Ripping DVD has been around for quite a while. If you are new to Mac or have been using them for a long time you probably want to know how to do this. Ripping a DVD is great if you want to backup the physical media you already have, especially since DVD can become scratch and unusable. Or you just want to digitize your DVD collection to save space. Either way here is how to rip DVD in Mac OS X with HandBrake.
Rip DVD in Mac with HandBrake
HandBrake is an awesome utility for ripping DVD, so you can have a digital copy. To get started you will want to download HandBrake, link below. Then launch it. Insert the DVD in to the drive. HandBrake will automatically ask for the source. Select the DVD drive and click Open.
HandBrake will take a moment to Scan the source, so be patient.
After HandBrake finishes with the scan, you can tweak the settings, format, or the destination folder. Since I use iTunes with my Apple TV I’m going to use the MP4 file formation and have the save destination to my desktop for easy access. When you are ready click the Start button at the top.
The ripping process will take a while depending on how big the actually movie is and what format you choose. So be patient.
When HandBrake is finished you will get a prompt. Click OK and go over to your movie file.
That is it. Now you have a physical copy of your DVD and a digital backup. With this method it is completely legal to make a digital copy of your physical media. Just don’t burn the movie and start selling it ,or start seeding it for Bit Torrents.
You can download HandBrake for Mac from here.
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