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[2018] Review of Top 5 Free DVD Rippers for macOS Mojave/(High) Sierra/El Capitan/Yosemite

List of top five DVD rippers for Mac 2018 with user tutorial on how to use best free Mac DVD ripper to rip DVD movies to MP4, AVI, MOV, etc

Q - "I am experiencing strange problems with Handbrake on macOS Sierra (10.12). I am fairly new to handbrake. When I tried to put in a DVD, it says that I need to install a file called libdvdcss.pkg, and when I follow the link to the download website which is through VLN, it says that my computer is too advanced for the software or something like that. I've tried everything and I'm watching countless YouTube videos to get tips but whatever I do I can't get it to work. So is there any free DVD ripper for macOS Sierra?"

People who posed the above question apparently have a notion of what Mac DVD ripper software is for. Before we start the analysis of 2018 top 5 best free DVD rippers for Mac, let me just say a word or two about the reason why DVD ripper software is necessary for Mac as well as Windows users. It is no exaggeration to say that a best free Mac DVD ripping tool could change and facilitate your way of entertainment and open the door to a world of watching DVD movies offline on the go, with no need of DVD drive. To be specific, you will be able to playback DVD movies on Mac, iPhone, iPad, PC, Android phones and tablets, etc for free.

Best DVD Ripper for macOS (Mojave Included)

WinX DVD Ripper Mac
• Rip protected DVD movies to MP4, H.264, MPEG, FLV, etc
• Copy DVD videos to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, etc
• Ultra-fast DVD ripping speed

The mission is to

1. Have all DVD movies in digital format on Mac OS X.
2. Enable all Mac users to watch DVD movies on any devices at any time.
3. Output high-quality video and sound, basically losslessly.
4. Rip DVD movies on Mac fast.
5. Access all commercial DVDs.

Requirements of Mac DVD ripper

1. Support a long list of output video formats.
2. Constantly update to support the latest released devices.
3. Feature flexible parameter settings.
4. Built in with DVD encoding decoding accelerated technology.
5. Technology to bypass DVD copy protections.

Top 5 Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2018

Here we put emphasis on best free Mac DVD rippers of 2016, for DVD encryption tech keeps changing and only software constantly updating could really meet users' need. For example, many of you perhaps are troubled by not being able to rip Frozen or Inside Out DVD on Mac/PC with your previously installed program, due to strong Disney X-project DRM. So we do a new size-up and include 2016 best free Mac DVD ripper software as below, with testing statistics and effects to help you do the choice.

WinX Free DVD Ripper for Mac

Best Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2018 - WinX DVD Ripper Mac

WinX DVD Ripper Mac free, developed by Digiarty Software, is a free DVD ripper software for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and later (up to 10.14 Mojave). It enables you to free rip DVD to MP4 and to Mac/iOS/iTunes specific video and audio formats. The output MPEG, FLV, MP3 and so on can be played back PC, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and the like. Due to its support of Intel QSV and NVIDIA NVENC/Cuda based hardware acceleration, Hyper-threading technology and the High Quality Engine, DVD ripping on Mac can be done fast with optimal video/audio quality. It is easy to use and straightforward. Differently, it deals with commercial DVDs, scratched DVDs, covering complicated workout DVDs, 99-title discs, folders, ISO images.

HandBrake Free DVD Ripper Mac

Best Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2018 - HandBrake

Seriously, HandBrake is probably the most well-received free DVD ripping software for Mac, Windows, Ubuntu, etc and the first option to come to mind of people. Through many revisions from 2013, HandBrake Mac 1.0.1 now supports ripping DVD disc/ISO image/VIDEO-TS folder to MP4 and MKV formats, encoded in H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 and MPEG-2. Despite being embedded with only two output formats, it's favored by Mac and Windows users for being free. But without device presets, there would really be much trouble and you'd better be with excellent mathematical calculation skill. In a word, HandBrake Mac DVD ripper is good but not that easy-to-use. Besides, seems like this free DVD ripper is not working on Mac El Capitan, according to some users' feedbacks.

