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How to Copy a DVD (Protected/Homemade) on a Mac with Best Quality

"I have DVD discs bought from the store and homemade with video footage of weddings, christenings, holidays etc. I now want to make copies of these discs to keep them safe, but I'm newbies and don't know how to do it. Someone said I need to make a DVD copy program. It all sounds so easy but I just don't know any DVD copy software for Mac that will allow me to do this."

It's a daily job to make a copy of a DVD on Mac to safeguard it against any damage. Have no idea how to copy a DVD on a mac with best quality? Whether you want to duplicate a DVD to a physical disc or save a digital DVD copy to Mac, including unprotected homemade and protected commercial discs, here the best Mac DVD copier can help. Check and start to make a perfect 1:1 replica of a disc or save to Mac hard drive. 

Part 1. How to Copy a DVD to Mac [Protected & Homemade]

Copying DVDs refers to copying the contents and saving it to another storage, with the same file format kept (DVD MPEG-2 format kept), whereas ripping DVDs can be something more like copying the DVD content to another storage, with the file format converted (e.g, DVD MPEG-2 to MP4).

Luckily, MacX DVD Ripper Pro packs both sides: copy and rip! It ensures 1:1 copy for DVD backup and 98% original quality for ripping to HEVC, H.264 or other formats. Unprotected homemade & encrypted DVDs are supported on macOS:

  • Copy DVD 1:1 ratio into ISO image/MPEG-2 (same file format) for burning into a blank disc, and also Rip DVD to Mac supported MP4/MOV/M4V or iPhone iPad, iMovie, Apple TV, etc. 420+ preset profiles with 98% quality.
  • Homemade or commercial DVD protected by any copy protections (CSS, region code, UOPs, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project protection, Lionsgate fake playlist tech, etc), it can easily remove them all on its own, no libdvdcss needed.
  • The fastest copying speed powered by unique level-3 hardware acceleration tech, e.g., less than 5 minutes to copy a 2-hour full DVD into ISO image and even faster for main title copy. Ideal option to duplicate a massive DVD collection.
  • Auto repair slightly damaged/corrupted DVD disc and constantly updated to cope with newly released DVDs.

How to Copy a DVD on Mac with Original Quality

Step 1: Free download the DVD copier on Mac. Import DVD movie and launch it. Then click "DVD Disc" to load the disc.

Step 2: Choose a mode you want to copy DVD on Macintosh (MacBook Air/Pro, iMac 5K, Mac Mini).

DVD copy software for Mac
DVD Copy software for mac

2.1 Select DVD Backup mode > choose Main Title Copy, Full Title Copy, ISO image, or MKV if you wanna 1:1 copy DVD to MacBook Pro, Air, iMac, Mac Mini, hard drive or flash drive. This will strip the video, audio, and subtitles, bonus materials, etc. from the disc and combine them into a digital format without re-encoding (still DVD MPEG-2 format kept).

make a digital copy of DVD on Mac
make a digital copy of DVD on Mac

2.2 Select Mac General Video mode > opt for MP4 (H264) or (HEVC) if you intend to rip DVD to digital format for QuickTime, iMovie, FCPX, mobiles, or the specific device from Mobile Video Profile. The High Quality Engine will use entropy encoding, inter-frame compression and intra-frame compression to reduce the redundancy in data representation to reduce size but also maintain the maximum quality (98%) via higher efficiency video coding.

How to rip DVD to digital copy
How to rip DVD to digital copy

2.3 Skip to Part 2 if you need to burn DVD to a writable DVD disc after 1:1 DVD copy on Macintosh. This can't happen unless you get the assistance from Disk Utility or Burn for Mac software.

Step 5. Select a destination folder to save the digital copy of the DVD movie ripped on Mac by clicking "Browse" button.

Step 6. Click "Run" to start the DVD copy process on Mac with this DVD copying software for macOS. You are free to copy any new movies DVD this way.

