I have quite a collection of DVDs which is slowly getting smaller and smaller thanks (in part) to crappy Wal-Mart binder style DVD cases scratching the discs. After purchasing an Apple TV, I'm wondering if it is possible to backup DVD's so that they can be watched in iTunes, and subsequently on my Apple TV. I'm running OSX.6, if this helps any.
I would prefer FOSS, but I wouldn't mind paying for something that works, and will be around for a while.
RipIt is guaranteed to work and has a 99.9999% success rate in ripping DVDs. In fact, it has been verified to work with over 250,000 unique discs, and is continuously updated to rip the latest releases.
I would also like to mention that I own this software and I was recently unable to rip the movie "Kick-Ass". I contacted customer support with my issue, and later that day they sent me a link to download an updated beta version of the app with a fix for my disc. It doesn't get much better than that!
Handbrake was unsuccessful at ripping the first 3 DVDs I tried, but I found an older program called MacTheRipper that works great for ripping. Then I throw the ripped video files at Handbrake for encoding.
It's not free, but it's simple and very easy to use. It's even got useful presets:
It's also got GPU hardware acceleration which makes the ripping process faster and smoother. I used an old dual-core Atom-powered Shuttle PC, however, to rip my entire DVD collection and it worked great.
I tested the latest version of VLC media player (2.2.2), and it seems that VLC works well on DVDs released before 2014 - but can't process the DVDs of the last year or two. Plus, If you have any problems, I highly recommend visiting DVD0101.com, which offers various tools and tips and tricks related to DVD digitization.