Q - "I am experiencing strange problems with Handbrake on macOS Mojave. 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 easy-to-use free DVD ripper for macOS?"
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.
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.
Here we put emphasis on best free Mac DVD rippers of 2018, 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 2018 best free Mac DVD ripper software as below, with testing statistics and effects to help you do the choice.
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. Converting DVD to MKV, 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 (Dolby 5.1 Channel) 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.
* Why It Is the Best: Rip DVD in 5 Min | 350+ built-in formats and devices | 99-title DVD supported
As a specific Mac-focused DVD ripper freeware, MacX DVD Ripper provides both 1:1 DVD backup and quality-preserving DVD video compression. It can rip DVD to MP4 (H.264 / HEVC), MOV, MP3, Flac, etc on hard drive, and has ready-made profiles for all mainstream models of Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, iTunes and iMovie.
Also, it facilitates playing back old and new DVD movies and TV shows through HDTV, HTPC, NAS, Plex, PSP, even if your source DVDs are unintentionally scratched or locked with CSS, UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS copy protections.
More than a DVD ripper for Mac, it can edit DVD for different uses, including cutting and removing unwanted segments, crop black bars, merging different titles (episodes) together, selecting subtitle track and adding external subtitle files. Its customizable parameter settings allow advanced users to adjust resolution, frame rate, bit rate, aspect ratio to get the most ideal result.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easily rip unprotected/protected DVD movies on macOS Mojave or lower to AVI, MP4, H.264, MOV, WMV, MPEG, MTS, FLV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, Android Samsung Galaxy,Huawei, HTC, Chromecast, Xbox, Sony PSP/PS4, etc (up to 350+ profiles).
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Estrella H. is a senior editor in Digiarty Software. She manages the software test section and creates easy and useful how-tos. When not in editing, she spends her spare time on Rubik's Cube and ukulele.
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