Hassle Free! Backup and Digitize Any DVDs in 5 Minutes

MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway, Win iPad Pro & Accessories Sweepstakes

Take 1-minute Survey, Win iPad Pro, Netflix Gift Card & More Prizes

Every day the first 500 participants will get a free copy of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, valid through Feb 20.

Q1: How many DVDs do you have?

1/7

Thanks for participating! You’re #1 participator today. We appreciate for your time & here is the Special Awards to you in return! Sorry, there is no free copy left today. The stock will be updated at 0:00 AM EST next day. Please come earlier tomorrow!

Special Awards

MacX DVD Ripper Pro

$67.95, $0 | No free upgrade
  • Digitize & rip any DVDs in 5 minutes
  • 1:1 backup DVD with original quality

Your License:BDVLM-VOKVW-DHRTC-CN6GP

Please register it before Jan 31.
Claim Your Prize

Check your email inbox for prize info

Share to Facebook

Get Chance to Win iPad Pro

To get iPad Pro, Netflix gift card & USB, please share this contest with the tag #macxipadprocontest in FB post. (Note: please be sure to set the post to Public status)

Email Us with Proof

Confirm Your Entry

Important: Please drop us an email with your screenshot or Facebook post link so that we can validate it.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro

  • Copy and digitize any DVD to MP4, MKV, MOV, H.264, ISO, etc.
  • Convert DVD content to Mac, Hard drive, TV and mobile devices.
  • (Unique!) Support any new DVDs, 99-title DVDs, damaged DVDs, etc.
  • (Hardware acceleration) Only 5 mins to rip DVD with original quality.

500 Free Copies/Day $67.95 Now: $0

*No free upgrade for giveaway version. Compare Giveaway with Full version >>

What's the Best DVD Ripper for Mac and How to Rip DVD to MP4 without Errors

Posted by Bella Brown to DVD ripper | Updated on Jan 11, 2019

Before we dig deeper into the free DVD ripping software for macOS review. Here are some facts and problems in connection with DVDs.

It's reported the U.S. consumers have collected 87 DVD titles on average over the past decades. However, the advent of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO Go changes the way of home entertainment from physical disc to digital video. That's why many DVD owners jump onto the bandwagon to digitize their DVD library. But what will you benefit from ripping DVD to computer hard drive?

To follow the trend and live without a disc drive in your Mac computer, smartphone or tablet, no need to make any compromise when these ideas conflict with the facts. The advent of Mac DVD ripping tools will get it all solved.

Is There a Mac Built-in App to Digitize DVD? No. The DVD ripping process on Mac doesn't go as simple as burning. The latter can be achieved with Mac's built-in app like Finder or iDVD, as long as you have an Apple external USB SuperDrive. While the former is still out of reach with Mac unless you own a third-party DVD converter software.

This is because almost all DVD movies or TV shows you bought or rented are technically copyrighted and DVD rips will inevitably involve in breaking DVD copy protections, e.g. the Content Scramble System. Such action is currently unlawful in the US and UK. Apple is of course unwilling to set against law or money in consideration of continuous cooperation with U.S. studios for iTunes movies, it won't allow you to rip DVD to Mac the way you can burn it. This makes it a sense to download a third-party DVD ripper for Mac instead.

Note: We don't accept ripping DVD in such a way to steal the movie you don't legally own.

Part 1: How to Judge the Best Mac DVD Ripper 2019

There are plenty of free DVD copying and ripping software for Mac, which claims to rip any DVDs to any formats, say DVD to MP4, MOV, FLV, MPEG, H.264, etc. But most often, you endure a whole day long sitting aside your Macbook, trying to get the contents off DVDs yet find it crashes constanly, makes scratching high frequency sounds, gets choppy video on output, or keeps giving messages like no valid source found, etc. Therefore, you shall take "something" into consideration prior to download a free Mac DVD ripping software. Here are the four decisive elements that make up the best one.

ripping ability

Ripping Ability

A good ripper will access all commercial DVDs, no matter they are encoded with CSS, region code or other schemes, and has all discs digitized to MP4, or whatever other formats. Preset profiles for mobiles, TVs, webs, gaming systems, computers, and more are preferred.

