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[Solved] How to Fix 'Mac(Book/Pro) Won't Play DVD' Problem

Mac (macOS 10.15 or earlier) Won't Play DVD? Fix DVD Not Playing on MacBook Pro/Air/iMac/iMac Pro Easily

- Everytime I put a DVD into my MacBook Pro, the disk spins around and then it is ejected. I have tried repairing permissions and lots of different DVD. Help?
- I want to use my Mac to present a DVD with projector. I put it in my Mac and the DVD player pops up. But when I press Play, it says "Supported Disc Not Available". Why my Mac won't play DVD? Any help would be great!

Open Apple communities, forums and we can easily discover the posts with title "Mac won't play DVD". Why sometimes DVDs cannot play on our Mac computers (MacBook Pro/Air/iMac/iMac Pro etc.) and how to fix the problem for playing DVDs on Mac smoothly?

Digitize DVD to solve DVD won't play on mac issue
Digitize DVD to solve DVD won't play on mac issue

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Part 1: Why Mac Won't Play DVD Error Happens?

Getting the reason why DVD won't play on Mac would help a lot to find the most appropriate solution. Here are some causes for DVD not playing on Mac:

1. Mac failed to recognize DVD disc.
If the optical drive refuses DVD disc or no disc found/detected, you will encounter a DVD not playing on Mac computer error. DVD not be recognized/read usually happens when you insert DVD disc improperly, have a damaged disc or DVD drive, or your DVD drive driver goes outdated. For that, you can repair or buy a new DVD drive, or reset NVRAM (or PRAM) via press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys to shut down your computer and turn on later.

2. DVD Player can't read DVD contents (not working).
It probably hits a block when Mac DVD player reads a DVD encoded with a region code which doesn't match that of your DVD player or when it reads a scratched disc. Typical scenarios come that you cannot play a UK DVD (encoded with region code 2) in USA which is set to use region code 1, or an PAL disc cannot be played on a NTSC standard player. In this case, you can change the region code of your DVD drive or DVD player. However, you can change region code up to 5 times only before it's locked permanently.

3. Can't Read Content on Certain DVD-RW Discs
Please change the content to burned on DVD-R if your DVD-RW disc failed to be recognized on Mac.

4. DVD Disc is Scratched.
Your DVD can't be guaranteed with 100% unscathed status. It's intact with the naked eye while it might be damaged interiorly. In such case, Try the above-mentioned WinX DVD Ripper for Mac or resort to the professional DVD repair tool if it's severely scratched.

Part 2: Rip DVDs to Digital for Playing DVD on Mac without DVD Player - Easy & 100% Working

Firstly, as DVD drive is dead on Mac computers, you have to buy an external DVD drive to play DVDs on Macbook/MacBook Pro/Air/iMac/iMac Pro etc. Even so, DVD playback failure happens from time to time on Mac and your DVD drive only allows 5 times for region code modification for playing DVDs of different region code. Rather than buying an extra DVD drive ($40 or so) for an limited and uncertain DVD playback on Mac, it would be better to rip DVD to digital file as MP4, MOV or other Mac supported video formats for watching without using DVD drive/player.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is the leading DVD ripping software for macOS Catalina (32 bit & 64 bit) and lower versions. This Mac DVD ripper offers an easy yet effective solution for digitizing DVD of sorts, from newly released DVDs to dusty old and even scratched discs. It keeps continuous update to make it powerful enough for decrypting DVD. It works, no matter the DVD is encrypted by region code, RCE, CSS, UOPs, Sony ArccOS, Disney 99-title DRM, or some more advanced copy protection schemes.

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Meanwhile, it won't take you long to make a digital copy of DVD. With the support of hardware acceleration powered by Intel QSV, NVIDIA NVENC, merely 5 minutes are needed to decrypt DVD to MP4, MOV, ISO image, MPG and other mainstram formats.

Rip DVD to MP4 to fix Mac won't play DVD error
Rip DVD to MP4 to fix Mac won't play DVD error

Part 3: Use Third-party DVD Player Software to Play DVDs on Mac

Instead of ripping DVD on Mac to MP4/MOV format, you can opt for using third-party DVD player software for watching movies on Mac without DVD not playing problem.

5KPlayer, a versatile media player, allows users to play any regular and encrypted DVDs with great picture clarity. Apart from DVD discs, it can also play ISO image copied from DVD, VIDEO_TS folder and various video/audio files. The elegant and straightforward interface leads users to learn how to play a DVD/video/audio immediately. This best Mac DVD player is a 100% clean and safe program bundled no adware, malware or virus so that you don't need to worry about security problem at all.

Play DVD on Mac with 5KPlayer
Play DVD on Mac with 5KPlayer

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

Final Words:

Although "Mac won't play DVD" error can be settled through purchasing another new drive or by resetting NVRAM, there is a possibility of resurgence in the near future. Comparatively speaking, digitizing DVD to Mac is an easier, more convenient and more effective way to slove DVD not playing on Mac issue. For that, WinX DVD Ripper is absolutely the best and fastest DVD ripper to convert DVD disc to digital video as MP4, H.264, HEVC, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, iPhone 11/Pro/XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/Plus, iPad Air 2/Pro, Android, etc. Also it enables you to 1:1 copy DVD to ISO image/folder/MPEG-2 file with original quality by accessing all DVD protections.

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Jack Watt

Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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