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DVD ripper recommendations?

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I really need some recommendations on what DVD ripping software I should be using. I’m working on project right now (a project that’s been in the works for longer than I’d like to admit) and the DVD ripping software I’ve been using isn’t cutting it. I’ve used MakeMKV at first, which seems to rip blu-rays near perfectly, but presents video stuttering issues when ripping DVDs, so it’s just didn’t work out. After MakeMKV fell through, I started using Handbrake’s disk ripper only to find that it created jagged edges on the lines and gives the audio a harsh ‘glassy’ quality with ‘S’ sounds, even when I set the audio to a reasonably high bitrate.

I’m about a year into the project’s current incarnation, edited together about 22 hours worth of content, but I’m willing to jettison all that work (again…) if I can make it better from a video/audio quality standpoint. Obviously, I want the output files to be near perfect recreations of what’s on the disk. Also obviously, I would like to spend the least amount to get this software if possible. It should also probably go without saying that the ripper should bypass copy-protection. The disks I am ripping are very much protected, so that feature is a must.

If anyone can help, I’d be very grateful.

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I’ve been using old DVD Decrypter for ages.

For setting it up I use Mode->IFO. In the settings: Under the “IFO mode” tab I turn file splitting to NONE. I think that’s all that’s needed for it to give you one full VOB for a movie instead of the standard, annoying 1GB chunks.

I could be wrong but I think that’s about all you need for it to give you a nice VTS folder of a good rip. Been a long time since I set it up so I can’t remember if I checked or unchecked anything else, but of course you should look around yourself for kicks, if you even want to use DVD Decrypter.

LightWave = fun times with gfx for me 😃

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Oh wow, I forgot all about DVD Decrypter. It’s no longer being supported, so that’s probably why I couldn’t find it in searches earlier. But it seems to be working great, so awesome! Thanks for reminding me that this exists. Now, I just have 24 more disks to rip (for the 3rd time), then replace my old rips with the new ones in my projects and hopefully I should be golden!

This project has been an enormous pain. I spent basically all of 2022 squashing technical issue after technical issue. I was hoping to be at least halfway done by now, but now this may help me to get back to actually editing. So again, thank you very much!

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Yay, glad it worked out for you!

Now, I just have 24 more disks to rip (for the 3rd time), then replace my old rips with the new ones in my projects and hopefully I should be golden!

Hopefully all your replacing those Teletubbies and Care Bears episode VOBs for your epic edit will go smoothly because I can’t wait for this! Yeah, I’ve long hoped that someone would do something like the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy but with Dipsy, Proud Heart Cat, Po and Lotsa Heart Elephant leading a perilous journey to the Baby in the Sun (instead of Mordor). This is going to be awesome! But my big advice for your edit is to tone down the katana fight between Professor Coldheart and Tinky-Winky. It’s just way too gory in the original. I hate censorship, but we really don’t need to see that scene of Tinky trying to catch his intestines in his purse. Yuckipoo to that!

(J/k everyone!…unless my random jokiness just happens to really be what this mystery edit is 😃)

LightWave = fun times with gfx for me 😃

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Oh, just a few trims to that third act showdown. I find it important to the catharsis of Tinky-Winky’s character at this point.

lol, nah. What I’m making is a manga accurate cut of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, a project that’s been a long time coming. I don’t know if it’s weird to care this much about the visual and audio fidelity of such an old anime like this, but I put so much time and effort into it, I want it to be as perfect as possible by the end of it all.

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Oh, just a few trims to that third act showdown. I find it important to the catharsis of Tinky-Winky’s character at this point.

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I don’t know if it’s weird to care this much about the visual and audio fidelity of such an old anime like this, but I put so much time and effort into it, I want it to be as perfect as possible by the end of it all.

I’m of the opinion (oh, not that anyone cares!) that if you have a passion like this for something then sap it for all it’s worth, such as getting experience with achieving a higher/highest level of technical proficiency. So at least I say it’s absolutely worth it to go that distance you’re pushing for here.

Are you starting with keeping the VOBs as is and editing Womble style (no re-encoding) or are you IVTC’ing (have a good/great method for that), shooting for higher res right away?

LightWave = fun times with gfx for me 😃

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As is, more or less. My editor seems to work well with the VOBs as they are. Although, I will likely have to alter the first batch of rips slightly just so the files match up with the edits I’ve already made on the first 11 volumes of the project, which will be accomplished through the editor itself. But yeah, the rips I’m making through Mode>IFO seem to work adequately well for the project.

Apologies if I misunderstand some of this technical stuff, I’m not super well-versed.

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Now I shall convey how little I understand.

I felt falsely secure earlier with the first portion of the VOB files seeming to work perfectly in my editor, only to find the other portions of the VOB not working the same way. I know VOB files are not your average user-friendly files and I guess I don’t really know the first thing about using them correctly. Loading them into the editor nor attempting to use Handbrake to convert to a different format is yielding no results. Any recommendations on how I should proceed?

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For anyone following this, I took it to PM with LeperMessiah117 because my long-winded-ness shouldn’t be slathered upon more eyes than necessary 😃

LightWave = fun times with gfx for me 😃