ripping quality

High Quality

DVD transcoding involves in codec compression that leads to quality degradation inevitably. Good rippers manage to create high-quality movie file with almost imperceptible loss of quality (preferably the bitrate is around 1500kbps), by virtue of advanced video transcoding kernel.

ripping speed

Fast Speed

DVD converters used to rely on CPU to improve ripping efficiency while some accelerate the speed twice or more with GPU that's good at concurrent computing. If you have hundreds of DVDs to be digitized, why not choose the one with GPU acceleration enabled.

Ease of use

Ease to Use

Great tools will feature intuitive interface under the hood, where its features are clearly marked and locally placed, leaving little room for guesswork. Preferably, Mac users can get the hang of DVD to digital process with no more than 3 clicks, regardless of the computer skills.

To prevent any illegal redistribution of commercial discs, DVD studios adopts copy protection schemes to set up roadblock on DVD software, among which CSS is the most well known one. With facing with these mechanisms, many DVD rippers or DVD decrypters, especially the free ones, no longer stand the gaff and end up with various errors in the whole process, categorized by disc analyzing before ripping, DVD transcoding and the final rips after the conversion.

1. Errors during DVD Analyzing

• No disc found or won't detect DVD
• Cannot open DVD source/stuck on open DVD
• No title found or no valid source found
• Won't find main title/Can't rip 99-title DVDs
• Error reading DVD
• Cannot scan dvd or scan never completes
• Not showing all titles
• Playlist obfuscation
• Cannot open IFO or not recognizing IFO files
• Analyzing stops at 47%

2. Errors during DVD Ripping

• Won't rip whole movie
• DVD with bad sector
• Poor CPU utilization
• Software stuck/crashes
• Movie size is 40 GB+
• I/O error
• CRC error
• Out of memory error
• Cannot rip all episodes
• Mismatched region code error

3. Errors after DVD Transcoding

• Audio out of sync
• Scrambled/pixilated rips
• Incomplete rips
• Ripped DVD shows black bars
• No sound or mixed up
• Jagged edges on final rip
• Ripped movie repeats on certain parts
• Subtitles do not appear after ripping
• Movies stops playing at the same place
• Output file is just several kb

various dvd ripping errors

Except the above mentioned issues, ordinary DVD converters will go wrong with the recent movies, behaving with errors like dirty title, subtitle track issue, repeated ripping, halfway encoding, unwatchable rips, and more. It will be even trickier when you want to backup DVDs with particular non-UDF and ISO9600 formats such as workout disc beachbody. They are deliberately placed with bad information and the true titles are hidden. As a result, almost 99% of DVD rippers for Mac and Windows in the market will fail to load DVD, encounter a large number of tracks, show impossibly 40gb or more of data but output just several KB. So the capability of defeating encryption codes and recognizing the tricky DVD formats is one success factor for the ripping software.

Click to see the complete DVD ripping errors and fixes >>

 

Part 2: Top 3 Free DVD Rippers for Mac in 2019 [Review & Guide]

With these 5 elements taken into consideration, we've sought out 3 from an overwhelming number of Mac DVD ripping software. They are MacX DVD Ripper, HandBrake and MakeMKV, respectively. Handbrake is an open source DVD and video transcoding program, and MakeMKV is a widely used free DVD and blu ray ripper, both of which work well on macOS. What about MacX DVD Ripper? Scroll down.

No.1 - MacX DVD Ripper

MacX DVD Ripper is a professional DVD copier and converter designed for Mac (incl. macOS Mojave) and Windows (7/8/10). With unique DVD analysis kernel, the program deals with most commercial titles with encryption schemes that deliberately hamper the ripping, incl. CSS, Region Code, RCE, ARccOS, Disney X-Project DRM, etc. Besides, all DVD formats are supported, including UDF, intractable non-UDF, and ISO9600, so whether it is a new movie title, workout disc, or the DVD unplayable or damaged, MacXDVD will cope with it calmly.

