Commercials: They're the worst. Sure, they help pay for your favorite TV shows, but they also eat up time and, in a Mac DVR app, hard drive space. Commercials must die. And you can destroy them.
One of the great things about time-shifting your television viewing is that you. There are two different advert detection and removal methods to.
Since I'm running a Plex DVR, I'll focus on three ways to crush commercials in that app, from the simplest to the most complex. Stay tuned to the end of this article to see how other Mac DVR apps can alleviate your ad aggravation.
Method 1: The 30-second skip
If you have plenty of hard drive space, watch shows soon after you record them, and delete them promptly afterward, just click the 30-second fast-forward button in Plex's viewing controls whenever ads begin. Jump too far ahead? Try the 10-second back button.
This takes a few clicks per commercial break, but it's the fastest, easiest way to ignore ads.
Method 2: The automatic annihilation
Plex can now remove commercials from your DVR recordings. You can enable that for every recording via Settings > Live TV & DVR > DVR Settings, or on a show-by-show basis through each show's advanced Record Options.
Plex warns that automatic commercial-skipping requires extra CPU power and time. In my tests, my 2012 Mac mini's CPU held up fine, and recordings processed in roughly 13-23 minutes per hour, depending on whether they were 720p or 1080i. You can't watch an episode until it's finished recording.
Plex did a generally respectable job of clipping commercials. In most cases, its guesses at where ads ended and the show began were off by a second at worst.
That said, Plex once ate about 15 seconds from the beginning of one act, likely because it mistook an all-black frame in the show for the end of another commercial. On another occasion, it inexplicably excised the first minute or two from a couple of acts in a two-hour episode — annoying, but I could still follow the action.
Based on previous experiments with homebrewed Plex commercial-skipping, Plex might also confuse super-short sections at the end of half-hour shows for ads, and lop them off. In my testing, I wasn't able to find or record any shows with segments short enough to confirm that.
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Plex's automatic commercial-skipping works well enough for casual use. But any part of an episode that it cuts is gone for good. If you want to preserve your shows in flawless, ad-free glory, take matters into your own hands.
Method 3: The Avidemux answer
Plex, Channels DVR, and HDHomeRun DVR all record episodes in MPEG Transport Stream or .ts format. In theory, you could manually edit these streams. But iMovie won't accept them, and QuickTime Player struggled with them, slowing to a crawl as I made more and more edits, and producing final movies with out-of-synch audio.
Initially, I had better luck with Shotcut, a free, open-source video editor that works with .ts files (and nearly everything else). But after I first published this article, subsequent updates to Shotcut seemed to break its ability to seamlessly edit .ts files, leaving it with the same slowdown problems and poor results that plagued QuickTime Player.
By converting .ts files to .mp4 with Handbrake, I could move them into iMovie for fast, frame-by-frame edits. But even with Handbrake 1.2's embrace of speed-boosting hardware acceleration, the process took a long time, and the three different compression cycles it required took their toll on the final video's quality.
When I first investigated the free, open-source Avidemux, it behaved like a hot mess. But since then, updates to the app seem to have done it a world of good. Once you get the hang of its quirky interface, you can edit .ts files quickly and smoothly. And as long as you follow the rules and check the right boxes, you can save .ts files, minus commercials, with no recompression, lost quality, or messed-up audio.
How to cut out commercials in Avidemux
Open Avidemux and drag your video file into its main window.
For now, focus on the lower left corner. The playhead slider moves you forward and backward through the video. Besides that, you'll need to concentrate on these four buttons in the controls below:
The double backward and forward arrows skip from your current spot on the playhead to the previous or next keyframe in the video. To understand why that matters, you'll need to learn a little about video compression's mathematical tricks.
Basically, a .ts file only saves certain frames from its original source, known as keyframes. Every frame of video between those keyframes just keeps track of the changes between the keyframe and the current frame, leaving the unchanged pixels in the image alone. That helps squeeze the original video down to a smaller size.
To edit and save a .ts file without having to redo all these calculations – which takes a good deal longer and might reduce video quality – you need to make all your edits on keyframes. Luckily, the black frames before and after every commercial break in a show usually, but not always, become keyframes, making it easy to snip out commercials without losing more than a few frames of actual show (at worst).
