[Full Guide]How to Play DVD on MacBook Air?

"I just purchased a MacBook Air and really like it, but I still need to occasionally use DVDs for installing software and watching movies. What options do I have?" - Asked by Steven Lange

"I'm considering getting a MacBook Air, but don't understand how people survive without a DVD Drive to install programs and stuff. Does it have one?" - Asked by Jack L

The MacBook Air is a slim, ultra-portable computer developed and manufactured by Apple Inc. Whether 13.3-inch or 11.6-inch of MacBook Air has no physical drive to play CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays on. In such circumstances, playing DVD movies on a MacBook Air somewhat more challenging for the DVD collectors.

Besides, even if you equipped your Mac with an external DVD drive, problem remains when you play the unsupported discs like commercial DVDs, store-bought DVDs, or region code protected DVDs etc. In order to playing DVDs on MacBook Air without any issues, there are some options available to you. Today I would like to introduce you the best reliable workaround to deal with that.


How to Play Any DVDs on MacBook Air Flawlessly?

If you want to play and watch any DVDs on MacBook Air, first you should make sure that a DVD drive (USB 2.0 or above) is connected with your MacBook Air and the internet connection is well. Then download a Mac DVD to video ripper from network resources, which lets you easily converting your DVDs to video files in any popular video format.

For DVD ripping software, VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper is highly recommended here. The tool not only be used as a free DVD media player, but also allows you to rip the DVD disc, DVD folder, DVD IFO files to video/audio formats including MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, M4V, MOV, FLV, MP3, WMA, AAC, M4A, etc. with fast conversion speed and high output video quality on Mac OS X (including Mac OS X 10.7 or above (macOS High Sierra)). In addition, the built-in editor lets you personalize your video in clicks.

Now download this program and follow the WIndows tutorial below as example (Mac tutorial is the same) and convert your DVDs to playable video formats for your QuickTime or other player software on MacBook Air.

Step 1. Download and Install VideoByte DVD Ripper

Free download the Mac version of the program, start the installer and install it on your MacBook Air following the instructions.

Note: Sufficient disc space must be reserved if you want to backup your DVDs on your Mac.

Step 2. Add DVD Movies

Insert the DVD disc into your external DVD drive connected with your MacBook Air, and run the program, it will read the DVD automatically. Then click "Load Disc > Load DVD Disc" to import the DVD movies. It allows you to preview the loaded DVD in the right viewing window and you can also take snapshots as you like. After loading, you can select subtitles and audio tracks for the video. Batch conversion and file merging are all supported.

Ripper Main Mac

Step 3. Choose Output Format

The following step is to choose an output format. Simply click the "Rip All to" button and choose a desired format for your MacBook Air from the drop-down list. As is shown in the following picture, you are available to nearly all popular output formats. Take advantage of the instant search function, you can also find your format quickly. If you want to play the ripped file to other apple devices directly, just select a format under the corresponding category to get video files with optimized settings for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc.

Ripper Apple TV Format

Step 4. Edit Video (Optional)

Next, optional, click "Settings" icon to customize parameters for your output file, such as resolution, bitrate, frame rate, etc. What's more, this program compiles a powerful toolbox which allows you to clip, crop, rotate, add 3D or watermark to the videos. And you can also adjust other effects like brightness, contrast, saturation and hue of the video.

Ripper Edit Mac

Step 5. Start Ripping DVD Movies on MacBook Air

When you're satisfied with all settings, go back to the UI and click "Convert" button to start ripping your DVD to your preferred video format that is highly compatible with your MacBook Air. When it's done, click "Open Folder" to find the converted video files.

Ripping Disc Mac

Now you can enjoy the new created file from DVD on your MacBook Air freely. The whole process is very easy. Then you can share the video on the Facebook or Twitter with your friends and families.

Bottom Line

If you have a MacBook Air, you have to worry about watching DVD movies while on-the-go, since no one wants to lug around an external DVD drive with them. Occasionally you want to play commercial DVDs or backup your DVD movies for permanent preservation. To deal with these issues, you need to rip and digitize DVD collection with VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper, and things will be a piece of cake.