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aKILLies Offline
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I have been doing a lot of research prior to throwing together my XBMC machine and the part that I am having the most trouble with at first is what program to use to RIP my DVD collection. I know to use HANDBRAKE to encode to MKV containers but I am having a hard time finding a good program to rip the DVD's to my computer originally.

I have tried DVD shrink which is alright except I don't like the fact that it compresses the videos prior to encoding I do however like the speed at which it rips.

I tried using DVDFab and ripping to ISO format cause I figured that would keep the quality prior to the encoding process? Am I wrong about this process?

Also both of those problems were having some trouble ripping newer movies i.e The Other Guys. I know this is a long post but as you can see I have had a ton of questions and with all my research I have done looking in various forums I have grown frustrated and would just like some direct feedback.

I would prefer freeware but if there are no legitimate options then I will be willing to pay for shareware.

Also in HANDBRAKE what are the ideal settings some of you use? I haven't been able to tell a difference too much no matter how extreme I adjust the settings. Again any feedback would be great, I am excited to be a member of this community.
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aKILLies Offline
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If there is already a detailed thread somewhere about the details of this stuff then please point me in that direction. I want to get underway with this project but I want to make sure I do it right the first time.
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If all you're worrying about is DVD's then makemkv is your 1-stop shop. It'll rip the DVD to an exact copy mkv file all in two steps. You'll have the option to choose main and other titles before it does so.

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You don't need to worry about transcoding with Handbrake if all you want if HQ copy of the DVD's. I use HB to xcode bluray rips for instance...I don't bother with DVD's; just us makemkv.

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Hopefully this will help, there are some others for blu ray just google if you need it, but this looks like it could be a place to start.

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=73807
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=78782

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OniFactor Offline
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i prefer using anyDVD with Handbrake. it allows you to convert straight from the DVD without having to make an iso or any other files first..
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aKILLies Wrote:I have tried DVD shrink which is alright except I don't like the fact that it compresses the videos prior to encoding I do however like the speed at which it rips.

You can prevent dvd shrink from compressing by simply choosing dvd-9 or custom size to encode iso to.

alternatively, if you just want a complete dvd iso, you can use anydvd by itself (rip to iso or folder), or anydvd + imgburn to rip to iso or folder.
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