To tell Avidemux where to begin and end your cuts, use the 'A' and 'B' buttons circled in the image above. Slide the playhead to the beginning of a commercial break. From there, click the double backward or forward arrows to find an appropriate keyframe, preferably one that's entirely black. Then click the 'A' button to mark the beginning of your selection:
Slide the playhead forward until you find the end of the commercial break. Use the double backward or forward arrows to find a good keyframe to cut on. Then click the 'B' button to mark the end of the selection:
Once you've got that commercial break marked, just hit the
Delete key, and it'll vanish for good. Repeat this for every other commercial break in the file, until you've got an uninterrupted show.
Time to save your work. Look for the settings on the left side of the Avidemux window. You'll want them to look like this:
Leave 'Lavcodec' alone, and make sure 'Video Output' and 'Audio Output' are set to 'Copy.' If it isn't already there, set 'Output Format' to 'Mpeg TS Muxer (ff)'. This ensures your resulting file won't need to be reprocessed.
To keep your video and audio from going out of synch, click the 'Configure' button below 'Output Format.' You'll see this box appear:
Make sure 'VBR muxing' is unchecked. Trying to save the video at a variable bit rate seems to cause the video/audio synch problems.
You can leave that 'Mux rate' box alone, or tinker with it as you wish. (Avidemux will save your edited version as a copy, so you'll still have the original video if you need a do-over.) The bigger the number, the higher the video quality, and the larger the file size. Depending on how your TV provider compresses video, the default 10 Mbps setting may be higher than the original broadcast was. In my tests, that setting produced a video file slightly larger than the unedited original, even after I'd snipped out the commercials.
When you're all set, click the delightfully antiquated Save icon in the upper left corner of the Avidemux window:
Re-saving your .ts file should only take a few seconds. Avidemux will automatically add 'edit' to the end of the original file's name, to avoid confusion. By default, it should save your file in the same folder as the original, but you can change that if you like. Just make sure you're saving your video as a .ts file.
(Avidemux will also create a matching .idx file that records the edits you made to the original. Keep it if you want to revisit those edits without having to redo them.)
You'll now have a .ts file that looks and sounds like the original, with all its audio and subtitle tracks intact. You can keep it as is, or compress it further with Handbrake. (Check out this article on ripping Blu-rays for advice on how to get the best results from Handbrake.)
What about other DVR apps?
Channels has built-in, non-destructive commercial indexing. Double-click your AppleTV remote's fast-forward button during a commercial break to jump right back into the show. For more precise or permanent editing, use Avidemux.
HDHomeRun DVR and Emby
If the Mac versions of these apps offer any commercial-skipping or -indexing features, I couldn't find information on them. Avidemux seems like your best bet. HDHomeRun DVR users, if you plan to compress your videos in Handbrake after you edit them, avoid H.265/HEVC compression, which the app doesn't support on Macs (as of this writing).
EyeTV offers its own powerful, built-in engine for editing out commercials. You can give it a head start by installing ETV-comskip, which guesses at commercial breaks and adds markers you can later adjust. Once you've marked all commercials, EyeTV can compress each episode (extremely slowly) to get rid of them.
Reclaiming your time
Whether you skip over ads, edit them yourself, or let your app do the work, it's easy to spend less of your life sitting through commercials, and more of it enjoying the shows you love.
Any other tips or tricks I've overlooked here? Share your advice in the comments below!
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Backup and Digitize DVDs to MP4 in 5 Mins without Errors
Before we dig deeper into the free DVD ripping software for macOS review. Here are some facts and problems in connection with DVDs.
It's reported the U.S. consumers have collected 87 DVD titles on average over the past decades. However, the advent of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO Go changes the way of home entertainment from physical disc to digital video. That's why many DVD owners jump onto the bandwagon to digitize their DVD library. But what will you benefit from ripping DVD to computer hard drive?
* Free up some room in your house because your DVD collection is cumbersome.
* Copy DVD to hard drive or NAS so that you can organize & achieve your movie library by genre, year without going to the shelf yourself.
