ripping a DVD to ipod using MR guide doesn't work, alternatives?

jng

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So I have a 7.5 hr train ride tomorrow and just realized today that I can rip DVDs to my iPod for the ride.

So I've been following this guide:
http://guides.macrumors.com/Ripping_a_DVD_to_an_iPod_Video

I do import it via Mac the Ripper first, then I go into Handbrake and I did it once fine but forget to reduce the picture to 320 in width so it wouldn't transfer to my ipod. When I try to do it now, Handbrake just crashes on me. I can get down to about 336 ok. Then at 320 it crashes. I've tried clicking and holding and letting the numbers fly down or slowly clicking the down arrow to 320 but either way it crashes.

Any ideas why?

Is there another way to rip a DVD to the ipod? What if I buy Quicktime Pro, I heard I could do it that way too.
 

Eidorian

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Handbrake would be the direct route from DVD to iPod. iSquint and VisualHub can handle every other video format to iPod compatible.
 

wwooden

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If you just want some videos that look good on your iPod, try downloading the latest version of "Instant Handbrake", that has a presets for "iPod". I find it works very well.
 

Eidorian

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If you just want some videos that look good on your iPod, try downloading the latest version of "Instant Handbrake", that has a presets for "iPod". I find it works very well.
Instant Handbrake hasn't been updated in ages. It was effectively a one shot and has been replaced by the options in Handbrake.
 

jng

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Which version of Handbrake are you using? Have you tried deleting the preferences for it?
0.9.0

the latest I guess since I downloaded it today.

Hmm, in the prefs, I just found an option that lets me use ipod/itunes friendly extensions. Maybe that'll work....nope.
 

Eidorian

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0.9.0

the latest I guess since I downloaded it today.

Hmm, in the prefs, I just found an option that lets me use ipod/itunes friendly extensions. Maybe that'll work....nope.
I mean in ~/Library/Application support and in ~/Library/Preferences.
 

jng

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Hmm, I'm totally blind, I just noticed this on the side. Click "iPod Low Rez" and didn't even bother clicking "Picture settings". Now it's doing its thing making a MP4 file. Hopefully I'll have a workable iPod movie in an hour!

Thanks for all your help :)

PS - maybe someone should update the MR guide to just say, click "iPod Low Rez" heh.
 

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jng

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Update:

It worked! I ripped and created a file for my iPod perfectly. The first DVD (the Matrix) ripped fine. I then tried Casino Royale and it wouldn't work however. Kept saying done after the first scene, opening credits (<1 min.) weirdness.

Another question though, almost all of my DVDs are widescreen and I only have an iPod Video, so it's kinda even smaller on there. Is there any way to make it bigger and fit the whole thing like full screen? (without distortion)
 

ebony

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Update:

It worked! I ripped and created a file for my iPod perfectly. The first DVD (the Matrix) ripped fine. I then tried Casino Royale and it wouldn't work however. Kept saying done after the first scene, opening credits (<1 min.) weirdness.

Another question though, almost all of my DVDs are widescreen and I only have an iPod Video, so it's kinda even smaller on there. Is there any way to make it bigger and fit the whole thing like full screen? (without distortion)
casino royale is very difficult to rip. It can be done on a pc using anydvd and nero.... but thats probably no help to you !
 

odinsride

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casino royale is very difficult to rip. It can be done on a pc using anydvd and nero.... but thats probably no help to you !
I ripped casino royale using Mac The Ripper 3.0 r14d last night with no problems.