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How to Rip a DVD on a Mac: Rip Unencrypted and Copy-protected DVDs on macOS Mojave and Earlier

You will learn how to free rip a non-protected DVD with Mac's Disk Utility and how to rip an encrypted DVD on Mac with a third-party DVD ripper.

"Just wondering if there is any good software that can rip copy protected DVDs on the Mac via Mac OS Sierra or Windows 10 via boot camp. I've been having issues ripping a copy protected DVD that I bought as the end result would make scratching high frequency sounds like the disk is severely scratched even though it's not. I want to transfer the video to my tablet so I can watch it on the go."

Do your DVD discs have digital counterparts? If not, are you going to buy digital copies from services like iTunes Store and Amazon? Actually, you don't have to pay for them again. You just need to make digital copies of DVDs, if you lawfully own them. Well, how can you rip a DVD on a Mac? For unprotected DVDs, you can make use of Mac's inbuilt Disk Utility. But for copy-protected physical media, you have to capitalize on a third-party Mac DVD ripper.

Part 1. How to Free Rip an Unencrypted DVD on a Mac?
Part 2. How to Rip a Copy-protected DVD on a Mac?

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The best 3rd-party software to rip copy-protected DVDs on Mac - WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

▪ Support DVDs that are encoded with region code, CSS, UOPs, RCE, Sony ArccOS, Disney X-Project, and other DRM protection schemes.
▪ Convert DVDs to MP4, H.264, MPEG4, AVI, MOV, WMV, FLV, MKV, MPEG2, ISO file, VIDEO_TS folder and others.
▪ Take as little as 5 minutes for DVD ripping, thanks to level-3 hardware acceleration and other cutting-edge technologies.
▪ Preserve 100% original video and audio quality. Change interlaced to progressive video.

Part 1. How to Free Rip an Unencrypted DVD on a Mac?

As mentioned above, Mac computer is designed with Disk Utility which can digitize DVDs. Before we show you how to copy a DVD on a Mac with free Disk Utility, please make sure that you have enough free space on your Mac. Disk Utility can only rip a DVD to an image file, which means the resulting file will be extremely big, generally several gigabytes in size.

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Step 1.
Insert your DVD into the disc drive of your Mac computer. If your Mac doesn't come with an optical drive, use an Apple USB SuperDrive, or DVD or CD Sharing. Close DVD Player if it launches automatically after you load DVD. And, you should see your disc mounted on your Desktop.

Step 2.
Go to Application folder, open Utilities, and then double-click on Disk Utility. Next, click the DVD disc from the list on the left.

Step 3.
Click the File menu, choose New, and then select Disk Image from "Device". Choose DVD/CD Master as the Image Format and set Encryption to None. Then, you will get a .cdr file from the DVD disc.

* If you don't mind the big file size and are not going to use the .cdr file on other operating systems or devices, you don't need to change its format.
* You may be able to convert .cdr to .iso directly by renaming. If this method doesn't work, try Terminal command. Open it and run the command below:
hdiutil convert /home/username/original.cdr -format UDTO -o /home/username/destination.iso
Then, replace /home/username/original.cdr with the path to your .cdr file and /home/username/destination.iso with a path for the ISO file you want to create.

Part 2. How to Rip a Copy-protected DVD on a Mac?

As I said at the start Disk Utility cannot deal with encrypted DVDs, and neither can HandBrake. You need to use third-party program like WinX DVD Ripper for Mac. This software can bypass nearly any form of copy protection, such as CSS, RCE, UOPs, Sony ArccOS and Disney X-Project, and rip a DVD to ISO file, VIDEO_TS folder, as well as to smaller-sized yet high-quality MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, M2TS and other mainstream video formats. Not only can it rip a DVD to video, but also it is available to extract audio track from a DVD.

Supporting Intel/NVIDIA/AMD-based level-3 hardware acceleration, up to 8 CPU cores utilization, and Hyper-threading technology, DVD ripping can be finished within 5 minutes. Certainly, the speed varies with computer configuration. Download this Mac DVD ripper to have a try now! Compatible platforms range from Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to macOS Mojave (10.14).

Now, learn how to rip your movie DVD, TV series DVD, workout DVD, or other kinds of discs, on iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini.

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Step 1.
Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive. Now, open WinX DVD Ripper for Mac and click the DVD Disc button at the top left corner to load the DVD.

* It also supports converting ISO files, CDR files, and also DVD VIDEO_TS folders to common file formats.

Step 2.
When Output Profile window pops up, choose your desired profile. 350+ presets are designed to address various user needs.

* By default, this Mac DVD ripper will detect and select the correct main title for you automatically. And of course, you can also tick other title tracks for ripping in accordance with your needs.

Step 3.
Click RUN button at the bottom right corner, and then this tool will begin ripping the DVD on your Mac computer. Once done, this output file will be saved to the default destination folder or the one you specified before.

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.

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Want to rip/copy your DVDs to Mac hard drive or other devices, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is highly recommended!

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