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Can anyone give me advice on how to copy my DVD's to my computer so I can back them up on my external hard drive? Do you need a special program to decode store bought DVD's? I put Road Warrior in my new LaCie external DVD burner but it said it wasn't able to copy the contents of the disk.

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Can anyone give me advice on how to copy my DVD's to my computer so I can back them up on my external hard drive? Do you need a special program to decode store bought DVD's? I put Road Warrior in my new LaCie external DVD burner but it said it wasn't able to copy the contents of the disk.

Thanks for any help!

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Mac the ripper seems pretty good. I normally try to rip a copy of DVDs I buy, as both me and my 3 year old daughter are rabid DVD scratchers.

It's actually getting more and more tricky to do now though. I can rip older DVDs with no problem, but a lot of new releases are pretty well protected - sometimes you just can't copy them, as far as I can tell.
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If you want to make a compressed .avi or .mp4 version, use Handbrake.
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Mac the ripper seems pretty good. I normally try to rip a copy of DVDs I buy, as both me and my 3 year old daughter are rabid DVD scratchers.

It's actually getting more and more tricky to do now though. I can rip older DVDs with no problem, but a lot of new releases are pretty well protected - sometimes you just can't copy them, as far as I can tell.
I agree with you.. I use mac the ripper and it's working just fine. I also use DVD Copy which also converts all types of movie files.

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I agree with you.. I use mac the ripper and it's working just fine. I also use DVD Copy which also converts all types of movie files.
Any idea what the restrictions are on the trial version? I'd be interested to see if it will do the ones Mac the ripper won't.

I wish companies would tell you what they've crippled . . . I can't stand downloading and installing a trial version to find out it'll only rip 10 minutes or something!
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does anyone think buying some dvd copying software can rip the newer releases that mac the ripper seams to be slipping up on?
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The current MacTheRipper Beta can handle most of those, but it's not free. The "suggested donation" is $34, or wait for MTR 3 to be released, which will be the second Tuesday in whenever....


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I just downloaded handbrake but the process takes so long for one dvd. I was wondering once I copy it from handbrake what do I have to do to get the mpeg 4 on to a psp? Can this be done? I want to watch movies on my computer and buy a psp because it has the bigger screen then and ipod. Does anyone have any suggesstions. I don't want to have to purchase multiple formats of movies. Just dvd's and maybe an occasional itunes movies purchase however I can't convert those from what I have been told.
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I agree: MacTheRipper. Then I use Toast to burn the DVD. Good luck~
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I just downloaded handbrake but the process takes so long for one dvd. I was wondering once I copy it from handbrake what do I have to do to get the mpeg 4 on to a psp? Can this be done? I want to watch movies on my computer and buy a psp because it has the bigger screen then and ipod. Does anyone have any suggesstions. I don't want to have to purchase multiple formats of movies. Just dvd's and maybe an occasional itunes movies purchase however I can't convert those from what I have been told.
Check the Handbrake forums. There are threads about what the settings need to be for the PSP IIRC.


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Any idea what the restrictions are on the trial version? I'd be interested to see if it will do the ones Mac the ripper won't.

I wish companies would tell you what they've crippled . . . I can't stand downloading and installing a trial version to find out it'll only rip 10 minutes or something!
Mac The Ripper is a freeware and it only rips DVDs not CDs. So it'll let you rip the whole DVD Then you can use quicktime pro or reelbean to encode them to a smaller file size so you can burn it faster in Toast. Normally one movie with a two hour show rips 30mins. to 1hour.

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