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How to Rip DVD Movie on Mac OS with VLC and DVD Ripper for Mac Easily

From time to time, people would like to rip DVD on Mac computer instead of taking DVD in and out of DVD player repeatedly, for the purpose of protecting DVD against wear and tear or ensuring an on-the-go enjoyment on iPhone, iPad, PSP, etc. And such process is usually completed with the assistance of third-party software like the renowned VLC media player or a professional yet 100% free DVD ripper for Mac. In this tutorial, you will know how to free rip DVD on Mac with VLC player and copy protected DVD movies for iPhone, iPad, Android, etc. with the help of VLC alternative.

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Part 1: How to Use Videolan VLC to Rip DVD on Mac OS X

Although VLC is more famous for playing DVDs and videos, but the version after 0.9.6 can rip movie from DVD on Mac and PC as well. Before follow the guide below on how to rip DVD on Mac with VLC, go to VLC official site and make sure to free download VLC for Mac latest version 2.2.8 and get it installed. It runs on 64-bit Mac running on OS X 10.6 or later. 33 MB is required to store the DMG file. Here we take rip DVD ISO image to MP4 on Mac with VLC as an example.

Rip DVD on Mac with VLC

Step 1: To get started ripping DVD on Mac OS, insert the DVD you want to rip onto your Mac and launch VLC media player, click on "File" at the top left corner of the main window, then choose "Open Disc..." button.

Step 2: Once the Open Source appears, hit on the "Open VIDEO_TS / BDMV folder" tab to load the movie file.

* ISO Image or VIDEO_TS folder is also supported by VLC as the input format for further movie ripping.
* If you don't want any DVD menus, just disable disc menus box to skip them.
* To rip a commercial DVD on Mac OS, please make sure to set VLC to skip the DVD title, or else, it'll just keep recording the menu video over and over again, or turn to professional DVD decoder that can tackle the copy protected DVDs.

Step 3: Check the "Streaming/Saving" box to enable the Setting option.

Step 4: Click the "Browse" button to save your converted DVD movie.

Rip DVD on Mac with VLC

Step 5: Tweak the video/audio settings as per your needs. Here we take rip DVD to MP4 with VLC for free as an example.
For the video settings: just check video box > select H.264 > click Bitrate box and select 1024 > go to Scale and select 1.
For the audio settings: check audio box > select Audio MP4A > click Bitrate and select 192 > go to Channels and select 2.

Step 6: Once you finished the settings, hit "OK" to start to rip DVD on Mac with free DVD ripper for Mac VLC player. After a few minutes, you can get the converted file and play on your mobile devices.

Tips: After the DVD ripping on Mac with VLC, you can copy the movie file to iPhone iPad Android mobile phones tablets with iTunes or its alternative like MacX MediaTrans for much convenient watching. You are also allowed to backup iPhone file to Mac to expand storage without removing data if your device has no enough free space for the DVD movies.

See also: How to rip DVD with Handbrake, Handbrake VLC Libdvdcss problem

Common problems with ripping DVD on Mac using VLC

1. VLC player crashes when ripping dvd.
2. VLC pops up error message "Your input can't be opened".
3. VLC has stopped working during DVD copy process on Mac.
4. It's too long for VLC to rip a full length DVD.
5. VLC cannot cope with copy protected DVDs and it's advised to remove DVD copy protection and then rip DVD freely with VLC.
To fix the VLC won't rip DVD on Mac, try a VLC alternative below.

Part 2: Rip DVD to MP4 AVI FLV MOV for Mac iPhone iPad Android with VLC Alternative

Despite VLC provides us a free solution to rip DVD on Mac OS, VLC still lets down for its inability to automatically determine which file on the DVD contains the actual movie. As a result, you have to take some time to load and preview each file in turn manually to get things started. Worse still, the supported output format is limited and it is too complicated for a novice who has little knowledge about DVD ripping process on Mac using VLC. In consideration of settling these issues, VLC alternative MacX DVD Ripper Free Edition is highly recommended here, owning to powerful DVD decryption ability, cover-all output format supported and intuitive interface. Below is the step-by-step guide on how to rip DVD on Mac with VLC alternative freely.

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Step 1: Load DVD Movie or DVD Folder.
Free download DVD ripper for Mac, click "DVD Disc" or "DVD Path" button to import the DVD movie you want to rip.

Step 2: Choose Output Video Format.
Select the output format as you desire from the pop-down box. Compared with VLC, the DVD ripper for Mac provides you direct output formats. You can choose to rip DVD to MP4, MOV, iTunes, etc.

Step 3: Press the "RUN" Button.
Click "RUN" to start ripping DVD on your Mac computer. With this top DVD ripper for Mac, you can also view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime.

Tips: If you need to rip all copy protected DVDs from Disney, Sony or other publishers and even deal with the knotty discs, MacX DVD Ripper Pro is an excellent DVD decrypter, which is able to decrypt and copy DVDs without manually choosing the full content of DVD movie. It easily strips CSS, Disney copy protection, Sony ARccOS protection, etc off DVD and rips so that you can rip movie from copy protected DVD, including new movies on DVD with 99 titles on Mac, damaged DVDs, workout DVDs, Japanese DVDs easily, and fix VLC cannot rip DVD and VLC won't play DVDs errors.

Notice: We only advocate copying and ripping DVDs under the concept of Fair Use and don't encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

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