3 drop dead easy ways to rip DVDs to your Mac

“Netflix and Hulu notwithstanding, I have this thing about movies on my Mac,” Alexis Kayhill writes for Mac360. “There’s never enough. Three little girls in the backseat of the car have forced us into capturing and saving as many movies as we can stuff onto our MacBook Air when we travel.”

“How do you rip DVD movies to your Mac? It’s actually easy, but somewhat time consuming, yet well worth the effort,” Kayhill writes. “All you need are DVD movies, your Mac, and one of these three Mac apps, one of which is free.”

• RipIt
• Mac DVDRipper Pro
• HandBrake

Read more in the full article here.


  1. RipIt works pretty slick and converts straight to iOS format. We don’t even have a DVD player hooked up, just the AppleTV box streaming from the iMac in the back room.

  2. One important item the article didn’t mention is that Handbrake no longer furnishes decryption, which you can bypass by installing Fairmount.

    Even still, many new DVDs won’t rip as the disk appears to be enormously large.

    1. Correct.

      I use handbrake on Mac, I also have VLC installed so it can rip it..
      On PC ripping blu ray, I use DVD Fab.

      After I rip I run them through iVi to add the synopsis, director, actor, etc. i rip in m4v so I don’t have to use iVi to convert just add the details.

      I use iVi so when you are in iTunes/appletv/iPad all movies look the same, instead of looking like it was obviously ripped…

      1. Yup.. VLC and Handbrake are a great combo. Anyone that uses Handbrake should also install VLC since they are designed to compliment eachother… and both companies get to avoid the wrath of the MPAA.

    1. You need to convert all the individual files from the DVD. There’s a pulldown to select which part of the DVD to convert (sorry, I’m not in front of it at the moment). Select each program and add it to the queue.

  3. I use bot Handbrake and Ripit. Handbrake doesn’t always work on some protected DVDs – it might mix up the chapters or not work at all.

    1. Ripit to copy the full DVD contents to your HD.
    2. Handbrake to convert the DVD file to a movie file.
    3. Load into iTunes and enjoy.

    1. Some disks use a 99 chapter scheme and all you do is play the disk in the Mac’s DVD player and find out which chapter is playing for whatever you select and then just rip that chapter in Handbrake. Handbrake can be very slow to load these disks though.

    1. Totally a moral fair use issue regardless of how the studios view it. Sure they’d LOVE to charge us $15 or whatever every time we load it on a device we own. Many DVD’s though are now coming with a portable device version for free. DRM will eventually all go away like it did with music. It’s a joke now. I work in the industry btw.

      1. one thing that ticks me off with those digital versions…
        the time bomb on the code.

        I bought a brand new Blu Ray a few months back, a movie that was out less than a year… they had 2 BR versions.
        1. Blu Ray, DVD combo.
        2. Blu Ray, DVD, AND Digital copy.

        #2 was $3 more.
        get home… Code is 2 weeks out of date.
        the stupid iTunes code was only good for like 6 months.

        So I ripped the Blu Ray anyway.

    2. How’s it stealing if I’m simply trying to enjoy my DVD content on an iPod or other portable device?

      I use Mac The Ripper primarily so I can extract the audio files off of my music DVDs. Most of these are live performances that are otherwise not available on CD or digital audio download. And since most music DVDs contain uncompressed PCM audio files that use a higher sampling rate (and sometimes a higher bit depth as well) than CDs, the audio files are also higher resolution than the CD and download versions, if they’re even available in those formats in the first place.

    3. If you are renting a DVD from the local store/Redbox/netflix etc. then yes.

      I have about 200 DVD’s behind me in my closet in a few boxes right now… I used to buy 1-2 DVD’s a week when they came out.
      Same with Blu ray now. (although not nearly as much in the past few years)

      I am going through the process of ripping them all and adding them into iTunes.

      MUCH easier to turn TV and my Apple TV on and browse for a movie (or TV show) and start watching, than dig through the stack and find something I want to watch and toss it in the DVD player… oh yeah I forgot about the stupid Previews that they won’t allow you to skip… 6 year old Previews!!!!!! Love watching them…..
      I swear they need a time bomb on those. 1 year after release.. they should auto skip.
      Not sure if it’s my PS3, or some DVD’s/Blu Ray’s but trying to skip them pops up box telling me I can’t skip them… Can’t even access the Menu until I watch some. So I have to FFWD through previews… Or Rip them 😉

      Also this way I get to turn the iPad (or MBP) on while I’m having a Cigar outside in the summer and decide to watch something.
      Why in the hell would I want to drag a big ass TV outside… and a DVD player… Or buy one of those 7″ portable DVD units… when I have an iPad/MBP?

  4. “Three little girls in the backseat of the car have forced us into capturing and saving as many movies as we can stuff onto our MacBook Air when we travel.”

    And here is the problem with parenting today in a nutshell.

    Speak to your children – get to know them – don’t sit them in front of a screen for hours on end. They’ll be doing enough of that when they are older.

    1. so you are outright asking how to pirate movies…. and worried SOPA will be able to stop you?…

      Ever thought as to why things like SOPA exist?…

      I wasn’t for SOPA and the like, but people like you are the reason the rest of us have to deal with all that crap.

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