MakeMKV and Handbrake work in synergy very well. My routine is to use MakeMKV on discs to get a 1:1 copy onto my hdd. This is so much better than just playing the disc, especially to not have to sit through the idiotic menus, preview, molasses slow loading, awful unresponsive playback software and all the other drawbacks of playing a commercial disc through the computer. Just show me the movie please. In the event I want a smaller more portable version, Handbrake is used on those MKV files. I also use Handbrake to get smaller more portable versions of my own home videos. It's awesome.
I've tried ALL the other rippers and MakeMKV is pretty much the fastest, least hassle, quickest updated, no bs, and always works on whatever disc I throw at it.
I've been ripping my DVDs using Handbrake on OS X for years (and still do).
It does require VLC for the ripping functionality, since all they really implement is the transcoding. I recall some Windows versions had problems with this... but there are other ways to bypass this. (There were some virtual CD drivers which transparently decodes DVDs)
What are you talking about? Of course Handbrake rips DVDs, and has for years. Just select the DVD disc as your source, and it will attempt to locate the feature for ripping (as opposed to a deleted scene or something). I think it isolates based on length, but I don't know for sure. It just doesn't decrypt; you need something like DVD43 or AnyDVD in the background.
As a matter of fact, Handbrake now will actually rip blurays in a similar fashion. You just need a capable decrypter (only one I know of is AnyDVD HD).
You don't take the advice to use DVD43, have you?
If you don't want to, use DVDShrink and then Handbrake to make chaptered .mp4s like I have been doing since I was 11.