rip raw dvd content?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Z400Racer37, May 1, 2012.

  1. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    hey guys,

    is anyone aware of a way to rip an entire dvd to my mac hard drive? I've used apps like handbrake, but the encoding makes it look really REALLY bad, so i just want to make an exact duplicate of the dvd file and store it on my HD. anybody know how to do this? I've looked around forever on google for programs that would do this, but all i get is articles about handbrake, or something like dvd to AVI or things like that. don't want avi. don't want mp4. just an exact copy.

    thanks a lot everyone!
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Drag and drop. Then use a program like VLC to play the VIDEO_TS folder, which will be the entire content of the DVD.

    Be warned that of course it will take up a lot more space than a Handbrake-ripped video, because it's not being compressed in any way in the process.

  3. Xe89 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    I use Ripit. It creates an exact copy of the dvd (including the menu). You can later compress the ripped dvd with Handbrake if you want.

    It costs money but I think it's worth it. There's a free trial though.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    RipIt works fine most of the time. Now and then you will get a DVD with some weird copy protection scheme and Ripit will not work. I rip DVDs that I like to watch when I'm traveling; put them on my MBP HDD and watch in the hotel. Also protects if you have kids who tend to mangle DVDs.
  5. Xe89 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    I see. If Ripit fails you could always test Makemkv. Menus aren't preserved but there is no transcoding involved so both video and audio quality is the same as on disc. Makemkv just puts the tracks in an mkv file instead of the dvd format.
  6. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    Best is DVDFab for Mac; It has a free version which simply dumps the disc (no ability to compress DVD-9 to DVD-5 for example) might be enough for what you need...

    Next is Mac DVDRipper Pro. It's very good and has a simple interface. I'd say 95% success rate.

    All the others fall well below these two. RipIt while nice looking and simple has a lot of issues with rips. Try running a RipIt rip through something like DVDRemaster Pro and you'll see what I mean...while the rips often "look" good there are lots of errors which cause issues especially if you need to remaster the disc along the way.
  7. Z400Racer37 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    thanks very much everyone! ill give 'em a go!
  8. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2011
    With DVDRemaster Pro you can extract raw streams from a DVD.

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