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I'm posting in this section because it's for use with HTPC.

I never thought I'd be interested in ripping DVD's but I had one of those moments where I asked "wouldn't it be cool to not have to deal with DVD's or the kids can just select-n-play movies?"

I tried ripbot and didn't like it. It brought up a list of files and didn't know where to go from there. Couldn't find a tutorial on it even.

I then tried DVDfab and had much better success as I followed a tutorial on it. But the problem is that I'm hard-of-hearing and would like the Closed Captions.

So I'm looking for suggestions on how to rip DVD's for ease of use on the HTPC that will also do the whole captions thingymajig.
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post #2 of 14
I use DVD Decrypter to pull the data off the DVD and then I use Handbrake to do the actual encoding. Works great and pretty simple. It's also pretty easy to import subtitles and whatnot into your actual movie.

These are both free by the way.
Edited by Lampen - 4/18/11 at 8:52am
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post #3 of 14
Try AnyDVD or CloneDVD. They have trials on their website. slysoft.com
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post #4 of 14
You can use Imgburn and create an exact iso of the movie and mount it in Daemon tools to play it. You can use DVD Shrink if you want to remove unnecessary parts of the dvd or to compress it to take up less space. This way, you can still use the dvd's options for CC.

DVD Decrypter was great in its heyday, but it's no longer updated and won't be able to rip lots of newer movies. If you just want to rip the movie, DVDFab HD Decrypter works really easy and is still updated regularly.

All of these options are also free.
Edited by DrC - 4/18/11 at 8:55am
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Dvd fab allows ripping of dvd with close caption.

Just so you know dvd fab rips dvd onto your harddrive as a exact dvd copy. So all the files will be in .vob format.

You can then re-encode into a .mp4 or .mkv format using h264 codac.

In which all formats allows for subtitles.

http://www.aboutdvdcopysoftware.com/...p_image014.jpg

bottom right of picture allows you to select subtitles you wish to have on your dvd.

I usually use the "main movie" tab and just rip my movies without intros and stuff but with working subtitles. Takes up less space on the HDD.
Edited by lilraver018 - 4/18/11 at 8:57am
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post #6 of 14
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Dvd fab allows ripping of dvd with close caption.

Just so you know dvd fab rips dvd onto your harddrive as a exact dvd copy. So all the files will be in .vob format.

You can then re-encode into a .mp4 or .mkv format using h264 codac.

In which all formats allows for subtitles.

http://www.aboutdvdcopysoftware.com/...p_image014.jpg

bottom right of picture allows you to select subtitles you wish to have on your dvd.

I usually use the "main movie" tab and just rip my movies without intros and stuff but with working subtitles. Takes up less space on the HDD.
I did not see this. I'll have to check it out again tonight. And that's what I did too, just main movie.
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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
Dvd fab allows ripping of dvd with close caption.

Just so you know dvd fab rips dvd onto your harddrive as a exact dvd copy. So all the files will be in .vob format.

You can then re-encode into a .mp4 or .mkv format using h264 codac.

In which all formats allows for subtitles.

http://www.aboutdvdcopysoftware.com/...p_image014.jpg

bottom right of picture allows you to select subtitles you wish to have on your dvd.

I usually use the "main movie" tab and just rip my movies without intros and stuff but with working subtitles. Takes up less space on the HDD.
That's good to know, as I wasn't aware DVDFab did this now. I've always used DVD Shrink to edit because I've typically compressed them so I can carry more movies when I travel.

One thing I haven't toyed with is converting to MKV. Is that difficult to do?
post #8 of 14
DVD Fab also uses DVD Ripper which you can rip DVD right into .mkv and customize bitrate and such for desired quality. Also tells you the size it will be when in mkv format. So you can adjust the settings to determine an appropriate size of the file you want.
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I didn't have chance to look at it last night. Kids, wife, dinner, school work, and 30 minutes of BC2 was all I had time for. Won't be able to look at it tonight either. Tomorrow though... goal is tomorrow.
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What software are you using for playback? For use with Windows Media Center, I've found ripping to VIDEO_TS folders to be the best option. Given HDD prices, I don't bother with re-encoding. I use AnyDVD + DVD Shrink for ripping. AnyDVD for removing newer types of encryption and DVD Shrink for removing unwanted extras and audios.
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