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How to Copy Protected DVD to DVD on iMac/MacBook

Copying protected DVD to DVD on Mac is not as easy as you may think. The DVD copy protection comes to the first stumbling block that stops you from making a copy of encrypted DVD. Most DVD copy software alleging to built in DVD decryption feature is no longer tenable, especially when it faces the newly released DVDs with deceptive titles. But don't be upset. Here we will show you how to easily rip copy protected DVD to DVD on macOS.

Copy Protections

To copy a DVD to DVD on Mac, you can use Disk Utility to copy the DVD to ISO image and then burn it to a disc with Finder, Disk Utility, and command line, which are the Perfect apps of apple. But these apps only support DVDs without encryptions. However, most DVDs you bought from the store have DVD copy protections. There are DVDs with region codes, Content Scramble System (CSS), Analog Protection System (APS), Sony ARccOS Protection, Playlist Obfuscation, corruption, etc.

When you copy a protected DVD to DVD with Mac's built-in apps, they will refuse to copy them, saying that permission is denied. The solution is simple - copy protected DVDs to DRM-free ISO image on Mac with a DVD ripper, and then copy it to a disc with Finder.

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This guide is for those who need to copy protected DVD to DVD on Mac for safe backup or personal fair use only. Don't copy any protected DVD for illegal purpose. Please abide by your local law about DVD ripping/copying before doing so.

Step 1. Copy Protected DVD on Mac in DRM-FREE ISO Image

To remove the encryptions and copy a protected DVD to ISO image on Mac for later burning, we will use the copy software MacX DVD Ripper Pro. It's able to copy protected DVD on Mac (Ventura incl.) without any third-party aids and copy limitations. 1:1 quality reserved, 5x faster speed than other programs.

Before you download, look at the main features of this protected DVD to DVD copy program for Mac.

  • Remove any DVD protections, copy any DVDs encrypted by CSS, Region Code, APS, the enhanced Sony ARccOS, Disney DRM project, new protections for latest released DVD.
  • 1:1 copy DVDs in 4 modes. Freely copy protected DVD to DVD ISO image with 100% original image quality for later DVD burning; clone full title DVD on Mac with all audio video subtitles included; backup main title movies only for smaller size; and convert DVD full title to MKV with high output quality.
  • No.1 fast speed. 5 minutes only needed to copy a protected DVD to DVD on Mac in copy mode, thanks to the unique level-3 Hardware acceleration, multi-Core CPU processing tech, hyper threading tech.

How to Copy Protected DVD to DVD Image on Mac

Before you start to copy the protected DVD to ISO image on Mac, you should have:

  • Get the SuperDrive or a non-Apple drive if the Mac doesn't contain an interanl disc drive;
  • Make sure your Mac has enough space available. As the ISO image is a 1:1 copy of the protected DVD, an ISO image from a single DVD can take up to 4.5GB.
  • Free download the protected DVD copy software on Mac, it's fully compatible with the latest macOS Monterey. Now follow the steps to a DVD on a Mac .

Step 1: Insert the DVD into the Mac's disk drive, or your SuperDrive or non-Apple drive. Then run the copy software. From the main interface, hit the "DVD Disc" button. Then it will allow you to select and load the encrypted DVD you'd like to copy.

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Step 2: It may take a few seconds to read the disc and detect the correct title. Then a preset profiles window appears. To copy the protected DVD to DVD on Mac, go to DVD Backup -> Main Title Content Copy/Clone DVD to ISO Image as it supports making 1:1 DVD copy on macOS, after which you can burn to DVD.

You can also create a copy of DVD on Mac in digital MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, M4V, and 350+ output profile.

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Step 3: Click the "Browse" button and set an output folder on your Mac to save the copied ISO image file.

Step 4: Hit "RUN" button to start. Minutes later, you will get a DRM-free ISO image copy of the protected DVD on Mac. Then eject the original protected DVD from the Mac disk drive, and follow Step 2 to burn the ISO Image to another disc.

Step 2. Copy the Protected DVD Video to DVD on Mac

Before you copy protected DVD to a blank DVD disc on Mac, make sure the blank disc has enough space to save the ISO file. You should clone DVD9 to DVD9, and DVD5 to DVD5 unless you use special tool to split the larger DVD9 to DVD5. Therefore, if the ISO is larger than 4.7GB, use a dual layer DVD. Now you can copy protected DVDs to DVD–5, DVD–9, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL and DVD-RAM.

