Originally Posted by Birdsizzle
Thanks for the info crabboy. This looks like it may be the easiest route to go. I may just get a decent standalone upconvert dvd player and then buy a dvd burner for my computer and use one of those programs. from the very brief overview of the programs i have done, it looks like dvd fab encrypter might be the easiest to use.
Right now, I would exclusively recommend DVD Fab Decrypter as the DVD ripper of choice. DVD Decrypter was a most excellent ripper and for free. However, the developer has ceased support nearly 2 years ago so there are no longer any updates. Decrypter still works for most DVDs but many new titles (essentially anything released by Sony Pictures or Disney) add additional copyguards that cause Decrypter to choke -- at which point you need to use DVD Fab Decrypter.
DVD Fab Decrypter is not free. It appears to be available only over the Internet and is updated regularly to compensate for anything new Sony does to their DVDs. It is well worth the price for what it does. It has a feature to rip a DVD-9 and split it up between 2 DVD-5s, keeping all the features, menues etc. If you only want the movie it can do a rip of the main title only. The Platinum version has MPEG-4 encoders to convert the title to H.264 MP4 for playback on protable devices including iPOD and PSP. It let's you do whatever you want with the video you legally purchased and view it on your own terms (I guess you can see where my sentiments lie).
I would also recommend the free utility DVD Shrink as part of your toolkit. Shrink will take the ripped DVD files and do a 2-pass transcode to "shrink" them down so they fit on a single DVD-5. When I back up my DVDs I typically use Shrink to eliminate all the extras, fillers, advertising previews, languages and non-english subtitles so I only have the movie shrunk down onto a single disk which starts playing as soon as it loads. I can even cut out the logo presentations of the studios from the beginning so I don't have to waste my time watching them either. Likewise, if the movie needs to be shrunk I can cut off the 10 minutes of credits at the movies end and save a lot space so it doesn't have to be shrunk as much (often cutting out the credits allows me to fit the movie to a single DVD-5 at full fidelity without shrinking).