Engineered for Apple ecosystem, it can freely convert DVDs to Mac-specific formats like MOV, M4V, H.264 that are compatible with QuickTime, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, and digitize DVD to MP4 format your SSD, NAS or USB accepts to store the movie well. You can also transcode DVD to other mainstream formats like HEVC, MKV, AVI, ISO, or convert a movie to format playable on your iPhone, iPad, Huawei, Samsung, TV, PS4, and more. Besides, a full range of basic editing features like cut, crop, merge, subtitle, etc are offered to cater to your DVD movie customization needs.

MacXDVD supports unique level-3 hardware acceleration, hyper-threading and multi-core CPU techs. When it starts transcoding DVDs, computer hardware, together multiple cores, is fully utilized to execute DVD decoding, processing and encoding task simultaneously and multiple threads are enabled to run on each core. This dramatically shortens the DVD ripping process, while unburdening CPU greatly. High-quality engine and De-interlacing engine are available for you to check, purpose built to produce remarkably high quality.

how to free rip DVD on Mac

[Tutorial] How to Use MacX DVD Ripper

Step 1: Insert DVD
Click "Add DVD" button to load the disc. MacX will easily find the accurate main title. In our test, we successfully open the titles like Inside Out, Frozen from Disney. For TV shows with several episodes, select the item and MacX will decode it in sequence.

Free download the DVD ripper on Mac >>
Free download the DVD ripper on Windows >>

Step 2: Choose the output format
Preferrably, you can rip DVD to MP4 H.264 for better compatibility, quality and smaller file size. With no further tweaking, it achieves an H.264 file with crisp picture. The Mac specific library also offers options to backup DVD, convert DVD to Apple, Android, Microsoft, Sony, Web and more.

Step 3: Start protected DVD converting
For DVDs with tough protections, MacXDVD's unique title check mechanism and DVD analysis algorithm automatically scan the title, crack severely protected DVDs and smooth the ripping process. It also cuts the commercials and merge the useful parts via its editing features.

No.2 - HandBrake

Handbrake is an open-source DVD ripper for Mac, Windows and Linux, which can freely convert DVD to MP4 and MKV, with support for iPhone, iPods, PSPs, Apple TVs, PS3s. Handbrake rips DVD that is homemade/unprotected only. It cannot rip commercial DVDs unless you rely on third party tool like VLC or DVD decrypter, not to mention the Disney newer protections. MacX would be the HandBrake alternative to solve this problem.

The version Handbrake V1.0.7 adds support for HEVC encoding. This means that you can re-encode DVD into HEVC to store more movies on Mac's hard drive and newer iPhones or iPads. You shall understand the DVD to HEVC converting process takes a longer time as HEVC entails high computational demands. The good news is Handbrake still performs ultrafast DVD conversion speed if your Macbook or iMac is equipped with a video card like Intel's Kaby Lake processor series. Now in the latest version 1.2.0, Handbrake adds support for AMD and NVidia GPU acceleration for H.264/HEVC encoding like what MacX DVD Ripper Pro does.

Handbrake rip DVD free Mac

[Tutorial] How to Use HandBrake

Handbrake works with Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.14. Make sure your Mac has enough space to store the program (around 12.41MB). You can go to its official site to download and install the freeware.

Step 1: Insert DVD disc into Mac's DVD drive and run Handbrake. Click the Source button to load the DVD. It takes a few seconds to scan the disc. To rip protected DVD on Mac, libdvdcss is required to remove the CSS.

Step 2: Click "Browse" to set where you want to save the output files.

Step 3: Click "Presets" and select an output format. Here are MP4 (M4V) or MKV, and mobiles like iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, Windows Phone.

Step 4: Now click "RUN" to rip DVD for free on Mac now.

