Preffered/ Better OS to rip & convert DVD's??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by smilinmonki666, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. smilinmonki666 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    Sounds a silly question, but what does everyone preffer to rip & convert there DVD's too? The reason I ask is I'm starting to rip DVD's via DVDdecrypter on Windows XP. My machine is the following spec:

    P4 2.66Ghz
    1Gb RAM
    NVidia GeForce MX460 Graphics Card (64Mb)

    However, I want to get the following iMac in a few months:

    2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme
    2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

    Now I know that the iMac has dual core, but as they are based on Laptop Hardware, from what I can gather, do they actual make a difference in terms of quality. Not bothered about time. Does HB use the Graphics chip for converting file types or is it just the CPU. I'm a fan of *nix systems & would preffer to do it on the iMac. But if it doesn't make a difference I would rather start ripping/Converting now so its ready for when I get my iMac/ :apple:TV.

    Cheers for any help/ advice!
  2. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    It's not a silly question, but a matter of preference.

    I have a Mac Pro sitting alongside two PCs in my home office. I just picked up an ATV and am about to start on a 400+ DVD ripping effort. I'll be using all 3 computers to do it, as well as maybe even putting my company laptop to work.
  3. smilinmonki666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    So really theres no real good or bad answer. I could start now on my PC and finish off on the PC, then by the time I get my iMac I could then carry on with my PC without the bother of annoying my iMac, or use both? I just thought the processing power might have a little something to do with the quality of the outcome.
  4. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    nope. processing power will only affect the duration of the final outcome.
    ie. my macpro will get well over 100 fps (frames per second) while my imac is around 65 and my macbook pro is 40'ish.

    the more ram and processing power the better...
  5. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    If it is any help, I think AnyDVD is the best dvd ripping software that bypasses copy protection (if you have issues with a certain DVD). The down side it is only windows. I also prefer HB via OSX and not windows. This was based on my short experience with HB on my old windows machine before I upgraded to Mac. It may have been changed with the updgrades to HB, but I believe there has been more dev on OSX HB vs Windows HB.

    My setup is: 1 - Bootcamp to Windows and use AnyDVD and 2 - Encode in OSX using HB. Extra work, but ensures you don't have issues with copy protection.

    EDIT: When I say I didn't like HB in Windows, it is because it seemed like HB had more stability issues and there were errors, etc that I don't see in OSX.
  6. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    Never used AnyDVD.
    I always use mactheripper and never had a problem.
    I then use handbrake under OSX, i find it to actually be faster the handbrake under vista and slightly more consistent in its results.

    For those who have used both anyDVD and mactheripper, how is anyDVD better then the ripper?
  7. smilinmonki666 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    I only use AnyDVD for the ripping of HD-DVDs, apart from that, only use DVDdecrypter. :)
  8. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    AnyDVD vs. Mac the Ripper

    Oh, I've had a number of times Mac the Ripper failed to properly rip a DVD for me. It's good software; don't get me wrong. But the movie studios are constantly making adjustments to their copy-protection schemes on newly released DVDs. The AnyDVD product from SlySoft is nice, because their author really stays on top of all of that stuff. If a new title comes out that it can't rip properly, you can almost always expect an update to AnyDVD in about 48-72 hours that addresses the problem.

    Handbrake in OS X is really great software too - but like you say, it sometimes needs the help of another app to de-protect a given title before it can work with it, doing its compression magic to it.

    For me, the bottom line is, I *prefer* to rip my DVD titles and convert them using OS X and my Mac, but I've occasionally had to go over to my Windows PC, using software like AnyDVD, to get a stubborn one to rip.


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