How to Rip Copy-Protected DVD on Mac (Catalina Included)?

2019-07-30 21:34:56 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to DVD Follow @ Rosa

Some of my friends are keen on DVDs collections, especially those popular or classic DVD movies, music videos. They tend to be more like to play DVD videos on portable devices, like iPhone, iPad, smartphone, etc., so that it makes us enjoy on the trip. To rip and copy these DVD discs to Mac or other digital players is a good idea. There are some problems they met while ripping, like, the quality is not as good as the DVD movies, or unable to edit videos as they like. So, I start this article to share my experience and advice about DVD ripper for mac. You would get some useful information on why it is hard to rip, and how to rip copy protected DVD on mac in a free way and commercial way.

Why So Hard to Rip DVD on Mac?

For preventing commercial DVD used for an illegal purpose, DVD producers work through a way to protect. And the two most efficient and trustful DVD ways to protect DVD movies to copy are called CSS (Content Scramble system) and RCE (Regional Coding Enhancement). These DVD copy-protection approaches prevent DVD owners from backing up DVD upon their Mac. As a result, when you rip and copy DVD with some software, the output quality is hard to drive with 1:1 ratio. So if you want to rip and copy your DVD with 1:1 ratio, you should have a professional software or some welcomed open resource. Next, I will introduce two open-welcomed software RipIt, MacTheRipper and a professional software Cisdem Video Converter for you.

How to Rip a DVD on Mac Most Efficiently?

I recommend Mac Video Converter as the best DVD ripper for copying protected DVD video for Mac, because Cisdem Video Converter(Compatible on Mojave) is the all in one solution for video entertainment. As the users say it is a pretty stable and quick DVD ripper, look at the following reasons why I recommend Cisdem Video Converter.


Step 1Download and Install Cisdem Video Converter Free Trial Version

Insert your DVD disc. And download and install the Cisdem DVD ripper on Mac. You will notice that there are three buttons on the top of the interface. Stay at ripping interface.

Step 2Load DVD Video to the Program

After you insert your DVD disc into your Mac, you could drag and drop the DVD iCon from the desktop to the main interface of this DVD ripper program.

Step 3Edit your DVD movie (Optional)

If you want to rip the DVD without any edit, you could just go to Step 4. If you want to edit your DVD video to get better customized look, you can use this built-in editor. It would fine-tune your video with crop, trim, special visual effects, watermarks, subtitle and so on.

Step 4Choose the Output Format for your Mac

There are 120+ formats for your Mac. You could choose whatever you want. All formats are well categorized by the terminal devices.


Step 5Rip your DVD movies

After having done all, you could rip your DVD video directly. Click on the left of bottom.

How to Rip a DVD on Mac for Free?

What're free ways to help you watch DVD on tablet, smartphone, and more portable media players? Here's how to use the HandBrake application to rip protected into whatever format you like, so you can play the movies on your favorite gadgets.

HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder, a beginner can easily rip a DVD or convert a file, which is the basic features of HandBrake. HandBrake doesn’t support copy protected DVDs natively, but if you have the outside DVD decrypter, you can make it.


  1. It is freeware. Available for conversion and ripping.
  2. Support to add chapters and subtitles to your video
  3. For Windows, Mac, and Linux.


  1. Unattractive interface: it designs with many technical-looking input areas for you to add files and specify output preferences, such complex.
  2. The output format of MP4 or MKV format is limited for video conversion.
  3. The conversion speed is pretty slow, you should have more patience while using it.

Tips: CSS (Content Scramble System) is a DRM (Digital Rights Management) scheme used on commercial DVD-video discs to prevent the discs from being illegally copied, shared, etc., especially prevents people from ripping such protected DVDs for personal use. If you have got commercial CSS-protected DVD movies, and have to get rid of its prevention and rip or copy, you have to get free DVD decrypter plug-in, like DVD43, which can help you circumvent the publisher’s digital rights management technology. It depends on you to decide for yourself whether to follow the step.

1. Download and install HandBrake on Mac.

Note: Before encrypted DVD, download DVD43 or VideoLan which can circumvent the built-in disc restrictions. Insert the DVD you want to rip.

2. Click the “Source” button and select the DVD from the drop-down menu, it would scan the disc for titles to copy.

3. Click the Title drop-down menu to choose the section to copy.

Note: When in doubt, rip the longest title--that's most likely the actual movie, not the trailers or special features.

4. Look at the preset menu on the right side, you can preset outputs for a slew of Apple devices

5. Fine-tune your project with its “The Video tab”.

6. Tweak the audio quality under “the Audio tab”.

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