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MacTheRipper Review: Get the Best DVD ripper for Mac

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Before starting MacTheRipper review, let's first talk about the following scenario you might have encountered: you are now on a lengthy plane flights heading from the United States to France. You got a PowerBook with a DVD drive for the sake of enjoying DVDs on the way to your destination. But bringing DVDs means more things to carry in my travel bag and waste of your battery. Worse still, the DVD you paid for may even throw you into dilemma when you'd like to show your wonderful DVDs to your friend in France, only find it unplayable. Why so?

This is because DVD player is set up to play that DVD for a single zone and DVD is encrypted with a zone of origin. In this case, one solution to circumvent the problems is to adopt Mac The Ripper. This is why I write the reviews about it, which is capable of modifying or disabling the DVD region code or the User operation prohibition features of the copied data and making a copy of DVDs to your hard drive with ease.

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How Does Mac The Ripper Work

The review shall first begin with the definition itself. According to Wikipedia, MacTheRipper is a Mac OS X application that enables users to create a playable copy of the contents of a video DVD by defeating the Content Scramble System. It helps to delete the RCE region protection and copy DVD on Mac in VIDEO_TS folder without restriction of any DVD movies that you have. Since the freeware is such a large selection of good for Mac users, let's list its pros and cons side by side.


1. When it comes to the abovementioned scenario, such awkward situation will never happen as long as you own the free dvd ripper for Mac.
2. Although DVD is no longer expensive, replacing beloved DVDs that are scratched or smeared with jam is a bother. Well, MacTheRipper offers you a golden opportunity to create digital copy on your Mac OX. From then on, you can no longer worry about your investment being damaged.
3. Getting this program on your Mac computer means you can therefore save a lot of battery each time it rotates the disc.
4. Quality isn't an issue with MacTheRipper as it does not convert the source movies. Instead, it removes any region limitation by setting it to default region "0" and saves DVD in VIDEO_TS folder.
5. For us non-pros, this software is very simple to get it right the first time. It comes with a very nice and very clear manual, making it a breeze to copy a DVD to hard drive.
6. This software is totally free of charge. If you are on a tight budget, it is surely the top choice for you.


1. Secrecy and back-alley character of its distribution can be annoying because you have to join RipDifferent forums, send an inquiry to its developers, and then wait for a response to learn how to send your gift if you are in hope for getting the latest version of the software.
2. As the official MacTheRipper site has been shut down, support team does no longer exist for the software. Consequently, software updates is not readily available, especially when it comes to Apple's new version Mountain OS X Mountain Lion, so a Mac The Ripper alternative for Mountain Lion is needed. Moreover, for the new DVD movies, MTR may fail to decrypt the copy protection.
3. Although obtaining a copy is confounding, MacTheRippper has a lot going for it in terms of output format. The need to play converted video on iPhone, iPad, iPod seems to be never realized as this program only copy DVD on Mac in VIDEO_TS folder.

In this circumstance, you're better off going with ripping software other than Mac the Ripper.
See also: Handbrake Mac | VLC Rip DVD

Best MacTheRipper Alternative to Cope with DVD Ripping on OS X

Now that you want to enjoy your DVD movies on iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc, you can count on another program, which is the highly recommended MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This easy-to-use program integrates both Mac DVD Decrypter and DVD ripper to decrypt and rip DVD you like on your Mac. With this MacTheRipper Alternative, no matter Sony ARccOS DVD protection or Disney New DVD Copy Protection is no longer a hard nut during DVD backup and ripping. Worth still, if your Mac computer has upgraded to Mountain Lion and MTR has no response to this Lion, MacX DVD Ripper Pro works as a Mac The Ripper alternative and helps to rip DVD movies to Mountain Lion/Mavericks/Yosemite/El Capitan without any difficulty. In addition, its amazing DVD copy feature makes DVD backup a breeze with videos the same as original.

Since you are familiar with the use of the former program, guide on how to rip DVD on Mac Mountain Lion with MacX DVD Ripper Pro will be further listed.

Step 1: Load DVD You Want to Rip or Copy by Clicking "DVD Disc" or "DVD Folder" button
Free download and run this alternative, click "DVD Disc" or "DVD Folder" button to import the DVD on your Mac.

Step 2: Choose Output Video Format
Select the output format as you want. With this alternative to Handbrake, you can either backup DVD to your hard drive or enjoy DVD movies on iPhone, iPad, iPod wherever you go.

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Step 3: Select the Output Folder
Specify output folder on your computer to save the output files. Click the "Browse" button to choose the path where you want to save the output files in.

Step 4: Press the "RUN" button
Click the "RUN" button to start conversion. You can view the whole progress and are able to cancel it at anytime.

Note: If you'd like to put the converted DVD movies to iPhone iPad for on-the-go watching, you can use MacX MediaTrans to sync music between mac and iPhone iPad iPod, backup iPhone photos, export 4K videos from iPhone (7), iPad Pro to free up space with ease.

Generally speaking, the fewer amounts of compression one application uses, the better the quality of the output video will be. So it's not hard to draw a conclusion that MacTheRipper has a very comprehensive manual while MacX DVD Ripper Pro features itself with intuitive interface, perfect compatibility with Mac OS Mountain Lion, DVD ripping on iPhone (iPhone XS included), iPad (iPad Mini 4 included), iPod, etc, default parameter setting, video editing, etc besides DVD decryption, and backup.

Even though with the help of this review, it's difficult to rate the two programs. One for free while one for charge. MTR, free and great, only helps you copy DVD to your hard drive. MacX DVD Ripper Pro, a paid program, possesses more features besides DVD backup. But given the murky issues surrounding the acquisition of this free tool, why not takes the latter one?

Notice: We only advocates copying and ripping DVDs 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.

Author: Bella Brown | Updated on Dec 5, 2018

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