How to rip a DVD or Blu-ray Disc to Mac

This article show you how to use HandBrake to free your Blu-ray and DVD movie collection and enjoy it on Mac, iPhone or iPad.

How to rip a DVD to Mac

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have your DVD movie on a your mac so you can watch anything whenever you want? You could go one step further than your mac and store the videos on a NAS drive and watch them on your mac via a media streamer. To achieve the goal, you’d better rip your DVD with Handbrake or it’s alternative. Have no idea? This article will just show you with ease.

Using HandBrake to rip copyright-protected DVDs

Step 1. Download Handbrake and Libdvdcss on Mac

To rip a DVD with HandBrake, you need to download the free software. HandBrake doesn’t include the software needed to decrypt commercial DVDs, so you also need to install libdvdcss, an open-source library that can circumvent the Content Scramble System (CSS) used on DVDs.


The first time you launch HandBrake and attempt to scan a DVD, the software will inform you that you need additional decrypting software and will offer to send you to a page where you can download the libdvdcss installer (currently version 1.2.12, although you can always find the latest version here). Run that installer, and it will put libdvdcss where it belongs on your drive.

Step 2: Insert protected DVD and pick what to rip

Now insert your protected DVD into your Mac’s DVD drive and launch HandBrake. By default, the app opens a dialog box and ask you to select the DVD mounted on your Mac. Choose your DVD and click Open, and HandBrake then scans the DVD for the titles it contains.

Once the scan is complete, HandBrake chooses what it thinks is the main title, but you can click the pop-up menu next to Title and choose the item you want to encode. Generally speaking, the title with the longest duration is the DVD’s main feature.

If you still unable to handle with the protected DVD with Handbrake, you can follow the steps below(the libdvdcss may be installed in the wrong folder):

1. Close Handbrake, and open a new Finder window.
2. Type cmd+shift+G, and paste in this path: /Library/SystemMigration/History
3. Inside this folder should be a folder named “Migration-[random letters and numbers].” Open that folder and you’ll find “QuarantineRoot.” Open that folder, and you should see yourlibdvdcss.2.dylib file.
4. Open a second Finder window.
5. Type cmd+shift+G, and paste in this path: /usr/local/lib (If you get an error saying this folder doesn’t exist, go to /usr/local instead, create a new folder called “lib”m and open it.
6. Drag and drop the libdvdcss.2.dylib file from the first window into the /usr/local/lib folder. You should be prompted for your admin password. Type that in and wait for the copy to finish.

        Make sure to restart Handbrake after doing this, since the app will scan for the libdvdcss file, and once it's detected, you won't have to move it or deal with it again. 
        Then you can go ahead and follow the above instructions as normal and rip away!

Step 3: Choose a output folder and a preset

Choose where to store the ripped files. Then choose the preset for your output videos on the right preset list. As you can see, there are some presets for you to choose. Generally speaking, “Normal” and “High Profile” are good for saving videos for watching on your computer or TV. “Universal” is better for outputting videos for watching on mobile devices. For iPhone, iPad, iPod, you can choose the corresponding one to get the most optimized videos for playback.


Tip: If you like, you can also adjust the output parameters of picture, video filters, video, audio, subtitles, chapters, etc. to make the output videos more personalized and suitable.

Step 4: Start DVD ripping process

If you are ripping more than one title, click Add to Queue; otherwise hit Start to begin the DVD ripping process. This might take some time depending on your computer’s hardware and the length of the movie file.

Notes: Although Handbrake provides users a handy DVD converting experience, it is still far from perfect in terms of the supported DVD types(only CSS encryption is supported), output formats, scanning and ripping speed…

How to Rip a Blu-ray to Mac

Mac computer including MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac, Mac Pro, etc don’t ship with a built-in Blu-ray playback software or a drive that capable of reading Blu-ray discs. Does it mean that you can not play and copy the Blu-ray movies on macOS Sierra and Apple devices? Absolutly not!

There are two ways of ripping a Blu-ray Disc to a Mac. The first involves decrypting and copying the entire disc to an .iso disc image (1:1 backup BD/DVD without quality loss). This file will be the same size as the original Blu-ray: about 30GB to 40GB. We used Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac. To play the copy, mount the disc image. In the Mac Blu-ray Player app, choose File > Open File and then select the BDMV file in the disc image. You can also open BDMV files with the VLC Media Player (free).

The second option is to make an MKV file. MKV is a file-container format that can hold video, audio, picture, and subtitle tracks in a single file. GuinpinSoft’s MakeMKV (free while in beta) is a good program for this task. It can decrypt a Blu-ray disc and save whatever parts you want in an MKV container.

The decryption process takes about half the duration of the film; you’ll have an MKV file that you can play back with VLC or other software. If you want a smaller file size, convert the MKV to a smaller file – in the same format, or in a different one, such as an iTunes-compatible MP4 – using a tool such as HandBrake, which we used in the DVD section above.

You can also using Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac to rip the Blu-ray disc to a wide allay of formats directly, such as 4K/1080P/720P MP4, MOV, MKV, M4V, WMV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MPEG and more. Meanwhile Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper also provides the preset formats for over 200 hot devices (iPadiPhoneAndroid, Surface tablet, Samsung GalaxyXboxPlayStationNAS, Panasonic/Samsung/Sony/LG Smart TVs/HDTVs/3D TVs). You can select the profile to rip Blu-ray/DVD for playback on your device with optimized settings and never worry about the video incompatibility!

That’s pretty much all there is to it. In general, playing and ripping Blu-ray discs is fairly easy as long as you’re willing to invest a little time and money.