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OS: Yosemite 10.10.4

So, I have a kids educational DVD I want to rip to have on my phone for commute time. No problem in a DVD player.

On my Mac, DVD Player has it blotchy and large amount of artifacts. I tried to use Handbrake to rip it, same issue - bad audio and huge video artifacts. I tried to be clever and say "oh, it must be timing with DVD hardware, lets create a disk image with Disk Utility, mount it, and let Handbrake do the rip with the mounted drive instead" Nope, still has video artifacts and bad audio.

I searched here, nothing about artifacts, just DVD ripping tips. Anyone else experienced this and figured something out?

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    Might be worth having a look at Smart Converter, freeware [There's a paid 'pro' version too but I don't know what extra that version does] – Tetsujin Jul 14 '15 at 7:35
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You said that you tried to create an image but did you use DiskUtility?

Try to create new image of your DVD using DiskUtility. Save it to *.cdr file and mount & play or burn already created image to see the difference.

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