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How to Rip a DVD on a Mac

Edited by Pat Bitton

April 28, 2020

If you are a Windows user, please refer to the tutorial on using Movavi Video Converter for Windows.

The DVD era is coming to an end, thanks to the widespread availability of Blu-ray discs, mobile devices, online video streaming, lightweight flash drives, and memory cards. If you have movies or home videos on DVDs, you can rip them onto your Mac. This way you won’t have to worry about the problems associated with storing videos on DVDs.

Why would you need to rip DVDs? Here are a few reasons:

DVDs can take up a lot of space

Piles of DVDs collect dust and take up space. The optimum way to return your DVD-based movies to life is to rip them and transfer the video to your computer, flash drive, or cloud storage.

DVDs can get lost

Discs can easily get lost when you move house or lend them to somebody. To avoid losing the data, you can rip your DVDs and use a cloud service to store the videos.

Some computers don’t have DVD drives

DVDs are not that popular anymore, so many computers don’t even have DVD drives. Ripping DVDs will enable you to watch the videos on any computer or mobile device.

Movavi offers a powerful and easy-to-use DVD converter for Mac that enables you to process a DVD* into a video file in just a few simple steps. Follow the instructions below, download and install the DVD ripping software on your Mac OS computer, and start digitizing your DVD collection.

Install Movavi's Mac DVD Ripper

Open the installation file and follow the guidelines that appear in the pop-up window.

Add Your DVD to the Program

Open the program and insert the disc into the drive. Click Add Media, choose Add DVD, then click Open DVD and select the DVD you want to convert.

Choose the Format

In the bottom of the program window, locate the target format for your DVD video. Can’t find the right one? Go to the Video tab to see all available output video formats. Want to save video to watch on your mobile device? Go to the Devices tab and explore the available ready-made presets for a wide range of phones, tablets, and players, including iPad, iPod, and iPhone.

Rip Your DVD on Mac

Before starting the conversion, make sure the program will save your video to the right place. Click Save to to locate a new destination.

If you’re converting your video to any iTunes-compatible media format, or for playing on an Apple device, click Share and check the iTunes option; after the conversion is complete, the output files will be automatically added to your media library.

Now, to convert the DVD to MP4 (or any other format of your choosing) on your Mac, just click the Convert button and wait until the encoding is complete.

With Movavi Video Converter you can convert DVDs on your Mac and save them in a wide variety of formats – AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV, MPEG-1,2, 3GP, and more – to create web-compatible and mobile-friendly versions of your DVD videos. You can even do a reverse operation – convert videos to the DVD-compatible VOB format on your Mac – just as easily.

* Disclaimer. Please be aware that Movavi Video Converter for Mac does not allow you to convert copy-protected DVDs.


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