3 Easy Ways to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac (Monterey Included)

Rosa Reyes
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Summary: How to convert DVD to MP4 on Mac? Here will discuss the easy-to-use DVD to MP4 converter for Mac so that videos can be stored on your computer, iPhone, iPad, and any external hard drives.

Although DVD sales have been falling for the past years, there are still plenty of nostalgic DVD users. If you are one of them, then DVD ripping software is your must-have tool. It is inconvenient to bring a DVD player to play DVD movies on a long trip. You'd better digitalize them to MP4. MP4, the most universal video format, provides videos in higher quality but smaller size. Many hosting services, such as Vimeo, now list MP4 as their preferred file format.

What's DVD Video Limited in / Restriction

DVD video offers high quality and clear visual clarity, but it has some restrictions that you should pay attention to.

  1. If you want to play a DVD video on a DVD player, you need to prepare the DVD drive that supports your DVD type (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, BD-R, or BD-RE).
  2. Some videos/ DVDs labeled "Home Use Only?" Vendors or publishers want to remind consumers that videos and DVDs should not be shown to the public as this is an exclusive right of the rights holder. There is an exception to the public performance rights that allows non-profit, educational institutions the right to publicly perform videos/DVDs for non-profit, educational purposes.
  3. You are not able to store the DVD video on Mac or other PC as backup or copy. It can’t live without a DVD player.

How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac?

#1 Cisdem Video Converter

In order to get rid of a DVD player during your journey, we recommend you use a DVD ripping tool- Cisdem Video Converter to convert DVD to MP4 on Mac. It’s an excellent toolbox that helps you convert DVD, audio, video files to more than 300+ formats. Apart from conversion capabilities, it also allows you to download online videos, combine multiple video clips, edit videos, etc.

Main features of the app:

  • Convert DVD to MP4, M4V, WMV, MP3, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, iTunes, TV, blackberry, etc.
  • Support any input DVD disc and DVD folder
  • Remove DVD copy protection like Region Code, CSS, Disney X-Project, etc.
  • Batch convert DVDs and other media files with fast speed
  • Add SRT subtitle files to the videos
  • Change the video resolution, audio & video codec, frame rate, etc.
  • Crop/trim DVD videos and add effects/watermarks to them before digitalizing
  • Download free videos from YouTube, Myspace, LinkedIn, and other 1000+ sites

Free Download

It offers a free trial version for all Mac users. You can try it on your Mac with one click and download.

Steps to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac via Video Converter:

Step 1. Insert DVD disc into your Mac.

Step 2. After installation, open Cisdem Video Converter. You will see a simple interface with two tabs. Go to the first one, which can convert videos and rip DVDs.

main interface

Step 3. Drag and drop DVD movies into it. Just like the following image.

load dvd

Step 4. Choose the output format.

As for a professional DVD to MP4 converter for Mac, all popular formats are well categorized by terminal devices. To play the DVD on your iPad, you can either choose “General Video” > “MP4 Video” or “Apple device” > “iPad” > your iPad model.

choose mp4

Step 5. Click the conversion icon button to extract DVD to digital files.

Tip: Edit DVD videos (Optional)

Drag converted DVD videos to the first interface of Cisdem. Edit your DVD videos with Trim, Crop, Effects, Watermark, Subtitles, Volume, etc. For example, if you don’t want to rip the movie all, you can crop the movie into several parts then rip it.

Here's a video guide:

#2 Handbrake

Handbrake is a tool letting you convert multiple types of video files into MP4, MKV, or WebM format. It can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection. You can use it to convert DVD to MP4 Mac, and the supported output formats are listed below. The ripping method is a little bit complex to master for beginners.

Outputs:

  • File Containers: .MP4 (.M4V) and .MKV
  • Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264 (x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8 and Theora
  • Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
  • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC, and MP3 tracks.

convert dvd to mp4 mac handbrake

Steps to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with Handbrake:

  1. Put a DVD into the optical drive.
  2. Free Download and Install HandBrake
  3. Click the "Source" button and import your DVD disc into HandBrake for ripping.
  4. Choose “Title” and “Chapters”.
  5. Select “Output Format” and adjust output settings.
  6. Find a destination folder for the output video.
  7. Start to extract DVD to MP4 on Mac.

Note: Handbrake has the inability to rip commercial DVDs because of its OS compatibility issue. You may meet its cracks when you update your Mac to the latest OS X 12.0 Monterey. It has an unattractive interface and low conversion speed. For safety, we had better resort to a professional DVD ripper application for help.

#3 MacX DVD Ripper Pro

MacX DVD Ripper is another decent DVD to MP4 converter for Mac. Besides MP4, it also digitalizes DVD disc to MOV, MKV, HEVC, H.264, Huawei, Air Playit, TV, PS4, and so forth. The most attractive feature is that the software supports unique hyper-threading, hardware acceleration, and multi-core CPU technology, which can maximally enhance the ripping speed. But its customization options are complicated for newer.

Steps to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac Using MacX DVD Ripper:

  1. Load up the DVD, regardless of homemade or copy-protected DVD.
  2. Choose MP4 format from the drop-down window.
  3. Check the box - “Intel/AMD/Nvidia” at the lower right to enable hardware acceleration.
  4. Click "Browse" and go through the folders on Mac, and select one to save your final output MP4 files.
  5. Hit “RUN” to begin DVD ripping.

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Summary

It's a good way to keep your movie collections by ripping them to a popular digital format like MP4. Above are 3 tools to help you convert DVD to MP4 on Mac. Handbrake is a freeware that's capable of completing the most basic DVD converting tasks. Cisdem Video Converter is the most versatile one to convert media (DVD, video, and audio files), download, and edit videos. MacX DVD Ripper is neither free as Handbrake nor as effective as Cisdem, but it's also helpful to solve your DVD ripping issue.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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