* Back up DVDs to computer to avoid any scratch, fingerprint or damage.
* Free DVDs from region code restrictions, since you're unwilling to end up watching Hollywood summer films on Xmas Day in your country.
* Convert disc to digital format to extend your viewing options to your Macbook, iMac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Plus, or other media server anywhere, without even dropping a disc in the drive, downloading a MPEG2 decoder, taking along the whole discs, or repurchasing the movie contents from iTunes Store.
To follow the trend and live without a disc drive in your Mac computer, smartphone or tablet, no need to make any compromise when these ideas conflict with the facts. The advent of Mac DVD ripping tools will get it all solved.
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* Copy and digitize any DVD to MP4, MKV, MOV, H.264, ISO, etc.
* Convert DVD content to Mac, Hard drive, TV and mobile devices.
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Strapped for time? Click one of the sections below to jump straight to your most interested part.
- Part 1: How to Judge the Best DVD Ripper for Mac in 2020
- Part 2: Top 3 Free DVD Rippers for Mac in 2020
- Part 3: Performance Comparison among the 3 Free Rippers
- Part 4: FAQ about DVD Copying and Ripping
Is There a Mac Built-in App to Digitize DVD? No. The DVD ripping process on Mac doesn't go as simple as burning. The latter can be achieved with Mac's built-in app like Finder or iDVD, as long as you have an Apple external USB SuperDrive. While the former is still out of reach with Mac unless you own a third-party DVD converter software.
This is because almost all DVD movies or TV shows you bought or rented are technically copyrighted and DVD rips will inevitably involve in breaking DVD copy protections, e.g. the Content Scramble System. Such action is currently unlawful in the US and UK. Apple is of course unwilling to set against law or money in consideration of continuous cooperation with U.S. studios for iTunes movies, it won't allow you to rip DVD to Mac the way you can burn it. This makes it a sense to download a third-party DVD ripper for Mac instead.
Note: We don't accept ripping DVD in such a way to steal the movie you don't legally own.
Part 1: How to Judge the Best Mac DVD Ripper 2019
There are plenty of free DVD copying and ripping software for Mac, which claims to rip any DVDs to any formats, say DVD to MP4, MOV, FLV, MPEG, H.264, etc. But most often, you endure a whole day long sitting aside your Macbook, trying to get the contents off DVDs yet find it crashes constanly, makes scratching high frequency sounds, gets choppy video on output, or keeps giving messages like no valid source found, etc. Therefore, you shall take 'something' into consideration prior to download a free Mac DVD ripping software. Here are the four decisive elements that make up the best one.
Ripping Ability: A good ripper will access all commercial DVDs, no matter they are encoded with CSS, region code or other schemes, and has all discs digitized to MP4, or whatever other formats. Preset profiles for mobiles, TVs, webs, gaming systems, computers, and more are preferred. You have to bear in mind the latest macOS Catalina weeds out 32-bit apps, so make sure you download the 64-bit DVD ripper with good compatibility with macOS 10.15.
High Quality: DVD transcoding involves in codec compression that leads to quality degradation inevitably. Good rippers manage to create high-quality movie file with almost imperceptible loss of quality (preferably the bitrate is around 1500kbps), by virtue of advanced video transcoding kernel.
Fast Speed: DVD converters used to rely on CPU to improve ripping efficiency while some accelerate the speed twice or more with GPU that's good at concurrent computing. If you have hundreds of DVDs to be digitized, why not choose the one with GPU acceleration enabled.
Ease to Use: Great tools will feature intuitive interface under the hood, where its features are clearly marked and locally placed, leaving little room for guesswork. Preferably, Mac users can get the hang of DVD to digital process with no more than 3 clicks, regardless of the computer skills.
To prevent any illegal redistribution of commercial discs, DVD studios adopts copy protection schemes to set up roadblock on DVD software, among which CSS is the most well known one. With facing with these mechanisms, many DVD rippers or DVD decrypters, especially the free ones, no longer stand the gaff and end up with various errors in the whole process, categorized by disc analyzing before ripping, DVD transcoding and the final rips after the conversion.
