I've got way too many DVDs in my house. I've been gathering them for years and years: They take up nearly half a wall in my living room, and that's after giving away about half my collection.
Xilisoft Video to DVD Converter for Mac is designed to convert all video files in all sorts of formats including high-definition videos to DVD movies and make them into DVDs. It may cost slightly more than other DVD rippers, but it produces superior quality in very little time. ISkysoft DVD Ripper. Another great DVD ripper app for Mac OS, iSkysoft DVD Ripper is compatible with all Apple portable devices, including iPad, iPod, Apple TV and iPhone.
Funny thing is, I rarely watch my DVDs. It takes so much more effort than just turning on my Apple TV and hitting 'play.' But that said, I do have a few hundred DVDs that I can't watch on any of my streaming services — So, I figured it was time to digitize my DVD collection so that I could stream my movies on my Apple TV.
If you don't want to go through the rigamarole of ripping your DVD collection yourself, you can use Vudu and to buy low-cost digital versions of many (but not all) of your movies, which you can stream on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Play supported devices. Note: This guide is for digitizing a DVD collection; Please check out our separate. A comment on copy protection Laws vary on whether or not it's considered fair use to rip a DVD you own for backup and personal use, and since Apple is a U.S. Company and needs to maintain relationships with U.S.
Studios for iTunes movies and TV releases, you can't just rip a DVD to your the Mac the way you can with a CD. Instead, you have to use third-party software to make it happen. When looking for the best software to digitize your DVDs, make sure it includes copyright protection removal for Content Scramble System (CSS), which is the most popular — though not the only — copyright protection method. And while it should go without saying, we don't endorse using the methods below to steal movies you don't own.
Don't be a jerk. Get the right hardware Most of the Macs Apple sells these days don't ship with a DVD drive, so if you want to digitize your films from a newer computer, you'll need an external disc drive. There are a bunch of if you feel like browsing; a few iMore editors have had specific success with the VicTsing USB External DVD drive. Get the right software Once you're all set with a compatible DVD drive for your movies, the most important step when digitizing your DVD collection is finding the right software. MacX DVD Ripper I just recently tried out this software, and I'm very pleased with how easy it is to use. It looks a little intimidating because there are a lot of options to choose from out of the gate.
But, if you trust the software's default settings, you can just select the source (your DVD) and click RUN. I do suggest noting the destination folder, so you know where to look it when it's finished. Where apps like Handbrake default to saving to your Desktop, MacX DVD Ripper saves it to your Movies folder under Mac Video Library.
Your destination folder will look something like this: /Users/yourusername/Movies/Mac Video Library. Provides many options for converting your DVD collection to digital files, including selecting the type of device where you'll be playing the final file (i.e. IPhone, iPad, or Apple TV). You can also rip the full ISO image — a nice option for more advanced users.
The one downside: MacX DVD Ripper takes forever to rip a DVD — much longer than Handbrake. If you're trying to digitize a collection of hundreds of DVDs, you're not going to want to take hours to rip one. You can download a for free, but you can only use it with very limited actions. It normally costs $59.95, but is reduced to only $39.95 temporarily. MacTheRipper 5 MacTheRipper is likely the longest-lived DVD ripper on the market: I've downloaded and used MTR a handful of times and it is a fantastic piece of software if you need to go next-level with digitizing your DVD collection. It's got all kinds of incredible features that make it possible for you to turn your DVD disc into a digital file, and you can really customize how you want it to rip. But it's complicated.