RipIt vs MacTheRipper + Handbrake ?

Which DVD ripper do you use?


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Blu101

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Ok, so got my first mac yesterday, set it all up, now I'm ready to rip my favorite DVDs for the road. I've been researching and reading about dvd rip programs, and from what I've read, I like a combo of MacTheRipper and Handbrake, or RipIt.

Which one do you use and why?
 

Mr Kram

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stand alone handbrake works for me. i've almost finished converting my 800 DVD library with maybe one or two hiccups.
 
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davidwarren

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I do ripit then handbrake. Ripping takes about 30 minutes, so you can queue them up in handbrake.
 
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Blu101

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stand alone handbrake works for me. i've almost finished converting my 800 DVD library with maybe one or two hiccups.
800 DVDs? :eek:

What year did you start?

:)


I do ripit then handbrake. Ripping takes about 30 minutes, so you can queue them up in handbrake.
Why are using both of those together?

From what I've read, people mention using handbrake with mactheripper (mactheripper in case handbrake can't get through a certain dvd), but ripit appears to handle everything as a stand alone.
 
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ideal.dreams

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I use Ripit, and I LOVE it. It's worked on every DVD I've given it, only having trouble on Iron Man 2, as it uses a new copy protection, which is currently being broken through by the Ripit Dev team.

When you rip a DVD with it, it creates a .dvdmedia file, which allows you to watch it as a real DVD, even without the DVD. If you want to put the video on an iPod or iPhone, you can just download handbrake and it'll work fine.

I don't really like Mactheripper that much, so I'd definitely recommend Ripit.
 
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davidwarren

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800 DVDs? :eek:

What year did you start?

:)




Why are using both of those together?
From what I've read, people mention using handbrake with mactheripper (mactheripper in case handbrake can't get through a certain dvd), but ripit appears to handle everything as a stand alone.
because it takes about 30 minutes to rip, and about 2 hours to compress. If I have a bunch to do, I can rip them all, and compress them overnight.
 
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munkery

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Handbrake should be able to rip most DVDs as long as you have VLC installed as well.

Handbrake requires libdvdcss to rip dvds with some types of copyright protection but this library is not built in to Handbrake. Handbrake dynamically loads libdvdcss from VLC if you have VLC installed.

Fairmount is a useful tool as well that uses VLC in the same manner. If you want to manage your video media in Video_TS format, Fairmount can extract this format from DVDs.
 
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MrMoore

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I use Handbrake alone when it comes to movies. Since it is a one off I can just let it run through.

For TV Show DVDs, I'll use RipIt, then queue up each episode in Handbrake and let it run over night.
 
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superflush

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I just started looking into the RipIt vs MacTheRipper vs. Handbrake question.
Just downloaded Handbrake to start using.

I use Ripit, and I LOVE it...
When you rip a DVD with it, it creates a .dvdmedia file, which allows you to watch it as a real DVD, even without the DVD. If you want to put the video on an iPod or iPhone, you can just download handbrake and it'll work fine.
When RipIt creates the .dvdmedia file, do you have the option of creating another file as well?
 
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Elsmar

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I know this is an old thread, but... I have used MacTheRipper since around 2006. Recently they announced a change in "pricing" which amounts to about US$45 a year. I bought Ripit a while ago but didn't really use it. If I remember correctly, I bought Ripit when I had license problems with MacTheRipper and after 2 weeks or so of no feedback from the MacTheRipper person I bought Ripit. Just after that (a couple of days or so) I got a response from the MacTheRipper person so I continued using it. I am used to MacTheRipper so I just sorta let Ripit sit on my drive without using it.

The thing with MacTheRipper is you have to pretty much jump through hoops to get a "license" using Paypal and you have to use words like "This is a gift" and stuff. Hushmail emails and all that, too. And the author takes off now and again so there may be 2 weeks to 6 weeks where you can't get a license or any help. I was using version 4.0 which is about 1.5 years old. They just updated it to 4.1 which requires a new license and another paypal "gift" of US$40. I decided to try using Ripit for a while and haven't had any problems so far.

What I typically do is rip a disk to folders. Then, if it's a DL disk (the big ones over 4.5GB) I use DVD2oneX2 to compress it. I haven't tried Ripit's compression yet (I've just recently started testing it). I do know that when MacTheRipper screwed up and it didn't "notify me" it had a problem (which it has done a couple of times) DVD2oneX2 would always flag it (I don't want to have to watch every disk I rip all the way through when I rip it to ensure a good rip). I'll probably try Ripit's compression feature soon.

So Yes - MacTheRipper is still there. And it is a good program. But, by the time you jump through all the hoops to get a license, as long as Ripit works I won't worry about MacTheRipper.

BTW - I just did rip a disk with both programs and timed the time it took each to rip the same disk. Each took almost exactly the same number of minutes and I ended up with files almost the exact same size.
 
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CylonGlitch

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Just finished my 300+ library and found that 90% of the movies could be ripped by anything. Those 10% could be hard. I found that MacTheRipper worked fine on about 90% of the 10% and RipIt worked for the remaining 10%. I eventually phased out trying MacTheRipper and just use RipIt now (I own the full version) and have had NOTHING fail on it.

I use Handbrake for all recoding because I just batch them up and go.
 
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Elsmar

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I bought my Ripit license on 12/17/2010 for $24.95 - About half of what the MTR folks charge. Version 1.5.5.

Like I say, I haven't ripped many disks with it yet but so far it appears to work OK. I don't rip lots and lots of disks but so far I'd agree that 90% or more disks are no problem with MTR. In my case it's probably more like I can only remember a couple of disks it wouldn't rip.

As an addendum, I downloaded a program called Mac DVDRipper Pro today. I got the demo and ripped the same disk which took MTR and Ripit 36 minutes to rip. This program is cheap and ripped the same disk in 32 minutes. But it choked on my external firewire 400 LaCie DVD drive (which is probably 3 or 4 years old or older). So - Since I then ripped from my internal drive (it worked fine) that might account for the 4 minute performance improvement.

Anyway, for now I figure I'll use Ripit as my 'regular' ripper, and if I find a disk it can't rip I'll try MTR4.0. If that doesn't work, I'll forget it and move on.
 
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CylonGlitch

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When RipIt creates the .dvdmedia file, do you have the option of creating another file as well?
It's just a bundle with the AudioTS and Video TS files in it. And yes, you can tell it not to add the .dvdmedia extension and it will be just a directory.
 
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tc2000

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I recently upgraded to a MacBook Pro.

Specs : 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GM RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, 150GB Static HD.

Handbrake takes about 35 minutes to rip AND compress to an M4V format using the built-in AppleTV2 setting. After the Handbrake process, I load into Subler to add metadata, then drop into iTunes. From there I serving them up via Home Sharing and launching via a couple Apple TV 2's around the house.
 
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Sweetfeld28

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I used to use MactheRipper r14i, but most of the newer movies couldn't be ripped with it, since support was halted.

About a year ago, I received RipIt with my MacHeist purchase. I have used it a couple of times, and can gladly say that it worked flawlessly. Its a very good, clean looking app. I would use it more, if I had the option to output as a MKV file.
 
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