Q – “I am experiencing strange problems with Handbrake on OS X El Captain. I am fairly new to handbrake. When I tried to put in a DVD, it says that I need to install a file called libdvdcss.pkg, and when I follow the link to the download website which is through VLN, it says that my computer is too advanced for the software or something like that. I’ve tried everything and I’m watching countless YouTube videos to get tips but whatever I do I can’t get it to work. So is there any free DVD ripper for Mac El Capitan?”
People who posed the above question apparently have a notion of what Mac DVD ripper software is for. Before we start the analysis of 2016 top 5 best free DVD rippers for Mac, let me just say a word or two about the reason why DVD ripper software is necessary for Mac as well as Windows users. It is no exaggeration to say that a best free Mac DVD ripping tool could change and facilitate your way of entertainment and open the door to a world of watching DVD movies offline on the go, with no need of DVD drive. To be specific, you will be able to playback DVD movies on Mac, iPhone, iPad, PC, Android phones and tablets, etc for free.
The mission is to
1. Have all DVD movies in digital format on Mac OS X.
2. Enable all Mac users to watch DVD movies on any devices at any time.
3. Output high-quality video and sound, basically losslessly.
4. Rip DVD movies on Mac fast.
5. Access all commercial DVDs.
Requirements of Mac DVD ripper
1. Support a long list of output video formats.
2. Constantly update to support the latest released devices.
3. Feature flexible parameter settings.
4. Built in with DVD encoding decoding accelerated technology.
5. Technology to bypass DVD copy protections.
Top 5 Free DVD Rippers for Mac 2016
Here we put emphasis on best free Mac DVD rippers of 2016, for DVD encryption tech keeps changing and only software constantly updating could really meet users’ need. For example, many of you perhaps are troubled by not being able to rip Inside Out DVD on Mac/PC with your previously installed program, due to strong Disney X-project DRM. So we do a new size-up and include 2016 best free Mac DVD ripper software as below, with testing statistics and effects to help you do the choice.
Digiarty, a multimedia company, has come a long way in developing DVD video backup software and has gained popularity. It offers both free and paid versions of DVD ripper for Mac OS El Capitan/Yosemite/Mavericks and before. To rip common DVD movies on Mac, WinX DVD Ripper Mac free is good enough, enabling you to free rip DVD to MP4, MPEG, FLV, iTunes, MP3, etc for playback on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and the like. Due to its support of Hyper-threading technology and the built-in High Quality Engine, DVD ripping on Mac can be done fast with original video/audio quality. If you need to rip Disney DVD on Mac one day, download WinX DVD Ripper for Mac paid version for free from its Christmas giveaway 2016 and things get solved.
Seriously, HandBrake is probably the most well-received free DVD ripping software for Mac, Windows, Ubuntu, etc and the first option to come to mind of people. Through many revisions from 2013, HandBrake Mac 0.10.2 now supports ripping DVD disc/ISO image/VIDEO-TS folder to MP4 and MKV formats, encoded in H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 and MPEG-2. Despite being embedded with only two output formats, it’s favored by Mac and Windows users for being free. But without device presets, there would really be much trouble and you’d better be with excellent mathematical calculation skill. In a word, HandBrake Mac DVD ripper is good but not that easy-to-use. Besides, seems like this free DVD ripper is not working on Mac El Capitan, according to some users’ feedbacks.
MakeMKV, or rather DVD to MKV ripper, is a good free DVD ripper software for Mac, Windows and Linux. It excels in supporting both DVD and Blu-ray discs, as well as the ability to coping with DVD copy protections, such as AACS. Common functions like preserving chapters information and track languages are included. Sadly, you can tell from its name that this free Mac DVD ripping tool will only allow you to output an MKV file. Converting DVD to AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV can’t be realized using it. And on its download page there is a NOTE warning you that MakeMKV is not signed by Apple. To successfully install the Mac DVD ripper, you need to adjust gatekeeper options.
4. MacTheRipper 2.6.6
MacTheRipper 2.6.6, labeled as the last free DVD ripper for Mac, which apparently is not the truth, can be counted in this top 5 list of free Mac DVD ripping software of 2016. It is free, and it enables users to rip DVDs by defeating DVD protections CSS, UOP and region code. However, unfortunately, this free DVD ripping tool is not compatible with Mac OS X newer than Snow Leopard. Mac users who have upgraded to Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan have to either pay to get MacTheRipper 4 or find other workarounds. And the worst part is, when we click the free download button, it just jumps to the buy page of MTR 5.0.07. We believe there should be other pages offering the free download link, and maybe you can do a quick search.
5. Free DVD Ripper
Free DVD Ripper, developed by AnyMP4 Studio, is a free DVD ripper software for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and later. It mainly deals with homemade DVD discs, capable of ripping DVD to popular file format MP4, MOV, M4V, MKV, etc and enabling you to customize the output video. Being easy to use, it is a good free Mac DVD ripper software. We also found out that the best way to download this DVD ripping tool for Mac is through Mac App Sotre. Maybe you have noticed as well that this free app can’t bypass DVD copy protections, while most movie DVDs nowadays are strongly encrypted. So download this free DVD ripper on Mac if the DVDs you are about to digitizing are just homemade. Otherwise, we recommend the above four.
Notice: We only advocates using those free Mac DVD rippers to rip commercial movie DVDs for personal use and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.