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Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Lynda Cook
I have a couple DVDs I bought while on vacation .  I’d like to convert them to files to store on my computer, but after trying two (Thunder Video Converter and Video Converter Master Lite) I could not get them to accept the files on the DVD for conversion.  I used to use Handbrake, but when I checked the App Store, the rating wasn’t very good.  I really don’t want to deal with keeping the physical media and am looking for recommendations.  The one DVD is about 366.2 MB.

iMac 27” late 2015,  OS 10.12.4, 8GB memory.

Thanks
Lynda


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Re: Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Michael Gillman
I use Ripit and Mac DVD Ripper Pro. There are probably better apps out there but these work for me.

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 10:18 AM, Lynda Cook <[hidden email]> wrote:
I have a couple DVDs I bought while on vacation .  I’d like to convert them to files to store on my computer, but after trying two (Thunder Video Converter and Video Converter Master Lite) I could not get them to accept the files on the DVD for conversion.  I used to use Handbrake, but when I checked the App Store, the rating wasn’t very good.  I really don’t want to deal with keeping the physical media and am looking for recommendations.  The one DVD is about 366.2 MB.

iMac 27” late 2015,  OS 10.12.4, 8GB memory.

Thanks
Lynda


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Re: Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Bruce Carter
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If they are commercial DVDs, they may be copy protected.

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM, Lynda Cook <[hidden email]> wrote:
I have a couple DVDs I bought while on vacation .  I’d like to convert them to files to store on my computer, but after trying two (Thunder Video Converter and Video Converter Master Lite) I could not get them to accept the files on the DVD for conversion.  I used to use Handbrake, but when I checked the App Store, the rating wasn’t very good.  I really don’t want to deal with keeping the physical media and am looking for recommendations.  The one DVD is about 366.2 MB.

iMac 27” late 2015,  OS 10.12.4, 8GB memory.

Thanks
Lynda


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Re: Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Ray Kloss
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On Jun 22, 2017, at 12:18 PM, Lynda Cook <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I have a couple DVDs I bought while on vacation .  I’d like to convert them to files to store on my computer, but after trying two (Thunder Video Converter and Video Converter Master Lite) I could not get them to accept the files on the DVD for conversion.  I used to use Handbrake, but when I checked the App Store, the rating wasn’t very good.  I really don’t want to deal with keeping the physical media and am looking for recommendations.  The one DVD is about 366.2 MB.

Handbrake is free and very good. I use MacDVD Ripper Pro for regular DVDs  <macdvdripperpro.com> and find it works very well. There was a concern with Handbrake build being infected with ransomware, though that is currently resolved.


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Re: Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Rodney
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On Jun 22, 2017, at 19:18, Lynda Cook <[hidden email]> wrote:

I used to use Handbrake, but when I checked the App Store, the rating wasn’t very good. 

That might be true for certain values of “good”. It seems to me that to make the best of it you have to know one hell of a lot more about video encoding than I’m likely to ever learn. But it seems to do what it says on the box, and to do it well. If you already know how to use it, I don’t think you’ll have problems if you use it again.

I don’t know what your goals are when you rip a DVD; what do you want to watch it on, and do you want to preserve the original quality, and how much money do you want to spend? That’s going to influence your choice of software.

My goal when I rip a DVD or Blu-Ray is to get quality that’s at least as good as what I can download from the iTunes Store. Then, I stash the disc in the closet against the day when iTunes improves their quality.

The first thing I do to extract the content from the disc is to run MakeMKV. This is free, but you have to re-download it every month or so. There is a paid option, but I’ve never figured out how to pay them. The advantage this software has is it shows you all the tracks on the disc, and you can choose the parts you want to extract; different audio tracks, subtitles in different languages, whatever might be on the disc.

Once I have run this tool to make “.mkv” files (as the name implies), I can then either just run “ffmpeg” from Terminal (it was already on my machine. I don’t know where it came from) to extract the H.264 video from the “.mkv” files and put an MP4 wrapper around then.

If I want to get a bit more serious, and burn a lot of CPU cycles, I use “transcode-video”, a command line Ruby script created by Don Melton. This script uses command line HandBrake to do the actual work, but Don Melton knows far more about encoding than I ever will (and he has responded courteously to questions on Twitter), and his script sets the “best” options for HandBrake for the quality I’m looking for.

This may seem like a complicated workflow, but I’ve used it for quite a while without problems. Fortunately, I rarely buy a disc, so I don’t need it often.



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Re: Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Kim Gammelgaard
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Having ripped all my movies, I can second that using Ripit to get the DVD to a faster storage from the DVD itself - as even an old-fashioned HD is much faster than the DVD -  is a great benefit for the conversion process. 

I have used - and continue to use - DVDRemaster (the precursor to Mac DVD Ripper Pro) and Handbrake for most of my movies. 

Best regards

Kim


Den 22. jun. 2017 kl. 20.03 skrev Michael Gillman <[hidden email]>:

I use Ripit and Mac DVD Ripper Pro. There are probably better apps out there but these work for me.




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Re: Best Mac apps to convert DVDs to Mac for storage

Tom Robinson
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I’ve had good results with Mac DVDRipper Pro (MDRP) and it’s simple to use.  Last time I looked you could rip a few DVDs to test it before paying.

Cheers


> On 2017-06-23, at 05:18, Lynda Cook <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I have a couple DVDs I bought while on vacation .  I’d like to convert them to files to store on my computer, but after trying two (Thunder Video Converter and Video Converter Master Lite) I could not get them to accept the files on the DVD for conversion.  I used to use Handbrake, but when I checked the App Store, the rating wasn’t very good.  I really don’t want to deal with keeping the physical media and am looking for recommendations.  The one DVD is about 366.2 MB.




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