1. Errors during DVD Analyzing
2. Errors during DVD Ripping
3. Errors after DVD Transcoding
• No disc found or won't detect DVD
• Won't rip whole movie
• Audio out of sync
Except the above mentioned issues, ordinary DVD converters will go wrong with the recent movies, behaving with errors like dirty title, subtitle track issue, repeated ripping, halfway encoding, unwatchable rips, and more. It will be even trickier when you want to backup DVDs with particular non-UDF and ISO9600 formats such as workout disc beachbody. They are deliberately placed with bad information and the true titles are hidden. As a result, almost 99% of DVD rippers for Mac and Windows in the market will fail to load DVD, encounter a large number of tracks, show impossibly 40gb or more of data but output just several KB. So the capability of defeating encryption codes and recognizing the tricky DVD formats is one success factor for the ripping software.
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Part 2: Top 3 Free DVD Rippers for Mac in 2020 [Review & Guide]
With these 5 elements taken into consideration, we've sought out 3 from an overwhelming number of Mac DVD ripping software. They are MacX DVD Ripper, HandBrake and MakeMKV, respectively. Handbrake is an open source DVD and video transcoding program, and MakeMKV is a widely used free DVD and blu ray ripper, both of which work well on macOS. What about MacX DVD Ripper? Scroll down.
No.1 - MacX DVD Ripper
MacX DVD Ripper is a professional DVD copier and converter designed for Mac (incl. macOS Catalina) and Windows (7/8/10). With unique DVD analysis kernel, the program deals with most commercial titles with encryption schemes that deliberately hamper the ripping, incl. CSS, Region Code, RCE, ARccOS, Disney X-Project DRM, etc. Besides, all DVD formats are supported, including UDF, intractable non-UDF, and ISO9600, so whether it is a new movie title, workout disc, or the DVD unplayable or damaged, MacXDVD will cope with it calmly.
Engineered for Apple ecosystem, it can freely convert DVDs to Mac-specific formats like MOV, M4V, H.264 that are compatible with QuickTime, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, and digitize DVD to MP4 format your SSD, NAS or USB accepts for a better DVD storage. You can also transcode DVD to other mainstream formats like HEVC, MKV, AVI, ISO, or convert a movie to format playable on your iPhone, iPad, Huawei, Samsung, TV, PS4, and more. Besides, a full range of basic editing features like cut, crop, merge, subtitle, etc are offered to cater to your DVD movie customization needs.
MacXDVD supports unique level-3 hardware acceleration, hyper-threading and multi-core CPU techs. When it starts transcoding DVDs, computer hardware, together multiple cores, is fully utilized to execute DVD decoding, processing and encoding task simultaneously and multiple threads are enabled to run on each core. This dramatically shortens the DVD ripping process, while unburdening CPU greatly. High-quality engine and De-interlacing engine are available for you to check, purpose built to produce remarkably high quality.
[Tutorial] How to Use MacX DVD Ripper
Step 1: Insert DVD
Click 'Add DVD' button to load the disc. MacX will easily find the accurate main title. In our test, we successfully open the titles like Inside Out, Frozen from Disney. For TV shows with several episodes, select the item and MacX will decode it in sequence.
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Step 2: Choose the output format
Preferrably, you can rip DVD to MP4 H.264 for better compatibility, quality and smaller file size. With no further tweaking, it achieves an H.264 file with crisp picture. The Mac specific library also offers options to backup DVD, convert DVD to Apple, Android, Microsoft, Sony, Web and more.
Step 3: Start protected DVD converting
For DVDs with tough protections, MacXDVD's unique title check mechanism and DVD analysis algorithm automatically scan the title, crack severely protected DVDs and smooth the ripping process. It also cuts the commercials and merge the useful parts via its editing features.
No.2 - HandBrake
Handbrake is an open-source DVD ripper for Mac, Windows and Linux, which can freely convert DVD to MP4 and MKV, with support for iPhone, iPods, PSPs, Apple TVs, PS3s. Handbrake rips DVD that is homemade/unprotected only. It cannot rip commercial DVDs unless you rely on third party tool like VLC or DVD decrypter, not to mention the Disney newer protections. MacX would be the HandBrake alternative to solve this problem.
