you do not NEED duallayer discs as coolcolors said in his post. there are many programs that will allow you to remove previews/features to keep compression to a single layer disc to a minimum.
have a look in the “Copy DVD Movie” forums. there’s TONS of information.
my personal method is AnyDvd and CloneDVD2 from www.slysoft.com. 21 day fully functional trial so you ahve nothing to lose. It’s worth the money in my opinion because of their lightning fast service and upsates for new protections.
if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of free programs available also that are discussed in that forum.
“how to rip a dvd” is a very subjective question and each person will have a slightly different favorite method.
here are the basic steps:
you need to decrypt your DVD (I use AnyDVD for this)
do any removal of “extras” (foreign language tracks, previews, etc) if desired (I use CloneDVD2 for this)
if you are not using dual layer discs and it’s still too large for a single layer disc after the above step then you need to transcode the data to fit (also known as ocmpression). I use CLoneDVD2 for this.
then you take your newly compressed data whether it’s in ISO form or VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders and burn them. I use Clonedvd2 for this also.
media quality makes a HUGE difference. be sure to use high quality discs (this means NOT memorex) Verbatim are highly recommended and easy to find in stores. If you have a little extra money to burn and want the best Taiyo Yuden’s can be purchased online. Keep an eye on our bargain basement forums for good media deals!