Rip DVD’s in Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion (version 10.8)— the latest version of Apple’s OS X — was released on July 25, 2012. It is now available in the Mac App Store for $19.99. And it’s definitely a worthwhile operating system upgrade.

If you have already upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion, you may want to rip DVD’s to your brand new Mac OS X. In the following guide, I’d like to walk you through the steps to rip DVD’s to common video/audio files in Mountain Lion using DVD Ripper for Mac, which is fully compatible with the newest OS X as I’ve tested.

1. Launch DVD Ripper for Mac and Add DVD Movie

Drag & drop DVD disc icon on the desktop to the program. Or go to “File” menu, choose “Load DVD” to locate the DVD movies (including DVD Video, DVD IFO file, DVD folder, dvdmedia file) you want to add.

The defaulted setting only read main feature of the DVD movie for conversion, without DVD menu and the movie just starts playing right away. If you want to import the whole DVD, go to “Preference” and unchecked “Load main title of the DVD”.

Subtitle: Regular DVD movies usually have several subtitles such as English, French, German, etc. You can select the one you prefer so that you can convert DVD with subtitle on Mac. You can also delete the subtitle by selecting ‘No Subtitle
Audio Track: Select an audio track from the available audio tracks of your DVD movie.

Rip DVD on OS X Mountain Lion

2. Output Settings

Select an output format: For example, you can select ‘MOV‘ when you want to rip DVD to QuickTime on Mac, and the default setting works great. This DVD Ripper for Mac can also rip DVD to MP4, AVI, M4V, 3GP, MPG, MPEG, FLV on Mac OS X and convert DVD from PAL to NTSC. If you don’t know much about video formats, you can select a format according to the name of your portable player.

Rip DVD on Mountain Lion

Set Video and audio solutions: If you want to resize output video files or tailor settings for specific use, you can click the “Settings” button to open the Settings window and set video resolution, frame rate, bit rate, encoder, etc.

Convert DVD on OS X Mountain Lion

3. Start DVD Movie Conversion

After the output settings, you can just hit the Convert button to start converting your movies. You can choose to shut down your computer or open the output folder after the conversion.

There are a few tips you won’t miss out on while using this DVD Ripper for Mac to rip DVD to your Mac OS X Mountain Lion machine.

1. Split DVD chapters and capture DVD clips

Trim DVD on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

If you want to capture a clip from the current title/chapter, move the pointer over the thumbnail of the DVD you want to split and choose “split” from the pop-up menu. In the Split window, you can choose split DVD into chapters automatically. Or you can drag the slider to the exact point you want to cut the video, and click “scissors” icon. When the settings are done, close the window and click “Yes” in pop-up dialogue to save the settings.

2. Crop DVD Video

Crop DVD on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

In the Crop window, select an output aspect ratio and the available options are: Keep Original, Full Screen, 16:9 and 4:3. You can enter the crop values manually or drag the rectangular selection box to select the displaying area.

3. Video Effect

Edit DVD on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

In the Video Adjustment window, drag the slider to set the brightness, contrast, saturation and volume. You can also choose a special effect from the Effect drop-down list to apply to your DVD movie.

4. Capture Pictures

After the files added, you can preview the movie in the preview window on the left of the main interface. While previewing the movie, you can capture pictures by clicking the Snapshot button.

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