Monday, January 18, 2016

Back Up Your DVD Collection with Mac DVD Copying Tools

Whether you have Hollywood blockbuster DVD or Walt Disney DVD movies, it’s worth your time to make sure that your DVD collection doesn’t become scratched, lost, stolen, or otherwise useless. In this case, it becomes necessary for you to back up your DVD collections. Here, I will show you two ways to back up your DVD collection with two Mac DVD copying tools.

Part One: Back Up Your DVD Collection with Mac MakeMKV

Because nearly every DVD released has copy protection built-in, so you will need a third-party program that is made to remove the copy protection. The most popular tool is MakeMKV, which is currently available for free.

Steps to Back Up Your DVD Collection with Mac MakeMKV

1.Download Mac MakeMKV

2. Insert the DVD collections you wish to copy. Run MakeMKV. Select your DVD drive from the Source pulldown menu in MakeMKV.

3.Select the content you want to copy. DVDs are often broken down into several “titles”. These titles include things like previews, menus, bonus features, and the actual movie. Uncheck the boxes for any content that you don’t wish to copy.(Titles less than 2 minutes will be automatically unselected. This will remove most previews from your finished rip.)

4. Select your output folder. This is where the finished file will appear after it is done being ripped.

5. Rip the DVD. Once you have selected all of the settings that you want, click the Make MKV button. This will begin the ripping process. The time that it takes is dependent on the speed of your DVD drive. The average time to rip a DVD movie is about 15-30 minutes.

MakeMKV creates a lossless MKV file that contains all of the video and audio information. This means that the image and audio quality is retained from the original source, so the converted MKV file will be as large as the DVD was. Also, MKV files do not work in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Part Two: Back Up Your DVD Collection with Mac Pavtube ByteCopy

If you want to backup the converted DVD video to iTunes library or play it on your portable devices, you will need Mac Pavtube ByteCopy to convert DVD movies to MP4 format. Besides, Mac Pavtube ByteCopy offers optimized preset format for mainstream devices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod etc. What is more, you are allowed to adjust video parameters to lower converted video size. Now, the program has updated to support the newest Mac OS X El Capitan.

Free download and install:

Other Download:
- Pavtube old official address:
- Cnet Download:

Steps to Back Up Your DVD Collection with Mac Pavtube ByteCopy

Step 1.Insert DVD collection into disc drive. Click "Load from Disc" button to browse to disc drive and import source movie into this app. You can also directly drag and drop the files to the app.

Step 2: Click "Format" bar to select optimized preset foramt for your devices or you can choose "HD Video" > "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" as output format. If your devices support H.265/HEVC MP4, you are suggested to choose "H.265 HD Video(*.mp4)"as output format.

Step 3: Click “Settings” on the interface and you can adjust the parameters including size, bitrate, frame rate, etc. to get a high quality of output files or a smaller files size. You can preview the size at the below chart. 

PS. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.

Step 4: Press right-bottom "Convert" button on the main interface to start to back up DVD collections with Mac Pavtube ByteCopy.

Comparing to MakeMKV, Pavtube ByteCopy can not only rip DVD to multi-track lossless MKV, but also convert DVD disc/DVD folder/DVD ISO/IFO to MP4, M3U8, MOV, M4V, AVI etc. Besides, it built in a practical and easy-to-use video editor, which allows you to customize source DVD movies for personalized output files. For example, you can trim video length and crop video size to remove black margins, and then rip DVD to MP4 format for uploading onto Vimeofor sharing.

Now, you can back up the converted video to hard drive for storage. Or you also can back up to Synology NAS, so you can share the converted DVD movies with your family and transfer to other devices for watching in bedroom, on traveling etc.

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