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Mac the Ripper vs. Handbrake

  • Handbrake

    Votes: 45 78.9%
  • Mac the Ripper

    Votes: 12 21.1%

  • Total voters
    57

acearchie

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jan 15, 2006
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I know they are both free but I would like to know from some perrsonal experiances.

Pros/Cons????

Thanks

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

epochblue

macrumors 68000
Aug 12, 2005
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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...
 
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acearchie

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jan 15, 2006
3,264
104
These programs have different functions? This poll is stupid.

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!
 
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Osarkon

macrumors 68020
Aug 30, 2006
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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!

Then you'd be wanting handbrake because it has compression settings. :)
 
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Chundles

macrumors G5
Jul 4, 2005
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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.
 
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princealfie

macrumors 68030
Mar 7, 2006
2,517
1
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.
 
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n-abounds

macrumors 6502a
Mar 6, 2006
563
0
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.

Bah! I was so pissed when it couldn't rip CR...

Seriously, where's my MacTheRipper update? :confused:
 
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cycocelica

macrumors 68000
Apr 28, 2005
1,800
3
Redmond, WA
Bah! I was so pissed when it couldn't rip CR...

Seriously, where's my MacTheRipper update? :confused:

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.
 
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t1937r0

macrumors 6502a
Sep 5, 2006
842
0
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.
 
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MamaWildBear

macrumors newbie
Mar 16, 2008
12
0
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.
 
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GSMiller

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Dec 2, 2006
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Kentucky
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.
 
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igucl

macrumors 6502a
Oct 11, 2003
569
17
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.

Well said. I agree. So, who will stand up and inform those of us who are ignorant on this subject?
 
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iknowyourider

macrumors 6502a
Mar 26, 2008
566
1
onanorthboundtrain
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.
 
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sickmacdoc

macrumors 68020
Jun 14, 2008
2,035
1
New Hampshire
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.

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 http://www.ripdifferent.com 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.
 
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MamaWildBear

macrumors newbie
Mar 16, 2008
12
0
Thank you!

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.

Perfect! Thanks for clarifying.
 
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spinnerlys

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Sep 7, 2008
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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.
 
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mkrishnan

Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
29,776
12
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Perfect! Thanks for clarifying.

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,
 
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MamaWildBear

macrumors newbie
Mar 16, 2008
12
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Also, as this is pretty old thread...

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.
 
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danny_w

macrumors 601
Mar 8, 2005
4,380
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Suwanee, GA
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.
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.
 
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Mr Rogerss

macrumors member
Sep 11, 2008
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0
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.
 
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GSMiller

macrumors 68000
Dec 2, 2006
1,666
0
Kentucky
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.

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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