The version Handbrake V1.0.7 adds support for HEVC encoding. This means that you can re-encode DVD into HEVC to store more movies on Mac's hard drive and newer iPhones or iPads. You shall understand the DVD to HEVC converting process takes a longer time as HEVC entails high computational demands. The good news is Handbrake still performs ultrafast DVD conversion speed if your Macbook or iMac is equipped with a video card like Intel's Kaby Lake processor series. Now in the latest version 1.2.0, Handbrake adds support for AMD and NVidia GPU acceleration for H.264/HEVC encoding like what MacX DVD Ripper Pro does.
[Tutorial] How to Use HandBrake
Handbrake works with Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.14. Make sure your Mac has enough space to store the program (around 12.41MB). You can go to its official site to download and install the freeware.
Step 1: Insert DVD disc into Mac's DVD drive and run Handbrake. Click the Source button to load the DVD. It takes a few seconds to scan the disc. To rip protected DVD on Mac, libdvdcss is required to remove the CSS.
Step 2: Click 'Browse' to set where you want to save the output files.
Step 3: Click 'Presets' and select an output format. Here are MP4 (M4V) or MKV, and mobiles like iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, Windows Phone.
Step 4: Now click 'RUN' to rip DVD for free on Mac now.
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No.3 - MakeMKV
If you're seeking for a tool that rips protected DVDs & Blu rays and preserves all video/audio tracks and subtitles with meta-information, there is no better tools than MakeMKV, an easy free DVD/Blu ray ripper for Mac. As its name suggests, this program aids Mac users to free rip DVD to MKV format only. Since MakeMKV works rather a format converter than a transcoder, it remuxes the movie content from one format MPEG2 to MKV without affecting too much quality, so the whole DVD to MKV converting process is pretty fast with excellent quality. In this regard, MakeMKV is your premium choice if you just want to backup and store your movie contents on your hard drive, NAS or USB.
Since there is little compression in the DVD to MKV ripping process, the output file size is tremendous, almost the same as the original DVD disc. This is not good especially when you want to import the DVD movie into your iPhone or iPad - Just 3 full-length movies will eat up your 16GB iDevice space. So you'd better compress the movie into a size-friendly file with a video transcoder. MakeMKV is available as a free DVD ripping tool. For free Blu-ray disc digitization, you can try its beta version that stops functioning after 60 days.
[Tutorial] How to Use MakeMKV
Free download MakeMKV on Mac. The tool is completely free to rip a DVD disc to Mac during the beta-testing phase, and after that, if you want to decrypt Blu-Ray disc, you will need to pay $50.
Step 1: Open the software and insert the disk. It accepts both DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Then click 'Open Disc' to load in the information.
Step 2: MakeMKV will scan and identify the titles correctly and pop up a list of disk chapters. Choose the chapter, normally the longest and biggest title.
Step 3: Select a folder on Mac to save the output MKV files and click 'Make MKV'. It shows a fast DVD to digital processing speed on Mac, with an average of 30 minutes to rip Blu-ray disc. The output MKV keeps high video and audio quality, but MKV file is enormous (6.73GB MKV file for the 7.84GB DVD in our test).
Part 3: Performance Comparison among the 3 Free Rippers
To better understand the performance of the top 3 Mac DVD ripper freeware, below is a table and detailed comparison in ripping speed, output quality and supported encryptions.
Errors during the ripping
MacX DVD Ripper
1. Loading: immediately ripping time: 12min Avg. FPS: 216-262fps
1. Its unique title check mechanism will automatically crack tough protections.
1. Loading time: 1min ripping time: 37min Avg. FPS: 97.13-149fps
1. Can't identify the right title
1. Loading: 1min ripping time: 4min Avg. FPS: NA
1. Requires manaually selecting title
Note: This test is based on our hands-on test on 27' iMac (incl. Catalina) with 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB 1867 MHzDDR3 and AMD Radeon R9 M380 2048MB. You shall also have to note that the DVD encoding speed is greatly dependant on your computer configuration. Higher config will lead to great performance. And make sure to spare some space to save the final rip. The DVD used here is a 7.84Gb movie named Transformers 2, distributed byDreamWorks Pictures, one of the studios that use intractable protection scheme on discs.
