New iMac! DVD ripping question?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AppleLou, May 14, 2011.

  1. AppleLou macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2011
    Got my new iMac on thursday and I love it.

    It's the base end 21.5" and it's faster than anything i've ever owned before, hah.

    But here's my question:

    Is it possible to rip the DVD's I own onto my iMac and play them through iTunes without the disc?

    I ask this because I own A LOT of dvd's and it would be more convenient to just have them all on the computer instead of having to constantly change discs when I want to watch a movie.

  2. mike.coulter macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2008
    There's a program called Handbreak which is excellent for what you've described. I also have a program called RipIt, but I havent used it much.
  3. AppleLou thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2011
    Awesome, thanks.

    Another quick question;

    Will the DVD retain full quality when I rip it? and how much space will it take up on my HDD per movie (average)?
  4. sanity macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Handbrake is very flexible. You can rip in as good of quality as you want. On average settings figure about 1.5Gig per movie. You will need VLC installed too. Google it.
  5. Vassius macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    Using Handbrake and a lot of time and patience, I have put my whole DVD collection of 500+ discs into iTunes. Then I access the library from my AppleTV. It's awesome! Totally worth the time and effort.

    I use Handbrake's "High profile" preset, which gives the highest quality possible. A 2h movie at this setting lands at ~1.7 GB, which I'd say is pretty reasonable.
  6. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    How long would it take to rip a 2 hour movie on a 2011 3.1GHz Core i5?

    Also, I noticed that most movies on iTunes are about 3.5 GB for the HD versions. How come the highest settings on HandBrake encode the movies at half the size? Is the quality not as good as iTunes?
  7. RollTide macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    I ripped Oh Brother, Where Art Thou. on the baseline iMac and it took 15-20 minutes.
  8. iRobby macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Fort Myers, FL USA
    wow!! i DID NOT KNOW THIS. I planned on getting the 1TB +256 SSD If /i choose to store DVD movies and Tv Series season sets should I go to 2TB?
  9. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    You can also rip it as a disc image, then open the VIDEO_TS folder in VLC. Why bother with lossy re-encoding?
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    DVDs are not HD.

    Space. Handbrake can take a 4.3GB movie down to as little as 700MB.
  11. kevin2223 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2010
    If you have lots of content (movies, music, etc.) it might be a better idea to keep it on external drives, if possible. You can get a 3TB external connected to the iMac for less than the 1TB to 2TB (~$150) upgrade cost. iTunes will see the content as though it is stored on the internal drive once you have it set up. And for a little more, you can use 2 (2TB) hard drives for a backup.
  12. horsekack macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2011
    I have a dumb question to ask everyone then. Does anyone know how to rip a blu ray? I got a burner not to long ago but I cannot find a program to use.
  13. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I'd like to know as well. Can it be done with an external Blu-ray burner with OS X or do you have to go through Windows?

    I'd love to take advantage of that 27" screen with HD movies.
  14. BBQXXX macrumors member

    May 10, 2011
    I would love to know the same about blu rays. I was planning on getting a drive here soon.
  15. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
  16. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
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  17. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    I plan on buying a LaCie Blu ray burner. I read that you can rip Blu ray through handbreak, but I question the source. Anyone here done it successfully?

    I also had a question as to what settings do you recommend for high quality ripping for DVD's.
    I set constant quality at RF 18 (some ppl say keep it at just 20 but I like to be safe). H.264 and 29.97 fps (mpeg 4 has a lightly less quality, but it is incredibly small). I don't mess with advanced settings atm.
    I assume prologic II will be 5.1 compatible? And I use the highest bitrate.

    Once it is ripped I change the file to MP4 and it works on my Sony USB connection.

  18. theRick119 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2008
    How is your iTunes speed with that setup?

    I've got about 100 movies in iTunes on my quad core windows machine with raid 0 drives and updating meta data in iTunes takes minutes per file now with all that data in there.

    Ate you experiencing any of that?

    If not them I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong...
  19. Vassius macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    I have my iTunes library on an external FW disk, and I haven't noticed any performance issues regarding meta data. Even bulk changes on whole tv show seasons are pretty much instant.
  20. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    I use the AppleTV 2 preset. The movies work on iPad, iPhone 4, and AppleTV 2.

    I figure that the people who write handbrake and made the presets know the best settings that compromise qualty and size. Also, the AppleTV preset keeps the original Dolby Digital 5.1 sound file that the AppleTV 2 can playback. In addition to stereo prologic II that the iPad and iPhone need.

    I think There is a Blu-ray ripping app called makemkv or something similar.
  21. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    What app are you using to update the metadata? iTunes?

    IIRC, iTunes, in regards to videos files, will not update the actual video file but only the iTunes library file. That means if you start a fresh iTunes library/collection, you lose all of yourntagging except maybe the artwork.

    Things might have changed but this is how it used to work.
  22. blevins321, May 23, 2011
    Last edited: May 23, 2011

    blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    If you feel adventurous...

    If you're feeling up to a cool Mac challenge, take a look at the DVD Automator scripts available here. Once you do the initial program installations, it makes it quite simple to rip and encode bluerays and regular DVDs. I recently finished doing all 350 of my DVD movies and about 100 disks of TV seasons (Stargate SG-1 = Squeeee).

    Edit: It does Bluerays too :D
  23. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    Here's the link to the definitive blu-ray ripping thread on MacRumors. There's always a lot of good DVD/blu-ray ripping information on the AppleTV forum.
  24. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Handbrake is not meant to be a disc ripper. It is meant for encoding and transcoding. Even the HB devs say this. It can rip discs, but I prefer to separate the workflow so I use makemkv (which works perfectly for BR discs) and then I use HB to encode the mkv files into an iTunes friendly container
  25. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    So what is a good program to use to copy the disk to my Hard drive and de-crypt the blue ray video file?

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