Ripping DVDs

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cberry240, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. cberry240 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Just got an AppleTV for Christmas and am looking at my pile of DVDs and wondering how long it takes to rip a DVD.

    I have iSkySoft DVD Ripper for Mac. I'm looking at ripping to M4V at 1280x720 Xvid codec medium quality. I'll grab the artwork from Amazon.

    I have an older Macbook Pro laptop...early 2008 release. Any suggestions on how to tackle this?

    I have a 2TB drive coming for storage.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Probably about an hour each ... but why ripping at 720p? DVDs are not capable of that.
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Just use Handbrake + VLC on the ATV2 setting. Stay away from DiVX or XViD.
  4. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    If you have a big pile of DVD's then it's best to use the 3 program workflow unless you want to automate the process.

    I use RipIt + Handbrake + Identify.

    I use RipIt because it does a really good job and can set it up to automatically start ripping as soon as you insert a disc. It will rip the dvd into a folder of your choosing and eject the disc when it's done. Just keep feeding the machine discs as soon as you see it eject one.

    Once you get a "batch" done with RipIt, then use Handbrake to encode them for iTunes and reduce the ripped file size. The reason to do a batch at a time is because you can put as many as you want into Handbrake's queue and let it run by itself.

    After encoding then use a program like Identify to tag all your movies with artwork and all the movie info. Plus it will then automatically add them to iTunes when done tagging.
  5. N0ddie macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2011
    I use RipIt + Handbrake as above. Will give Identify a god though.

    My 2008 MBP took ages (hours) to rip 1 DVD, my 27" iMac now does them in about 20 mins.

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