What software to rip a dvd?

Bird222

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I've got a dvd that I want to create like a .mp4 file of. What software can I use to do this? Preferably free. This is just a one time thing or at least very, very rarely will be done.
 

matt167

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As i recall. Handbrake will decrypt with libdvdcss. Then its only one step. But libdvdcss wont always decrypt the newest algorithms
 

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I'd like to piggy-back on this thread instead of making a new one. I am about to close on my first house and will be running the family room TV off an HTPC. I have over 200 DVDs I'd like to rip onto some HDDs and watch them from there. What are some good ripping softwares as well as viewing softwares? I am fine with paying for it as long as it rips the movies and maintains image/data quality. All I really want off the DVDs are the movies and not all the extras. I just want to navigate to the movie file through Windows file explorer then click on it and watch it; trying to keep it simple.
 

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As i recall. Handbrake will decrypt with libdvdcss. Then its only one step. But libdvdcss wont always decrypt the newest algorithms

Shouldn't be any "new" algorithms with regards to DVD. So, should be fine.
 
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I'd like to piggy-back on this thread instead of making a new one. I am about to close on my first house and will be running the family room TV off an HTPC. I have over 200 DVDs I'd like to rip onto some HDDs and watch them from there. What are some good ripping softwares as well as viewing softwares? I am fine with paying for it as long as it rips the movies and maintains image/data quality. All I really want off the DVDs are the movies and not all the extras. I just want to navigate to the movie file through Windows file explorer then click on it and watch it; trying to keep it simple.

MakeMKV to rip the DVD/Blu-Ray, Handbrake to transcode/downsample the movie if you're short on storage space and/or occasionally want to transfer to a phone/iPad/etc. for remote viewing.

Also, at the risk of getting off-topic, Windows File Explorer, MacOS Finder, etc. are crap interfaces for HTPCs. Look into Kodi or similar (or even LibreElec/OpenElec to skip Windows and a full PC altogether and run off of a Raspberry Pi).
 

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Yes, they do. Not sure of the statistics, but even a few years ago, DVD way outnumbered Blu-ray sales.
And that's why Blu-ray hasn't really taken off. DVD and crappy streaming is good enough for most people.
 

cjcox

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And that's why Blu-ray hasn't really taken off. DVD and crappy streaming is good enough for most people.

Very true. Most of my Plex rips are from DVD. On my 55", the difference is marginal. Becomes more of an issue for people that sit really close to really large screens. I never bought into the "surround sound" (non) standard, so again, not missing anything. I do have some Blu-ray, just not a lot. I use Makemkv for Blu-ray and either ffmpeg or Handbrake for my DVD rips.
 
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DVDfab HD Decrypter has been able to crack every DVD I've ever thrown at it. Even the very latest stuff as it is updated regularly to get around any new DVD copy protection schemes that springs up - typically they have a new version that cracks whatever new scheme that has been released within a few days of its release. This free version of DVDFab has never failed to work for me, but it only creates a complete, unencrypted copy of the entire DVD's content to your drive... that's it. After the rip, you can then use Handbreak to use the unecypted/ripped files to put them into whatever format you want.

The only downside is that the company is based in China. The software has never tested positive for a virus or malware for me - and while the free version just decrypts and copies everything, they sell a full-up feature rich version that basically does everything... but I've just stuck with the free version for years and use it with HandBrake. I just use it in old stand alone PC that isn't connected to anything so I don't have to worry. You can get it here: https://www.dvdfab.cn/free.htm
 

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Shouldn't be any "new" algorithms with regards to DVD. So, should be fine.

Every year or so, they add in a new way of protection. It will take an up to date version of whatever program to crack it.. DVDfab for the newest and all is well
 
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Shouldn't be any "new" algorithms with regards to DVD. So, should be fine.
That's where you are mistaken. Sure, for basic CSS/CPPM, but what you are missing are all the newer copy protection schemes and their variations that are constantly being modified on newer DVD releases. They are frequently updated and/or used in combinations which will play fine on a DVD player with the orginal DVD, but will keep most copy utilities from functioning correctly: APS, UOP, ARccOS, RC, RCE, Macrovision, SONY ARCCOS, Rip-Guard, Disney X-DRM, CORE x2, Flux DVD, etc.
 

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That's where you are mistaken. Sure, for basic CSS/CPPM, but what you are missing are all the newer copy protection schemes and their variations that are constantly being modified on newer DVD releases. They are frequently updated and/or used in combinations which will play fine on a DVD player with the orginal DVD, but will keep most copy utilities from functioning correctly: APS, UOP, ARccOS, RC, RCE, Macrovision, SONY ARCCOS, Rip-Guard, Disney X-DRM, CORE x2, Flux DVD, etc.

I've never had a problem. New DVD or not. We mostly buy DVDs. I rip hundreds a year.
 

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I'd use MakeMKV to rip the DVDs quickly and easily. If you find yourself running low on drive space and decide to compress you can go back later with Handbrake. You can play the videos directly with any media player or take a step up and run a Plex server for free to give your PCs or any other smart TV/Roku/Firestick/etc players an nice interface.
 
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