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    Can you copy dvds on a macbook?
    I want to back up my dvd collection, but I am not sure if my macbook will burn them. I use dvd shrink and nero on my pc to copy dvds. On the macbook, can I copy dvds out of the box ,or will I need to get some extra software to copy dvds?

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    you'll need something called hand brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilo15 View Post
    you'll need something called hand brake.
    Please explain what this is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choobus View Post
    Please explain what this is.
    http://handbrake.m0k.org/

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    I use MacTheRipper + Popcorn

    MacTheRipper is the Mac equivalent of DvdDecrypter, Popcorn performs the same functions that CloneDVD for the PC does (transcoding a DVD9->DVD5 and burning).

    I didn't realise that Handbrake works with CSS-encrypted discs. I may have to give that a try.

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    What would you say is better mac the ripper or handbrake?

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    I did not know that MTR supported intel!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodorsean View Post
    I did not know that MTR supported intel!?
    the betas are intel ready
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    I've not used Handbrake, so I can't judge... I like the idea that it rips and transcodes; could kick those two steps off on the way to lunch and have it ready to burn when I come back.

    I'll have to give that a try.

    That said, I've been quite happy with MTR+Popcorn (DVD2OneX is an alternative to Popcorn, but unlike Popcorn it requires an separate burning tool).

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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    the betas are intel ready

    very cool..

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    Quote Originally Posted by djames42 View Post
    I've not used Handbrake, so I can't judge... I like the idea that it rips and transcodes; could kick those two steps off on the way to lunch and have it ready to burn when I come back.

    I'll have to give that a try.

    That said, I've been quite happy with MTR+Popcorn (DVD2OneX is an alternative to Popcorn, but unlike Popcorn it requires an separate burning tool).
    It rips and transcodes into a format (avi, mp4) that will need to be retranscoded to burn to a dvd
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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    It rips and transcodes into a format (avi, mp4) that will need to be retranscoded to burn to a dvd
    Yes, HandBrake is not quite like DVDShrink - it does't fit a D/L disk onto a S/L disk; it just rips the content and ignores the menus and so on. MacTheRipper rips DVDs but doesn't alter them - they're only good for writing back to the same type of media.

    Popcorn is what you want if you want to convert a DVD or MTR-ripped image into a S/L format from a D/L rip.

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    I find Handbrake good to rip DVDs into .avi files, which is completely different from what DVD Shrink does on Windows. If you want to rip DVDs to Audio_TS and Video_TS, then MactheRipper is a better choice. The beta is still slower than DVD Shrink in ripping DVDs, but I'm sure with time this little issue will get ironed out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choobus View Post
    What would you say is better mac the ripper or handbrake?
    I have a lil' bag o' tricks - MacTheRipper, Handbrake, ffmpegX ... they're all very useful to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodorsean View Post
    Thank you. Been looking for something like this.

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