1. Comparison on DVD Ripping Speed
According to the company, it applies level-3 hardward acceleration tech, which intelligently offloads the DVD decoding, processing and encoding to GPU, in cooperation with the hyper-threading technology. That is, GPU is fully utilized to rip DVD with full speed, and CPU is spared for multi tasks without affecting the ripping.
The DVD ripping is impressive on a iMac 5K (3.2 GHz Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon R9 M380, 2048MB, on Mojave). MacX's DVD conversion frequency reached averagely 240 fps, twice as high as that of Handbrake. It took 12 minutes to convert the full-length Transformers 2 DVD to MP4, while we could still view web pages or do other tasks since the CPU usage remains as low as 131-134%.
Handbrake auto enables Intel QSV HW acceleration for DVD and video processing tasks and switches to pass 2 for better encoding. But the time it took to make a digital MP4 copy of DVD is less than satisfactory, generally 25 min lagging behind MacX. The CPU usage went up to 397%. We are happy to find MakeMKV converted DVD to MKV on Mac pretty fast, completing within 4 minutes only, with read rate reaching up to 45.7 M/s.
2. Quality and File Size of the Output Rip, Who Wins?
MakeMKV works as a format converter that just repackages the movie content from DVD MPEG2 to MKV. The output quality isn't affected at all. Higher saturation of color can be noticed on the rips, with dark darker and white whiter. But the file size is tremendously large - 6.73Gb that is almost the same as the original. You can also resort to MacX DVD Ripper's backup feature to clone DVD to ISO/MKV/MPEG2 with no loss of quality.
Both MacX and Handbrake involved in DVD video compression, which cut file size down but inevitably led to quality loss. What matters most is whether they manage to maintain a good balance between the size and quality. MacX created an .mp4 file with 720x480 (16:9) in 1.61GB from the 7.84GB DVD and Handbrake outputted the MP4 content in 1.87GB in fast 1080p30 encoding. There is no noticeable change between the the source and ripped file. Quality is slightly inferior to MakeMKV. So if you care about quality, MakeMKV is your ultimate choice. But if you emphasis on both sides, choose MacX and Handbrake, which run neck and neck.
3. Which Ripper Supports the Widest Encryptions?
From the developer, MacX supports wide range of DVD protections, from CSS, region code, UOPs, APS to Sony ARccOS, Disney Fake. If this is true, it will sideline Handbrake that requires third-party tool to bypass certain restrictions, or MakeMKV that supports AACS and BD+ only, and other DVD ripper Mac freeware.
In the test, Handbrake popped up 'No Valid Source Found' error and quitted unexpectedly when scanning the new titles like Divergent and MakeMKV produced many problematic rips. MacX chose the right title. Its unique title check mechanism is proven to be very useful with these intractable DVDs. The movies tested include Toy Story (Disney), Wall-E (Pixar), Star Trek (Paramount), Life of Brian (Sony), and newer releases (Venom, Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War). We do not encourage you to decrypt commercial DVDs on Mac or PC for any illegal use and it's not allowed to legally copy commercial DVDs or Blu-ray discs in some countries.
Specs Comparison Among the Top Three Free DVD Rippers for Mac
MacX DVD Ripper
Supported Input Formats
DVD and ISO
Rip Proteced DVD
N (libdvdcss is a must)
N (AACS and BD+ only)
N (to MKV)
Supported Output Formats
iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Windows Phone
Support the Latest Mac OS X
The 3 Mac DVD rippers are equally matched. What matter most is whether the program fits your bill. For a quality-loss DVD ripping, MakeMKV is second to none. But if you have hundreds of discs and want to have your entire DVD library backed up onto hard drive at fast speed without exhausting your storage space, MacX DVD ripper and Handbrake are your good options. While if the last thing you want is to end up with errors just because the new title comes with tricky protection scheme or the DVD is formatted unnaturally, the ultimate choice is to download MacX DVD Ripper, which not only features great DVD decryption ability, but also comes with unique level-3 hardware acceleration tech that can speed up the whole process and maintain good balance between quality and size.