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You can stop here if you simply want to skirt copyright protection from DVDs and save a digital copy of DVD on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, etc. If you want to make a disc copy of a DVD on Macintosh, follow Part 2 to learn how to copy DVD to a blank DVD on Mac computers.

Part 2. How to Copy a DVD to a DVD on a Mac

[Option 1] Copy a DVD on Mac using Disk Utility

For Mac users, the built-in feature Disk Utility is a useful tool for copying CDs/DVDs and creating virtual images of physical discs. But Disk Utility will NOT copy all DVDs, namely most commercial DVDs with copy-protection mechanisms are not applicable and the output file is virtual image only. Below is a simple guide:

Step 1. Insert the DVD in DVD drive. Click "Applications" > tap "Utilities" > choose "Disk Utility."

Step 2. Click on the icon for the DVD in the left-hand pane. Click "File" > hit "New" > "New Image from [your DVD's name]". Type a name for the image and select "DVD/CD Master" under "Image Format." Click "Save" to create the disc image. After copy DVD to computer in an image file, take out the original DVD.

Copy dvd with Disk Utility
Copy dvd with Disk Utility

Step 3. Click on the name you chose for the disc image, then click "Burn" at the top of the window. Insert a blank DVD and click "Burn" to copy the image to a DVD on Mac.

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Disk Utility no longer support DVD burning since Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. But you can burn DVD video folder to DVD with Finder with the steps:

1. From the Finder Menu bar, click File, then New Burn Folder > drag and drop the files to the burn folder and click the burn button in the upper-right corner of the Window.
2. Or rom the Finder Menu bar, click File, then Burn DVD VIDEO to Disc and select the copied DVD video folder from Mac.

[Option 2] Copy a DVD on Mac using Burn for Mac

The free app Burn for Mac works on the latest macOS Big Sur to copy a DVD video (MPG format) to a disc on Mac. It's totally free and works with the latest macOS systems. It's easy to use with a lot of advanced settings like file permissions, dates, etc. to personalize your DVD.

Step 1. Download Burn for Mac and run it. Then click Video button at the top menu bar of the interface. Now insert a blank disc into the drive.

Step 2. Drag the copied DVD MPG video into the window for later burning.

Copy DVD to DVD on Mac with Burn
Copy dvd with Burn for Mac

Step 3. Give it a name and click the Burn button. Then a window will pop up asking you to set the burning preferences like the burning speed. Once set, click Burn and wait. It will make a DVD copy for you.

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The video DVD burning requires converting your DVD video to .mpg before you can copy it to DVD.

Part 3. FAQ about DVD Duplication

1. How to copy a DVD on Mac without disc drive?

Not all Macs have a hard drive. How to save a solid copy of the whole disc on Mac Macbook, MacBook Air Retina, MacBook Pro or iMac 5K with no drive? You will need to get an external DVD drive first.

2. How to copy a DVD with Handbrake on Mac?

Many other Mac DVD copiers, though don't live up with their claims to rip copy protection DVD, do an excellent job to copy DVD to computer as long the disc is not copy-protected. Handbrake is able to backup and copy a homemade DVD to Mac hard drive in MP4 or MKV. The steps are below:

  1. Free download the DVD copying software on your iMac 5K, MacBook, MacBook Air/Pro etc. The latest version works on 64-bit Macs running OS X 10.6 or later.
  2. Now insert the disc to DVD drive and launch HandBrake. Once the scan is complete, HandBrake chooses what it thinks is the main title, but you can click the pop-up menu next to Title and choose the item you want to encode.
  3. Choose a preset. Choose a preset like an iPhone or an Android tablet.
  4. Once you pick your preset, there are a few settings you might want to tweak, depending on your specific needs. When you're all set, click the Start button to copy DVD content to your Macbook or iMac.

3. Is it legal to copy a DVD on Mac?

It's worth noting that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and most media companies argue that commercial DVD copying and ripping is illegal and you shouldn't copy or convert any bought DVDs and Blu-ray Discs for any reason.

Note: The MacXDVD software calls for copying or ripping DVD under the concept of Fair Use and does not encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

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