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Rip and Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac Tutorial

DVD remains popular especially when there's a big movie or TV show released, despite the video streaming on Netflix or other services gradually wraps around the globe. If you have a huge collection of DVDs, there are many cases you may want to rip the contents off discs and save them in digital format like MP4.

1. You die for keeping cherished DVDs away from teething kids and protect your investment against damage.
2. You intend to clear some space in your room and have all your discs saved in a hard drive so you can archive them and watch anything at any time.
3. You want all movies and TV shows you own to be available at your fingertips on your phones or tablets, Apple TV, etc, without repurchasing them from iTunes or Amazon.
4. You'd like to go one step further to customize your wedding DVD in iMovie, though it cannot access to the physical format......

Why You Need to Rip and Convert DVD to MP4 Not AVI and MKV?

• Rip DVD to AVI Pros/Cons: Due to the minimal compression feature, AVI tends to be larger (2GB in file size maximally) than MP4 and others. Though AVI works with many players and mobile phones, iOS devices like iPhone iPad are excluded from the compatibility list.

• Rip DVD to MKV Pros/Cons: Open-source MKV supposedly has better support for subtitles, video and audio tracks. Its commonly used for HD video playback, which nonetheless leads to large space-hogging file. It has the least compatibility unless you install MKV codec pack. But if you stress on quality, MKV is preferred.

• Rip DVD to MP4 Pros: MP4 has smaller file size than AVI and MKV, manages to have a good balance between size and quality, thanks to its high compression rate. It allows for sending a copy of movie, streaming over the internet and uploading to web, making it accessible to wide users of iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices. By digitizing DVD disc to MP4 format, sorting your movie library by date, genre, favorite, etc will be much easier. You will no longer need MEGP2 decoder or DVD drive or worry about the DVD regional restriction while playing.

If you run into the problem of playing back your DVD movies on Mac QuickTime player, iPod, iPhone, iPad or computer hard drive, read the tutorial to find out how to transcode DVD movie to MP4 on Mac for free with the best DVD ripper for Mac.

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FREE convert any kinds of DVDs (NTSC/PAL) to MP4 H.264/MPEG4, MOV, MP3, etc on Mac with original 480p 29.97fps or 576p 25fps (audio kept with 192kbps high quality). Also let you freely crop image size to remove top/bottom black line for better playback on your iPhone iPad Android devices, Apple TV, etc.

Common Problems and Errors in DVD to MP4 Ripping

Mac has no built-in DVD ripper, though there are add-ons for DVD playing and burning, such as Mac DVD player and iDVD. This is because DMCA claims the illegality of circumventing any copy protections that are generally put on all commercial discs. But you can still find many free DVD converter software available to get movies off discs and turn into MP4, such as Handbrake, Any Video Converter Free, DVDFab, etc, which are well known as free open sources but also poses on many problems.

1. Handbrake Unable to Rip the Whole DVD Movie
DVD protection measure is used to restrict usage of copyrighted works such as commercial DVDs. Nowadays, almost all commercial DVDs are encoded with complicated protection schemes that weed out common DVD converters and manifest in various errors, such as "DVD ripping unexpectedly crash", "takes forever to rip DVD movies", etc. Even with the renown libdvdcss installed on Mac, some software such as Handbrake is reported to rip only the first 30 seconds of the movie to MP4 and then it stucks in the rest 2-hour movie ripping process.

2. DVDFab Interlacing Image and No Sound After Ripping
DVDFab is built-in with de-interlacing option. Yet, users shares their complains on forum.dvdfab that they get the horizontal interlacing lines in the ripped video and the de-interlacing option is greyed out. That's not the end. Another junior member is also frustrated by the DVD to MP4 ripping problem caused by DVDFab. This time it results from the output MP4 file no sound though the picture is great.

3. The Picture Size of MP4 is All Wrong
It's known to us that the resolution of PAL DVD is 720x576 and NTSC DVD goes to 720x480. Generally, the output MP4 file is kept with DVD original settings if nothing has changed on the parameter settings. However, Any Video Converter Free users find that they get their ripped MP4 file with wrong picture size, automatically vertically stretched, which mismatches with their playback device iPhone 6s Plus. They wonder if they can crop image size to solve this issue before DVD conversion? Or is just Any video converter to be blame?

4. Difficult to use
It makes a lot of sense to download an easy-to-use program. For example, you might be a green hand, unknown about any parameter settings for either high quality or small file size. You are lazy to go any further steps to fit your mobile devices. Some software such as iSkysoft DVD ripper touts many add-ons that confuse you a lot but doesn't manage to output high quality image.

