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Which ripping suite to purchase?

post #1 of 13
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I'm looking to move into one of the more fully-featured ripping suites out there, like AnyDVD HD or DVDFab. I've tried DVDFab extensively and like it, but one issue I have is it seems like they break everything into a separate product. If I want to be able to rip DVDs, Blu-Rays, and 3D Blu Rays, I'll need 3 different packages. Is this true? How is AnyDVD HD in this area? Can I buy that one piece of software to rip anything I want?

Regarding free programs out there, I have used many of them, but want the features and functionality you get with a paid program. I also haven't liked the interface and such from MakeMKV.
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

I'm looking to move into one of the more fully-featured ripping suites out there, like AnyDVD HD or DVDFab. I've tried DVDFab extensively and like it, but one issue I have is it seems like they break everything into a separate product. If I want to be able to rip DVDs, Blu-Rays, and 3D Blu Rays, I'll need 3 different packages. Is this true? How is AnyDVD HD in this area? Can I buy that one piece of software to rip anything I want?
Regarding free programs out there, I have used many of them, but want the features and functionality you get with a paid program. I also haven't liked the interface and such from MakeMKV.

I have not tried AnyDVD HD in a couple of years but when I compared it DVDFab, DVDFab beat it hands down. There is more functionality with that product than I will ever need. I can also say that DVDFab is great with updates. I would say they send out an update about every month.

I also have MakeMKV and find mindself sometimes using that. Just out of curiosity, why dont you like MakeMKV? I find its interface MUCH simpilar than DVDFab.
post #3 of 13
And, MakeMKV has been to date, free. If you need ISO's though, you need DVDFab or AnyDVD.
post #4 of 13
DVDFab is really one interface with separate licenses for which capabiities you wish to use. You can start off with one and add later.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

DVDFab is really one interface with separate licenses for which capabiities you wish to use. You can start off with one and add later.

That's the problem exactly. If I want it, for what I would use it for, I'd need 3 separate licenses. BluRay Ripper, 3D BluRay Ripper, and DVD Ripper.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

I have not tried AnyDVD HD in a couple of years but when I compared it DVDFab, DVDFab beat it hands down. There is more functionality with that product than I will ever need. I can also say that DVDFab is great with updates. I would say they send out an update about every month.
I also have MakeMKV and find mindself sometimes using that. Just out of curiosity, why dont you like MakeMKV? I find its interface MUCH simpilar than DVDFab.

I think maybe it's interface is TOO simple. I'm not entirely sure what I need to select to get what I want. It's pretty clear and easy to select audio tracks, which video track, subtitles and so forth with DVDFab. With MakeMKV I'm never sure where to look or what to setup.
post #7 of 13
AnyDVD is a fine product but it does not have all the features of DVDFab.

AnyDVD will rip either to "folders" or ISO - mostly the entire disc with a few options.

However as I see it AnyDVDs primary purpose is to remove copy restrictions in the background while you use some other program.

I started out with AnyDVD because it was simple and I just did a full rip to folders.

As I developed a greater understanding of the whole ripping process I switched to DVDFab which gave be greater control.

Sometimes I still use AnyDVD when DVDFab has problems with removing the copy restrictions on a given disc. One will often work when the other wont.

I suggest you give DVDFab and all of its features a good hard look. I find it to be my tool of choice - and I did try all of the freebies first.
post #8 of 13
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I actually have tried and do like DVDFab a lot. Maybe I could just go with the BluRay Ripper for now, and consider adding 3D later. I can continue to use DVD Shrink for the few SD DVDs I still pick up.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

I actually have tried and do like DVDFab a lot. Maybe I could just go with the BluRay Ripper for now, and consider adding 3D later. I can continue to use DVD Shrink for the few SD DVDs I still pick up.
I find most of the new copy-protection schemes are on BluRay. I have DVD Fab BluRay Copy and use the free version of DVD Fab for DVD rips which are mostly TV series. I've never had a problem with any DVD and the free version.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

I find most of the new copy-protection schemes are on BluRay. I have DVD Fab BluRay Copy and use the free version of DVD Fab for DVD rips which are mostly TV series. I've never had a problem with any DVD and the free version.

So if I were to get one DVD Fab license, BluRay Ripper or BluRay Copy? I'm not sure on the difference really.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

So if I were to get one DVD Fab license, BluRay Ripper or BluRay Copy? I'm not sure on the difference really.

Blu-ray copy is to make a perfect copy of the entire disc or the main movie. Ripper is to recode the movie to a different format (video type/audio type/screen resolution/screen size, etc)
post #12 of 13
@Irishdoom
I have BluRay copy. Ripper is for transcoding into other formats for portable devices. It used to be called DVD Fab mobile. I don't do any 3D (and never will).

BluRay Copy by itself is not good for all media players because it will rip to a folder structure (full disk or main movie) exactly as on the disk which means it won't join the segments of seamless branching titles. So if you have a player like the WD Live that doesn't read playlists, you will still need a free app like Clown_BD to make a single BD.m2ts.

I use DVD Fab BD Copy to only rip the full disk to my PC then use Clown_BD to extract the main title and make the BD.m2ts.

I use the free version of DVD Copy (which is just the expired 30 day trial) to do a full disk rip of my TV series then I use DVD Shrink to get rid of foreign language audio and subtitle tracks and generate a DVD.iso for streaming -- that way I keep all the menus for episode selection. DVD Fab is better than DVD Decrypter because DVD Fab will reroute the startup path to skip all the warnings and previews and go straight to the main menu.

Yes, over the years DVD Fab has modularized and now charges for the discreet modules. It could cost you several hundred $$ if you want it all -- but I doubt anyone really needs it all. What are you going to do. There is DVD Fab or Any DVD, nobody else, and since DVD Fab's main audience is the pirate crowd who want to burn copies of rentals and Library disks (shrinking them to fit on a BD-R), they pay what they ask and write it off in terms of how many disks they need to steal before they break even. The fly in the ointment for the pirate crowd is Cinavia. DVD Fab first reported they were working on Cinavia 2 yrs ago (7/10). Their early swagger was quickly muted and they haven't reported any progress on Cinavia in 2 yr. The only thing they could trumpet was a silly work-around for making Cinavia protected BD-R that could be played on the PS3 -- that anyone with half a brain could see would be plugged by Sony -- which it was with firmware 4.1.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Irishdoom View Post

I actually have tried and do like DVDFab a lot. Maybe I could just go with the BluRay Ripper for now, and consider adding 3D later. I can continue to use DVD Shrink for the few SD DVDs I still pick up.

I have ripped 600+ discs (all of which I own) and I have more to go.

If I had paid only $10 per disc (which I didn't) those ripped discs represent $6000. Now add in the cost of the NAS with six 2TB drives, and the Dune players. The cost of DVDFab (lifetime complete package is around $300 if memory serves me) is just a small part.
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