RipIt: Simple DVD Ripping for Mac

DVDs can be a nuisance to carry around. They also scratch, break, or go missing over time. RipIt, from The Little App Factory lets you rip your DVDs to your Mac so that you can watch them at anytime without the DVD inserted in your drive.

RipIt is an application so beautifully simplistic, even your mum would have no problem using it. This review will have a look at why RipIt is better than other apps out there, highlight how the process works, and take a look at what’s missing.

Less is More

Upon opening RipIt, you are presented with a small window asking you to insert a DVD. When you put one into your disk drive, your DVD will be identified and you are offered two options; ‘Rip’ or ‘Eject’.

Rip or Reject

Rip or Reject

No fancy controls, no options. Just straight forward simplicity. Clicking ‘Rip’ will send the DVD icon into a whirring animated blur as the process begins. It lets you know the percentage done so far, and how long it has to go.

This lack of advanced features that you’ll find spilled throughout other apps such as HandBrake and MacTheRipper does mean that you can’t customize your resulting file much, but I have found that RipIt has an impressively superior speed and reliability when copying.

Why use RipIt?

Ripping your DVDs to your computer is useful for many reasons. As mentioned above, it’s good to back up your DVDs incase they get lost, scratched or broken. It also means that you have all of your DVDs in one place. If you own a laptop, running DVDs straight off the computer rather than spinning a physical DVD also saves a lot of battery juice.

When you Rip a DVD using RipIt, it saves the resulting file as a .dvdmedia file. This means that when you open it, it will launch DVD Player and play exactly as if the real DVD were in the drive. This is great because it means you don’t lose any of the extras such as the bonus features or commentaries.

Alternatively, you can ask RipIt to rip the DVD and save as a standard VIDEO_TS folder. This is useful if you want to convert the DVD to a format which can then be played on your iPod or Apple TV using another app such as HandBrake. Normally, I would just use HandBrake to rip straight to iPod format, but this and other applications often fail with some DVDs with good copy protection, as I found with WALL-E.

Ripping

Ripping

DVD ripping can be a little murky when it comes to the law. Most people believe that it should be fine to rip DVDs that you own for personal use, but just be aware of the laws in your country and only rip DVDs that you own.

Limitations

Of course, simplicity has it’s flaws, and whilst all of the DVDs that I tested worked flawlessly, the lack of options does hurt a little. This is really just because I would love to have the option to convert DVDs on the fly into a format that can be put straight into iTunes and then onto an iPod or Apple TV.

The fact that options are more or less non-existent is both a blessing and a burden. Its great for making the app completely straightforward, but I think that a few conversion features wouldn’t hurt.

Good news though, as this feature may well be coming in a future release of RipIt, as Smoking Apples reports that The Little App Factory team are already working on a feature that will export directly to iTunes.

Conclusion

RipIt is an incredibly simple, fast and effective application for ripping your DVDs on to your Mac. If you want a tool to back up and store DVDs on your computer with ease, then RipIt is definitely the app for you. However, if you like the options and features that competing apps such as HandBrake offer, then I’d stick to those for the time being.

You can download RipIt for free, allowing you to rip 10 DVDs, after which you will need to buy the full version for $19.95. Let us know know what you think of RipIt, and whether it fills your ripping needs!


  • http://joshboulton.co.uk Josh

    Looks good – but I think for that price I could buy three DvDs anyway and with the lack of options I’ll stick with handbrake.

  • http://www.nouveller.com/ Benjamin Reid

    This looks ace, I love the simplicity – saves messing around with all those options. If you could export straight to iTunes (as you mentioned it coming in the update) I would definitely grab myself a copy.

    Though most movies I buy now are Blu-ray, so er… Maybe a good idea just to backup the oldies.

  • anonymous ‘pert

    RipIt works great for backing up DVDs and is worth every penny. There are plenty of legal uses of RipIt too, like quickly pulling home movies from DVDs. In my experience, RipIt + Handbrake (or another encoder) is faster than using Handbrake alone.

    • choise

      looks really cool

  • nacho

    I can use “Mac The Ripper” and “Handbrake” to deal with all my DVDs, and both apps are free so, why spend my money on this?

    • moog5

      I was wondering the same thing. The only thing I can think of is speed. The commenter above you mentioned “In my experience, RipIt + Handbrake (or another encoder) is faster than using Handbrake alone”.