Recommendation 1: Rip and Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with MacX DVD Ripper

To make a digital copy of DVD to MP4 on Mac in smooth water, MacX DVD Ripper Pro fits the bill. Built in unique DVD analysis technology and title checking mechanism, the standalone program frees you from any title reading problem and offers you the option to cope with protected DVDs that refuse by other programs. It allows you to convert DVD to MP4 (H264/MPEG-4) for better compatibility and also rip a DVD to MP4 with HEVC codec (50%+ smaller than H264 in file size) if you need to play DVD on iPhone iPad Android with only 16/32/64GB space.

As for the above-mentioned problems, needless to worry. This program can easily strip any DVD encryption tech from DVDs (CSS, Region Code, RCE, UOPs, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project DRM, etc.). Thus, your DVD movie can be ripped in full length, no first chapter or 30 seconds rip troubles. High Quality Engine and De-interlacing techs promises you a great quality on both vision and hearing. You can also freely crop image size to remove black lines if mobile device is your destination.

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Supported input formats: Commercial DVD, CSS DVD, region 1-6, Sony ARccOS, ISO image, DVD Folder, DVDmedia
Supported output formats: MP4, HEVC, MPEG4, H264,WMV, FLV, MOV, MP3, and 420+ device profiles for Apple iPhone/X/8, iPad/Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9, PS4, etc.



Guide to Decode a DVD to MP4 on macOS

DVD to MP4 ripper

Step 1. Load DVD Movies or DVD Folder.
Free download DVD converter on your Mac, click "Disc" button to import the DVD files. You can also choose to rip DVD Video_TS folder to MP4 or convert ISO to MP4 by clicking "Path" button. After a few seconds, all DVD titles will be listed and the main title will be automatically selected.

Step 2: Choose MP4 as Output Video Format.
Here we choose MP4 Video encoded with H264 + AAC from General Profiles category as output format. There is a slide bar available for you to adjust quality and speed. Generally faster speed comes at the price of worse quality and vice versa.

Note: You can tweak the parameter settings such as upping the bit rate, resolution, etc to get the best output quality or lowering these settings to ensure a fast DVD to MP4 converting speed. But you have to know that high quality usually leads to slow ripping speed and huge size. This tool helps to reach the perfect balance between quality, speed and size, even you only leave its default profile unchanged.

select DVD subtitle

Step 3: Opt for Desired Subtitle Track.
Tap the expand icon at the selected main title to open the multiple subtitle tracks list where you can select your desired one, e.g., English, French, Spanish, Forced subtitles only, disabled subtitle or load subtitle you downloaded or made by your own.

The same applies to choose audio track that is next to subtitle option. Basically, DVD provides you with AC3 audio with 6 channels. If you just playback DVD digital movie on iPhone iPad Android, audio with 2 channels is actually enough and it can save much space for you.

Shift your attention to the lower right corner of the main interface, where you're suggested to manually tick "High Quality Engine" and "De-interlacing" options in case output quality is your top priority.

rip DVD to MP4 on Mac

Step 4: Select Output Folder.
Click "Browse" to choose the path for output files storage.

Step 5: Start Conversion.
Now tap "RUN" button to start conversion. The pop-up DVD conversion window will show you the processing percentage and the GPU hardware acceleration tech it utilizes: Intel QSV, Nvidia or AMD if your hardware configuration is qualified. GPU HW acceleration tech hands over the DVD ripping tasks from CPU to GPU so as to relieve your CPU from computing-intensive tasks, solve CPU overusage/overheating problems and speed up DVD ripping 5X faster than any competitor.

After DVD conversion to MP4 on Mac, you can sync the movie to iPhone iPad with iTunes or MacX MediaTrans, which can transfer videos, including AVI, MKV, VOB, WMV that iDevice won't support, from Mac computer to iPhone iPad, and vice versa.

MacX initially features GPU accelerated HEVC encoding. This is especially helpful for Apple users working with the latest macOS Mojave or iOS 12. By converting DVD to HEVC MP4, you will shrink a 7.84GB DVD into a file that is less than 1 GB and therefore store more movie contents on your Macbook, iMac and enjoy them on your newer iPhone or iPad with higher image quality.

Verdict: if you have a lot of new movies on DVD and want to make a backup of them, the "copy" feature lets you copy main title to MPEG2 (5 minutes only), backup full title with all videos/audios/subtitles, and make 1:1 copy of DVD to ISO image with original video/audio in few minutes on Mac. Keep original video quality and original 5.1 channels Dolby AC3/DTS audio. Free download MacX DVD Ripper Pro and enjoy your DVD entertainment now!

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.

