Need help finding software to rip DVD to WMV on a mac???

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Pumpkin King, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Pumpkin King macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2007
    I recently got a Windows Home Server (HP EX485) and am beginning to rip all my DVDs to put on the server and stream from the server to my Xbox 360.

    I have done lots of research and it appears that the only formats that will stream from a WHS to Xbox360 are AVI and WMV. Anything in an AVI bucket however will not play if the audio is encoded at 5.1. It has to be stereo only. That is unacceptable since I am playing on a surround system. As much as I may not want to, I need to encode in WMV.

    The main problem is that my household consists of 2 macbook pros. I installed the Windows 7 beta on mine just because I needed it to administer the new server. I would MUCH prefer to rip to WMV using my mac. I was planning on getting a netbook for my girlfriend over the summer since she wants one and I was secretly planning on using that to admin the server after the beta ceases. But a netbook would stink to use for ripping since it won't have a built-in drive and will be seriously underpowered compared to my MBP.

    I appreciate that not many people here probably have a lot of wmv since flip4mac takes a lifetime to convert, but maybe someone was in my position... Any suggestions are very much appreciated. I'd prefer a simple interface that can rip in very high quality (up to HD) and 5.1 audio.
  2. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    If it can play AVI's, use Mac The Ripper for saving the DVD to your hard drive then Handbrake for encoding to AVI. It can mix down 5.1 audio to stereo and encode to MP4 video with Mp3 audio in an AVI wrapper that you can still play back on your mac or a PC using VLC.

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