How to Copy DVDs With Your Mac

We all love our DVD collections, but few people relish the idea of having to re-buy some of our favorite titles, or losing some of your most cherished family memories because you lost a disk. What is the best way to keep your memories safe, or protect your investment? Make backup copies. While we cannot, of course, suggest that you should make illegal copies of your favorite movies, we can tell you how to make legal copies of non-protected DVD’s. That way, you can make a backup of your daughters dance recital, or your soccer game. These kinds of DVDs will not be copyright protected, so copying them will be fine

At first blush, the idea of copying your DVDs on your Mac is really quite simple. The software in OSX gives you the perfect setup for making multiple copies of your target movie. That way you can burn a new copy, or simply store them on an external hard drive, whichever backup method best suits your backup style. Let’s begin by making and image of the DVD.

How to make an Image of Your Target DVD in Mac OSX

Before we can burn, you have to get a copy of the disk image. This will save a copy of the video file onto your computer. Once this is done, you will be able to begin the process of burning your disk. So, get your disk in hand and we will begin the process. All you have to do is follow these steps.

1.  Find the DVD that you want to copy. Before you begin, make sure that it is free of any smudges or obvious defects. If it is smudged, then you will want to clean it up before beginning this process. This will ensure that your files transfer smoothly and as quickly as possible. Put in into your DVD drive by inserting it into your slot.


2.  Click on the words “Macintosh HD” in order to open your hard drive. Then select the “Applications” folder, and the “Utilities”. Once you are in that folder, launch the program labeled disk utility by double clicking on it.


3. You should now see the name of the DVD that you want to make an image on in the Disk Utility app. Click on the name of that DVD to select it.

4. Navigate your way to the disk utility toolbar, and then choose the words “New Image”. Once you do this, a dialog box will show up on the screen. Give you new copy a name, and choose the location that you want to save the file to. Be sure to choose a location where you will be able to find the file again, since you will need it for the next step when you burn


Once this process is done, you can close eject the disk that you just made a copy of, but do not bother to close the Disk Utility, since you will only be using it again in the near future to burn the image.

Burn the disk image into DVD

1. On the top menu bar you will see the word “Burn”, click on this word.

disk utility - burn

2. You will now be given the option to navigate to the saved image that you just burned. Find it and select it by double clicking it. Then click on the word “Burn” again.

3. When the system prompts you to, insert a blank DVD into your DVD drive slot.

Once the process is done, you will see your new DVD, ready to play, or to go into storage.

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Katie Gatto

Katie Gatto is a technology writer with seven years of experience, and a native Mac user. She has previously written for Apple related site such as Appletell and Mac Apper.

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