  • DVD-5: a single layer DVD with 4.7GB of data (around 120-133 minutes of video depending on compression).
  • DVD-9: a dual layer single sided DVD with up to 8.5GB of data (around 240 minutes of video depending on compression).

How to burn the copied protected DVD video to a DVD on Mac? As we are on a Mac, there are multiple ways to do it.

Option 1: Copy DVD to DVD on Mac via Finder

Finder is the most universal method to copy DVD from ISO image and works on almost all the macOS later than El Capitan, including Monterey. Finder only supports burning non-protected ISO image files to a blank DVD. So this is why we need to rip a protected DVD to video_TS on Mac first. It's extremely easy to do it.

  1. Insert a blank a writable disc into the Mac's disk drive. Then open a new Finder window, navigate to the ISO image file and single click on it to select.
  2. Next, on the Finder menu bar, click on File > select Burn Disk Image at the bottom of the list. You can also right-click on the ISO image file and choose Burn Disk Image. It will then start the burn process immediately.
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Option 2: Copy DVD ISO Image to DVD on Mac with Disk Utility

If you want to burn DVD from ISO image directly, you can use Disk Utility or Command Line. Note that the burning ISO feature is now missing from Disk Utility since El Capitan (and it's now available in Finder on Mac OS X 10.11 and later). As the feature is no longer exists on newer macOS, check your computer system before you copy protected DVD to DVD on Mac. For earlier versions, follow the guide below:

  1. Insert a blank disc and launch Disk Utility.
  2. From the File menu, choose Open Disk Image and select the ISO to be burned. You can see the ISO file from the list of volumes.
  3. Click on "Burn" in the Disk Utility main window. Then it will start to burn and you will receive confirmation once the DVD is burned to DVD disc successfully.

If you have any problem, see how to fix Disk Utility won't copy DVD on Mac errors

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Option 3: Copy Protected DVD to DVD on Mac with Command Line

Another method to copy protected DVD to DVD on Mac from ISO image is using the command line. This way applies to any Mac OS X, including macOS Monterey. Note that you should make sure the command line is correct to avoid any failure. So this method is not suitable for novice or those who don't like technical stuff. Then you can copy protected DVD ISO image to blank disc as per the steps below:

  1. Launch the Terminal utility.
  2. Locate the ISO somewhere easy to locate like the desktop or user home folder.
  3. Insert a blank DVD or DVD-DL into the Mac.
  4. Type the following command hdiutil burn ~/Path/To/DiskImageFile.iso and it will start to burn ISO file to DVD on Mac automatically.

FAQ about Protected DVD to DVD Copy on Mac

1. How do I copy a protected DVD on a Mac?

To copy a protected DVD on Mac computers, you need a DVD copy program with support for encrypted DVDs. MacX DVD Ripper Pro can rip copy-protected DVDs to MP4, MOV, AVI, ISO Image, Video TS folder (for backup or for later burning to DVDs) without third party help. All you need to do is to insert the DVD, choose output format, click Run, done!

2. Can Handbrake rip copy-protected DVDs?

Handbrake can rip some copy-protected DVDs on Mac with libdvdcss installed on your computer. However, Handbrake fails to handle many protected DVDs, especially Disney DRM DVDs. Handbrake shows 99 titles, large output movie file or a few kbs, or can not recognize DVDs, or shows other errors when ripping protected DVDs on Mac.

3. Can VLC rip copy-protected DVDs?

While VLC contains the libdvdcss library, it doesn't support ripping copy-protected DVDs on Mac. But there is a workaround: play the protected DVD in VLC and note down the playing title of the DVD. When copy the DVD using VLC, tell it the right title. But this method doesn't always work.

4. Can MakeMKV rip copy-protected DVDs?

MakeMKV can rip protected DVDs to MKV on Mac if you have good luck. Most of the time, when dealing with copyright-protected DVDs, MakeMKV won't read/open DVDs, or displays playlist obfuscation/fake playlist (Lionsgate DVDs), to name a few errors.

5. Is it legal to copy protected DVD to DVD on Mac?

It depends on where you live. In the United States, UK, Canada, Australia, it's illegal to rip copy-protected DVDs on Mac for personal use even you buy them. But it will be OK if you copy-protected DVDs for backup or easier viewing though the law doesn't advocate users to do so. For more detailed information, please refer to "is it legal to rip DVDs".

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