DVD Ripping - Favorite Tools?

Believe it or not, in certain sectors DVDs are still being produced. And being tied to my Mac to watch them is…irritating.

Is Handbrake still the go-to tool on macOS for ripping one’s legally-acquired DVDs? Or is there a better way to go?

Handbrake is a good option for unprotected DVDs. For those of us who live in the all-but-a-handful of countries where iTunes (still!) never had TV shows available for sale,DVDs remain a viable source of, particularly old, TV series if you want to own them.

I don’t often buy TV series any more but when I do, I use MakeMKV. Also free, though does need a “beta key”. Just follow your nose to download and get the key.

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Recommended reading:

Jason Snell: How I rip DVDs and Blu-rays – Six Colors

Don Melton: GitHub - donmelton/video_transcoding: Tools to transcode, inspect and convert videos.


I’ve always use Mac DVD ripper pro


Worked very well for me

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Bookmark this page:

MakeMKV is free while in beta - www.makemkv.com

Or you can buy a code for $60 here: MakeMKV - Purchase

Used to be $50, so I recommend buying it now if you see yourself using it a lot.