About MacTheRipper

MacTheRipper is a free DVD ripper (extractor) for Mac OS X. It uses the opensourced GPL libdvdread and libdvdcss libraries. We also use the ‘tocgen’ program in certain modes, which is a part of the ‘dvdauthor’ project. It is not necessary to install these libraries and executables separately to use MTR. This product is made to backup DVDs you have legally purchased for personal use onto your hard drive. Any copyright infringing activity you choose to perpetrate using this application is illegal, wrong, and beyond our control. That being said, MacTheRipper (MTR) removes CSS encryption, Macrovision protection, and sets the disc’s region code to ‘0’ for region-free by default, and is capable of removing RCE region protection as well, making an unrestricted copy of any DVD movie you own. It doesn’t rely on the DVD drive to get the CSS decryption keys, so that means that you do not need to play the DVD with DVD Player in order to rip it to your hard drive unprotected. MTR is also capable of removing UOPs, or User Operation Prohibitions, which are the settings that prevent you from skipping or fast-forwarding certain parts of DVDs, such as FBI warnings, previews, logos, intros, etc. WARNING: Disabling UOPs can break the navigation on certain DVDs. If you disable UOPs, be sure to verify the DVD with DVD Player before you burn it to DVD±R disc. MacTheRipper is also able to extract discs with the new ARccOS protection, as well as DVDs that have been damaged or improperly mastered.

Using MacTheRipper

Step 1. Download and install MacTheRipper

You can download it from: http://www.mactheripper.org or http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14414 To install Mac The Ripper, simply mount the .dmg archive by double-clicking it, and copy the MacTheRipper application to your Applications folder (or wherever you want it ), along with this "Mac The Ripper Manual" if you need it.

Step 2. Convert DVD for free

To use Mac The Ripper, you should insert your DVD movie into your DVD drive and launch the Mac The Ripper application. Then, you should set the RCE options if applicable. If Mac The Ripper displays 'DISC RCE: -CLEAR-' after scanning the DVD in the drive, you can leave the 'RCE Region' popup menu on 'OFF', as it is by default. Only (and always) set the 'RCE Region' to 'OFF' when it says that RCE is '-CLEAR-'.

Once you've selected the type of extraction and options you want, you can go back to the 'Disc' tab and click the 'GO!' button (or hit the 'Enter' or 'Return' key) to start the extraction.

Step 3, Finish extracting movie from DVD

You can find a folder in the save location. The output files extracted by MacTheRipper are saved as .VOB  format.

Convert the .VOB files to other video, audio formats compatible with iPod, iPhone, PSP...

After using MacTheRipper to minus the copy protections, we can use Video Converter for Mac to convert .VOB files to formats that compatible with popular players such as iPhone 8, iPad Pro, Apple TV, PSP, etc.

Step 1:

Download Video Converte for Mac and get it installed.

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Step 2:

Install and run Mac Video Converter, click the Media Browser icon at the upper right corner to import the .VOB files, choose the output format, then click the conversion button to start the conversion, the default setting works perfectly. If you want to put the video on PowerPoint, you can choose .AVI as the output format (PowerPoint understands mpeg, asf, avi, wpl. wm, wmx, wmd, wmz, dvr-ms, mpv2, mp2v, mov, etc.).

Step 3:

After the conversion is finished, You can transfer the converted files to the players. For example, use iTunes to transfer the MP4 video to your iPad, here are the steps:

  1. Open iTunes and click "File" to add your converted videos to iTunes library.
  2. Plug in your iPod to you Mac, then iTunes will detect your iPod.
  3. Select your iPod device on the left panel of iTunes, click "Movies" tab, check the videos you want to sync and click "Apply", done.


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