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The complete Blu-ray/DVD Backup Solutions for Mac OS X

It’s becoming very common nowdays for people to  backup their DVDs and Blu-Rays onto their Mac computer so that thay can watch Blu-ray and DVD movies with QuickTime by simply clicking. Or they can choose to transfer Blu-ray and DVD videos to iTunes for Apple TV 4, the upcoming Apple TV 5, iPhone 7, iPad Pro playback. By right Blu-ray and DVD rips, you also can edit Blu-ray and DVD clips using iMovie and Final Cut Pro. People also copy Blu-ray and DVD to hard drive for protecting expensive physical discs.

In this guide, we will show you how to backup your Blu-ray and DVD movie collection. You can entire disc copy them for safe protecting, convert them for convenient playback, burn them from disc to another disc. Click each solution you are interested to learn the detailed steps.

Solution 1: Copy BD/DVD disc to Mac Hard Drive in .m2ts, .vob, or other formats 

Solution 2: Make 1:1 Copy of Blu-ray or DVD disc with all audio and subs tracks preserved 

Solution 3: Burn Blu-ray movie from disc to disc

Solution 4: Burn a Blu-ray from a file on Mac Hard Drive

Solution 1: Copy/rip Blu-ray/DVD disc to Mac Hard Drive in .m2ts, .vob, or other formats

Required software:

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac (supporting macOS Sierra)

Part 1: Copy Blu-ray/DVD disc to .m2ts/.vob files on Mac Hard Drive  

1. Run Pavtube BDMagic for Mac, and click “BD/DVD Disc” icon to load Blu-ray or DVD disc from an external BD drive or Mac’s built-in DVD drive. Note that a Blu-ray disc can only be loaded into the program via an external BD drive.

2. Click on the dropdown menu of format and select “Copy” > “Directly Copy”.

3. Click “Browse” button to specify a storage path for the output .m2ts/.vob files.

 import BD DVD

4. Click “Convert” to start copying Blu-ray/DVD to Mac Hard Drive while maintaining the original .m2ts or .vob format. 

5. When the copy work is finished, just simply click “Open” button to get the .m2ts/.vob files.

Advantages of Backing up Blu-ray/DVD to M2TS/VOB

The biggest advantage of ripping Blu-ray to M2TS and copy DVD to VOB is: it is 100% intact. Backing up Blu-ray adn DVD into the same M2TS and VOB container can preserve all audio info and subtitles info without changing anything. The commonly-used re-encoding or transcoding never happened on the exported M2TS and VOB backup files, this insure that there will not be quality loss in the output M2TS and VOB video at all.

In addition, extract .m2ts and .vob files from Blu-ray and DVD can remove the extra advertisements, reviews, etc to shrink original BLu-ray and DVD discs size.

Part 2: Rip Blu-ray/DVD to other format

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac is capable of converting BD/DVD movie to a wide variety of HD and SD file formats, including H.265/HEVC, DivX AVI, Xvid AVI, WMV, H.264 video, MP4, MKV, TS, MOV, ASF, MPEG-2, MPG, 3GP, and more.

After loaded Blu-ray or DVD movie files into Pavtube Mac Blu-ray Ripper, you need click on the dropdown menu of format to select your wanted file type as output format.

MKV format

After that click “Browse” button to specify a destination folder, and click “Convert” button to start ripping Blu-ray/DVD to your wanted file format. When conversion is done, click “Open” button to get the converted files with ease.

Advantages of Converting Blu-ray and DVD to other formats

By converting Blu-ray and DVD to digital files, you can stream Blu-ray and DVD movies on Samsung TV, Vizio TV, LG TV, Sony TV, Sharp TV without needing a Blu-ray drive. You also can watch favorite Blu-ray and DVD movies on MacBook Pro, iPad on the long airplane trip to kill boring time.

Solution 2: Lossless Blu-ray/DVD to MKV backup on Mac: keep all audio/subtitles tracks

Required software:

Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac (supporting macOS Sierra)

About Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac

Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac is specially developed for Mac users to create MKV container file from recently released Blu-ray and DVD movies with lossless quality. By using this Mac tool, users are able to package all audio tracks/subs streams/chapter information in a Blu-ray/DVD disc into a single MKV file, meanwhile keep videos in original Blu-ray and DVD quality without any loss.

