Looking for DVD conversion software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ScottR, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. ScottR macrumors member

    May 11, 2007
    I have a box of old DVDs that I'd like to convert to movie files.

    These are NOT commercial DVDs--they're home videos and the like made back when hard drive space was relatively costly and it made more sense to burn them to DVD than to store on a hard drive, especially when it came to sharing among friends/family (and not everyone had broadband). Back then I was the only one with a DVD burner (and the know-how) so I ended up making everyone's discs. Now I'd like to be able to get rid of that box filled with dozens or scores of DVDs.

    So, I'm not looking for decryption, just a way to quickly set up a workflow and convert 1) for quality (though obviously DVD quality is much less than HD) and 2) speed (since I have so many).

    Playback will be on different devices, mainly via Macs, but also by Smart TVs that can play video stored on a connected NAS.

    I've used Handbrake for a half-dozen disks and it's generally OK... I use High profile, since I didn't think anything else would look better, considering the source. But I've mainly had two problems:

    1) I've inexplicably had a few "No Valid Source" errors. Most of the fixes I've seen online seem centered around encryption issues, but since these AREN'T encrypted DVDs, I'm not sure what else to do.

    I have an old copy of DVDRemaster, and that could handle the same DVDs. I'd be tempted to use it, but it's old (released in 2012) and very slow; I checked for an update and found out that it's been so long since I've used it that the company has since shut down.

    2) I'd like to find something that handles subtitles better (though perhaps the issues I've been having are with QuickTime and the MP4 format). For a dozen or so of the DVDs I'd thought it a grand idea to annotate them with subtitles, thus identifying people, places, and things but able to be turned off. While they often work fine, despite using the same setting sometimes the subtitles don't appear and sometimes they're burned in. I don't know why.

    So, since I'm looking only to convert and not decrypt, what would work best?
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    I'm done w DVD's, but you've updated Handbrake to 1.0?
  3. ScottR, Feb 19, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017

    ScottR thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2007
    I have 1.02
  4. ScottR thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2007
    If you read my
    If you read my original post you'd see both that I did Google "no valid source" but that didn't solve the problem, and that I specifically said that I didn't want DVD ripping software.
  5. RocksIRC macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Santa Clarita, CA
    http://www.macdvdripperpro.com/faq.html go here and download trial before you buy i like this software as my favorite dvdripper for osx. let me know how you like it or dislike it... thank you.
  6. ScottR thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2007
  7. Queen6, Feb 26, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2017

    Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    That because it's exactly what you need to do; Rip & Transcode, the source is irrelevant as long as the application converts the DVD media to MP4 etc, as is the execution. Many of the suggested applications will directly transcode the DVD media, which takes time unless you have a very fast Mac/PC.

    Handbrake is solid, for a simpler and faster solution try RipIt from The little App Factory, you can either create DVDmedia files (effectively a lossless file bundle) that Mac's can play back natively or RipIt can directly compress the DVD content to high quality MP4. What I have done is copy the DVD's to hard disk, this then allows for a digital back up, I then transcode the media to either MKV or MP4 for greater flexibility of usage.

    Also worth noting once the DVD media is on a hard disk you can then cue up multiple titles and set the computer to work when it's most convenient to do so.


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