Since there is no built-in disc drive in your Mac, you can get an external DVD drive for DVD playback on Mac. Apple provides a USB SuperDrive at $79.00 that works on iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro with Retina Display or MacBook Air. With it, you just need to insert the DVD into the SuperDrive, the DVD Player app should open automatically, and start running the disc.
If the Mac DVD hard drive not working for you, there are many other external hard drives for Mac available at cheap price. Then you can watch the DVD with a Mac DVD player as normal.
Method 1. How to Play DVD on Mac with MacX DVD Ripper Pro?
Taking an external disc drive, or the cumbersome DVD discs will increase the burden when you are in travel or on the fly. and it can be a headache when your DVD player won't work, for example, damaged DVD not playing, no disc found/blank disc error messages, DVD is regional locked, etc. But there is a workaround. To
rip DVDs to MP4 or other common formats so that you can play DVD movies on Mac computers on the go.
There are many tools for this job, here we will recommend you MacX DVD Ripper Pro. It is recognized as the No.1 fast DVD Ripper to digitize any DVDs, which is able to rip any homemade or commercial DVD discs to MOV, MP4, M4V, AVI, etc. for free playback with QuickTime or other DVD player on Mac. With unique Hardware Acceleration mode, it helps maximum use of CPU and GPU to speed up DVD ripping dramatically without any computer overheating or stuttering. Also, the "High Quality Engine" and "Advanced Deinterlacing Accelerator" make sure the output quality is kept the same as original.
Here are the simple steps to convert DVD to MP4 with MacX DVD Ripper Pro:
Step 1. Download MacX DVD Ripper Pro, install and run it, click "DVD Disc" or "DVD Path" button to import the DVD disc to SuperDrive.
Step 2. When the "Output Profile" window pops up, choose "MP4 Video(MPEG4)" from Mac General Video as Output formats.
Step 3. Click "Browse" button in output setting area and select a destination folder to save your converted DVD files.
Step 4. Click "RUN" to start the DVD to MP4 conversion.
Step 5. After finishing the conversion, you can play the DVD file on Mac with a Mac DVD player.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro also supports
backing up DVD and highly compressing DVD to a compact file perfectly sized for Mac SSD, HDD, USB, or NAS. It greatly reduces the DVD file size especially the Blu-ray to free up your Mac storage space, with negligible output video quality loss. If you would prefer to enjoy DVD movies on portable device, like iPhone, iPad, Android, etc., it can also help you make it by converting the DVDs to these devices.
Bonus benefit: By ripping DVD into digital formats, you will no longer take the discs or drives. More than that, as the DVD drive only play DVDs with the same region code, but via the ripping, you can feel free to play DVD on MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, regardless of any region code.
The DVD ripper developer only advocates using this self-contained Mac DVD ripper to rip and convert DVDs for legal personal use, instead of illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please obey your local DVD copyright law before doing it. DO NOT do harm to others' lawful rights and interests.
Method 2. How to Watch DVD on Mac via Built-in DVD Player App?
The DVD Player app on Mac is an official application that Apple developed for Mac users to play DVD movies. So, you can use the "DVD Player" application to play DVDs or DVD movie files stored on your Mac. Let's go through the steps to play a DVD on Mac using DVD Player App.
1. Play a DVD disc
Insert a DVD disc to the DVD drive, and the DVD Player app on Mac starts playing the disc. If the disc doesn’t play automatically, press the Space bar after the disc is recognized.
2. Play a DVD movie file stored on Mac
Step 1. Open DVD Player app on your Mac. You can also click the Spotlight icon in the upper right corner of your Mac’s screen and search for DVD Player app. It will appear at the top-left corner. By double clicking the icon, DVD Player app will be launched. Or you can check for other DVD players for Mac.
Step 2. Then choose "File" in the upper left corner of your Mac’s screen.
Step 3. Then Click on the "Open DVD Media" option.
