Which DVD ripping software do you recommend?

hajime

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I am moving. Don't want to carry lots of original DVD with me. I tried handbrake but it cannot copy well probably due to copy protection. Lots of pausing and distorted images. What software do you recommend? Please note that I bought the DVD in Japan and the USA. The software needs to be able to handle DVD from different countries.
 
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I, personally, would download DVDFab Decrypter (which will handle any region). It's free but you will notice it ask about the other programs but all you need is DVDFab Decrypter. Then you can use Handbrake with no issues.
 

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I use makemkv and then run it through handbrake. While its a two stage conversion its not that bad because you can queue multiple files from the first stage onto handbrake and run them overnight.
 
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I am moving. Don't want to carry lots of original DVD with me. I tried handbrake but it cannot copy well probably due to copy protection. Lots of pausing and distorted images. What software do you recommend? Please note that I bought the DVD in Japan and the USA. The software needs to be able to handle DVD from different countries.
While I haven't worked with DVDs from different regions, I've never had an issue converting about a 100 or so using Handbrake. In case it's helpful, here's some info about the decryption library (libdvdcss) necessary for it to work.

https://www.reddit.com/r/osx/comments/3n6gz4/el_capitan_apparently_broke_handbrake_ripping/
 

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not exactly same question, but relevant, do modern laptops still run burning hot when you rip a DVD/Bluray?

I stopped doing that because my older laptop almost melts doing it and it takes up to 2 hours to do so.

I use makemkv and then run it through handbrake. While its a two stage conversion its not that bad because you can queue multiple files from the first stage onto handbrake and run them overnight.
what does the handbrake part do if you already ripped it using MakeMKV?
 

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not exactly same question, but relevant, do modern laptops still run burning hot when you rip a DVD/Bluray?

I stopped doing that because my older laptop almost melts doing it and it takes up to 2 hours to do so.



what does the handbrake part do if you already ripped it using MakeMKV?
Make MKV produces a file that is between 20 and 30Gig. Handbrake compresses the file and makes it compatible with apple devices. You end up with a file of less that 4Gig with similar quality.
 

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not exactly same question, but relevant, do modern laptops still run burning hot when you rip a DVD/Bluray?

I stopped doing that because my older laptop almost melts doing it and it takes up to 2 hours to do so.



what does the handbrake part do if you already ripped it using MakeMKV?
Video encoding is CPU-intensive work. How every many cycle and cores you have, video work can always use more. That's why it makes your system run hot - the process max's out resources.

MakeMKV takes the bits off the media. Handbrake re-encodes them to a different codec/container (like mp4) and enables you to make adjustments to make the output file much smaller in size with adjustable quality levels.
 

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Video encoding is CPU-intensive work. How every many cycle and cores you have, video work can always use more. That's why it makes your system run hot - the process max's out resources.

MakeMKV takes the bits off the media. Handbrake re-encodes them to a different codec/container (like mp4) and enables you to make adjustments to make the output file much smaller in size with adjustable quality levels.
1-So how long does it take to rip a BD on a modern macbook aprox. ? Will the processes damage my hardware? because on my current (old) laptop you can't rip without the computer turning fire hot and I mean untouchable.

2-Is there a standard quality setting for Handbrake? There are a lot of options you can choose from.
 

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MakeMKV to make 1:1 copies and then Handbrake to convert to a desired format and shrink the size of the file.
 

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I got the following error after pasting the command shown in the given url

curl: (6) Could not resolve host: raw.githubusercontent.com
Sorry to hear this. From a quick search, some folks seem to suggest that error is most commonly encountered when a proxy server is blocking you. Not sure what your network/ISP situation is, but is it possible to move to a different network and re-try?
 

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I am trying DVDFab. They have a trial period of a month. So far so good. The only problem I seem to have is that when I played back the video from the DVD, I got a menu to choose to play back different parts of the DVD. When I played back the copied mp4 file, such menu does not show up. In the app, there is a menu that allows me to play different parts of the DVD. However, it is different.
 

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I am trying DVDFab. They have a trial period of a month. So far so good. The only problem I seem to have is that when I played back the video from the DVD, I got a menu to choose to play back different parts of the DVD. When I played back the copied mp4 file, such menu does not show up. In the app, there is a menu that allows me to play different parts of the DVD. However, it is different.
If you want all the parts of the DVD, including the menu, in DVDFAb Select "Full Disc" as the Copy Mode. It sounds like you ripped using the "Main Movie" mode. If you prefer you can rip the some or all of the individual titles as individual mp4, using Customize, but only Full Disc will give you the DVD Menu, if that is what you want. If what you mean is the Chapters within the Main Movie, you should get those by default, and the playback app will determine how you access them.
 

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I think it is already in full disc mode...

My drive is now in region 2. I inserted a disc and the Mac asks me if I want to change to region 1. It states that I have 4 other chances to change region. If I change from 2 to 1 and then back to 2, will it count as well?

Do I need to change the regional code first before DVDFab can rip it? I tried it but the rippied images could not be seen clearly.
 
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If you want all the parts of the DVD, including the menu, in DVDFAb Select "Full Disc" as the Copy Mode. It sounds like you ripped using the "Main Movie" mode. If you prefer you can rip the some or all of the individual titles as individual mp4, using Customize, but only Full Disc will give you the DVD Menu, if that is what you want. If what you mean is the Chapters within the Main Movie, you should get those by default, and the playback app will determine how you access them.
You can have a dvd menu in a .mp4 file? Or is it going to be a disc image?
 

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You can have a dvd menu in a .mp4 file? Or is it going to be a disc image?
In the Full Disc Copy mode it will be a disk image. It will be playable by DVD Player.
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I think it is already in full disc mode...

My drive is now in region 2. I inserted a disc and the Mac asks me if I want to change to region 1. It states that I have 4 other chances to change region. If I change from 2 to 1 and then back to 2, will it count as well?

Do I need to change the regional code first before DVDFab can rip it? I tried it but the rippied images could not be seen clearly.
You do not need to change this setting. You should leave the DVD drive in the region in which you live. Here is the Apple info about that topic

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201705

DVDFab is able to change this setting

http://www.dvdfab.cn/faq/?type=dvd_copy&num=4#faq4_3

Hope that helps
 

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It seems that I have to choose the copy to hard drive option rather than the ripping option. After copying, there are two folders: AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. Inside VIDEO_TS, there are files with .ifo, .vob, .bup extension. Which one gives me the menu option?
 

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I use makemkv to rip BR and then IVI Pro (not the Mac store version) to rip the MKV file to use on ATV and my iPad. IVI Pro rips DVD's with no intermediate step. It also adds covers and IMDB info as well. Region coding is problematic, I used to strip it with do an iso copy on my Win box with Slysoft's tools until they changed their model and my lifetime license no longer works; I will get a second Region 2 locked drive for those disks if need arises again.

IVI PRO: https://www.southpolesoftware.com/iVI/iVIFAQ.php
 

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It seems that I have to choose the copy to hard drive option rather than the ripping option. After copying, there are two folders: AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. Inside VIDEO_TS, there are files with .ifo, .vob, .bup extension. Which one gives me the menu option?
To be clear, if the DVD is encrypted (which most of them are if you're talking about commercial, studio releases), those files are going to be essentially worthless. You need to decrypt first, and then copy.
 
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