DVD to ISO Guide(Free and Paid): How to Make ISO from DVD on PC and Mac

I use my DVD Ripper software to make exact copies of my DVD collection. So, cloning DVD to ISO Image is my favorite as it keeps the original video quality to the hard drive and I am able to burn the ISO back to a blank DVD free on both PC and Mac.

In this tutorial, I’d like to recommend a couple of programs, some free and some paid, for you to create ISO from DVD on Windows and macOS.

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 a 1:1 backup of a DVD to an ISO image that keeps everything in the original DVD.


A DVD ISO file is playable like a DVD. You can learn to play ISO here. You can also burn ISO back to DVD or convert ISO to MP4.

[FREE]Make ISO from DVD on Windows 10

ImgBurn is a free and lightweight DVD burning software that supports CDs and Blu-rays too. It supports burning different files and folders directly to a disc. What I used most is to create an ISO image file from a DVD. 

ImgBurn is super easy to use. To create an ISO file from a DVD, you just have to go for the option of “Create image file from disc”: 

ImgBurn Main UI

And, hit the Read button as shown below. Imgburn will start the DVD to ISO creation immediately. 

ImgBurn: Create ISO from DVD

From my test, ImgBurn is fully compatible with the latest Windows 10. It’s just a pity that ImgBurn is Windows only. Also, please note there are no updates since 2013, and it may not support the latest DVD copy protection.

Besides, I see some other people recommend InfraRecorder too. However, I see there are no updates since 2012, and it does not seem to be compatible with Windows 10. If you are interested, you can give it a try.

[PAID]Top Three DVD to ISO Makers for PC and Mac

If Imgburn is not able to meet your needs, or if you are looking for a DVD to ISO ripper on your Mac, I’d like to recommend the below three. The main reasons for the recommendations are they all supported different DVD copy protections with fast speed. They are user-friendly to beginners and they are stable to use.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro[PC & Mac]

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is one of the best DVD rippers on Mac as it does a great job of ripping Disney DVDs as well as other protected DVDs to ISO, MP4, MKV, etc. For Windows, please go for WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. It works the same. 

I am going to show you about ripping DVDs with MacX DVD Ripper Pro to ISO format. And, I’m going to take my favorite DVD TOY STORY 3 as an example to show you the process of the DVD to ISO backup.

Step 1. Load DVD

You will always have to go click the DVD button on the upper left to load the DVD to the program MacX DVD Ripper Pro. You will see the DVD is automatically highlighted and you just have to click OK.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro: Load DVD

The program will start analyzing the DVD and you will hear the SuperDrive making noises, but don’t worry, it only takes a few seconds. Besides, if there is one more drive, you will have to click the dropdown menu to choose the DVD you want to rip.

Step 2. Choose ISO as Output

After the DVD is analyzed, you will be presented to choose the output profiles. If this is your first time ripping DVD to ISO with MacX DVD Ripper Pro, you will have to go DVD Backup and select DVD to ISO Image. The selected profile will be highlighted as well as the text explanation below.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro-DVD to ISO

If you have ripped a DVD to an ISO once, the profile will be in Recently Used Profiles for your quick access.

There will be a pop-up window about how to backup new Disney encrypted DVDs, but I don’t think they are quite clear on how to check the correct title for DVDs and click to see the detailed guide.

Step 3. Rip DVD to ISO

Once you have selected the profile, you can go directly to RUN and start ripping the DVD to ISO.  The default folder to store the ISO file is Movies-Mac Video Library. Set it to another one if you prefer.

Leawo DVD Copy[PC & Mac]

Leawo DVD Copy is a function model of Leawo Prof. Media, the all-in-one solution from LeawoSoft. Leawo DVD Copy offers three copy modes in ripping. If you want to do a 1:1 backup to ISO, make sure you choose the Full Mode.

Check the below guide to see how we can create an ISO file from Leawo DVD Copy.

What’s more, you can even compress the DVD9 to DVD5 in ISO. Just make sure you choose DVD5 here.

d9 to d5

DVDFab DVD Copy[PC & Mac]

DVDFab can make copies of your protected DVD to ISO onto the hard drive with ease. I have a post about how to merge DVDs with DVDFab and I explained how to make ISO from DVDs:

Importantly, DVDFab DVD Copy can split your DVD9 into two ISO files that are suitable for burning to DVD5.

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