Having problems with Handbrake, check the full solutions to Handbrake DVD ripping errors on macOS:
* Handbrake cannot rip DVD with 99 titles? Fix it here
* Handbrake libdvdcss error on macOS Sierra? Check the solution

No.3 - MakeMKV

If you're seeking for a tool that rips protected DVDs & Blu rays and preserves all video/audio tracks and subtitles with meta-information, there is no better tools than MakeMKV, an easy free DVD/Blu ray ripper for Mac. As its name suggests, this program aids Mac users to free rip DVD to MKV format only. Since MakeMKV works rather a format converter than a transcoder, it remuxes the movie content from one format MPEG2 to MKV without affecting too much quality, so the whole DVD to MKV converting process is pretty fast with excellent quality. In this regard, MakeMKV is your premium choice if you just want to backup and store your movie contents on your hard drive, NAS or USB.

Since there is little compression in the DVD to MKV ripping process, the output file size is tremendous, almost the same as the original DVD disc. This is not good especially when you want to import the DVD movie into your iPhone or iPad - Just 3 full-length movies will eat up your 16GB iDevice space. So you'd better compress the movie into a size-friendly file with a video transcoder. MakeMKV is available as a free DVD ripping tool. For free Blu-ray disc digitization, you can try its beta version that stops functioning after 60 days.

rip DVD free Mac with MakeMKV

[Tutorial] How to Use MakeMKV

Free download MakeMKV on Mac. The tool is completely free to rip a DVD disc to Mac during the beta-testing phase, and after that, if you want to decrypt Blu-Ray disc, you will need to pay $50.

Step 1: Open the software and insert the disk. It accepts both DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Then click "Open Disc" to load in the information.

Step 2: MakeMKV will scan and identify the titles correctly and pop up a list of disk chapters. Choose the chapter, normally the longest and biggest title.

Step 3: Select a folder on Mac to save the output MKV files and click "Make MKV". It shows a fast DVD to digital processing speed on Mac, with an average of 30 minutes to rip Blu-ray disc. The output MKV keeps high video and audio quality, but MKV file is enormous (6.73GB MKV file for the 7.84GB DVD in our test).

 

Part 3: Performance Comparison among the 3 Free Rippers

To better understand the performance of the top 3 Mac DVD ripper freeware, below is a table and detailed comparison in ripping speed, output quality and supported encryptions.

Tools

Movie

Performance

Errors during the ripping

MacX DVD Ripper

Transformer (7.84GB)

1. Loading: immediately | ripping time: 12min | Avg. FPS: 216-262fps
2. Output file: 720x404p (16:9, 1500kbps), 1.61GB, AAC Audio (128kbps)

1. Its unique title check mechanism will automatically crack tough protections.

HandBrake

Transformer (7.84GB)

1. Loading time: 1min | ripping time: 37min | Avg. FPS: 97.13-149fps
2. Output file: 718x360p (2.35:1, 1495kbps), 1.87GB, AAC audio (164kbps)

1. Can't identify the right title
2. No response when clicking Start
3. Scrambled screen after slight tweaking
4. The ripped movie with aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is not perfect for YouTube or mobile playback.

MakeMKV

Transformer (7.84GB)

1. Loading: 1min | ripping time: 4min | Avg. FPS: NA
2. Output file: 720x480p (16:9, 5533kbps), 6.73GB, AC-3 (448kbps)

1. Requires manaually selecting title
2. No parameter setting or editing option
3. Big output file size

Note: This test is based on our hands-on test on 27" iMac (Mojave) with 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB 1867 MHzDDR3 and AMD Radeon R9 M380 2048MB. You shall also have to note that the DVD encoding speed is greatly dependant on your computer configuration. Higher config will lead to great performance. And make sure to spare some space to save the final rip. The DVD used here is a 7.84Gb movie named Transformers 2, distributed by DreamWorks Pictures, one of the studios that use intractable protection scheme on discs.

Free rip dvd on Mac with fast speed

1. Comparison on DVD Ripping Speed

According to the company, it applies level-3 hardward acceleration tech, which intelligently offloads the DVD decoding, processing and encoding to GPU, in cooperation with the hyper-threading technology. That is, GPU is fully utilized to rip DVD with full speed, and CPU is spared for multi tasks without affecting the ripping.

