How Do I Convert a DVD to MP4 Video on macOS (High Sierra)?

Since years ago, Apple Inc. has stopped updating and selling a Mac with a built-in CD/DVD drive (see details). However, DVDs are still standing as one of the most common ways for people to watch full movies. A lot of demands are still toward storing more DVD movies in the iTunes library or movie folders on Mac. This article will show you how to convert DVD to MP4 on Mac, particularly on the newest macOS High Sierra.

The topic will later be unfolded for 3 situations:
• Convert DVD to MP4 on Old Mac with a DVD Drive
• Convert DVD to MP4 on Mac Connected with External DVD Drive
• Convert DVD to MP4 on macOS High Sierra without DVD Drive at all

The Range of Application of MP4 Format for Mac Users

MP4 is the well-deserved most common container format. It is compatible with almost all popular portable devices and streaming service. For Mac users, MP4 is the basic QuickTime format. MP4 files encoded with H.264 or MPEG-4 can be played on all Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Apple TV and so on. With its extraordinary degree of compression, resulting the better image quality and smaller file size, MP4 is also widely used in all kinds of devices, as well as player and editor apps.

Brief Introduction to macOS High Sierra

Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Successor to macOS Sierra, the version 10.13 will be the upcoming fourteenth major release OS for Apple’s Macintosh desktop, laptop and notebook, including iMac, MacBook with Retina, MacBook Pro (mid-2010 or newer), MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro. Aiming at making your Mac more reliable, capable and responsive, macOS High Sierra includes the new features of Metal 2, HEVC (H.265) support, Apple File System, VR and external GPU support, Safari and Siri updates.

Step-by-step Guide on Converting a DVD to an MP4 Video on macOS High Sierra

The tool you’ll need for DVD to MP4 conversion on Mac is WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, which can be running on OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, macOS Sierra and the also the High Sierra.

Free Download & How to Guide

Download links:
https://www.winxdvd.com/download/winx-dvd-ripper-for-mac.dmg

1. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Old Mac that Has a DVD Drive?
MacBook Pro (without Retina Display) has a default DVD drive. It means you can digitalize the DVD to an MP4 file on the Mac directly after inserting the disc into the drive, by using the DVD converter, through the following steps:

Step 1: Open WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, insert a DVD into the DVD drive of Mac, and then click DVD button on the top left to load the DVD content.

Step 2: Under Output Profile Category, find and choose General Profiles and select MP4 Video on the right.

Step 3: Click RUN button on the bottom right. The DVD to MP4 conversion will be triggered and the output file will be saved to the set Destination Folder.

2. How to Convert DVD to MP4 Connected with External DVD Drive
Except MacBook Pro that is without Retina Display, all new Macx has no physical CD/VD drive. If you are a movie fan and are in need of playing DVDs from time to time, you can install an external drive (e.g. SuperDrive) to the Mac with a traditional USB cable. In addition, the Remote Disc feature of your Mac lets you use files stored on a CD or DVD hosted from another computer. In either way, you can extract the video audio from a disc.

Step 1: Connect the Apple external SuperDrive on your Mac, and insert a DVD into it. Open WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, and click DVD button on the top left to load the movie.

Step 2: Let the software check the main DVD title for you. Alternatively, you can choose it by yourself. (Multiple titles can be merged together).

Step 3: Choose MP4 as your output format.

Step 4: Set Destination Folder at your free will such that you can find the output MP4 file more easily.

Step 5: Hit RUN button and let the DVD to MP4 ripping start on the macOS (High Sierra included).

3. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on macOS High Sierra without a DVD Drive?
Even without a DVD drive on your Mac computer, you can realize the conversion. But the DVD should not be in the form of a disc. The Mac DVD Ripper supports not only a DVD disc, but also a DVD folder and ISO image as the input. That is to say, instead of converting a disc to MP4, you can convert ISO/VOB/DVD folder (VIDEO_TS) to MP4 on macOS High Sierra.

Step 1. Make sure you have a DVD folder or file on your Mac, and click Folder or ISO Image to load it.

Step 2. After the main title is ticked, choose MP4 Video under General Profiles of Output Profile Category as the output format.
Note: You can also choose iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air 2 or any other option among the over 350 in-built profiles.

Step 3. Determine the Destination Folder to save the output file. Optionally choose Intel or nVIDIA for Hardware Encoding and CPU Core Use for faster conversion process, choose to use High Quality Engine or Deinterlacing for better image effect, or tick Safe Mode for successfully ripping Disney or other copy-protected DVD movies.

Step 4. Tap RUN to start converting DVD (folder/ISO) to MP4 file on macOS Sierra or High Sierra.