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A few days ago we heard that the reincarnation of Handbrake – the DVD ripping software with the Pineapple Cocktail icon – was released in Beta status, as MediaFork. It’s a Universal Binary and about as easy as it gets for ripping DVDs into backups or […]

A few days ago we heard that the reincarnation of Handbrake – the DVD ripping software with the Pineapple Cocktail icon – was released in Beta status, as MediaFork. It’s a Universal Binary and about as easy as it gets for ripping DVDs into backups or for viewing on your iPod.

Last night I finally took it for a spin (yeah, that pun was intended – I don’t care who you are, that’s funny!) and it just blew me away. Using the default settings, I ripped a 140 minute movie in about 50 minutes. If you’re new to this kind of thing, those numbers are pretty impressive.

So if you haven’t used MediaFork yet, I highly recommend it. It’s free, and worth every penny.

However if you’re in need of additional output options from your DVD ripping activities (think, optimized for PSP, Flash memory, Disc, etc) you may want to check out another handy app I’ve used for years, Forty-Two DVD VX Plus. Great interface, and tons of options to tweak. It can be yours for just $19.99.

Either way you go, you should be very happy with the results.

EDIT: Just downloaded the most recent version of Forty-Two DVD VX Plus, and it also gives you options to output your rips to Nokia or Wii. Cool!

  1. No offence, but that is a rubbish time. On Windows, using DVD Decrypter you can copy a DVD to your hard disk in about 10 mins. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a Windows fan and am waiting for Leopard to be released until I buy my first Mac but that sort of speed is not encouraging.

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  2. Well compared to the results I’ve gotten in the past (on my G4 PowerBook, etc) this is a nice move in the right direction.

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  3. Jon, I’ve never heard of ANYONE ripping a DVD that fast. That’s amazing. Seems like someone could have done it in Handbrake if it were possible. As for now though, I don’t mind if it takes a little longer on my MacBook.

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  4. Jon… you said “you can copy”… it’s about ripping here

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  5. Excuse my ignorance, what is the difference between copy the DVD to your HDD and ripiing?

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  6. Ripping makes it a QuickTime movie file.
    Copying makes it just a VIDEO_TS foler

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  7. *folDer

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  8. For future notes, does Handbrake have the ability to take the main movie and burn it to disk?

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  9. For future notes, does Handbrake have the ability to take the main movie and burn it to DVD?

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  10. Nope, but you can take the movie file and burn that to a DVD.
    There’s another program “MacTheRipper” that copies the DVD, menu and all.

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