The DVD ripping is impressive on a iMac 5K (3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 M380, 2048MB, on Mojave). MacX's DVD conversion frequency reached averagely 240 fps, twice as high as that of Handbrake. It took 12 minutes to convert the full-length Transformers 2 DVD to MP4, while we could still view web pages or do other tasks since the CPU usage remains as low as 131-134%.

Handbrake auto enables Intel QSV HW acceleration for DVD and video processing tasks and switches to pass 2 for better encoding. But the time it took to make a digital MP4 copy of DVD is less than satisfactory, generally 25 min lagging behind MacX. The CPU usage went up to 397%. We are happy to find MakeMKV converted DVD to MKV on Mac pretty fast, completing within 4 minutes only, with read rate reaching up to 45.7 M/s.

free rip dvd on Mac with high quality

2. Quality and File Size of the Output Rip, Who Wins?

MakeMKV works as a format converter that just repackages the movie content from DVD MPEG2 to MKV. The output quality isn't affected at all. Higher saturation of color can be noticed on the rips, with dark darker and white whiter. But the file size is tremendously large - 6.73Gb that is almost the same as the original. You can also resort to MacX DVD Ripper's backup feature to clone DVD to ISO/MKV/MPEG2 with no loss of quality.

Both MacX and Handbrake involved in DVD video compression, which cut file size down but inevitably led to quality loss. What matters most is whether they manage to maintain a good balance between the size and quality. MacX created an .mp4 file with 720x480 (16:9) in 1.61GB from the 7.84GB DVD and Handbrake outputted the MP4 content in 1.87GB in fast 1080p30 encoding. There is no noticeable change between the the source and ripped file. Quality is slightly inferior to MakeMKV. So if you care about quality, MakeMKV is your ultimate choice. But if you emphasis on both sides, choose MacX and Handbrake, which run neck and neck.

free rip protected DVD on Mac

3. Which Ripper Supports the Widest Encryptions?

From the developer, MacX supports wide range of DVD protections, from CSS, region code, UOPs, APS to Sony ARccOS, Disney Fake. If this is true, it will sideline Handbrake that requires third-party tool to bypass certain restrictions, or MakeMKV that supports AACS and BD+ only, and other DVD ripper Mac freeware.

In the test, Handbrake popped up "No Valid Source Found" error and quitted unexpectedly when scanning the new titles like Divergent and MakeMKV produced many problematic rips. MacX chose the right title. Its unique title check mechanism is proven to be very useful with these intractable DVDs. The movies tested include Toy Story (Disney), Wall-E (Pixar), Star Trek (Paramount), Life of Brian (Sony), and newer releases (Venom, Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War). We do not encourage you to decrypt commercial DVDs on Mac or PC for any illegal use and it's not allowed to legally copy commercial DVDs or Blu-ray discs in some countries.

Specs Comparison Among the Top Three Free DVD Rippers for Mac

Main Features

MacX DVD Ripper

HandBrake

MakeMKV

Supported Input Formats
(DVD disc, ISO image and DVD folder)

Y

Y

DVD and ISO

Rip Proteced DVD
(Compatible with copy protections including CSS, region code, UOP, Disney Fake, and more)

Y

N (libdvdcss is a must)

N (AACS and BD+ only)

Copy Feature
(Backup main title DVD, copy full title DVD, clone DVD to ISO image, backup DVD to MKV)

Y

N

N (to MKV)

Supported Output Formats
(Rip DVD to digital MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, HEVC, H.264, etc)

Y

MP4, MKV

MKV

Supported Devices
(Encode DVD movie to iPhone, iPad, Android, etc)

Y

iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Windows Phone

N

Support the Latest Mac OS X
(macOS Mojave and High Sierra supported)

Y

Y

Y

Edit Function
(Trim, crop, merge titles, rotate, add external subtitle, batch rip, etc)

Y

Y

N

Setting Adjustment
(Adjust resolutions, frame rate, aspect ratio, bit rate, codec etc)

Y

Y

N

The 3 Mac DVD rippers are equally matched. What matter most is whether the program fits your bill. For a quality-loss DVD ripping, MakeMKV is second to none. But if you have hundreds of discs and want to have your entire DVD library backed up onto hard drive at fast speed without exhausting your storage space, MacX DVD ripper and Handbrake are your good options. While if the last thing you want is to end up with errors just because the new title comes with tricky protection scheme or the DVD is formatted unnaturally, the ultimate choice is to download MacX DVD Ripper, which not only features great DVD decryption ability, but also comes with unique level-3 hardware acceleration tech that can speed up the whole process and maintain good balance between quality and size.

