Hassle-Free Guide to backup DVD to Hard Drive on Mac (MacBook 2016, iMac Retina, etc)

Getting ready to reward yourself with buying a new Mac? I guess you are, most probably, you may have updated your Mac to the latest Mac (MacBook 2016 or, Mac min or iMac Retina) and are enjoying the great features it brings you, embracing 4K movies on your comfortable sofa right now. However, whatever the Mac you own can't directly play DVD movies collections without external DVD driver and the extra Thunderbolt to USB converter cable, and if you don't like to watch DVD on Mac with the must-have external devices every time, the best choice available for you is to rip DVD and copy it to hard drive on Mac for a more flexible way of movies watching so that you can benefit more by cutting the extra trails.

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➤ Part 1: What's the best DVD ripper for backup DVD to hard drive on Mac?

➤ Part 2: How to copy DVD to hard drive for playback on Mac?

What's the best DVD ripper for backup DVD to hard drive on Mac?

DVD may be majestic, but it also has more copy protection (whatever DVDs, homemade or commercial ones protected by Region Code, CSS, UOPs, Sony ARccOS or Disney new DRM protection) than any other format around, and playing it on your Mac can be difficult to impossible. In that case, copy DVD to your hard drive on Mac can seem complicated, especially those running MacOS Sierra 10.12 and OS X El Capitan, have to deal with System Integrity Protection (SIP), a security feature designed to protect critical system files and processes, but it's actually pretty simple.

There are a lot of ways to do it and a lot of different programs out there, but our favorite method uses a state-of-art program called Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. It's easy to use, it's available for Windows as well, and it'll 1:1 copy and encode your DVD collections into compatible formats, such as MTS/M2TS to MOV/MPEG/MKV/MP4 for any device, like an iPad or Android phone, so by ripping DVD, you can still get that amazing HD quality on any Mac (MacBook 2016, iMac Retina) you want—no DVD drive or dedicated DVD player software required (you'll need a DVD drive to rip them though, of course—but then you'll be able to play those files anywhere).

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How to copy DVD to hard drive for playback on Mac?

Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (which supports Blu-rays and DVDs) both earned high praise from you for being well worth their entry prices, and getting frequent updates to get around the copy protection that disc publishers include that make it harder for you to rip your own movies and play them on the devices you choose. The app can handle unwanted protection, remove region restrictions, disables forced subtitles or delays, and even plays nice with DVD authoring tools if you're backup your movies to hard drive on Mac(OS Sierra). This article will walk you with the process to guide you copy DVD without hassles.

Step 1: Download DVD Ripper on Mac

In order to rip DVD to hard drive on Mac with ease, you should first free download this MacX DVD ripper. Insert your favorite DVD and load your DVD through "Add DVD" button. When it's done, head to the title task bars in the upper left hand corner of the window. This is where you'll select which part of the DVD you want to rip. In the case of movies, it's usually the longest title, so just pick that one. If you're ripping episodes of a TV show, it's usually the 22 or 44 minute ones, and you'll have to rip them each separately.

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Step 2: Choose Output DVD Movie Format 

Click "Select Format", where you'll choose what format the resulting file will be in. If you just want to watch it on your computer, the "Video" or "HD Video" preset is fine, you can choose any widely used format or convert DVD to lossless MKV to keep all subtitles and soundtracks, AVI, MOV, Multi-track MP4, MP3, etc.. If you want to watch it on something like your iPod or iPhone, or eidt in FCP, Avid MC, though, pick the correct preset from the menu.

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Tips 1: Some DVD movie has more than one audio tracks and subtitles such as Finding Dory. You can choose your preferred one by selecting the "Subtitle" and "Audio" you want to retain in the output video.

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Tips 2: This DVD Converter for Mac allows users to adjust video and audio parameters to customize the output file quality. Click "Settings" button and then you can adjust video resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio channel, etc. What's more, you can keep or change the aspect rate to 16:9 or 4:3 by clicking "Edit" > "Adjust" > "Keep Aspect" according to your playback device to avoid screen black bar.

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Step 3: Begin to Rip DVD to Hard Drive on Mac

Click "Start", and this DVD to hard drive ripper's encoding engine goes in to action. It starts to copy DVD to external hard drive on Mac without any 3rd party helps. After conversion click "Open" to find converted movie, and then you can play the output video on Mavericks or sync to iPad, iPhone, upload to YouTube, Vimeo freely.

In addition to ripping DVD to hard drive on your Mac, within minutes, you're also able to transfer DVD to iPhone iPad iPod for on-the-go watching under the help of the great DVD to iPhone build-in transferring tool Media Server in Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, the well-designed for movie, video, photos, music casting whatever they are huge size (above 4G) or small size between Mac computer and iPhone iPad iOS devices without the complicated iTunes 12 flawlessly, by adopting the advanced IP sharing technology.

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Good luck and enjoy your newly ripped DVD! 

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