Watch DVDs on MacBook Air without DVDs?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by javajo91, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. javajo91 macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    Afternoon everyone.
    Been searching online for an easy way to copy DVDs to the hard drive so they can be watched without the external DVD player needed for the MacBook Air.
    I've converted the DVD to a .DMG file using the disk utility tool and then mounted it...but cant figure out how to make it actually execute inside of QuickTime...

    any help much appreciated.

    Thank u!!
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Legally speaking, that cannot be done without breaking the encryption that is on the disc - something that is a violation of federal law.
  3. javajo91 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    yep - understand.
    My boss actually owns the DVDs and he was just looking for a travel solution for said DVDs....
  4. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Use 'MacTheRipper' to rip the DVD to a video_ts folder. You can open up that folder and play it just like a normal DVD with the Apple DVD Player. You can also rip out just the main movie if you prefer (no menus and whatnot).
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Also look at Handbrake. It can convert DVD to other files that are smaller.

    MacTheRipper is cool, but the end result is about the same size at the data on the DVD, which is GBs.

    Also note that neither program are 100% successful on all DVDs -- some discs have some weird copy-protection that make them really hard to rip.
  6. animaxcg macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    just make a .dmg of the disc in "disk utility". the menus work and everything
  7. javajo91 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2009
    Thanks Everyone! Trying Mac the Ripper
    animaxcg - tried that but could not play the files....
  8. SHADO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    +1 for HandBrake. It's worked well for me in the past.

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