On Mac OSX 10.9, how do you convert a DVD into an ISO that I can use with players such as VLC. I wish to achieve this without buying a program.

Steps I have tried:

  1. Downloading Mac app Burn. It lets you select a source and save it as a DVD. However, when I do this, the DVD seems to be corrupt: DVDplayer can't load it properly. VLC can load it, but I only if I select the option to bypass the menus (otherwise it can't load it).

  2. Using the command line

    sudo diskutil unmount /dev/disk1
    dd if=/dev/disk1 of=~/myCD.iso bs=2048 conv=sync,notrunc

    This makes the ISO, but it's the same problem as (1) above

  3. Using the Command Line

    hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o Image.iso /input_path

    This gives the error message: makehybrid failed - No such file or directory

  4. Using Disk Utility.

    You can use Disk utility to create an image, but it only seems to be a .dmg file.

Ideally, I'd like a solution that does it in one go (i.e. so I don't have to convert the .dmg to .iso) as I have 90+ discs I want to convert.


3 Answers 3


I use MacTheRipper to copy DVD and Handbrake convert to suitable formats for viewing on iPad etc. I do not know how it would handle copy protection.


You can see https://superuser.com/questions/85987/mac-os-x-best-way-to-make-an-iso-from-a-cd-or-dvd for the answers.

The answer I posted there was:

  1. diskutil list
  2. diskutil unmount /dev/disk1
  3. dd if=/dev/disk1 of=DiscImage01.iso
  4. diskutil eject /dev/disk1

see the page there for more explanation. You just have to see what the drive is for your DVD drive, such as disk1, disk2, or disk3 by using command line 1 above, and adjust the other command lines accordingly.

  • See #2 in the question (the OP already tried that). dd will not work for your usual movie DVD.
    – nohillside
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:19
  • so the OP is more concerned with copy protection, rather than how to make an ISO... Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 3:12

In Disk Utility

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Then rename resulted .cdr file to .iso

Should work with VLC and Windows too

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