I need a DVD ripper that isn't scared of scratches
February 11, 2010 3:36 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a robust mac program to rip ISO images from DVDs. I have some discs that have minor scratches; while they play fine (with minor skips) in DVD Player, the ripping programs I have tried so far give me an error message and abort when they encounter these spots on the disc. I've tried both the disc image function in Disk Utility as well as Disco. Are there other (free) programs that will be less easily panicked?
posted by philosophygeek to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Not really clear if you're talking about DVD movies, but if you are, handbrake.
posted by jckll at 3:39 PM on February 11, 2010

Response by poster: Handbrake can make ISOs? I'm searching through the menu options, and I can't find it.
posted by philosophygeek at 3:45 PM on February 11, 2010

Handbrake does not make ISOs.

Alternate suggestion: If the scratches are minor, perhaps applying some Brasso will help.
posted by briank at 3:50 PM on February 11, 2010

That's not a software issue. That's a problem with your computer's optical drive. You may need to buy an external USB drive that's newer and more robust.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:54 PM on February 11, 2010

If the disc is scratched, try covering it in a layer of toothpaste (seriously). Wait a couple hours for the toothpaste to dry. Wipe off the toothpaste radially, from center to edge. Then rip it.

The toothpaste contains diatom skeletons which act as a mild abrasive. These help buff out some scratches that may be causing the ripping process to halt.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:38 PM on February 11, 2010

I have tried so many ripper and MacTheRipper seems to be the best for error correction, Toast is also very good, but not free.

You can use MacTheRipper to rip and then use ?? to make the .iso

I noticed this as well, might have some guidance for you.

How to create ISO image from DVD on Mac for free?

oh, and here is a forum that would kill to have a post like this!
posted by silsurf at 6:44 PM on February 11, 2010

To recap, there are three issues here:

1. Physical condition of the disk, which can be improved by buffing to remove scratches. There are mechanical buffers as well as hand-methods.

2. Ripping software, to get the movie onto your hard drive. You are looking for the one most fault-tolerant.

3. ISO creation software, to make the movie on your hard drive into an ISO file that you can burn.
posted by exphysicist345 at 7:01 PM on February 11, 2010

Nthing MacTheRipper.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:44 PM on February 11, 2010

If you want to make an image, you may want to try a data rescue program like Data Rescue 3 or, if you're decent with the command line, dd_rescue. They'll skip over bad sections of the disk to make an image that you can rip from.
posted by aaronbeekay at 8:53 PM on February 11, 2010

Mac the Ripper does not make ISOs.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:56 PM on February 11, 2010

RipIt is amazingly good at ripping discs that even MTR pukes on. Since I learned about this app via a Macupdate bundle promo last year, I've found myself never having to use MTR.

RipIt purports to rip DVDs using a more brute-force process than other DVD-rippers do, so it's able to rip DVDs that most other rippers can't. My own personal experience bears this out. It doesn't do anything fancy like stripping extras, etc. All it does is output an exact, decrypted copy of the original disc.

RipIt doesn't rip directly to ISO's, per se, but it does an interesting thing where it rips DVDs to a kind of virtual ISO in the form a ".dvdmedia" file. The .dvdmedia file is simply an OS X package/bundle that appears as a single file in Finder, but is really just a folder with the VIDEO_TS encapsulated within it (which you can get at by right-clicking the .dvdmedia file and selecting "Show Package Contents"). The rip will load directly into DVD Player just by double-clicking the .dvdmedia file.
posted by melorama at 10:15 PM on February 11, 2010 [2 favorites]

Depending on your purposes, if these are DVD's, you might not need an ISO. With my crappy optical drives, I've given up even trying to watch movies by disc. Instead, I just go directly into the VIDEO_TS folder from the file explorer, copypaste the files to my hard drive, and watch/burn copies from those.
posted by saysthis at 12:29 AM on February 12, 2010

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