Step 4. Navigate to the VIDEO_TS folder that contains the movie file you want to play. Note that you need to rip the DVD disc first to get the VIDEO_TS folder here.
Step 5. Click on "Open" to start playing the selected DVD file.
It seems simple enough to play and watch DVD on MacBook Pro/iMac with hard drive. However, there are still complaints reporting that
DVD won't play on Mac. So below we offer some major fixes on how to watch DVD on MacBook Pro/Mac Pro, other computers without problems.
Fixes to Mac DVD Player Not Working Error:
Check System Preferences -> CD's & DVD's to check if the DVD player is set to run when DVD is put into the drive.
Reset the SMC on Mac computers.
Check if the DVD player supports the type of disc, for example, you may need to adjust the region code for DVDs with other codes, and Mac's default player won't support Blu-ray discs.
Switch to other DVD players for Mac.
This method requires you to take along the movie discs and drive whenever and wherever you want to watch DVD on MacBook Pro/Air, iMac or Mac mini computers. It is not available for copying and playing the copyright protected DVD discs. The "DVD Player" cannot play other media, such as Blu-ray discs, or recognize video content recorded on certain types of DVD-RW discs.
Method 3. How to Play DVD on Mac with Remote Disc?
Remote Disc is a Mac feature that allows one Mac to share and access another Macs DVD/CD drive as if they were their own. That's to say you can insert a DVD into a drive on one Mac, and watch it over a network by using another Mac.
Also, Remote Disc enables these Macs without optical drives to achieve many other great functions, such as installing software from DVDs, importing CDs into iTunes, ripping DVDs, and even burning CDs and DVDs. However, audio CDs or copy-protected DVDs are not supported by this way. Now, let's see how to open a DVD on Mac via Remote Disc:
Step 1: On a Mac with the built-in SuperDrive, open "System Preferences".
Step 2: Click on "Sharing", then choose the lock icon.
Step 3: Enter your admin password, tick DVD Sharing.
Step 4: Insert a DVD into the drive and the user on another Mac will be able to watch the DVD.
However, this way requires two Macs connected over network. So, it maybe not suitable for you if you only have one Mac.
This method requires two computers running at the same time when you watch DVD movies on MacBook Pro or Air, iMac or Mac mini. Besides, internet is also required to share the DVD movie. So remote disc can be very slow over the network. Besides, not all types of DVDs are supported.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why can’t I play a DVD on my Mac?
The biggest cause to DVD not playing on Mac is that Apple has abandoned the DVD drive on its Macs, so it is impossible to insert a DVD disc and open it. In addition to that, many other factors will also lead to the not playing problem. For example, there is dirty and dust on the disc causing Mac ejects DVDs. The Mac DVD player can’t play DVD after the Mac OS upgrade or when the DVD disc is damaged. And your DVD player can’t play region DVDs.
2. How do I view a DVD on my Mac?
You have 2 main ways to open DVD on Mac. You can directly play DVD on Mac with a DVD player. But you should note that some DVD players can’t play region DVDs and blu-ray discs. Ripping DVD discs to DVD media files is another way that used most to watch DVD on Mac.
3. How can I play a DVD on my Mac without a DVD drive?
Actually, all DVD disc playback needs a DVD drive. But if you have a DVD media file like VIDEO_TS folder or ISO Image, you can directly play DVD on Mac with a DVD player without the need of DVD drive.
4. What to do when DVD drive won't read disc?
Some other times, the DVD drive won't read any DVD and will eject the disc automatically. When the DVD drive is not working, it is usually a sign that the disc is not readable or the drive has an issue. Now you can try to:
Try another DVD disc, if the problem occurs with a specific DVD, the disc may be damaged or dirty. You can try to repair the scratched DVD and try again.
If the problem continues on every disc, there may be an issue with the hard drive. You can clean the lens of the optical drive with a cleaning disk, or purge the slot with compressed air.