“I have a range of TV Series such as Yes Minister, West Wing, All Creatures Great and Small as well as general family movies and music DVDs. And I’m trying to find an easy way to ripping commercial DVDs that I had purchased onto iTunes for personal use. But have no idea. Any suggestions?”
Most Commercial DVDs are copy protected for there is encryption within and it is still not an impossible task to ripping commercial DVDs onto iTunes 12,11 for personal use. Let me walk you through the basic steps and available software applications to get those movies off the plastic and into your Mac. In actually, I discovered Pavtube BDMagic for Mac on several websites that recommended it as the best and simplest ripping software. And I had already tried Handbrake with no success.
Overall, it is especially designed for Mac, and is free and easily handles CSS, Region Code protections, even Disney, Paramount, Dream Works ones with more output video format on Mac. For our purposes, the mission is to get a commercial DVD into iTunes so we can watch it on an iPhone 6/ 6 Plus, iPad Mini 3 or through an Apple TV 3. Pavtube will not let you down. For Windows users, you can free download Pavtube BDMagic.
How to Convert Commercial DVDs to iTunes 12, 11 on Mac?
Step 1: Load DVD source.
First, insert your DVDs into DVD Drive, and then click “Add dics” icon to load the DVD files to the program. You can also add Blu-ray/DVD ISO, Blu-ray/DVD folder files that you can want to rip to iTunes.
Step 2. Choose export format.
You can click the dropdown menu between “Format” and “Settings”, you will see many presets sorted of different device models and programs. Move your cursor over the left column to locate your device model/manufacturer, or you can try the small search box on the bottom right corner. For example, if you own an iPhone, iPad, iPod, just choose the best profile from iPad/iPhone/iPod column.
Step 3. Adjust specs or edit video before conversion (Optional).
Click “Settings” button to configure target file quality. After entering “Profile Settings” panel, you are allowed to adjust video and audio parameters such as bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc.
Step 4. Start conversion.
Now hit the big red “Convert” to start converting DVD movies to MP4 with best settings for playback on different devices. After the conversion, you can get the converted DVD rips in *.mp4 format by clicking the “Open” or “Open output folder” icon.
Now, you can have DVD videos in iTunes library as many as possible to enjoy HD videos without buying. It is fair legal to backup your own DVDs for non-commercial use.