To backup and digitize DVD for safekeeping or on-the-go watching

Try MacX DVD Ripper - Fast & High Quality

  • * Backup DVD to Mac hard drive and save it in MP4, MOV, HEVC, MKV, etc.
  • * Convert DVD to a file perfectly sized for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Plex, etc.
  • * Support almost all homemade/commercial DVDs (latest & classic DVDs).
  • * Merge movie titles, crop out black bars, add subtitles, and more.
  • * Rip DVD at fast speed with full GPU acceleration.

FAQ about DVD Copying and Ripping

Q1. How Can I Hardcode Subtitles on DVD Movies?

Subtitles are helpful to understand a foreign language, inaudible dialog or narrative comprehension. But getting subtitles on DVD is a bit tougher, let along hardcoding them. You can add subtitles to DVD rips with programs like Handbrake, MacX DVD Ripper or so. For example, MacXDVD gives a lot of subtitle options, including choose and place subtitle track in preferred position, disable or hardcode it with forced subtitles, and even add external srt to the movie.

Q2. Can Free DVD Rippers Deal with Latest DVDs?

It depends. Typically, DVDs from major film studios like Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, etc. often impose strong protections on their DVDs. For those DVDs, most DVD rippers (including many which claim to support copy protections) will go awry like DVD won't load, all titles are invalid/corrupted or have the same run time, output video is several MB only... This year, the problematic DVD titles include Venom, Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Black Panther, and some other new releases. To copy these DVDs, you'd better resort to some strong tools. (Before you do so, make sure it's allowed by your law.)

Q3. Should Mac Users Rip DVD to MP4 or MOV?

* MP4 - When digitizing DVD with these free DVD rippers for Mac, many users are at a loss whether to choose MP4 or MOV. Both MP4 and MOV use lossy video compression to sacrifice minimal quality for file size. MP4 is popular for streaming over the internet and playable on Mac, Windows and almost all media players, say VLC, 5KPlayer, QT, etc. But P-frames or B-frames in MP4 makes it difficult to edit.

* MOV - As MOV is originally developed by Apple for its QuickTime player, it's much friendlier in Apple ecosystem. MOV contains one or more tracks, meant to store each type of data including audio, video, subtitle, etc in a hierarchical structure, which is good for editing. So for Mac computers, to convert DVD to digital MOV for Mac QuickTime is more preferred than MP4.

Q4. What Is the Best Format to Back up DVD to Hard Drive?

When the modern computer hard drive, external flash drive, HDD, SSD and NAS drive can hold as large as 60TB storage, there's no need to store DVD collections anywhere else. After users copy DVDs to Mac's hard drive, they can also stream them on TV using Plex, Roku, PC or transfer to phones or tablets. To rip DVD to Mac hard drive, it depends:

Q5. Is it Prossible to Rip Scratched DVD on Mac?

DVDs are too fragile, that's why we need to backup the DVD collection. If your discs are already damaged or scratched, there are measures to remedy.

Note: if the program refuses to rip a well-conditioned DVD with an error stating that there is a bad sector, it's because the DVD is protected by a copy protection scheme from Sony named ARccOS. The system deliberately mixes corrupted sectors with the correct one to mislead DVD copying software.

Q6. Does My 32-bit DVD Player App Still Work on macOS Mojave?

Yes, the 32-bit DVD player is not totally over in Mojave. Yet, what you need to notice is that Mojave is officially the last OS to support 32-bit apps on your iMac or Macbook. And recently macOS Mojave comes with new 64-bit DVD player and DVD ripper to support DVD playback or ripping on latest macOS. You're suggested to apply its 64-bit version if there is something wrong with your 32-bit app.

