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How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac for Free

I want to convert a collection of latest bought DVDs to MP4 for my upcoming trip. But, how can I do this on my Mac computer?

Mac's Disk Utility can create an image file from our DVD, but it cannot output MP4 file. To convert DVD to MP4 on Mac, you'll have to download and install a third-party DVD ripper on your Mac. So here we'll introduce you 3 free programs to rip DVD to MP4 on Mac, namely WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free, HandBrake, and VLC. If your DVDs are copy-protected, WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free is the way to go. Now read the detailed tutorials below.

Method 1. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free

WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free, a 100% free DVD rippers for Mac, is focusing on helping users rip protected DVD to MP4 (MPEG/H.264) for free on all Mac platforms.

  • Supported OS: macOS Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, (High) Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan/Yosemite/Mavericks, etc.
  • Bypass DVD protections: DVD CSS, UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project DRM, etc.
  • Supported input sources: DVD disc, DVD folder, ISO image file
  • Supported output formats: Mac general video (MP4, MOV, M4V), PC general video (MP4, MPEG, AVI), iTunes (MP4, H.264), YouTube video (MP4, FLV), music (MP3, AAC, AC3), image (PNG), device profiles (iPhone, iPad, Android, Sony, Microsoft), etc.

Unique features:

  • Convert almost all copy-protected DVDs to MP4 for free on Mac, including region-locked DVDs, old DVDs, unplayable discs, 99-title DVDs, and more.
  • The support for Intel QSV and NVIDIA NVENC/Cuda can speed up DVD to MP4 conversion on Mac by about 5x faster than others.
  • Practical video editing features like merge titles, cut off trailer/ads, trim video clip, crop, add subtitles, adjust video/audio parameter settings like video resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. to get expected output effect.

* 100% clean and secure, with no adware, malware, spyware, virus at all *

Best Free DVD to MP4 Converter for Mac
Best Free DVD to MP4 Converter for Mac

How to Free Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac?

First of all, free download and install WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free on your M1/M2 Macs, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, iMac, or Mac mini.

Step 1: Load the DVD movie into this free DVD to MP4 converter for Mac.

Put target DVD into the DVD-ROM. Open the software WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free, then click "DVD" button on its top-left corner to load the detailed DVD information. DVD folder and ISO image file input options are also provided next to it. This tool can auto check the right DVD main title for you, which the free Handbrake can't do.

Step 2: Choose MP4 (MPEG4/H264) as the target output.

In the auto pop-up Output Profile window, click Mac General Video --> MP4 Video. Then tap "Done".

Convert DVD to MP4 Mac Free
Convert DVD to MP4 Mac Free

Before beginning to free convert DVD to MP4 on Mac, you can click "Edit" icon to crop, trim, expand the DVD movie video, or add external SRT subtitles to it; or click the wheel-like icon to open the video/audio parameter settings window to make free adjustments to get desired output effects for the MP4 video.

Step 3: Start converting DVD to MP4 file for free.

Click "Browse" button on the bottom to choose a preferred destination folder to save the ripped DVD movie video.

Then tap "RUN" button to start ripping DVD to MP4 video for free without losing quality with this powerful yet free DVD converter.

Tips:

  • Use "Safe Mode" to steer away all hitches if you meet problem in ripping copy protected DVD.
  • Maximize the DVD conversion speed by choosing CPU Core use (utmost 8).
  • Tick "High Quality Engine" or "Keep Origin" to output best video 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. Still have trouble about converting DVD to MP4 on Mac? Please feel free to Email Us >>

Method 2. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with HandBrake

HandBrake is a free and open source tool you can use to convert DVD to MP4 on Mac.

  • Supported OS: Current version 1.5.1 can work well on macOS 10.13 and later.
  • Bypass DVD copy protection: No, HandBrake can't circumvent DVD copy protection on its own. If you want to rip copy-protected DVD to MP4, you need to install libdvdcss on Mac for HandBrake.
  • Supported input sources: DVD and Bluray sources, and common multimedia files
  • Supported output formats: .MP4(.M4V), .MKV and WebM

How to Free Convert DVD to MP4 with HandBrake?

If you have installed HandBrake on Mac and inserted target DVD into DVD drive, it's time to open HandBrake for converting DVD to MP4 on Mac.

Step 1. HandBrake will present Open Source dialog on launch. What you need to do there is to select the DVD you just insert. After that, HandBrake will start scanning the DVD. There are usually dozens of titles to scan. Once finished, you should use HandBrake's Title control to select the title you want to convert to MP4.

Step 2. Choose a preset, such as Fast 576p25. After you choose a desired preset, click Summary tab and make sure the format is MP4.

Convert DVD to MP4 Mac HandBrake
Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with HandBrake

Step 3. If you don't need to adjust other settings, now you can click the Browse button to choose a save path for the MP4 output.