Recommendation 2: How to Free Convert DVD to MP4 format on Mac with Handbrake V1.1.1

Handbrake is a piece of preferred software that can deal with DVD to MKV/MP4 conversion on Mac freely. But you have to notice that Handbrake, even the latest version V1.1.1, rips protected DVDs or other new DVD movies relying on VLC libdvdcss to circumvent CSS encryption and sometimes it ends with no valid source found or only first chapter/30 seconds rip when it comes to decrypting newly released DVDs. You might also need to know that the good reputation of Handbrake is spotted by its poor compression ability and high CPU usage (almost 90%), to certain degree.

Of course, a DVD ripper without any flaw could never be found. As for the unprotected DVD discs, the outcome is satisfactory. So if you have unprotected DVDs and want a disc to MP4 processing, Handbrake still deserves your trial. Below is the step by step guide on how to convert DVD into digital MP4 on macOS with Handbrake.

Handbrake tutorial

Step 1: Free download and run Handbrake V1.1.1 on Mac.
Step 2: Select a source DVD (no DRM) you need to rip to MP4.

Step 3: Choose a title. Generally, the title with the longest duration is thought as the right title. If No valid source found pops out, it may indicate that the DVD is encrypted. For this part, please turn to VLC to read the DVD and find the right title.
Step 4: Choose the output format MP4. You can also go to Toggle presets to select the device profiles at the right window.

Step 5: Do some setting adjusting. You can adjust the video setting, audio setting, subtitles, and more if you are skillful at this Mac application.
Step 6: Click Start button to begin the ripping process. Due to the lack of GPU hardware acceleration tech, it mainly relies on your CPU and might consume your CPU up to 90% so that you'd better shut down other tasks.

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MacX DVD Ripper VS Handbrake V1.1.1: Performance Test of DVD to MP4 Conversion

There are still some other big names in the market that can freely rip DVD movie to MP4 on Mac, such as VLC, Format Factory, etc. But regarding to users' high request on the decrypting feature, speed, quality and security concern, here we just provide MacX DVD Ripper and Handbrake tutorial, along with the side-by-side performance test listed below, so that you can know which one fulfill your needs in DVD conversion to MP4.

Decryption Battle: Handbrake requires Libdvdcss installed to get rid of the CSS put on the Transformers 2 DVD. It takes a few minutes to identify the title. While MacX DVD Ripper Pro automatically choose the right title 76. Specific tests are also performed on other movie titles like Divergent, and Handbrake did encounter some annoying errors like "No Valid Sound Found" whereas MacX DVD Ripper works with 100% successful rate, even when rip the latest DVD Manchester By the Sea, Hacksar Ridge.

Rip DVD to MP4 Test: DVD Protection Supported List

DVD protection measures

MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Handbrake with libdvdcss installed


Region Code


Sony ARccOS

Disney X-project


No issue found so far.
1. up to 8min loading time
2. No valid source or title found
3. Rip only half of DVD and stops
4. The output files are out of order.

[Updated] Speed Comparison: We are happy to find both MacX DVD Ripper and Handbrake upgraded to support hardware acceleration in the latest version, with the former reaching to level 3 in all DVD decoding, processing and encoding and the latter ending with level 1 in just DVD encoding. That means the whole DVD conversion in MacX DVD Ripper relies on Intel QSV, Nvidia CUDA/NVENC, or AMD app, if your computer harnesses the latest graphic card, in such a way to shorten the process dramatically. See how MacX performs fast with level-3 hardware acceleration >>

Test showed the MacX performed satisfactory DVD to MP4 converting speed, taking 14 min to rip the full-length Transformers 2 DVD movie to MP4 H.264 video, with FPS reaching almost 276fps. Handbrake was still almost 1.5X faster than other software like VLC. It performed pass 2 encoding for better result and took about 37 min with an average ripping frequency of 129fps.

DVD ripping speed comparison

You will also bear in mind the ripping time will lengthen for a high-quality output video and the ripping speed depends on the computer configuration and disc drive. We also do some quality comparison and there isn't any noticeable quality difference, both having a quality closer to the original movie. Besides, MacX DVD Ripper produces a bit smaller MP4 video with file size 1.39MB, compared with Handbrake's 1.87MB MP4 video.

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Best DVD to MP4 Ripper for Mac OS X

One-stop shop for removing any latest DVD encryption technologies and rip DVDs to Mac, MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3, etc.

• Unique DVD title check mechanism: Support all the classic and new DVDs with CSS, Region Code, UOPs, or Sony ARccOS, Disney Fake and more.
• Convert DVD: Freely decode DVD to MOV, MP4, HEVC, AVI, M4V, MP3, and other popular video & audio formats.
• Copy DVD to iPhone iPad: Able to rip and copy DVD movies to iPhone X/8 (Plus), iPad mini 4/Air 2, iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K, iPod, iMovie, etc.
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