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How to Rip DVD to Hard Drive on Mac (incl. Catalina)

What's the best way to copy my DVD's to my hard drive so that I can just click to open & play. I don't want to make DVD disk copies, I just want to get my library of DVD movies onto my hard drive in preparation for AppleTV. - Apple Discussion

By Bella Brown to copy DVD, hard drive|Last updated on Dec. 19, 2018
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In an age of digital media, it's disturbing if you have a lot of older DVDs sitting around in your house. Piles of DVD discs not only take up too much room space, but also reject a flexible way of movies watching without DVD drive. However, if you can take advantage of an DVD ripper to rip DVD to hard drive or the external storage media like NAS (network attached storage device), SDD, media server, USB drive SD card, it's another matter. Here are 3 benefits brought out by DVD digitization.

• You're capable of watching DVD movies on any screen, be it Macbook Pro/Air, iPhone, iPad or Android device.

• A massive sapce is released in your room and an orderly DVD movies list is available to click for playback.

• You don't have to worry about your DVD discs's fragility, whether scratched or smudged, since they're copyed to hard drive to be stored in safe both for DVD discs and digital copy. And this can be done with a DVD ripper for Mac.

Copy Protected DVD to Hard Drive with MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Make 1:1 copy of DVD to Mac's internal hard drive with subtitle and audio tracks, and rip any DVD (incl. new DVD releases, 99-title DVDs, workout DVDs) to any formats like MP4, MKV, MOV etc., so that you can safe keep your DVDs and watch them flexibly on Macbook, iMac, iDevice, HD TV and other gadgets.

What An Excellent DVD Ripper for Mac Should Be?

Since you can benefit a lot from copying DVD to Mac's internal/external hard drive, you are highly suggested to do so. But how? It's quite simple for unprotected DVD conversion. Actually, many people are stumped when they rip protected DVDs to hard drive. For instance, they may fail to rip the latest DVD movies like Venom, Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, etc and encounter various DVD rip errors like encoding stops halfway, video and audio out of sync, and so on. All these blame for the absance of excellent DVD decryption feature in the DVD ripper for Mac, along with some other feature inavailability. What a superb Mac DVD ripper should be?

• Decrypting Feature

The ability of decrypting has greatly influenced users' mind when picking a DVD ripper. Cracking the DRMs absolutely ensures it being included in the best DVD ripper list.

• Quality

Original quality of audio/video is a quest that people go tackle together as ripping DVDs. Although unlikely, the best DVD ripping software for Mac could guarantee the minimal quality loss.

• Speed

The best DVD ripper could make full use of the CPU and GPU, which exceedingly speed up ripping and free up your Mac/PC for other tasks like browsing, video playback etc.

• Easy to Use

An intuitive interface, drag and drop feature, preset profiles for mobiles, and within 3 steps make up a ticket to entry for a user friendly Mac DVD ripper.

Of course, these are not all of them. There are also some elements affecting you to pick a marvellous Mac DVD ripper, such as the compatibility of the latest macOS (incl. Catalina), the range of supported input/output formats and so on.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro - Best Software to Rip DVD to Hard Drive on Mac/PC

According to the standard of best DVD ripper for Mac, MacX DVD Ripper Pro seems a tailor-made DVD ripping software for Mac, which enables you to copy and rip DVD to hard drive in almost original quality on MacBook, iMac Retina regardless of whatever DVDs, new released DVD movies, movies or TV sersies with mulitiple or 99 titles, workout DVDs, homemade DVDs and even scratched or unreadable DVDs.

Besides, it owns a clear interface, featuring a drag and drop function, which simplifies the process of ripping DVD to your HDD, NAS, SD Card, USB, etc. Powered with hyper-threading, multi-core CPU and the unique level-3 hardware acceleration tech, the program allows you to copy DVD to hard drive on Mac in blazing fast speed. As we have tested, to copy DVD THOR (duration: 1:54:50) to MKV format, less than 10 mins are taken, which is prior to other DVD ripping software in ordinary computer configuration. And if your computer hardware configuration gets the top level, alomost 5-10 mins are enough to accomplish the whole DVD ripping procedure.

How to Copy and Rip DVD to Hard Drive on Mac Computer

Step 1: Download the DVD Ripper & Load DVD.

In order to backup your DVD collection to hard drive on Mac with ease, you should first free download this MacX DVD ripper. Insert your favorite DVD disc and load your DVD through "DVD Disc" button. Alternatively, you can hit "DVD Folder" to import DVD files. If you're running on a Windows PC, grab the Windows edition to load DVD.

Step 2: Choose Output DVD Movie Format

• For those who want to fast and losslessly save DVD discs to Mac's hard drive for storage, you can simply make a 1:1 copy of DVD to ISO image, or back up full title to MKV, MPEG2. Its high quality engine is enabled to automatically demux and remux the movie content with all/selected subtitles, video and audio tracks, without re-encoding.

• For those who want to copy DVD to external hard drive like NAS or USB on Mac, you can choose any widely used format like MP4, AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP3, etc. Generally, MP4 H.264 is highly recommended for the best compatibility with mobile devices and storage media. The whole DVD ripping process is fast, courtesy of its unique full GPU acceleration. Check how to copy DVD to NAS >>

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Step 3: Select the Output Folder

Click "Browse" button to choose the path where you want to save the output files in.

Step 4: Begin to Rip DVD to Hard Drive on Mac

Click on "RUN" button, and this DVD ripper's encoding engine goes in to action. It starts to transfer DVD movies to hard drive on Mac without any 3rd party helps.

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Note: When you convert DVD to MP4, MKV for hard drive with latest commercial DVD discs like Disney Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, The BFG, you will never encounter the unstable condition. This is by courtesy of MacXDVD's unique title check mechanism and DVD algorithm kernel, which can erase all the instability and give you a smooth DVD to external hard drive ripping process.

In addition to ripping DVD to hard drive on your Mac, you're also able to transfer DVD to iPhone iPad iPod for on-the-go watching under the help of the great DVD to iPhone transfer tool MacX MediaTrans, the well-designed for movie, video, photos, music transfer between Mac computer and iPhone iPad iOS devices without the complicated iTunes 12.

A Comment on Copy Protection: Is It Legal or Illegal to Rip DVDs?

You should know that ripping DVDs, especially those that have copyright protection such as a DRM (Digital Rights Management) on them, can be legally iffy: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) enforce the law against the ripping of copy-protected DVDs. But I feel that since I bought these movies I should have the right to do with them what I want -- so long as I don't try to sell or distribute their contents to others. This is a legal gray area. If you decide to follow a similar course, you should be fine, but neither I nor the software company can be responsible for any legal damages result from this DVD ripping guide. Got that? But the decision is yours. Check to see more legal issue about DVD ripping >>

Note: The MacXDVD software calls for copying or ripping DVD under the concept of Fair Use and does not encourage any illegal distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

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