Well, it is true that iTunes can directly import CDs to iTunes library, but for copyright protection issues, DVDs are not working the same way. This is why many of us fail to copy DVD to iTunes on Mac. We are every so often annoyed by this problem: on one hand, we really like to enjoy or carry DVDs on iTunes/iPad/iPhone; on the other hand, we are not willing to buy or download it again from iTunes store since we already had DVDs. So is there a simple solution for ripping DVD to iTunes supported formats (MP4 or M4V)?
Actually, it will be no problem if we use a DVD to iTunes ripping program. I personally use Doremisoft DVD to iTunes Ripper Mac which can easily rip any DVDs (homemade or commercial) to iTunes with high quality. In addition, the clip and edit functions of this DVD Converter for Mac allows you to personalize your DVD movies.
Now let's follow these few steps to import DVDs to iTunes on Mac (Lion included), so that we can watch them anytime in iTunes, as well as on our iPad or iPhone devices:
Insert your DVD, and launch the ripper you just install. Click "DVD Load" button and select files for ripping.
As we all know that iTunes can only read one video format – MPEG4 (.mp4, .m4v). So choose .mp4 or .m4v from "Profile" as the output iTunes video format.
Click "Start" button to rip DVD to iTunes video format. (before ripping, you could clip or edit DVD, adjust the video & audio settings if you like)
The easiest part, just launch iTunes then drag the new MP4 video to iTunes library. Done. And you can later manage or sync them to your portable iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc. Enjoy!
1. If you only want to copy non-protected DVD movies, you can do this using Mac freeware like VLC media player or MPEG Streamclip.
2. Be careful of the copyright issue! Make sure that the ripping is deemed legal in your own country. (In my opinion, it’s legal to rip purchased movies for your own personal use in Australia)..