Adding DVD’s to iTunes

VideoDrive supports importing DVD’s since version 2.5. 

  1. Place a DVD in the DVD-drive of your Mac or make sure you have copied the VIDEO_TS folder to your hard disk.
  2. In VideoDrive, click the “Import Videos” button, select the VIDEO_TS folder and click the “Start Import” button
  3. VideoDrive will search online for metadata and artwork (if selected)
  4. Conversion will start and the video will be imported in iTunes. Note that only the main feature track (most likely the longest track) will be imported and that all other tracks will be ignored.


The actual conversion process is done by HandBrake (or Elgato Turbo.264 (HD) if you have selected this on the Conversion tab of Preferences). Incompatibilities between those tools and your DVD may arise, resulting in failure to import the DVD. Also, copy protected DVD’s may fail to import.


Copy protected DVD's on macOS Sierra

Handbrake uses a library file called libdvdcss, which enables the app to circumvent copy protection on DVDs, but Sierra’s security system prevents the installation of this library. There’s a relatively easy way to install this, however, using the Terminal and some software called Homebrew.

Homebrew is a command-line app installation system. In short, when you install Homebrew, you can then easily install other command-line executables on your Mac. You may never need to do this again, but if you want to use Handbrake to rip discs, then this is the easiest method.

Open Terminal (it’s in your /Application/Utilities folder), and paste this line of code into the app. Make sure this entire command is on one line; the space between the first part and the second part is a space, not a line break:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Press Return and follow the instructions. Homebrew software will be downloaded and installed. If you haven’t previously installed the Xcode command line tools, they will also be downloaded and installed. (These are a few tools that are part of Apple’s developer software.) This process may take a couple of minutes; don’t worry if Terminal stops giving feedback while it’s downloading and installing these tools.

When this has completed, paste this command into Terminal and press Return. This tells Homebrew to install the libdvdcss file:

brew install libdvdcss

This takes just a few seconds. When this is completed, quit Terminal.



Using other software to rip DVD's to your hard disk

If you use another tool to rip your DVD’s, make sure they produce MP4 or M4V files in H.264 format. Next, you can use VideoDrive to add metadata and artwork to these files and add them to iTunes without a second reconversion. Just make sure the option to “Keep videos in the highest quality” on the main screen is checked.


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