Step 1: Free download Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac, install and run it on your Mac computer.  

Here we take backing up a Blu-ray disc for instance.

(Note: An external BD drive is required for processing Blu-ray disc).

Connect the external BD drive to your Mac, and then insert the Blu-ray disc to the drive. Launch Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac, and click “Load from Disc” icon in the top left corner of the main interface to load your Blu-ray movie from your external BD drive. After the loading process is done, you will see all titles in the BD movie are showing with main title checked by default. If you wanna backup main title and all bonus features to MKV, you need press “Check All” button at the bottom left corner of the main interface to select all titles. If not, the software will backup the main title only.

Load Blu-ray

Step 2: In the dropdown list of Format menu, you should choose “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV (* mkv)” under “Multi-track Video” catalogue. Because it will save multiple video, audio and subtitle tracks form original Blu-ray in output MKV and you won’t suffer any quality loss.

Note: In default settings, all the tracks are checked for output mkv files. If you wan to uncheck the unnecessary track, click “Settings” on the interface to get it done.

lossless MKV

Step 3. Click the “Convert” button to start backing up Blu-ray movie to lossless MKV files. In this way Pavtube ByteCopy extracts the main movie with all subtitles and audio tracks from disc and seals the contents into MKV container without transcoding, which means you get lossless quality MKV files. 1080p HD video stream, TrueHD and DTS-MA 7.1 audio tracks and PGS subtitles are retained without quality loss. After conversion you may click “Open Output Folder” to find generated MKV files.

Note: The lossless DVD to MKV backup process goes the same as the above mentioned Blu-ray backing up steps.

Solution 3: Burn Blu-ray movie from disc to disc on Mac

Required software:

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac 

Roxio Toast

Part 1: Create BDMV folder for Toast using Pavtube BDMagic for Mac

Step 1: Run Pavtube BDMagic for Mac, and load the source Blu-ray from the external BD drive.

Step 2: Click “Browse” button to specify a destination folder for the output files.

Step 3: Click “Full Disc Copy” button on the top interface to copy Blu-ray movie to your Mac Hard Drive with original structure preserved.

copy entire disc

Step 4: When the copying task is finished, click “Open” button to get the generated files. The final output files have the same structure with the original Blu-ray disc.

 Part 2: Burn a BDMV folder to a blank Blu-ray disc by using Toast 10


- A BDMV folder (We’ve already created one using Pavtube BDMagic for Mac)

- A Toast supported drive capable of burning Blu-ray discs

- Toast Titanium Pro 9 or later.

- Recordable Blu-ray (BD-R) disc

Open Toast. On the main interface, click the “Video” button in the upper-left portion of the screen, and select “BDMV Folder” from the menu that appears beneath it. The window should look something like the below, though it may vary slightly between Toast versions.

Then simply add your BDMV folder to Toast, and put a recordable Blu-ray disc into your burner and click the big red button to burn your disc.

Warning: I’ve read elsewhere that such discs burnt in this way don't work in some players, such as a Sony BDP-S330 (while SONY BDP-S350 plays them fine). If so, we suggest you to rip Blu-ray to HD Video previously and use “Blu-ray Video” setting under “Video” section to do Blu-ray Burning. Just see solution 4.

Solution 4: Burn a Blu-ray from a file on Mac Hard Drive

If you already have some HD files ripped from a Blu-ray disc stored on your Mac Hard Drive (See how to use Pavtube BDMagic for Mac to Rip/convert Blu-ray/DVD to other formats in part 2 of solution 1), you may perform the following guide to burn a new Blu-ray disc by using Toast.

See details at Burn your HD Movies to Blu-ray Disc using Toast

You can backup Blu-ray and DVD using any way you like on Mac. These ways are also useful on Windows only if your software supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, etc. For example, when directly copy Blu-ray and DVD and convert Blu-ray and DVD to different video formats with Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper, you should use Pavtube ByteCopy and Pavtube BDMagic.

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