Apple kills disc drive on new Mac models, like Macbook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina, Mac Mini with the purpose of launching fashion and lighter computers to customers. This change urges DVD collectors to find a solution to rip DVD on Mac without optical drive when they want to copy DVD to digital file for long-time storage or play DVD content on portable devices. And, this article will focus on telling you how to rip a DVD on Mac without optical drive using the best DVD ripper for Mac.
Fast rip general/copy-protected DVD (movies) on Mac without optical drive to MP4, MOV etc, and deliver possible highest video/audio quality. It perfectly supports Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to macOS 11 Big Sur.
The removal of optical drive prevents us from importing DVD disc to Mac for ripping. Therefore, we need to learn how to get DVD content on Mac computers without optical drive at the start.
1. Buy an External DVD Drive
Apple officially released a compatible optical drive for Mac, Apple USB SuperDrive with price of $79. Some other cheaper Mac external DVD drives ($25-$50) can be found on Amazon, eBay and other online stores.
2. Use DVD or CD Sharing Setup
Instead of getting an external DVD drive, you can share discs from other Mac or Windows computers with optical drive on your network.
• Open System Preferences from the Apple menu on the Mac with an optical drive and then click Sharing icon. After confirming the computer name is correct, check DVD or CD Sharing option.
• If you want to share a disc from Windows PC, please download and install DVD or CD Sharing Update 1.0 for Windows. Select Hardware and Sound option from Control Panel and then click DVD or CD Sharing.
After that, open Finder on the Mac without optical drive. Select Remote Disc from Devices section. Double click the Mac or Windows PC that shares a disc and you can see DVD contents.
Notice : This built-in DVD or CD Sharing feature is not available for DVD movies, like Disney Movie DVD, and any other copy protected discs.
After all are ready, we can rip a DVD on a Mac without option drive using the best DVD ripper for Mac, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac. It is a powerful Mac DVD converter available to rip any DVDs (including copy-protected DVDs), DVD folder, ISO image to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP and iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, PS3/4, Xbox etc, with high quality on Mac and deliver the fastest DVD ripping speed. It is also great DVD copy software for Mac helping users to backup a DVD to ISO image, VIDEO_TS folder and MKV video at 1:1 ratio. It is fully supports Mac OS X 10.6 and later versions covering macOS Big Sur.
DOWNLOAD and install WinX DVD Ripper for Mac. And then follow the steps to rip a DVD on Mac without optical drive.
Step 1. Load DVD
Launch WinX DVD Ripper for Mac and click DVD Disc button on navigation bar. Alternative to disc, you can select DVD folder or ISO image as DVD content source.
Step 2. Set Output Format
A couple of seconds later, all DVD titles are listed and the main title will be automatically checked. Meanwhile, Output Profile dialogue appears. Click General Profiles or other categories, DVD Backup, Apple Device, YouTube Video etc, to get wanted output format.
Step 3. Start Ripping DVD on Mac without Optical Drive
Click Browse to set destination folder (hard drive or device) and then Hit RUN button to start the process of DVD ripping on Mac without optical drive.
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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