Rip DVDs or Download?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by supafly99, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. supafly99 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    Which do you prefer?

    Do you prefer to rip your own DVDs so you can specify file formats, or do you just find it easier to buy off of iTunes or download torrent movies to play on a hacked ATV?
  2. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    buying off iTunes is great. you get great quality for cheap. and you don't have to worry about ripping your DVD to your computer as a backup (or to ATV for that matter).
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I would prefer to just be able to download a free, high-quality digital copy of the DVDs I already own. But, since I already paid for several hundred DVDs over the years, I'm not about to drop all that cash. So I've ripped and encoded them all myself. It took a long time, but it was a lot cheaper that way.
  4. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Same, and now that I'm done, I'm so glad I did it.

    Of course, as I was learning about what the right video/audio options were for me, I had to go back and redo a bunch of the early ones I did, but my DVD's are all happily locked away in a plastic box in my basement.

  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I prefer to buy DVDs and rip them than buy videos from iTunes as I don't like the DRM
  6. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
  7. tazhombre macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2008
    In the process of ripping all my DVD movies and TV shows. Thought long and hard about just going the easy route of the itunes store, but I hated the idea that I'd be locked into the compression that was used. Having the physical media I can rerip to my hearts content, especially if a better compression format comes along.

    Next up: Ripping my Blu-ray movies.
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Renting is good as well.

    I used to purchase too many DVD's. The costs added up. So I decided to change my system that I must rent or see the movie in a theater first, then if I really liked it I would purchase it.

    I am doing the same with iTMS. Rent first then purchase if I really want the movie. For $10 movies, that rent at $3, the break even point is 7 out of 10 movies. So if you rent 10 movies and purchase 7, you will pay the same as if you purchased 10 movies. Purchase less than 7 movies and you save funds. Purchase more than 7 movies and you pay extra than if you just purchased the movies outright.

    If you purchase only a couple movies for every 10 that you watch, then the savings add up. Also, you don't have to worry about storage space as much.
  9. vw412fan macrumors newbie


    Nov 25, 2008
    But HD movies from iTunes would still be noticeably better in quality than ripped DVDs, right?
  10. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    well, depending on the encoding I would say yes. remember sd dvd is only 480p, no matter how good you set up your transcoder of choice, it will never be better than the original.

    believe it when I say that apple is not ripping their itunes movies from a dvd source.
  11. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I'm pretty sure Apple is using HandBrake though :D
  12. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    I am ripping the ones I own and that's it. I don't plan on buying any movies on iTunes because iTunes doesn't support 5.1 DD & DTS.
  13. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I buy DVDs. I really don't like the DRM iTunes has on videos.
  14. TheRogue macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2007
    If I have it on DVD ill rip it most of the time, recently I downloaded a season of Spaced (i own the box set) because it was put on the DVD in a strange way and I didnt want to mess about with chapters to rip it (it was lumped together as one big file). Sure the quality is a little less than my own rips but for the time and effort it saved im fine with that.

    I do like buying off of itunes, just for the convenience and the prices are usually pretty good. Having it delivered in the right format and already tagged properly is what sells it for me. The DRM is easily removed as well so if I were to move away from ipods in the future I could still play all the media I have bought.

    Ive noticed that now ill often prefer buying new content from itunes rather than DVD.
  15. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    I might be being ridiculously stupid but how do you get rid of the DRM? I thought as far as videos were concerned you were stuck with it (as opposed to music where you just burnt it to a cd and reimported)
  16. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    hah... yeah. right.
  17. mohanman macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2007
    I prefer to rip my own dvds. THe quality of the itunes movies (not the HD ones) are not as good as my handbrake dvd encodes. Plus you can add your own subtitles in, and its much cheaper. Some of the movies on itunes are expensive.

    This isn't the same for the HD movies of course, those are a instant buy for me.

  18. Albion macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2008
  19. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    ME TOO.

    I would prefer buying HD off of iTunes if I could easily remove the DRM. I ripped 175 DVD's and I am glad I did but it is quite a bit of work. So if I could buy the HD version off of iTunes and then "easily" remove the DRM I would definitely do that. I also do not want to spend 100's or 1000's and not be able to play the movies on other devices (like say my XBOX).
  20. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    er, the hd movies from iTunes usually *do* have a 5.1 dd ac3 track.

    No DTS though, however I am not really sure what you would play back a DTS track on in terms of apple devices.
  21. Robbadore64 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    At almost 700 gig of movies in my library. Two movies purchased through iTunes, the rest ripped.

    Must admit I really like the quality of HD Quantum of Solace coming in at around 4 gig vs some of the SD rips I've made at close to the same size. Will certainly buy more HD movies from iTunes in the future.
  22. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I have done both and well, gave up on ripping and buying them instead on iTunes.

    As an example, I bought all nine of the X-Files box sets as they were released. When I plated them on my computer, I would get these horizontal lines depending on the scene. Same thing would happen when I tried to rip them, those horizontal lines would appear no matter how I ripped them. I then gave up and bought all nine seasons on iTunes and guess what? No lines and the video quality is just the same minus the horizontal lines. If there is any other differance in the video quality, it's not that noticeable. Plus on iTunes, you get the chapter titles already encoded.

    I have since bought several other movies that I owned the DVDs for as well and the quality is just the same. I will likely never buy another DVD again.

    HD movies sold on iTunes are amazing. I think they are worth the $19.99.
  23. omni macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    I guess I have some OCD tendencies but I watch a ton of TV Shows on DVD (now appleTV) and I tried to download a few and just couldn't handle it. All the logo's and those giant things at the bottom where characters walk onto the screen and say what will be next. Drove me crazy.

    I prefer to rip all of my own DVD's - time consuming but worth it. Now I have all the episodes, everything is organized, tagged correctly, all with the same parameters, etc.

    I don't like buying off of iTunes simply cause I don't think it's worth it. TV Shows are like $2 each and most season have 22 or so eps - thats easily $44 and we haven't even started talking about HD yet. I really don't want to buy HD tv shows/movies as I don't want 2 copies of everything laying around my harddrive.

    So far I've encoded all of my SD stuff in Universal and all of my blu-ray stuff is obviously in 720, which is fine.

    However - I do like to rent movies from iTunes haha.

    hexononx: Sounds like you should have de-interelaced x-files. I encoded all 9 seasons also and had no problems. In the current version of Handbrake, just turn decomb on and you should be fine.
  24. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    Me too...

    Me too.
  25. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    That wouldn't have mattered because as I said above, those horizontal lines were in the picture even when I watched the actual X-Files DVD on my computer. When those same lines carried over to the ripped copies, I gave up.

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