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Part 4: FAQ about DVD Copying and Ripping
Q1. How Can I Hardcode Subtitles on DVD Movies?
Subtitles are helpful to understand a foreign language, inaudible dialog or narrative comprehension. But getting subtitles on DVD is a bit tougher, let along hardcoding them. You can add subtitles to DVD rips with programs like Handbrake, MacX DVD Ripper or so. For example, MacXDVD gives a lot of subtitle options, including choose and place subtitle track in preferred position, disable or hardcode it with forced subtitles, and even add external srt to the movie.
Q2. Can Free DVD Rippers Deal with Latest DVDs?
It depends. Typically, DVDs from major film studios like Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, etc. often impose strong protections on their DVDs. For those DVDs, most DVD rippers (including many which claim to support copy protections) will go awry like DVD won't load, all titles are invalid/corrupted or have the same run time, output video is several MB only.. This year, the problematic DVD titles include Venom, Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Black Panther, and some other new releases. To copy these DVDs, you'd better resort to some strong tools. (Before you do so, make sure it's allowed by your law.)
Q3. Should Mac Users Rip DVD to MP4 or MOV?
* MP4 - When digitizing DVD with these free DVD rippers for Mac, many users are at a loss whether to choose MP4 or MOV. Both MP4 and MOV use lossy video compression to sacrifice minimal quality for file size. MP4 is popular for streaming over the internet and playable on Mac, Windows and almost all media players, say VLC, 5KPlayer, QT, etc. But P-frames or B-frames in MP4 makes it difficult to edit.
* MOV - As MOV is originally developed by Apple for its QuickTime player, it's much friendlier in Apple ecosystem. MOV contains one or more tracks, meant to store each type of data including audio, video, subtitle, etc in a hierarchical structure, which is good for editing. So for Mac computers, to convert DVD to digital MOV for Mac QuickTime is more preferred than MP4.
Q4. What Is the Best Format to Back up DVD to Hard Drive?
When the modern computer hard drive, external flash drive, HDD, SSD and NAS drive can hold as large as 60TB storage, there's no need to store DVD collections anywhere else. After users copy DVDs to Mac's hard drive, they can also stream them on TV using Plex, Roku, PC or transfer to phones or tablets. To rip DVD to Mac hard drive, it depends:
- To view your DVD on players, phones, tablets, TVs, or so, choose digital format MP4 H.264 for the widest compatibility.
- To play your DVD on newer iPhones iPads running on iOS 11/12, choose digital format MP4 HEVC for higher quality and smaller space.
- To save an original copy with menus and extras, copy DVD to ISO image. The disc image contains the whole data of the disc at 1:1 ratio for later burning but ha s less compatibility with media players and devices.
- For homemade discs, just copy and paste the VIDEO_TS folder to save DVD onto hard drive. For commercial discs, you will need a specific ripper to deal with the copy protections.
Q5. Is it Prossible to Rip Scratched DVD on Mac?
DVDs are too fragile, that's why we need to backup the DVD collection. If your discs are already damaged or scratched, there are measures to remedy.
- For a bit of stretches on the surface, polish the surface with cotton balls and abrasive white toothpaste or Brasso plolish. You need to polish across the grain and do not in circular direction. This need patience.
- For deep scratches and serve damages, you can take the damaged disk to a local DVD store with a polishing machine or other places like Phoenix to resurface the badly scuffed disc. This will cost for a couple of dollars. Or if the standalone DVD player with error-recovery scheme can ignore the errors and play the DVD, you can capture the movie with a DV. But this will lost the selectable audio, subtitles streams and original menus.
Note: if the program refuses to rip a well-conditioned DVD with an error stating that there is a bad sector, it's because the DVD is protected by a copy protection scheme from Sony named ARccOS. The system deliberately mixes corrupted sectors with the correct one to mislead DVD copying software.
Q6. Does My 32-bit DVD Player App Still Work on macOS Catalina?
