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Ripping DVDs on a Mac

Ripping DVDs on a Mac

If you are looking for guidelines on ripping DVDs to any Mac computer, this article is just what you are looking for. Here I explain how it's done using Handbrake software.
Omkar Phatak
Movies on DVDs are generally too bulky to be stored on your hard drive, because of the MPEG2 format in which they are encoded. Ripping a DVD and converting it to a less bulkier format is the way out of this problem.

About Handbrake

Ripping DVDs is more than just copying data to your hard drive. DVD ripping software programs also convert the video and audio files into a more compact format. When performing such encoding tasks and converting video files, the three factors that need to be taken into consideration are file size, format, and quality. Ideally, what you want is high quality and as low file size as possible. Ripping programs are judged by how well they carry out the tradeoff between quality of video and size, through encoding. Handbrake is a software program that was launched in 2009.

It is a free open source program that can convert DVD videos and especially MPEG videos into a compact video file format like MPEG-4, while packaging it in a MPEG-4 Part 14 (.mp4) container or a Matroska (.mkv), as well as M4V container. It is ideal for the Mac platform, as it can convert DVD video data into file formats which can be viewed on an Apple iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.

The converted files can be easily viewed using the QuickTime player available with Mac. Let us now have a look at the ripping procedure for using Handbrake on a Mac. Besides Macintosh, Handbrake can also be used on the Linux and Windows operating systems. Some of the features offered by Handbrake are cropping and scaling, subtitle insertion, integrated bit rate calculator, picture deinterlacing, and grayscale encoding.

Ripping DVDs Using Handbrake

First of all, you need to download and install the latest version of Handbrake on your Macintosh. It is compatible with Mac OS 10.3.9 or later versions. Once this program is installed, you are ready to rip any DVD.

Insert DVD and Open Drive Volume in Handbrake
Insert the DVD that you want to rip, in your DVD drive. Once the file is ready for reading, the DVD player may directly open. Turn the player off and open Handbrake. It automatically detects the DVD in your drive and reads its contents. It will detect all the video titles and chapter files. A window will open with all the details of the contents neatly displayed, along with the settings for file conversion. Normally, it chooses the longest title on DVD by default. You can choose whichever title you want to be ripped.

Select Destination File Format, Codec, and Location
In the main Handbrake window, go to the destination section and choose the file format to which you want the DVD files to be ripped into. Also choose the codec and file destination after ensuring that it has enough disk space.

Choose Destination File Quality and Maximum Size
Next, you can choose the quality of video that you want. Higher quality rips will take up more space. You can also set the target size for your ripped file. With these settings, you are now ready to rip. Just click on the 'Rip' button and wait. Depending on the file quality and size of rip, this may take time. Once it is done, you can transfer the ripped files to your iPod and iPhone or watch the movie on your Apple QuickTime player.

The software makes it very easy to transfer stuff from your DVDs to your Apple iPhone. Download the software as soon as possible and enjoy high quality rips on your Apple devices.