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Handbrake is a great tool for ripping DVDs and otherwise converting video. The legal question is probably beyond the scope of this forum, but if you own the dvd and are only ripping it for your own personal viewing, I wouldn't worry about it.


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This might help http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1433 "The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari."


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First of all, try the "nice" way using the drive utility drutil tray eject If this doesn´t work (probably because the system can´t unmount the volume), the following command will forcefully unmount the Volume with name "untitled" (make sure you´re using the right mountpoint!!): hdiutil detach -force /Volumes/untitled


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What I believe you can do is to use VLC instead of the built-in DVD Player app to play your DVDs. I've had a similar problem, because DVD Player always wanted me to pick one region. I then discovered that if I play the DVD in VLC it doesn't ask me about any region settings and just plays the movie.


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You probably won't like this answer, but as far as I know, there is no legal way to burn those episodes onto a DVD in a way that is playable in your DVD player. The problem is that the iTunes episodes are encrypted with Apple's FairPlay DRM and DVD players do not know how to decrypt them. In order to make the videos playable in a DVD player, you would need ...


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There isn't an "official" way but a common and easy method is to rip the DVD with a utility like HandBrake and then drop it in iTunes to sync with your iPhone. The US Supreme Court ruled that nothing in the agreement prevents you from making copies of DVDs. Nothing requires that a DVD be present during playback. So yes, it is legal. source


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I use HandBrake. It's free and open, and works nicely.


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Try with DAEMON Tools Lite for Mac, you can download here: http://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtMacLite This software has figured out how to trick the computer to thinking a DVD is mounted and I don't know if you can re-implement it via the command line tool vndevice you mentioned.


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You should be able to see the OS version by going to System Preferences > Startup Disk. If it doesn't show in Startup Disk for some reason, you can run the following command in Terminal: defaults read "/Volumes/Mac OS X Install DVD/System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion" ProductVersion If your DVD is not called "Mac OS X Install DVD" then you'll need ...


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The built-in way is to use the split command in the Terminal, which, yes, is Unix-y. Alternatively, .rar files can split a single file into multiple files. You might check out SimplyRAR for this route.


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I have a copy of Leopard that came with the MacBook. However it fails checksums. You can try to repair the disc using this method. Never done it but the author claims he has, and it worked for him. Your mileage may vary. I have an upgrade copy of Snow Leopard on DVD. (Unsurprisingly?) the MacBook won't install from it. You seem to have bad luck with ...


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This is by no means a complete answer but if the DVD you are ripping contains Closed Captioning subtitles then HandBrake gets you this for free. Simply add the subtitles as a track. You'll be able to clearly see what must be burned in and what doesn't have to be by the options that have been greyed out. I actually really like this option and use it ...


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You can rip a full disc as an ISO file or a folder structure. That will give you the exact contents of the disc that you can store on a hard drive (local or networked), but iTunes can't play those types of files. Other programs, such as VLC can play it back, with menus and all. You can rip to this format with RipIt, but there are others out there too. ...


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Not really, you've utilised the quickest, easiest and cheapest route available with doing it with Handbrake. Don't bother trying to find another piece of software that will do the job better, Handbrake is really the best when it comes to ripping and encoding Apple friendly formats. Thanks, hope this helps.


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The best, or, most commonly used method for transcoding DVDs and DivX files to an iPod would be Handbrake. Handbrake has presets for almost all current iDevices. I'd start by reading the Handbrake Mac GUI Guide and selecting iPod Touch from the destination presets (image on Stage 2 from the guide) and adjusting select a target bit rate of 700ish for a ...


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You can export your movie to a format of your wishes (.avi, .dv, ...) and then you can burn this on a disk with a suitable software suite (Roxio Toast or with the built in software of Lion/Mac OS) EDIT: for free, software, I would recommend you use Burn


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Final Cut Pro can do that. So can DVD Studio Pro. There are also some free alternatives, most notable: Aegisub and Jubler.


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I would go with DVD Studio Pro. Basically, you create a subtitle clip and position it: Click the textarea in the Inspector, and start typing. You can format the font by bringing up the Fonts window by going to Format > Font > Show Fonts (or pressing Command + T). And that's the basic idea. Pretty simple. You can find a little more detailed article in ...


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Using terminal, you can split a file into chunks of the size of your choice. These chunks can be then stitched back together again quite easily. This allows you to spread a large file over a number of CDs/DVDs, or more often floppy discs back in the day when this was more of an issue. In the following example I have an ISO file of approximately 50Mb, that ...


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Not exactly through the DVD as you asked, but Apple provides a list will all the build numbers for the Retail installation disks. Once you've run the Installer, you could always go to the Apple Menu () and choose About this Installer, which should provide the build number.


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Check the SystemVersion.plist file that is on the Install Media. Within the install media is the file containing the Build number, it is located at System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist The string value for the Key ProductBuildVersion is the information you are looking for. Note: This tip is useful for getting the Build number and more on any ...


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In the past AppleCare has been able to send replacement system discs. I would assume the same holds true today but my only doubt stems from the age of the Mac, since it may be unsupported by AppleCare. It's definitely worth a call though... Call 1-800-APLCARE (Or find your Apple support number HERE if you're outside of the US/Canada) Give them your ...


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Use Burn. It will convert your MP4 into a MPG and write it to the DVD as playable. (And yes, you can make the DVD loop automatically. See below.)


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RipIt is the best I've seen. You can try it free, it is paid software with a novel guarantee. If you can't rip a title, they will buy that title and fix their software for you.


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If you can bring the image into Disk Utility, use the convert option. Choose CD/DVD master, it will save as a .cdo. Rename to .iso.


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A nice tool is bchunk (I have used it under linux) which is available in homebrew. $ brew install bchunk ==> Downloading http://he.fi/bchunk/bchunk-1.2.0.tar.gz ######################################################################## 100.0% ==> make /usr/local/Cellar/bchunk/1.2.0: 5 files, 56K, built in 2 seconds Avatars-MBP:~ avatar$ bchunk a.bin ...


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From the man page: dvdbackup -M -i/dev/dvd -o/my/dvd/backup/dir/ This action creates a valid DVD-Video structure that can be burned to a DVD-/+R(W) with help of mkisofs version 1.11a27 or later http://pwet.fr/man/linux/commandes/dvdbackup Honestly I have never used this tool on Mac OS X, if you want to do some dvd ripping and this keeps frustrating you, ...


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If you are in Windows already: you can right click a CD in My Computer and choose Eject from the menu options. If you want to eject before booting into Windows, just reboot and hold the left mouse key while rebooting, this is the force disk eject option.


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You can use hdiutil to create the disk image, then convert to a hybrid format: hdiutil create -srcdevice $device $diskname hdiutil makehybrid -o $diskname.iso -joliet -iso $diskname.dmg NOTE: this method does not require unmounting the device first.


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Yup, it's called Mac DVD Ripper Pro, it works great on my Snow Leopard MacBook Pro, and it's Lion-compatible according to the RoaringApps website. It costs $19.95 at the moment, and the free demo works on 5 DVDs, website is here: http://www.macdvdripperpro.com/ FYI, the RoaringApps Lion app compatibility table is here: http://roaringapps.com/apps:table/



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