legit non-beta license scheme, I refuse to support it.
     
  13. Dont42Panic macrumors newbie

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    I also got frustrated with the whole licensing thing with MTR. Personally I use Handbrake, and if any discs give Handbrake problems I use a Windows based program call DVDFab to copy the disc and then run the copied disc through Handbrake on my Mac. Hasn't failed me yet and has worked on some of the movies I have heard a lot of complaining about, The Simpsons Movie, Stranger Than Fiction, Disney flicks, etc.
     
  14. mrfrosty macrumors 6502

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    I used to use MTR but i find "osex' much much better, and much much freeer.
    Seriously i don't think it has ever failed to rip anything for me....The interface is not up to much but the functionality is awsome.
     
  15. SystemHasFailed macrumors member

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    As I see it, you have two options for fullproof rips..

    AnyDVD (windows Only)
    MTR 3 (Mac)

    I didn't find it to be a hassle at all downloading and installing MTR. What I found to be a hassle are the laws in the country where the author lives that makes it harder and harder for him to make the software and do anything that involves 'selling' it. :mad:

    First - he can't actually SELL it because SELLing that kind of software where he lives is illegal. So he has to ask for "gifts" and it has to stay in "perpetual beta".

    Second - the DeCSS libraries can no longer be part of the MTR distributable - again because of where he lives.

    If you read his support forum you can find out how to solve the DeCSS library issues (it's a separate download).

    Now - if you want to spend 300 bucks on Windows/VMWare/AnyDVD you can certainly go that route. Personally I like to try to find Mac-specific solutions. And MTR is a great solution to a problem that's a complete PITA.

    :cool:
     
  16. Dorfdad macrumors 6502

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    why not just use the newest VLC and Handbrake together :)
     
  17. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Which one of those bypasses the copy-protection encryption? For me, Handbrake has NEVER worked for a commercial DVD that wasn't already ripped and stripped of copy protection.
     
  18. 4God macrumors 68020

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    I use Handbrake and only 1 out of 32 DVD's failed on me. It worked
    just fine for 31 (and still counting) of them.
     
  19. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    Same here, you do not need to rip them with something like MTR first. Using Handbrake alone has worked 99% of the time for me on commercial copy protected DVDs. I haven't used MTR in almost a year now because I simply don't need it anymore.
     
  20. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    That's interesting. It's never worked for me on commercial DVDs. I'll have to try again.
     
  21. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

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    Did it work for 3:10 To Yuma? Like you said, 99% of the time. What if more new releases get the scheme 3:10 has?

    I'm almost to the point where I might get Parallels so I can use DVDFabDecryptor. Before I made the Switch, that was my app of choice and never failed me.
     
  22. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I downloaded Mac the Ripper when I first decided to start ripping my DVDs and convert them to MP4 format for iTunes and Apple TV. I downloaded Handbrake at the same time but used it before MtR because it was a one-step process. I have now used Handbrake to both rip and convert to MP4 close to 50 of my DVDs, including 3:10 to Yuma, and have had no trouble whatsoever. MtR may be dandy but I simply haven’t needed it.
     
  23. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Handbrake doesn't rip to VIDEO_TS folder though, does it? I think that's why I don't use it. Most of my ripping is for making a backup and creating an mp4. The mp4 may be doable directly from Handbrake, but I think MTR is still needed for making backups. There is Fairmount, but I've had only spotty results with it.
     
  24. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    That’s right, Handbrake doesn’t rip to Video_TS but MtR does, indeed, do that nicely. Come to think of it, that's one of the reasons I decided to download MtR, although I have not yet had occasion to use it.
     
  25. gvegastiger macrumors regular

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    If you have access to a window's machine then go with DVDFab HD Decryptor. Its free, its updated, and it hasn't failed me yet. I've ripped all my movies now converted them to mpeg2 so I can stream them to my TiVo.

    AnyDVD is a good alternative however it costs money. DVDShrink isn't supported anymore so it won't work on the new DVDs and DVD Decryptor is the same way. There's plenty of options out there but so far DVDFab is the best one if you can run Windows on your Mac.
     

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