I'm looking to get my hands on a free DVD ripper that is accessible. THe idea is to rip my original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy movies, and then make audio described versions of trhem. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
There's a program called Make MKV.
It can convert a dvd-disc, blu-ray-disc or iso-file into mkv-format, which you can play with VLC and other software.
If you only want to rip dvd's, and not blu-ray's, then it's free. The blu-ray-feature is shareware.
You can find it right here.
While that works, it would require some kind of conversion software as MKV files aren't widely supported. AS an example, I play all my movie audio files on my Victor Reader Trek and the Victor Readers don't support MKV.
Oh, if Reaper support MKV, that that's probably a good option. I personally use DVD Audio Extractor, it's fully accessible, supports a number of output formats, and easy to use, but isn't free.
You can also import MKV-filess in Audacity.
However, if you do that, you'll have to turn the track into a stereotrack in Audacity by pressing shift+f10 in Audacity, and choosing Make Stereo Track.