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!