Yes, the 32-bit DVD player is not totally over in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Yet, what you need to notice is that the earilier version Mojave is officially the last OS to support 32-bit apps on your iMac or Macbook. And recently macOS Catalina comes with new 64-bit DVD player and DVD ripper to support DVD playback or ripping on latest macOS. You're suggested to apply its 64-bit version if there is something wrong with your 32-bit app.
Q7. How about Vudu Disc to Digital Serivce? Is Online Tool a Good Option to Digitize DVD?
Vudu is another way that you can convert DVDs into digital files. With the 'In-Home Disc to Digital' service, you can effortlessly gain digital copies of your DVDs for a low price: $2 for DVD to a standard-definition digital copy and $5 for a high-definition 'HDX' copy. But there are concerns:
- It's ridiculous paying twice for a movie, especially when the $5 HDX is close to $8 for a new Blu-ray version on Amazon, which even includes a digital copy.
- Vudu only allows to digitize up to 100 dics a year.
- Vudu supports DVDs from 7 Hollywood studios only. Exercise DVDs, TV shows DVDs and more are exclused from Vudu.
- The streaming buffering and playback limits are another factor to consider.
In consideration of these problems, you'd rather use DVD ripper software than online services.
Q8. Is It Legal to Rip DVDs that You Own?
Many users who want to space-shift or format-shirt their legally purchased DVD or Blu-ray discs often concern about the legality of DVD ripping. The fact is, currently it is considered as illegal to convert copyrighted DVDs in US, even if you legally own the discs. Some other countries have already made it legal. In practice, as the DVD conversion happens locally on your computer, you won't get sued or caught if you don't distribute the digital copies. However, you're highly suggested to obey to the law where you live. Check if it's legal to rip copy protected DVDs in your country.
Q9. Are There any Other Free DVD Rippers for Mac?
1. Mac The Ripper: MTS has been regarded as the oldest DVD copy software for Mac so far. The last free version of MacTheRipper is V2.6.6 that can work with Mac OS X Snow Leopard or lower. It breaks protection and rips DVD content for free on Mac, but doesn't encode video files to other formats. It only digitize the DVD menu to hard drive in VOB file. So a third party tool is required to convert VOB to MP4, AVI or others.
2. FFmpeg: It is considered more as an open-source command-line utility for Linux based on popular libraries such as libavformat and libavcodec. FFmpeg stands for Fast Forward MPEG and now it can be complied under Mac and other OS. This tool is complicated to operate and not friendly to newbies. But if you are more experienced and spend hours on the disc ripping tasks, FFmpeg comes to our top free dvd converter for Mac list and is really worthy of your persistence.
3. Any Video Converter: It handles almost all video formats, including DVDs. Reviewed as 'ridiculously easy to use', this tool can easily and freely rip DVD into the right format in its long list of options including MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc thanks to its intuitive GUI. However, AVC sometimes gets glitches and only make a backup of part of the full-length movie, e.g. It only finishes 40 mins of a 2 hrs DVD movie copy. This is probably because you are ripping a DVD with complicated protection measure. So its pro version is needed to ensure a smooth DVD digitizing on Mac.
4. DVDFab HD Decrypter- Although discontinued in 2014, it's still the favorite when dealing with many old DVDs that refuse to be copied with other free DVD rippers, owning to its aculeate DVD decrypting ability. It offers options to freely copy full disc with all menus, trailer, extras, etc or just extract the actual movie from DVD onto Mac's hard drive, cracking many known DVD protections, like AACS, CSS, RC, UOPS, etc. There are some minor drawbacks, e.g. heavy processing power and CPU resources are consumed during the ripping process. Plus, it only copies protected DVD in VOB rather than MP4 MOV or other formats.
External Sources: DVD movies are almost all encoded in MPEG-2 format defined by Motion Pictures Expert Group. Generally, the content is interlaced for display on ordinary TV sets. Resolution of DVD is either 720x480 pixels at 29.97 frames per second from America's NTSC television system or 720x576 pixels at 25 frames per second from Europe's PAL.
Note: The software developer calls for copying or ripping DVD on Mac and Windows under the concept of Fair Use and does not encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.