      That seems pretty unlikely to me, but I’m willing to give it a try…

  • Jim

    I’ve been using RipIt for quite some time now. It’s great! I was able to rip my entire library of several hundred DVDs onto some external HDs in no time. The money is well-spent if you’re needing, like me, to rip a bunch of DVDs. I tried some of the others like Handbrake but they fell short of RipIt’s simplicity and speed.

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  • Jfen

    I think you’re getting confused on a simple point. RipIt is a DVD ripper, not a video converter. It can’t even be compared to Handbrake because they do two different jobs. RipIt duplicates the DVD as a whole onto your hard drive in a digital format. There are only two options to do this (thus the simplicity of RipIt’s interface), a video_ts folder or a .dvdmedia file. Flip4Mac’s Drive-In does this also (although it’s development has been suspended, which is a real shame).

    Conversely, Handbrake extracts a movie from a DVD (or a video_ts folder or a .dvdmedia file) and converts it into a digital media file. Handbrake gives a plethora of options for this conversion to best suit the users needs (and, indeed, because there are many available output formats, unlike RipIt’s options).

    RipIt is for the disc as a whole, to act as a digital DVD. Handbrake is for a single movie (or video) on that DVD, to convert it into any video format desired (including the iPod or AppleTV). Two completely different products.

    • nacho

      I totally agree with this. The point is I can duplicate DVDs as a whole on my HD with Mac The Ripper, which is free. Reading more comments here I guess that RipIt might be a good choice if you do a lot of DVD ripping, but that’s not my case, I rarely rip DVDs, and when I need to do so I think my free apps are just enough for me.

  • Bob Smith

    The old MacTheRipper v2 can’t handle newer copy protection schemes. RipIt can. The new MacTheRipper is too much of a pain in the butt to acquire.

    I bought RipIt, and while it’s a fast ripper with good copy protection coverage, it has one serious bug that Little App Factory hasn’t bothered to fix since it bought the app: 0-byte VOBs. Check your rips, you’ll see them. That makes the rips out of spec, and many DVD converter tools can’t handle them. I’ve switched to Mac DVD Ripper Pro because of that bug.

  • Terri

    I use and love Ripit. For me, the ability to create .dvdmedia files that I can put on my Air is especially nice for those long airline flights. Used with Multiplex to front end is an eye-turner.

  • Brndn

    I’ve been using RipIt for a few months, and its really offering functionality that you can do yourself. If you copy the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS from the DVD and place them in a folder, and then rename that folder to have the extension .dvdmedia, the same effect is achieved. Its just a folder with an extension that tells DVD Player that it is a package.

    On the positive side RipIt does utilise some form of error checking, and is pretty much a one click affair so it does cut down a few steps that would normally be necessary. If you want to convert DVDs to other formats, look elsewhere.

    TL;DR All this does is copy the contents of a DVD to a folder with .dvdmedia on the end of the folder name.

  • Matt

    I have been using RipIt in conjunction with Handbrake for the past 4 months now and couldn’t be happier. This is a great app!

  • Pieter

    I own Ripit and it’s great, but there are indeed free options. What about http://www.metakine.com/products/fairmount/, haven’t seen it mentioned here.

    • nacho

      Thanks, I din’t know this one. I’ll download and give it a try

  • iyyy69

    If you simply want to rip to an iso (errr, dvdmedia), RipIt seems pretty cool.

    If you want to rip a DVD and encode it to h264 (e.g. iPod, AppleTV, etc.), Handbrake + VLC is free. Handbrake will transparently use VLC to decode the DVD as it encodes it, all in one shot. The only drawback is you can only rip and encode one DVD disc at a time.

    BTW, for those who think Handbrake is too complicated, time to take another look. They have basic presets for AppleTV and iPod that work great OOTB that even a newbie can handle.

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    cool staff ,thanks for sharing.with your guide,ripping and converting dvd on mac is a simple thing

  • tris

    Yeah, well the new Ripit comes with a compression option, which automatically puts it in a format for itunes, etc

  • Randy

    RipIt sounds terrific, but I need a ripper that will convert into a format iMovie can use (my DVDs are family video tapes I want to edit). Will RipIt do this?

  • http://www.ipad-movies.net/ Hammer

    If Mac itself has such function to rip DVDs, it’ll be more easier to use.

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    Very useful application.

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