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Question: Copy home DVD to hard drive

I have Sierra on an iMac.

I have a binder full of home movies.

I have a WD external hard drive that is storing all of my still photos - and works great with my Mac.

How do I copy my home movies from the DVD-R disks to the hard drive in order to get rid of my binder full of disks? I can't find anything online.

iMac, macOS Sierra (10.12.3)

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 7:34 AM


Feb 16, 2017 2:17 PM in response to Baby Boomer (USofA) In response to Baby Boomer (USofA)

Yes, I thought it was; however, I rarely watch a DVD on the computer (preferring my large screen TV) - I really only need it when I'm either importing it to burn again or some other "work" process, so i never bothered to check into the problem since MPEG Streamclip does what I need it to do.

Feb 16, 2017 2:17 PM

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Feb 17, 2017 4:19 AM in response to WendiBrew In response to WendiBrew

It depends if you want to maintain it as a "virtual DVD" or

you just want the movie content.

If you just want the movie content, a free app called Handbrake (https://handbrake.fr)

can pull the movie off the DVD and transcode it to a variety of formats. It may look

initially somewhat daunting, but it has a lot of ready to go presets to covert things

for various devices and quality levels.

Feb 17, 2017 4:19 AM

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