Q7. How about Vudu Disc to Digital Serivce? Is Online Tool a Good Option to Digitize DVD?

Vudu is another way that you can convert DVDs into digital files. With the "In-Home Disc to Digital" service, you can effortlessly gain digital copies of your DVDs for a low price: $2 for DVD to a standard-definition digital copy and $5 for a high-definition "HDX" copy. But there are concerns:

In consideration of these problems, you'd rather use DVD ripper software than online services.

Q8. Is It Legal to Rip DVDs that You Own?

Many users who want to space-shift or format-shirt their legally purchased DVD or Blu-ray discs often concern about the legality of DVD ripping. The fact is, currently it is considered as illegal to convert copyrighted DVDs in US, even if you legally own the discs. Some other countries have already made it legal. In practice, as the DVD conversion happens locally on your computer, you won't get sued or caught if you don't distribute the digital copies. However, you're highly suggested to obey to the law where you live. Check if it's legal to rip copy protected DVDs in your country.

Q9. Are There any Other Free DVD Rippers for Mac?

1. Mac The Ripper: MTS has been regarded as the oldest DVD copy software for Mac so far. The last free version of MacTheRipper is V2.6.6 that can work with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or lower. It breaks protection and rips DVD content for free on Mac, but doesn't encode video files to other formats. It only digitize the DVD menu to hard drive in VOB file. So a third party tool is required to convert VOB to MP4, AVI or others.

2. FFmpeg: It is considered more as an open-source command-line utility for Linux based on popular libraries such as libavformat and libavcodec. FFmpeg stands for Fast Forward MPEG and now it can be complied under Mac and other OS. This tool is complicated to operate and not friendly to newbies. But if you are more experienced and spend hours on the disc ripping tasks, FFmpeg comes to our top free dvd converter for Mac list and is really worthy of your persistence.

3. Any Video Converter: It handles almost all video formats, including DVDs. Reviewed as "ridiculously easy to use", this tool can easily and freely rip DVD into the right format in its long list of options including MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc thanks to its intuitive GUI. However, AVC sometimes gets glitches and only make a backup of part of the full-length movie, e.g. It only finishes 40 mins of a 2 hrs DVD movie copy. This is probably because you are ripping a DVD with complicated protection measure. So its pro version is needed to ensure a smooth DVD digitizing on Mac.

4. DVDFab HD Decrypter- Although discontinued in 2014, it's still the favorite when dealing with many old DVDs that refuse to be copied with other free DVD rippers, owning to its aculeate DVD decrypting ability. It offers options to freely copy full disc with all menus, trailer, extras, etc or just extract the actual movie from DVD onto Mac's hard drive, cracking many known DVD protections, like AACS, CSS, RC, UOPS, etc. There are some minor drawbacks, e.g. heavy processing power and CPU resources are consumed during the ripping process. Plus, it only copies protected DVD in VOB rather than MP4 MOV or other formats.

External Sources: DVD movies are almost all encoded in MPEG-2 format defined by Motion Pictures Expert Group. Generally, the content is interlaced for display on ordinary TV sets. Resolution of DVD is either 720x480 pixels at 29.97 frames per second from America's NTSC television system or 720x576 pixels at 25 frames per second from Europe's PAL.

Note: The software developer calls for copying or ripping DVD on Mac and Windows 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.

Related Articles and Tips

How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac for Free

Fast way to free convert DVD movie to MP4 for better playback

Rip Protected DVD on Mac for FREE

Download MacX DVD Ripper to freely rip protected DVD on Mac

Tutorial to Compress Videos on Mac

Follow the guide to transcode and shrink video to smaller one

How to Copy DVD on Mac without Quality Loss

Check steps to Backup DVD to ISO/MKV/MPEG2 with quality loss

For any questions about the DVD ripping on Mac, please feel free to contact our support team.

Home | About | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions | License Agreement | Resource | News | Contact Us

Copyright © 2019 Digiarty Software, Inc (MacXDVD). All rights reserved

Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Digiarty Software is not developed by or affiliated with Apple Inc.