Mar 20


Mac the Ripper is a little program that allows you to copy a DVD to your computer, and at the same time it removes the copy protection. (This is called ‘ripping’ a DVD). This allows you for example to then copy it to a Macbook Air (that has no DVD drive) to watch, or you can take the extra step of converting it to a Quicktime movie so you can put it on an iPad or even into a Keynote presentation.Mac The Ripper

Click here to go to the mactheripper page to download it. Otherwise click  here to download an old version. It used to be free but the newer (and better) version you need to buy.

Mac the Ripper will copy a DVD from your DVD player to your computer and save it as a ‘VIDEO_TS’ folder.  You’ll need to watch it using Apple’s DVD Player App.

If you want to convert this VIDEO_TS folder to a different format, for example so you can watch it watch on your iPad, you’ll need to convert it to a Quicktime movie. A good app for this is handbrake.


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5 Responses to “How to rip (copy) a DVD to your Macintosh Computer.”

  1. danke says:

    i’ve also tried mac the ripper before. but it failed to remove the CSS protection from my DVD. and i finally switched to wondershare dvd ripper for mac, which did the trick for me. here is its step by step user guide

  2. wayne says:

    Do you work for these guys? Mac the ripper does remove CSS protection. Wondershare costs $45. Mac the ripper is free!

  3. John says:

    I don’t work for anyone and I see right away that your free app does not convert to a usable playback format on the Mac. Other software is needed. The one mentioned above does it all (or at least claims to).

  4. Tim says:

    You can do it all with the built in Disk Utility. I’ve done it.

    For instance, try these instructions:

  5. Tim says:

    Actually, just follow the instructions in Disk Utility help, which spell out everythihg to make it work.

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