How to Get DVDs playable with QuickTime Player on Mac?

Mac’s default QuickTime Player is an outstanding and powerful media player that capable of playing various formats of videos, photos, sound, panoramic images, etc. But, the question is QuickTime player does’t support DVD playback, which makes DVD fans upset. If you have the same questions like: How to play a movies in QuickTime player? How to make DVD playable on QuickTime player? How to play DVD with QuickTime Player on Mac? Just take this comprehensive tutorial as reference. Now let’s start our topic.

Part 1. How to Play a Movie in QuickTime Player?

If you have collected some classic and favorite movies on your Mac’s hard disk or from the Internet, follow below easy steps to play a movies in QuickTime Player smoothly.

  • In the Finder, double-click the file or drag it to the QuickTime Player application icon.
  • In QuickTime Player, choose File > Open File, and then select the file.
  • To open a movie on the Internet, open QuickTime Player, choose File > Open Location, and then enter the URL (the Internet address) for the movie file.

QuickTime player has the controls to play, pause, rewind, fast-forward, and adjust the volume of a movie as you like.

Tip: From Apple Support, movies in below Video/Audio Codec formats are fully compatible with QuickTime Player, others may have playback issues.

Media Type

QuickTime Support File Formats

QuickTime Support Codecs


QuickTime Movie (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v), MPEG-2, MPEG-1, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AVCHD, AVI (Motion JPEG only), DV

MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (Part 2), H.264, H.263, H.261


iTunes Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p), MP3, Core Audio (.caf), AIFF, AU, SD2, WAV, SND, AMR

AAC (MPEG-4 Audio), HE-AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3

Part 2. How to Make DVDs Playable on QuickTime Player in best quality?

As commercial DVDs are always under copy-protection, you’d directly copy movies from physical DVD discs and drag them into QuickTime Player for playing. The best solution for you is to remove protection from DVDs (if necessary) and rip/convert DVD movies to QuickTime player compatible video/audio formats as above via a third party DVD Ripper.

The process is relatively easy with the help of Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac, which is an all-in-one DVD ripper& Copier that handling any (protected) DVD to QuickTime Player compatible H.264 MP4, QuickTime MOV without losing quality. Best of all, it also has customized settings for 150+ devices such as iPad, iPhone 7/7 Plus, Android Phones or tablets, Xbox, PS3/PS4, HDTVs, and many other media players. Plus, with the built-in editor in this DVD ripper, you can also do some editing work like trim, crop, add personal watermark, adjust video effects, etc. For equivalent Windows version, kindly turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Windows. Now download the free trail program and follow below easy steps to start ripping DVD for QuickTime Player.

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Step 1. Insert your DVD disc to an external or Internal DVD drive on Mac, then install and launch the best DVD ripper for Mac to load DVD movies on the program.


Step 2. Go to “Format” bar and select a proper format like H.264 MP4 or QuickTime MOV as the output format from Common Video, HD Video list. This format is full compatible with your iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV.


Tip: If you like, you can click the “Edit” icon to edit, like cropping, trimming, adding watermark effect, deinterlacing, merging, rotating and more.

Step 3. Start the DVD conversion by clicking on “Convert” in bottom right corner of main UI. Once finished, click open button to quickly locate the output files on Mac.

Part 3. How to Play DVDs on Mac via QuickTime Player?

With the Part 2’s process of converting DVDs into QuickTime Player compatible H.264 MP4 , QuickTime MOV, now open your QuickTime Player and choose File > Open File, and then select the converted DVD movies.

Now you’re able to play the Converted DVD movies on Mac via QuickTime Player without hassle. Enjoy!

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One thought on “How to Get DVDs playable with QuickTime Player on Mac?

  • August 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Awesome post, thanks for sharing!


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