When the iPhone and video iPods came out a friend of mine was asking me about how to copy movies so they work on them. My initial response was to buy the movies from iTunes. I got the same look when I told someone I bought a Windows 95 license. After doing some research, I found a couple of burners out there but none of them were very Mac OS X friendly.
Then I found HandBrake: http://handbrake.fr/.
This application is really easy to use. You pop in your DVD, click the settings you want to burn for (Apple TV, iPhone, iPod, PSP, etc…) and click start. In a few minutes or so you’ll have a video ready for any of your portable devices. So now what? The kids can watch their movies without draining my battery life on my laptop (this is a huge plus).
The quality is good. I’ve only been burning movies for the iPhone. When I play them on the iPhone it works out great. When I play it through iTunes, the sound quality is a little on the low end but again, I burned it specifically for the iPhone. I’m sure if I adjust the settings I can get better sound out of it.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.