The Nec 3530 is a terrible ripper. I ran a test this weekend with two movies, making a copy with dvdshrink/dvdcrypter method. On one pc using my Mad Dog (Nec3500 as the reader, and burning to my Pioneer A07XLA), the entire process took about 35 minutes to get my burned DVD. On my other system reading from my Nec 3530, and burning to my Plextor PX716, it took nearly an hour. The entire process was done on one pc, and I still had to wait 30 minutes for the NEC 3530 to just finish reading in the movie. The quality of the burns on the NEC 3530, using Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim, are pretty close (but not quite as good), as the burn quality on my Plextor PX716. Guess I'll just not use the Nec 3530 for ripping.