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How to Rip DVD to MP4 with HandBrake on Mac

Well-known as one of the most popular, trustable and open-source programs, HandBrake comes to fashion a trend of ripping and converting DVD to MP4/MKV video file, the former of which own better compatibility for cross-platforms, like Windows PC, macOS (Ventura, Monterey, 11 Big Sur, 10.15 Catalina, 10.14, 10.13 etc.), iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 10 mobiles/tablets, Apple TV, etc.

How to Rip DVD to MP4 Free for Mac with HandBrake?

The first thing is to download HandBrake and install it. Make sure you have the latest version that with the newest functional improvements.

Step 1. Load DVD Movie
Insert a common/non-commercial DVD disc with no copy protections like CSS, region code to DVD-ROM on your computer. Launch HandBrake on Mac. Click Open Source to choose the DVD you have inserted to have HandBrake scan it automatically. The whole process may take some time, which varies from DVD drives and DVD content.

Load DVD to handbrake on Mac

1. HandBrake will NOT be able to convert individual video files saved on a DVD-ROM.
2. By default, the longest title in the list will be selected. This is because main features in DVD movies usually have long titles. If the selected title is not what you want, just change the selection.

Step 2. Select MP4 as Output Video Format
Select MP4 files as output format to rip DVD to MP4 on Mac. Generally, the default output format will also go to MP4 in H264 codec.

choose converting DVD to MP4

Meanwhile, you can manually select the output profile from the Preset option. It covers the speed, resolution and frame rate you care with categories like General, Web, Devices, Matroska, Production and Legacy. Make your own decision based on your specific needs.

choose Preset

More customization options are provided by Handbrake, as well. The commonly used one is the Quality. Constant Quality regards your output MP4 file quality as priority while Average Bitrate consides more about MP4 file size. Generally, we recommend you Constant Quality if output MP4 file size is acceptable to you.

adjust DVD settings in handbrake

Step 3. Set Output Folder and File Name
Tap Browse to specify your destination storage folder for final MP4 saving. For file destination, make sure that the location has enough disk space to accommodate the ripped file. (1GB is the average size for full length movies.)

Step 4. Free Rip DVD to MP4 with HB on Mac
Simply use Start or Pause button to control the process of ripping DVD to MP4 for Mac OS.

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HandBrake indeed grants users an admirable easy way to convert unprotected DVDs to MP4 on Mac. But when it comes to copy-protected DVDs, HandBrake can only handle those encrypted with CSS or region codes even under the help of libdvdcss library.
>> Download Install HandBrake & libdvdcss on Mac to Rip CSS-ed DVD...

Best HandBrake Alternative to Rip Copyright Protected DVDs to MP4 on Mac

Using Handbrake to rip DVD to MP4 is not always so easy:
1. It can be very slow sometimes. For example, a use on Handbrake forum reports that it takes him about 2 hours to rip DVD to MP4.
2. It can't recognize some DVDs even with libdvdcss installed, for example, newer DVDs with Disney Project-X DRM or Sony ARccOS.

If you want to rip any DVD movies to MP4 (H.264, H.265) on MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini with no effort at all, the best HandBrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is greatly recommended.

It is available to decrypt and rip any encrypted or homemade DVDs to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, MKV, FLV and fashionable devices like iPhone 14/Pro (Max), iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy series, Sony Xperia, Surface Pro, Xbox, PS5 and more with 98% quality kept. By supporting both Multi-core (up to 8) CPU and Intel/AMD/Nvidia GPU hardware acceleration, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac delivers 5X faster DVD converting speed than other competitors, up to 5 mins to finish a full DVD to MP4 ripping.

Step 1. Load your DVD Disc. No matter your DVD is homemade or commercially protected, it can auto detect your DVD disc and find the right title on its own. DVD disc, ISO image and Video_TS folder are recognized.

Step 2. Choose MP4 Video as output format. On the pop-up Output Profile Window, choose MP4 Video (h264+aac) under General Profiles. You can also choose the specific mobile device profile if needed, like iPhone iPad, Apple TV, iMovie, Android devices, game consoles, etc.

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Step 3. Do some video editings and settings if necessary. The resulting MP4 file length, black borders and subtitles can be adjusted via Editing feature and the parameters (resolution, frame rate, bit rate, aspect ratio, audio channels, audio bitrate...) can get customized via Settings.

Step 4. Click RUN to start converting DVDs to MP4 on Mac at GPU hardware accelerated speed.

Tip: For ripping DVD to MP4 on Windows (11/10/8/7/XP), please take advantage of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum , which also eanbles to convert any DVDs to a diverse of video formats and iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows devices at a very fast speed.

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

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author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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