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Tips for Using Best Free Mac DVD Rippers 2018

1. Better choose "Safe Mode" on the main interface of WinX DVD Ripper for Mac when ripping Disney DVDs.
2. Libdvdcss has been removed since HandBrake 0.9.2, which requires you to install VLC for ripping copy protected DVDs on Mac.
3. Ultra-fast ripping speed actually is opposite to the lossless original quality, though not diametrically. A best free Mac DVD ripper can help you reach the best balance to rip DVD fast while maintaining high quality.

MakeMKV Free DVD Ripper Mac

Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac before 2018 - MakeMKV

MakeMKV, or rather DVD to MKV ripper, is a good free DVD ripper software for Mac, Windows and Linux. It excels in supporting both DVD and Blu-ray discs, as well as the ability to coping with DVD copy protections, such as AACS. Common functions like preserving chapters information and track languages are included. Sadly, you can tell from its name that this free Mac DVD ripping tool will only allow you to output an MKV file. Converting DVD to AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV can't be realized using it. And on its download page there is a NOTE warning you that MakeMKV is not signed by Apple. To successfully install the Mac DVD ripper, you need to adjust gatekeeper options.

Related Topic: DVD to MKV, MKV Player

MacTheRipper Free

Best Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2018 – MacTheRipper 2.6.6

MacTheRipper 2.6.6, labeled as the last free DVD ripper for Mac, which apparently is not the truth, can be counted in this top 5 list of free Mac DVD ripping software of 2018. It is free, and it enables users to rip DVDs by defeating DVD protections CSS, UOP and region code. However, unfortunately, this free DVD ripping tool is not compatible with Mac OS X newer than Snow Leopard. Mac users who have upgraded to Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan have to either pay to get MacTheRipper 4 or find other workarounds. And the worst part is, when we click the free download button, it just jumps to the buy page of MTR 5.0.07. We believe there should be other pages offering the free download link, and maybe you can do a quick search.

Mac Free DVD Ripper

Best Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2018 – Free DVD Ripper

Free DVD Ripper, developed by AnyMP4 Studio supports Mac OS X 10.6.6 and later (up to 10.12). It mainly deals with homemade DVD discs, capable of ripping DVD to popular file format MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV, etc and enabling you to customize the output video. Being easy to use, it is a good free Mac DVD ripper software. We also found out that the best way to download this DVD ripping tool for Mac is through Mac App Sotre. Maybe you have noticed as well that this free app can't bypass DVD copy protections, while most movie DVDs nowadays are strongly encrypted. So download this free DVD ripper on Mac if the DVDs you are about to digitizing are just homemade. Otherwise, we recommend the above four.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

Professional Version of WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free - WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

* Easily rip Disney/Paramount/Warner DVD movies on macOS Mojave, Sierra, Mac El Capitan/Yosemite/Mavericks to AVI, MP4, H.264, MOV, WMV, MPEG, MTS, FLV, iPhone 7/SE, iPad Pro/Air/mini, Apple TV 4, iTunes, Android Samsung Galaxy Note/S, HTC, Chromecast, Sony PSP/PS4, etc (up to 350+ profiles).
* Bypass All Copy & Region Protections at No.1 fast DVD ripping speed, including Disney X-project DRM, CSS, RCE, APS, ARccOS, etc.
* Recommended settings to rip protected movie DVD with WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

DVD Name
Main Title
Output Format
Output Settings
Disney Movie DVDs
Use "Safe Mode" 1. MP4 for any devices
2. Rip DVD to ISO or VIDEO-TS folder for saving on Mac or for later burning
3. Rip DVD to FLV, MPEG-4, MOV, WebM, etc for uploading to YouTube
4. Rip DVD to MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, MTS, etc for uploading to Facebook
1. Adjust CPU core use based on your computer configurations (up to 8).
2. You are suggested to choose "keep origin" in video frame rate and resolution.
Inside Out
Title 1 or "Safe Mode"
Title 2 or "Safe Mode"
Title 31 or "Safe Mode"

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