Do you have any tips for using Handbrake? I have unsuccessfully tried to copy a couple DVDs to hard drive using Handbrake and I'm not sure why it won't work. I select the source DVD drive and it begins to scan / prep the job but I have yet to successfully complete a full copy to hard drive. This is just for Mac.
This has been pretty frustrating for me in what should be pretty simple.
I have Aimersoft DVD Ripper. Works great but I tried to rep and save a m4v file and it was 2.46GB. (huge). It was sized at 856x480. H.264 compression. I paid for this one already.
I then tried Mac DVD Ripper Pro. The same settings as Aimersoft resulted in a file with a screen size of 853x384 (slightly smaller screen because it was smart enough to remove the black bars. The file size was only 500MB. I was using the demo.
Now I wanted to try Handbrake. That took on a long adventure. For Handbrake to work, you also need to have some decrypting software called libdvdcss. However, with El Capitan, it won't let you install this in the usr/local/lib directory due to System Integrity Protector.
I had to disable SIP (restore mode, terminal: csrutil disable) and then manually add the file to usr/local/lib
Then renable SIP.
Then I re-installed Handbrake and it now works. I'm doing some tests to see some filesize comparisons are. I might also try out RipIt for Mac.
I'm just burning DVD's so the screen resolution will never be over 1200.
Here is a screenshot.
Handbrake was way more difficult than it needed to be. But not that it is working, I think it will be fine. All I want to do is create a USB drive with about 20-30 of my kids favorite DVD's. This is much easier than dealing with the Bluray player one at a time. Plus, I can strip the previews and menus.