DVDs, no matter how carefully they are stored, deteriorate. Very quick. Even the optical drive needed to watch DVDs is now obsolete on Macs. But once the DVDs are converted into digital files like MP4, you can future-proof your movie collection and build your own digital library that can be accessed anywhere, anytime with an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Plex or other device.
However, it’s not always easy to find the best DVD to MP4 converter for Mac: everyone wants to convert you to their favorite app. Free options, such as Handbrake or VLC, usually come with trade-offs, whether it’s a bit of a learning curve, slow encoding speed, or something else. They are also not the best options for ripping protected DVDs. They allow for the extra step when used with libdvdcss, but this is limited to CSS DVDs. In practice, you are very likely to run into problems when ripping 99-title DVDs, newly released movies or DVDs with other advanced protection systems.
But it is no longer difficult to migrate a protected DVD as digital MP4 to your Mac’s hard drive. In fact, the arrival of MacX DVD Ripper Pro solves the problem once and for all. If you need to convert DVDs to MP4 on your Mac – for your own use and not for resale – here’s how to do it.
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MacX DVD Ripper Pro is well equipped to rip DVD to MP4 on Mac. It offers blazing fast lossless video quality and most importantly, it can handle all the DVDs you have, ranging from home DVDs, regional discs, Hollywood blockbusters, TV dramas, newly released titles and even the old and unplayable discs.
It can convert DVD to MP4, H.264, HEVC, MPEG-4, M4V, MOV, MKV and more, and even do one-to-one backup of the entire contents of a DVD to ISO image, single MPEG2 or DVD folder without any quality loss. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ins and outs of the format. There are profiles for the latest iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, Androids, NAS drives, TVs, computers, laptops and other devices.
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MacX DVD Ripper Pro ensures that ripping takes as little time as possible. With support for Hyper-Threading, Multi-Core CPU and hardware acceleration technology powered by M1/M2, Intel, AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, it now accelerates DVD to MP4 H.264/H.265 ripping on Mac about five times faster than other tools , making it possible to convert a 2-hour DVD to MP4 in 5 minutes.
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How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac?
Before you start converting DVDs to MP4, you should have a DVD drive ready. Since the optical drive is no longer on modern Macs, you may need to purchase a SuperDrive or other external DVD drive.
Step 1: Download the DVD to MP4 ripper on Mac and insert your DVD into the DVD drive. Launch the software and click the Disk button. In the pop-up window, choose DVD disc and you should see your DVD drive here. Choose it and click OK.
Note: If you don’t want to spend several minutes waiting for ripping, you can purchase a second DVD drive for your Mac. MacX DVD Ripper Pro can work in batch mode, so when it finishes ripping DVD to MP4, it can start the next one automatically. This is useful if you want to rip a large collection of DVDs.
Step 2: After a few seconds of analyzing and picking up the right title, you’ll see a long list of output profiles. To create a multi-purpose file, you can go to General Profiles and choose to rip DVD to MP4 H.264. However, if you want the maximum video quality and don’t mind the extra DVD to MP4 conversion time, choose the HEVC option. If you’re mainly going to watch on your iPad or iPhone, the ready-made iDevice specific profile is available to create a compact video that won’t take up too much storage space. Or you can go to the Apple TV profile optimized for larger screens.
Step 3: Audio and subtitle tracks on the main interface are available for you to choose to stay in the output MP4 video. If necessary, click the edit button to extract a specific length, adjust the image dimension, add additional subtitles, and so on.
Step 4: Then click Destination Folder at the bottom to set an output folder on your Mac to save the converted MP4 movie. When you’re done, click Run to start ripping.
To shorten the DVD to MP4 conversion time, make sure you have enabled the hardware encoder on the main interface. It will take advantage of your Mac’s GPU hardware to speed up the conversion if possible.
When you try to rip a DVD with tricky encryption, enable Safe Mode on the main interface.