I use RipIt to rip DVDs to my hard drive. Depending on the DVD, I will tell RipIt to create an MP4 of the movie or contents or I’ll use Handbrake to process the ripped contents. 1
Ripping a DVD to the Mac creates a .dvdmedia file, which is actually a set of subdirectories packaged to look like a file.
DVD Player, though, does not like to play a .dvdmedia file. My usual workaround was to use VLC Player, an open-source video viewing utility that is serviceable, but crashes at the least provocation.
Lots of searching on this issue uncovered the following interesting facts:
- Although the DVD Player app is not in the Applications folder, it is still on the Mac, albeit well-hidden in System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. (Other apps in this folder include Archive Utility, Wireless Diagnostics, Network Utility, and a few others.)
- You can make an alias of the DVD Player app and put it in your Applications folder or – more convenient – use Spotlight to call it up.
- There is, in fact, a way to make DVD Player open and play ripped media.
Thanks to a comment on a years-old Apple discussion thread, here’s the procedure:
- In Finder, right-click on the .dvdmedia file and select Show Package Contents.
- Select and copy the VIDEO_TS folder.
- Elsewhere on your drive, create a new folder with the same name as the .dvdmedia file. (Not necessary, but may help lessen confusion.)
- In the new folder, paste the VIDEO_TS folder.
- Open DVD Player.
- Within DVD Player, navigate to and open the VIDEO_TS folder you just pasted.
The video should play just fine in DVD Player. You can delete the original .dvdmedia file.
In RipIt, select the Compress button to create both a compressed playable file and a .dvdmedia file. ↩︎