Seeking DVD Ripping Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by greenmountain, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. greenmountain macrumors newbie

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    So, with apologies for the very basic nature of the question...

    - I'd like to copy commercial DVDs which I own onto my hard drive for archive/preservation purposes. I would be playing these back only on my own machine - don't need to convert to a format for use on, say, an iPad, though playing the movies back in iTunes (as opposed to through the iMac's DVD Player) would be convenient.

    - If possible I'd like to preserve the DVD formatting (i.e. chapter breaks), though this is not essential.

    - It IS essential to preserve the episode breaks in DVDs of TV shows.

    I've done a bit of research, but the huge number of available programs has left me confused. All of them, of course, claim to be the 'best' and while I have no problem with buying the necessary software I'm reluctant to buy four or five different packages as I try out each one. It would obviously be better to have a single package that rips the DVD and converts it to a reasonably-sized format for playback on my iMac all in one go.

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    For an exact copy, I like Ripit. The file will open up in dvd player (~8gigs a movie with breaks, menues, etc)

    For any and all conversions, I use handbreak (this will allow playback in itunes); (~1 gig a movie and no menues though can have chapter breaks)
     
  3. greenmountain thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the quick reply. The RipIt website says that their program can also compress into an iTunes format "with one click" - so why is it better to use Handbrake?
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Handbrake gives you much much more control of settings
     
  5. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    DVDFab is now available for Mac, I've been using it for years on Windows; simple, intuitive and free. the free download continues to function to rip/decrypt DVDs, even after the trial period is over; the advanced functions cease to work. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

    DVDFAB Download
     

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