In one of my previous post I wrote about how to rip DVDs to ISO with menus and one of my reader didn’t seem to know how to play the ISO file on his MacBook running macOS High Sierra. Well, playing DVD ISO files on macOS is actually easy and free with no other software required. This is a quick guide about how to free play DVD ISO file on macOS including the latest macOS High Sierra and Mojave.

An ISO image is an archive file of an optical disc, a type of disk image composed of the data contents from every written sector on an optical disc, including the optical disc file system. ISO image files usually have a file extension of .iso. So, we see it is 1:1 backup of a DVD to an ISO image that keeps everything in the original DVD, meaning we can play an ISO file just like we play a real DVD with the DVD player on Mac.

How to play DVD ISO file on macOS Free

The example here is the DVD ISO file INSIDE_OUT, hot movie for kids.

Getting Ready:

  • Your ISO file
  • DVD Player on your Mac

Step 1. Mount the ISO file.

Generally, you will only have to double click the ISO file to mount. If there is another program that is set default to open ISO files, just right click on the ISO file and select Open with-DiskImageMounter.app. If there is no “right click”, just hold Control and click or tap on the ISO file with two fingers.

mount iso

You will see a folder open below, just close it as we don’t need it. 

Step 2. Open DVD Player.app

Go Applications folder and open DVD Player.app. You will see the below window that the ISO mounted is ready for playback.

Step 3. Play DVD ISO on macOS

Everything is now back to normal as what you usually do for DVDs. Click Go-Beginning of Disc and start playing!

play iso

That’s all. Easy, uh? Actually, if you have VLC player on your Mac, just open the ISO with it or drag the ISO to the VLC player, which is also able to help for detecting DVD right titles. It is as easy as that to play DVD ISO files on macOS, no matter macOS High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave you are running, as VLC is 100% compatible with them. 

What can we further do with DVD ISO file?

All the DVD ISO files are 1:1 copy of the physical DVDs, thus they are as huge as the original DVD. Keeping a number of DVD ISO files will require large mount of free space on your HDD or SSD. So, what can we further do with DVD ISO files? 

Burn DVD ISO back to DVD

Burning a DVD ISO file back to a blank DVD is easy on both Windows and macOS. On both OS, you are able to right click on the ISO file and choose the burn option to burn. 

burn iso to disc mac

Note: Be sure to insert a DVD9 blank DVD with 8.5 GB free space (it shows 9GB free space on Mac) if your DVD ISO is over 4.7 GB. This is because when you burn with Finder on Mac or burn on PC, they don’t compress. You can also check how large the ISO file is before you burn it.

Compress DVD ISO to standard DVD

As we can see above, burning DVDs with the default tools on either Windows or Mac is quite limited. If you are going to compress your large DVD ISO files that are over 4.7 GB to standard blank DVDs, I’d like to recommend you guys try Leawo DVD Copy

With Leawo DVD Copy, you are able to compress the DVD as well as the ISO file to standard DVD5. You just have to go to the Copy tab, drag your ISO to the program and check DVD5 here:

iso to dvd5

Rip DVD ISO to MP4 AVI iPhone/iPad/Android

Leawo provides you all-in-one solution so you can rip DVDs as well as the ISO files to MP4, AVI, WMV or iPhone/iPad Android etc. The DVD Ripper is right here to help. 

Click DVD ripper or Convert tab on top, drag the ISO to the program. Click OK to confirm and then click MP4 Video-Change or Edit to custom your profile. 

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