Mac the Ripper vs. Handbrake!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by acearchie, Mar 12, 2007.


Mac the Ripper vs. Handbrake

  1. Handbrake

    45 vote(s)
  2. Mac the Ripper

    12 vote(s)
  1. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    I know they are both free but I would like to know from some perrsonal experiances.



    P.s Does anyone suggest any other DVD rippers for mac, those are the only 2 I hhave come upon!
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    This is a hard one because the two apps tackle the same problem very differently.

    I went with MacTheRipper becuase you end up with the raw DVD when you're done instead of a compressed mp4, but unless I'm backing up one of my DVDs, I tend to use Handbrake.

    So, yeah...
  3. vashim66 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    These programs have different functions? This poll is stupid.
  4. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Although you COULD use Handbrake to perform some of the same functions as Mac the Ripper, I reccomend you get both and use them to your needs.
  6. acearchie thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    Sorry yeh I realised now! So im guessing there is no real alternative to Handbrake! All I want to do is convert dvds to avi or mp4 to watch on the go!
  7. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Then you'd be wanting handbrake because it has compression settings. :)
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Get Mediafork, it's basically Handbrake developed on their forums and includes the new H.264 settings for the iPod allowing 640x480 H.264 movies rather than being limited to MPEG-4 for 640x480 content.

    Mediafork 0.8.0 has replaced Handbrake until the proper developers amalgamate the two programs in the next few weeks under the guise of Handbrake 0.9.0.

    MTR and Handbrake/Mediafork have two very different functions.
  9. princealfie macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    Mac the Ripper is too complicated for me. I'm actually that dumb.

    Handbrake is way easy to use. H264 encoding is awesome.

    Neither does the Sony DVD's however. I had to use Magic DVD ripper on a PC to rip Casino Royale.
  10. n-abounds macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2006
    Bah! I was so pissed when it couldn't rip CR...

    Seriously, where's my MacTheRipper update? :confused:
  11. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    Support the developers and get the beta releases. It cost $30 and helps support the developers and keep MTR free plus you get all the updates before everyone else. The newest releases tackles all the latest copyright protection **** that companies put on DVDs.

    The newest update rips CR perfectly.

    Moral of story: Support developers.
  12. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    Yeah, this poll is like, "What do you like better Firefox or iTunes?"
  13. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    I agree. They do serve two different purposes. Of course, if neither
    of them work for a particular DVD, you might consider firing up FairMount
    and then trying them again. This has worked well for me on several
    different occasions.

    Additionally, VideoLan Client (more popularly known as VLC Player) has a few
    similar features, although not nearly as easy to use as MTR -or- Handbrake.
  14. MamaWildBear macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    So what's the difference?

    How about instead of getting nasty and sarcastic, you just explain the difference? Clearly the poster and I'm sure many newbies to Mac such as myself, don't know. I searched for a DVD ripper and both software programs popped up.

    Mac The Ripper is listed as a "DVD Ripper/Extractor"
    Handbrake is listed as a "DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter"

    That is certainly far more similar in purpose than Firefox vs iTunes so I don't think this thread is that useless. When I first got my MAC, I didn't even know what MPEG-4 was and I'm an IT professional.

    So how about you all be nice, share your experience and explain each software program and under what conditions and for what purposes you would use each one? I'm sure that's what the original poster was after and I would sure appreciate the info as well.
  15. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    They're not really comparable because even though they both rip DVDs they rip them in different ways. If you want to back up a DVD, use MTR, if you want to rip it to view on your computer/iPod, use Handbrake. If anything MTR and FairMount are the most comparable.
  16. igucl macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2003
    Well said. I agree. So, who will stand up and inform those of us who are ignorant on this subject?
  17. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2008
    I tried to use MTR to rip a dvd (copy a dvd) to use in a dvd player. I personally have found it hard to use. I tried to use their forum to learn more and I failed there at registering. I wanted to support the developer, if it worked for me, but I have given up for now.

    Handbrake works awesome for me. I use it to rip dvd's (and compress at same time) to mp4 format for using on computer, ipod and home theater PC (Mac Mini). You can actually then convert it (mp4) to divx with DivX Converter, to play in most modern dvd players. You can put 3 or 4 movies on one disc and use your remote to select.
  18. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    To add to that I wanted to say that registered supports do not only get the new releases sooner, but they get the ONLY real releases- everything else out there other than official releases emailed directly from the developer are ripoffs in torrents and such.

    By this I don't mean the abandoned freeware version 2.66 which is still around (and has been an unsupported version for around three years now)- I mean current release versions in the 3.0 series which are light years ahead of the old 2.66.

    If you need to backup your personal copies of current DVDs for safekeeping, just head to and register for the Mac The Ripper forum. Then simply follow the stickies in the main forum to obtain your copy of the latest release which has a license generated for your individual Mac.
  19. MamaWildBear macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    Thank you!

    Perfect! Thanks for clarifying.
  20. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    I use them both.

    I rip the content of a DVD with MacTheRipper, and once the data is on my hard drive I use Handbrake to convert it to anything I like.
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    For use on a computer, also, one of the major differences between Handbrake and MTR is that MTR provides you with the entire structure of the DVD -- menus, navigation, subtitles that can be turned on and off, multiple audio channels, interactive features, etc, and completely preserved quality, and generally rips much more quickly than HandBrake -- at the cost of much larger files. In contrast, Handbrake provides much smaller files that can be used on devices like the iPod, but lose all the DVD features mentioned above, and take longer to generate from a disc.

    I use MTR for making temp copies of movies to use on my Eee while on trips or in another room than the TV or whatever, because the copies get made quickly, my SDHC is big enough for them, and I'm just going to delete them anyways.

    Also, as this is pretty old thread, it's worth noting that, while at the times pointed out above, MediaFork and HandBrake were two separate apps, AFAIK the development re-merged and you don't need to go searching for MediaFork anymore,
  22. MamaWildBear macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    Thank you all for the great information. This is a pretty old thread, as you point out, but with Mac sales through the roof there is a continuous supply of mac newbies and this sort of information is what we are looking for as we learn new ways to do everything we're used to doing the Windows way.
  23. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Exactly. I use each for their intended purposes. MTR rips (and ONLY rips) to a VIDEO_TS folder structure. Handbrake encodes that VIDEO_TS folder (actually just one stream of it) to use in a variety of different ways, including iTunes, iPod, and :apple:TV. Although Handbrake CAN encode directly from the dvd, the best feature of Handbrake (and why I use a separate ripper) is that it can queue encodes from VIDEO_TS and not require the dvd itself. Therefore I use MTR to rip several dvd's to my hard disk, and then queue up several of these and do the actual encoding during the night while I'm asleep.
  24. Mr Rogerss macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2008
    I used handbrake to rip a DVD on to my hard drive has a MP4 and it when it was done it had no sound.

    Any suggestions? I didnt mess with any settings, I just hit like two buttons to get it to start ripping.
  25. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Have you tried ripping it in another format then converting it to MP4 with iSquint? Such as MPEG or AVI? The MP4 tends to do that, I remember when iTunes first had the ability to convert video files to MP4, 90% of the time they would wind up with no sound. Unfortunately, iSquint has been disabled and is said not to work when you try and install it, but you could try downloading it from MacUpdate and see if it'll work for you. The source code has been released so there should be multiple open source alternatives before too long. Another way to convert it to MP4 would be with QuickTime Pro, but that is the slooooow route.

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