Step 4. Click the Start button on the Toolbar to begin converting DVD to MP4 on Mac with HandBrake.

Method 3. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with VLC

VLC is not just a media player, but also a DVD to digital converter.

  • Supported OS: Current version 3.0.16 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
  • Bypass DVD copy protection: CSS
  • Supported input sources: DVD, Blu-ray, Audio CD, SVCD/VCD
  • Supported output formats: MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, WebM, MP3, etc.

How to Convert DVD to MP4 for Free with VLC?

To get started, download and install VLC on your Mac. Then insert target DVD into your Mac's DVD drive and follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open VLC, click File menu, and choose Open Disc. Then Open Source window will show up. And here you should see your DVD name. now, click Disable DVD menus.

Convert DVD to MP4 Mac VLC
Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with VLC

Step 2. Check Stream output at the bottom left and then click Settings to open Streaming and Transcoding Options. What you need to do here include:

  • Check File and click Browse to specify a save location and a name for your mp4 output.
  • Click the Encapsulation Method drop-down box and choose MPEG 4.
  • Adjust video/audio settings if necessary.

Then click OK.

Convert DVD to MP4 Mac VLC
Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with VLC

Step 3. After you get back to Open Source, click the blue Open button to begin converting DVD to MP4 on Mac with VLC. Generally, it will take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes per half-hour of video.

Method 4. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with Cisdem Video Converter

  • Price: $49.99 lifetime license with free trial
  • Supported OS: macOS 10.10 or later
  • Bypass DVD copy protection: CSS, RPC, RCE, Disney X-project DRM, UOP, ARccOS, etc.
  • Supported input sources: DVD disc, DVD folder, ISO image file
  • Supported output formats: MP4, M4V, WMV, MP3, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, iTunes, TV, blackberry, etc.

Cisdem Video Converter is a paid tool for Mac to convert DVDs to MP4, MKV, MOV, H.265 MP4, and various different formats. You can use it to rip protected DVDs to MP4 on Macs. There are also features to trim the video, crop, rotate, apply effects, add watermarks/subtitles, etc. The speed is fast and the quality is good. Compared to other DVD to MP4 converters on the list, it lacks the support for hardware acceleration which can speed up DVD to MP4 conversion a lot. There is no option to save an intact DVD copy in ISO image or Video_TS folder on Mac either.

Steps to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with Cisdem Video Converter

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem Video Converter on Mac. Then launch it and insert the source DVD into Mac’s optical drive.

Step 2. Find the DVD icon in the Finder and drag it to the DVD to MP4 ripper. It will load the source immediately.

How to free Convert DVD to MP4 Mac
Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with Cisdem

Step 3. Choose the titles, subtitle tracks, and audio tracks that you’d like to keep in the output MP4 video. Then click on the format-choosing icon nearby "Convert all tasks to" and select MP4 as the output format.

Step 4. After all the settings, click the convert button to rip DVDs to MP4 video on Mac.

Method 5. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with Movavi Free Video Converter

  • Supported OS: macOS 10.10 or later
  • Bypass DVD copy protection: No
  • Supported input sources: DVD disc
  • Supported output formats: MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, MOV, WMV, WebM, MPG, VOB, etc.

Movavi Video Converter is a simple and free DVD to MP4 converter for Mac. It offers the essential functions to convert DVDs to MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, M2TS, 180+ formats and 200+ device profiles. The speed and output quality are acceptable. If you need to speed up the conversion speed and get more editing features, you need to upgrade to its pro version. However, both the free and pro versions don’t support protected DVDs. That means you can only convert homemade DVDs to MP4 on Mac using this program.

How to Convert Unprotected DVDs to MP4 on Mac with Movavi Free Video Converter?

Step 1. Download and install this free DVD to MP4 converter on Mac. Then launch it and insert the source DVD into Mac’s optical drive.

Step 2. Click the Add Media button, then select Add DVD > Open DVD, and find the VIDEO_TS folder on your DVD.

Convert DVD to MP4 Mac free
Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with Movavi

Step 3. In the Video or Devices tab at the bottom of the video converter interface, find and select MP4 as the output format.

Step 4. Click Save to to specify the folder on your hard drive to save the converted MP4 files. Then click the Convert button to start to rip.

Conclusion: Which Is the Best Software to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac?

Each DVD converter has its own advantages and disadvantages. WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free is specially designed to convert DVD, so it features powerful DVD decrypting capability, fast processing speed, and great output quality. HandBrake is a powerful video transcoder with many advanced options, but it cannot handle sources with any kind of copy protection. VLC is a multifunctional tool, but it converts DVDs very slowly. So when it comes to which is the best DVD to MP4 converter for Mac, WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free is the answer. The most professional is the best. You can give it a try!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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