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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 on Mac, including unprotected homemade and protected commercial discs, here the best Mac DVD copier can help. Check and start tomake a perfect 1:1 replica of a disc or save to Mac hard drive.  

Step 1: How to Copy a DVD to Mac [Protected & Homemade]

When making a copy of a DVD on Mac, some may want 100% quality reserved simply because they need to stay away from the physical discs, while some others may want to rip movies out of DVD to mobiles yet without any noticeable quality loss that may degrade the viewing experience.

For this regard, MacX DVD Ripper Pro is what we need. This is DVD copy software for Mac has a unique High Quality Engine which is able to switch between remuxing and lossless compression algorithm according to the selected mode to ensure the best output quality for DVD copy. It ensures 1:1 copy for DVD backup and 98% original quality for conversion to HEVC, H.264 or other formats. It's able to copy unprotected & encrypted DVD on macOS:

  • Copy DVD 1:1 ratio into ISO image/MPEG-2 for safe backup or burning onto a blank disc, and also convert DVD to Mac supported MP4/MOV/M4V files or other popular formats with 98% quality.
  • Homemade or commercial DVD protected by any copy protections (CSS, region code, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project protection etc), it's the world's first DVD decrypter that can copy 99-title movies, UDF/non-UDF formatted discs, latest-released DVDs and any other types;
  • The fastest DVD ripping and copying powered by unique level-3 hardware acceleration tech, e.g., less than 5 minutes to copy a 2-hour full-length DVD into ISO image and even faster for main title copy. It is ideal for those who have a massive DVD collection;
  • macOS Big Sur or earlier macOS are all supported.

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 Output Format. Choose a mode you want to copy DVD on Mac (MacBook Air/Pro, iMac 5K, Mac Mini etc).

DVD copy software for Mac
DVD Copy software for mac

Step 3: Select an output format:

  • To copy a DVD to DVD on Mac, select DVD Backup mode and copy a DVD to DVD video formats like ISO image, Video_TS folder, or MPG for later burning with Burn for Mac, Disk Utility, Finder, or others in Step 2.
  • To save a safe DVD copy on Mac, or hard drive or flash drive, select DVD Backup mode and choose Main Title Copy, Full Title Copy, ISO image, or MKV. This will strip the video, audio, and subtitles, bonus materials, etc. from the disc and combine them into a digital format without re-encoding. This mode is suitable for: those who don't care about the file size and want to make an exact digital copy of DVD on Mac since the engine ensures 1:1 data and therefore large size.
  • To copy DVD to Mac for QuickTime, iMovie, FCPX, mobiles, select HEVC or H.264 from Mac General Video or the specific device from Mobile Video Profile. The High Quality Engine will use entropy encoding to reconstruct the exact original data from the compressed data. This not only reduces the redundancy in data representation to reduce size but also retains the maximum quality via the lossless compression. Its Level -3 Hardware Acceleration will speed up the DVD copy speed by 5x faster. This mode is suitable for: those who need to keep the video size small due to the limited storage of Mac hard drive, mobiles while still care about the video quality.
make a digital copy of DVD on Mac
make a digital copy of DVD on Mac

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.

How to rip DVD to digital copy
How to rip DVD to digital copy
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You can stop here if you simply want to 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 Mac, follow Step 2 to learn how to copy DVD to DVD on Mac computers.

Step 2: How to Copy a DVD to a DVD on a Mac

[Option 1] 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.

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.

Copy DVD to DVD on Mac with Burn
Copy dvd with Burn for Mac
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The video DVD burning requires converting your DVD video to .mpg before you can copy it to DVD.

[Option 2] Copy a DVD on Mac using Disk Utility

For Mac users, the built-in feature Disk Utility is a useful tool that allows copying CDs and 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," then click "Utilities" and select "Disk Utility."

Step 2. Click on the icon for the DVD in the left-hand pane. Click "File," then click "New" and select "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.

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.

Copy dvd with Disk Utility
Copy dvd with Disk Utility
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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.


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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