Recommendations for DVD ripper with Lion

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by William.Mantle, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. William.Mantle macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
    Hi everybody.

    I am a long time reader and first time poster!

    I can normally find the answers to my questions by using the sites search tools but had a bit of trouble with this one.

    Basically Ive bought a new 2011 MacBook Air which came pre loaded with Lion.

    I'm incredibly happy with Lion and find it a pleasure to use. Thus changing back to SL is not an option for me.

    I travel a lot and love to have my own personal dvds saved onto my laptop - especially for long haul flights.

    I want to be able to save all my favourite dvds onto my new air so obviously I need a ripping tool. However, now I have Lion it appears a lot of ripping tools don't work with it yet. Can anyone recommend the best dvd ripping tool for Lion? I don't mind paying something for it.

    Also, just to make it clear this is for my own personal collection of dvds that I have paid for in full (mostly the Office - absolutely love this show and always good for passing travelling hours) and I will not be using it to do download pirated internet movies, etc.

    Finally, although the Apple superdrive counterpart to the air is very well priced and visually attractive I'm wondering if I can use a none apple external drive - I would rather purchase something a bit more impact resistant for when I do take this with me (camping, biking, etc). Will a none apple external CD/dvd drive work and can anyone recommend anything here?

    Thanks to all that take the time to read this thread and maybe even add to it.

  2. dubAdub macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Bray, Ireland
  3. theIlluminati macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2011
    dvd rip

    yep, Handbrake all the way wouldn't go with out it!
  4. William.Mantle thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
  5. thatdrewguy macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    I have two external dvd drives that I can use with the Air. The Plextor requires two USB cables for it to work with the air, one USB for power. I have a Lenovo external that works just fine with the Air using a single USB cable.
  6. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    I highly recommend Slysoft's DVD backup products -- but it's Windows only, so you'd need Bootcamp or Parallels or a Windows machine.
  7. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    I've tried to use different DVD rippers, but like others have said handbrake is the best. It just works, the others have all these presets and they're a mess. Plus not a penny out of pocket.
  8. Hey Jude macrumors 6502a

    Hey Jude

    May 9, 2008
    Another vote for Handbrake --- still works great with Lion.
  9. William.Mantle thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
    Hi Guys

    I bought a Samsung SE-S084D portable drive from Amazon for £30 with delivery.

    Been using handbrake like you suggested the last few hours and it's absolutely amazing!

    My new air has become the ultimate media machine.

    Thanks again for all your help with this.
  10. AlecEdworthy macrumors 6502


    May 1, 2007
    Leicestershire, UK
    Quick question... Does it use one or two USB sockets to make it work? I know quite a few external drives end up needing two USB sockets to power them properly (one for power plus data, one for extra power) but I wasn't sure if the Samsung SE-S084D was one of the few which don't.

    Thanks, Alec
  11. William.Mantle thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
    It comes with a chord that has a main usb and secondary usb - it works absolutely great with just the main plugged in... It works on my 11" air perfectly.

    Reading the instructions the second would make burning faster or allow input from a 2nd computer... but as I've learnt it works like a dream with just the 1 main usb.

    Get one bro - I've been hugely impressed!
  12. iperson21 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    +1 for handbrake,
    just to let you know, one feature of handbrake that i feel like many people go without noticing is its size output.
    you can choose around the size of the output, so if you want more movies to fit on a relatively small ssd of the MBA, you can do so.
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
  14. IrieItes macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2011
    Hi, I'm also juggling with this issue since I have my new laptop (with Lion). For number of years I've used Mac The Ripper. Now I have Tried three different rippers: HandBrake, RipIt and Mac DVDRipper Pro. I'm not fully shure If I love the interface/look of HandBrake but as everyone seems to be going for this one, I will try to get use to it.

    My question: how about quality of rip? I noticed that both RIP IT and MAC DVD RIPPER PRO convert the files in "dvdmedia" format that weight 7.78 GB for a specific film, when I use HandBrake, the default setting convert it in a "m4v" format that weight 621 MG. I would asume that the quality is much better with the "dvdmedia" extension. But I also noticed that once I drag the mv4 format of 621 MG in Toast 11, the burn file weight is expected to be 4.19 GB (so there is a conversion (my comprehension is expending datas that have been compressed). Any comments/suggestion in order to get the best quality possible?

    By the way: In Toast 11, you can drag a "dvdmedia" format to burn it, which wasn't working in Toast 9.
  15. cowensatuic macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I too just bought an apple mac pro with lion os. I downloaded handbreak to convert my DVDs to my harddrive and the conversion is pixelated/blocked. Can anyone help.
  16. ragu macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2009
    What are you converting to ? I use regular high profile for my apple tv and it's perfect why not try that setting let me know how you make out?
  17. johnsu, Oct 31, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2013

    johnsu macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    I personnally think the best mac lion dvd ripper is currently DVD Ripper for mac v2.0.3. It handles a lot of DVDs others won't and it can recover scratched DVDs that no other software will dare to try. Free trial if you want to give it a go!:apple:
  18. alex39 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    RipIt does not detect the volume, when I convert DVD movie to an MP4 for my ipad
  19. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Second that and on my mba win 7 partition. The combination of slysoft and anydvd give you a lot of flexibility.

    Under Lion it is VLC and Handbrake combination ...
  20. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Whats the best way to make an MBA play any region DVD? I have a mix of American Asian and European discs.

    Can you just plug in an external multi regional drive or is it all to do with the software on the laptop itself?
  21. alex39 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    wrkactjob, Do you mean Handbrake? you can plug in an external multi regional drive directly.
  22. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    +1 for HandBrake.

    The definition of what software should be. All clean, multi-platform, nothing fancy, open-source. Works perfectly for me, every single time. And it's well architected. Among other things, all the GUI does is build a command line to eventually call the CLI version of HandBrake.

    This means, should need / want it in the future, you can fully automate encodes by calling the CLI version from a script (or even an alternative GUI). See <somewhere>/HandBrakeCLI --help.
  23. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
  24. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    I also had problems with the latest version Handbrake with Lion. I ended up downloading an older version of Handbrake which works OK with Lion although I have 3 DVDs from a mini-series that I can't rip.

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