Rip and Burn with Mac DVD Ripper Pro

DVDs get scratched, broken and ruined in many ways. Unfortunately, this is a simple fact of life. Luckily, there are a number of programs that exist to help rip and back up DVDs. One of these programs, and the focus of this review, is Mac DVD Ripper Pro (MDRP).

This app exists not as a jack-of-all-trades application but rather as a master of (just about) one. MDRP decrypts and rips DVDs to your hard-drive. These rips can then be stored, played, burnt to a back-up DVD or even exported as a .mp4 file to play on a variety of mobile devices. Read on to learn exactly how it all goes down.

How it Works

MDRP exists to rip DVDs for the purpose of creating back-ups on your hard-drive and to create copies playable on mobile devices and via iTunes. Basic ripping is a very simple process. You simply insert the disc, launch the program, choose a destination folder and let it rip. You are also able to select an option to rip all the disc content, including menus and special features, or you can choose to rip just the main feature. MDRP decrypts as it rips, so all DVDs may be used.

Basic Ripping Abilities

If your goal is to create a burnable image, this is also a simple process. If you’d like, you can select the “full disk image” at the main screen to create a file playable in DVDPlayer that is also burnable. If you want to burn immediately following the rip, simply select “full disk image and burn a copy” and the program walks you through all of the steps necessary.

Rip and Burn a Copy

At the beginning of the process you can also choose the “rip and convert” mode. This mode allows you to rip the DVD, and then MDRP automatically converts the file. The file is converted to a .mp4 format which is for playback in programs like iTunes and on devices like the iPhone or iPad. To speed up the process, older iOS devices are not automatically supported. If you want to optimize the file for an older device you just have to check the box in the preferences menu.

The Preferences Menu

Playback is a simple process if you have chose the rip and convert option. If you chose the option to just do a general rip or to rip a full disk image, playback is not always so simple. Those files are playable through DVDPlayer which can read .dvdmedia files. If the file is an .iso file it must be mounted for playback with DVDPlayer.

Limitations

What MDRP does, it does really well. It does, however, have a few mildly frustrating limitations. The first is that the program does not support Bluray discs. While this isn’t a common feature for many programs, it’s still frustrating given my mix of Blurays and traditional DVDs.

Another limitation is that, while the program can rip just the “main feature” from a disc, it cannot rip individual episodes. When ripping a DVD of a television show, I would really like to be able to rip the episodes into individual files.

Finally, the application can take an excessively long time if the DVD you’re ripping isn’t a popular DVD. MDRP has a database of popular DVDs that speeds up the ripping process, but if your DVD isn’t in that database the rip can take a few hours rather than half an hour or so.

Final Thoughts

Mac DVD Ripper Pro does a great job of what it is intended to do. It is able to easily rip any DVD and provide you with a file to play on your computer, burn to a DVD or even to convert and play on any iTunes device. It is a master of this trade, with only a few minor limitations.

At twenty dollars for a license it is a fairly comparable price given the other software out there. There is also a free trial with five free rips, so give it a try today. As always, share your thoughts below. Have you tried MDRP or do you have another app that you prefer?


Summary

An application made for ripping DVDs, burning backup copies and converting to mobile device formats.

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  • B30

    $19.95, and no chapter options, seriously? And it calls itself “Pro”, I’ll stick with Handbrake (free)!

    • Goldyfish

      ^ what he said :)

      • Sigilist

        Ditto. I tried it out, and if it were free, maybe it would be very nice for some who do not need a video jockey’s advanced features. But at $20 it is overpriced… and I’ve talking about across the board and not just the Mac world. At a higher price, DVDFab (various utilities) still leaves this one in the dust for value by the dollar. And I don’t care about speed if the job gets done wit the precise expectations and settings that I require. It’s not like one is going to re-rip the same disc over and over.

        http://www.dvdfabb.com/.

  • http://www.factor1studios.com matt

    Having used both handbrake and MDRP, i have to say i love the ease of use and speed of MDRP. Very straightforward and 10x faster than handbrake.

    I ripped many our movies, kids movies and so on to a mini USB hard drive and have it connected to our xbox for a super easy video library on demand.

    I say its worth the $20

    • Anthony Luscombe

      MDRP certainly does the job for me. I don’t know and don’t want to know about alternative products because MDRP works all and every time.

      My problem, which I’m hoping you maybe able to help me with is the second process Burning/Coping. Up until now I have been happy with Popcorn 4. It’s never failed me and the combination of MDRP and Popcorn have catered for all my needs. However, I have just upgraded my OS to Lion (10.8.3) and Popcorn no longer works. Roxio do not support anything later than Snow Leopard (10.6.8).

      So, I can rip a DVD but cannot copy.

      Please can you suggest an effective alternative to Popcorn?

  • http://timothystevens.net Tim

    I have been using RipIt for ages now. It’s super easy to use and it converts straight to iTunes formats. Also does episodes nicely.

  • Pupunana

    Well, I’ve been using Handbrake for ripping, until I discovered MDRP. Handbrake needs about 50 min. to rip standard one layer DVD, and MDRP only 25. Yes MDRP only rips movie, handbrake already converts. But It takes only 35 min. to rip and convert film using both of them. It’s easier to rip 10 movies in the afternoon, and put it into queue in Handbrake and convert during the night. Handbrake is completely free, but using both of them is faster and easier. Completely recommend to you

  • Dan

    I love RipIt, but I admit I am not a power user. I also don’t know enough about all of the products mentioned to make a thorough comparison. What I can say is that anytime I want a DVD ripped, all I do is open up RipIt, put in the DVD, and hit go. I can get their special dvdmedia file that plays beautifully on the Apple DVD player. I can also choose the more traditional Video_TS files for easy burning if I want to. Now it has compression options that make it just as easy to rip to a iDevice compatible format. All in all, it is super easy and it looks great in the process. I have and use Handbrake sometimes, and I have DVD Ripper Pro, but over time I have always ended up using RipIt.

    FWIW, I have a couple of burning tools, including the built in stuff, but I have always fallen back on Disco. It’s no longer being developed, but it still works great – at least it is for me. It too is super simple and looks great.

    • Dan

      I should add: the Video_TS folder is still there if you choose the default dvdmedia format. You just need to open the package contents (right click, show contents, etc.). So, you can just do the dvdmedia format and then open it up if you want to burn the Video_TS to a disc. No need to rip it twice, once in dvdmedia and once in Video_TS.

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  • http://www.freedvdrippermac.net/ Jepe

    Thank you! This is a good dvd ripper for me. It can convert dvd to any video format.

  • Paloma

    Well done. It is really a good tool for ripping DVDs, I had used it years ago (at that time it seems that it named MacTheRipper, right?)

    The best by far ripper I have used is AppGeeker DVD Ripper.

    http://www.ilikemall.com/convert/rip-dvd-to-mp4-mac.html

    Most DVD’s I’ve been able to rip to my hard disk with this software.

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