Looking to Rip DVD's onto my new TV's Hard Drive in either Mpeg2 or MP4 format, So im looking for a simple but good quality DVD ripper to do this with as little hassle as possible, What do you guys recommend. There is plenty of space on the Hard Drive so file size isnt an issue, and id like the best quality possible.
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If you want to CONVERT a DVD to to something in an MP4 container....there is still not much difference between the choices. HandBrake is probably the most popular converter.
If you can use mkv format instead, you could rip your DVD's with MakeMKV straight from the disc and into an mkv file. Since MakeMKV doesn't convert anything, your equipment would have to be able to use mpeg2 video codec in an mkv file. MakeMKV is free to use for DVD's. I'd suggest doing a test and see if your player can work with these files. By the way, you'll need to download new beta keys from the MakeMKV forum every month or so to keep using the program: http://www.makemkv.com/forum2/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053
If you absolutely need mp4 instead, you can rip with MakeMKV and convert mkv to mp4 with Handbrake or VidCoder. You'll be converting to H264 video codec and probably AAC audio for an mp4.
You can use a commercial decryption program like AnyDVD, which runs in the background, and then also use Vob2Mpg (free) to extract the movie and give you an mpeg2 file. Or rip the entire disc to the hard drive using a free decryption program like TDMore Free DVD Copy, then use Vob2Mpg to get the mpeg2 file. Or convert the ripped DVD using Handbrake or VidCoder.
Lots of options here.
Sound advice thanks so much
Can I ask you chaps what is a more up to date replacement for SHRINK, the best feature I use all the time on SHRINK is the re-author tool that allows me to extraxct the clips I need. Also a program that removes the copy portection as SHRINK did, NOT that I am COPYING DVD's its simply that I am ripping them to edit and store on my Ipad, ie The Car Chase section from Bullit etc etc.
Thanks again for advice
You won't find another tool that both decrypts and allows you to cut out sections like Shrink did. DVDShrink still works for the vast majority of DVD's.
The programs I recommended before (AnyDVD and MakeMKV) will remove encryption, but output in different formats. AnyDVD isn't free. The TDMore Free DVD program also decrypts and rips to the hard drive and will give you a DVD you can work with in Shrink.
So, I'd advise to continue using Shrink for cutting sections. If you run into a DVD it cannot decrypt, rip using the TDMore program. Or invest in an excellent decryption program in AnyDVD and run it in the background to remove encryption while you work on the DVD with Shrink.
I generally cut sections out of movies with either VideoRedo TV Suite (for mpeg2/DVD), or with AviDemux when working with avi, mp4 or mkv files. Neither of these decrypt anything and VideoRedo isn't free.
EXcellent advice, I use ReDo too, its so simple to use.....Thanks again!!! im gonna stick with SHRINK