Program to copy DVDs to HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DwightSchrute, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. DwightSchrute macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2006
    Does anyone know of a good program to copy DVDs to your hard drive with DVD quality video? I travel a lot and want to put movies on my Macbook so I don't have to carry around DVDs and waste battery life by using the DVD-rom.
  2. shawsinio macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
  3. Old Smuggler macrumors 6502a

    Old Smuggler

    Sep 8, 2006
    The above program works and Handbrake is good also
  4. DwightSchrute thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2006
  5. DwightSchrute thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2006
    Okay so I copied a DVD using each piece of software. I like handbrake beter but the problem is when I click on the movie it doesn't play...any ideas why? I encoded it in mpeg-4 with 100% quality.
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    what player are you using?
  7. Apple2Mac macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2006
  8. DwightSchrute thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2006
    That VLC player didn't work...I guess I'll just try using a differnet encoding method (probably the wrong terminology but you guys know what I mean).
  9. Kartel macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    If you rip it as a divx avi file, VLC will play it fine. That's what I do anyway. Divx is also playable on some dvd players.
  10. thugpoet22 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2005
    New York
    I was just wondering... if you rip the dvd in mpeg 4 format, can it be viewed using quicktime or transfered to an ipod and played there as well?
  11. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    If you use the right settings, yes it can. Apple states the MPEG-4 and H.264 settings required for iPod playback on the website. Currently, 640x480 H.264 encoded in Handbrake won't work because Apple changed the baseline profile they were using but the previous (320x240, 600kbps video, 128kbps audio, H.264, baseline profile, .mp4 file) settings should still work. MPEG-4 settings are 480 pixels horizontal resolution, up to 2.5mbps total bit rate including 128kbps audio.

    Once Handbrake is updated to support the new requirements you should be able to get some stunning results for your movies as well as put them on your iPod and watch them all over the place.

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