Best 5 Tools for Playing DVD Movies on macOS High Sierra

Diana Joan

Jun 24, 2016 06:11 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Play DVD movies on Mac with built-in or external DVD drive

Although more and more people nowadays are using digital download or online services to for home entertainment, DVDs are still one of the most standard way to watch movies or TV shows. As for playing DVD movies on Mac, it sounds pretty easy, just insert the DVD into your Mac DVD drive(Apple SuperDrive), the DVD Player app will open automatically and start running the disc. The problem is that most new Macs (with the exception MacBook Pro) no long feature DVD SuperDrives, there’s no physical drive for you to play DVDs on Mac. Some people may suggest to buy an external DVD drive such as Apple’s USB SuperDrive for £65 that connects to a iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

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Rip DVD movies for Playing DVD on Mac with ease

If you are looking for a more economical and convenient way to play DVD movies on Mac or transfer to iPhone, iPad or Apple TV without using internal or external DVD drive, then a Mac DVD Ripper can be your great choice. With a Mac DVD Ripper, you can easily take the videos and other media on the DVD disc for either a backup or convert them into a format that can be played easily on Macbook, iPad, iPhone with no DVD drive when you are going on a trip.

There are many Mac DVD Ripper tools on the market, it won’t be difficult for you to find one, however, the big problem is how to choose one that can satisfy your specific needs. For you convenience, we will review 5 of best Mac DVD Ripper tools on the market, some of them of totally free such as Handbrake and Free DVDAid for Mac with limited functions, some may cost you tens of dollars. If you have more interest, just read on:

Best 5 Tools to Play DVD on Mac

Bypass DRM

Input File Formats
Blu-ray Disc/BDMV Folder/ISO Image

DVD Disc/Video_TS Folder/IFO/ISO Image

3D Blu-ray Disc/BDMV Folder/ISO Image

Copy Features
1:1 Full Disc Copy
Main Movie Copy
Custome Copy
Output File Formats
Lossless Multi-track MKV
Common SD
Not Support MPEG-4/H.264/H.265
Commmon HD
Create 3D Movies
Device Preset Profile Formats
Limited to iPhone/iPad/Apple TV
Subtitle Function
Select Desired Subtitles or Tracks
Enable Forced Subtitles
Add External SRT/ASS/SSA Subtitles
Advanced Features
Preview Video
Modify Output Profile Parameters
Edit Videos


For home DVD collectors, Hanbrake can be the exact tool for you, which helps to rip DVD to MP4 or MKV or iPad, iPhone optimized file formats. For commercial DVD with region code or copy protection, Free DVDAid can facilitate you to rip DVD to various different file formats(MPEG-4 not included) for playing on Mac with QuickTime. If you are looking for a powerful program that offers more output options or advanced customizing features such as editing, subtitles setting, etc for achieve better DVD movie playback effect on Mac, Pavtube DVDAid will be the great winners. Also looking for a solution to play commercial Blu-ray movie on Mac, Pavtube BDMagic for Mac or Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac can get the job done pretty well for you.

The following article will take Pavtube BDMagic for Mac as an example to show you how to rip and play DVD movies on macOS High Sierra

Step 1: Load DVD disc into the program.
Insert your DVD into the built-in or external connected DVD drive on your Mac computer, start the program, on the main interface, click “File” > “Load from disc” to load DVD disc into the program, you can also add Video_TS folder or IFO/Image file into the program.

Step 2: Choose output file format.
Clicking the Format bar, you can choose output format from the format list or customize which formats to be shown on the list.

Step 3: Edit DVD movies.
Select a movie title or chapter on the main interface to active the “Editor” function, then click the Edit icon on the tool bar of main interface to open the Editor Window, you can play and preview the original DVD movies and output effects. Also you can flip DVD, trim, crop, add effect, reset, and adjust volume.

Step 4: Begin the DVD movie conversion process on Mac.
Clicking the Convert button on the right-bottom main interface, you can go to Conversion window to start conversion. After the conversion, you can click Open output folder to popup output directory with the converted files.

Then you will have no problem to play DVD movies on Mac with QuickTime, transfer DVD movies to iPhone, iPad or stream DVD to Apple TV via Plex for viewing on your large screen TV.