How to Rip Disney Protected DVD on Windows 10, macOS Catalina

I had an original collection of documentaries and Disney movies for kids and wanted a way of backing them up in case they got damaged or lost. It also makes it easier to watch them directly from my computer or iPad when away from home in my camper-van. I originally tried some DVD rippers in the market to rip Disney DVD but some were too hard to use, some failed, and others asked too many steps to get the job done.

Here’s one of the problems that I come across in Disney DVD Inside Out and Frozen 2.

I’m able to back up my other DVDs to MP4 but the Disney DVD Inside Out and Frozen 2 don’t work. It goes through the process and is OK about the first few minutes, then shows the same sequence over and over again. I tried some DVD Rippers for Mac and they had exactly the same problem. The windows version didn’t work either.

I first thought it was ripping a wrong title and I checked with DVD on Mac and MPC-HC player on Windows and found Mac DVD Ripper Pro was ripping the DVD with correct DVD title. I then tried Safe Mode for the second rip and it does not help at all. It would rip the entire Disney DVD, but there was a lot of digital noise in the resulting .mp4.

Also, Handbrake is not able to rip Disney DVDs.

Understanding Disney Copy Protection

We know a major of commercially purchased DVDs are copy protected. And, DVD region code and CSS are normal ways to keep DVDs from being copied. CSS is short for Content Scrambling System. However, it was cracked by Jon Lech Johansen from a leaked CSS key.

According to, DVD Disc Corruption came into being after the CSS protection system was cracked. It is alternative copy protection borrowed from a technique used on video games. It deliberately mangled portions of DVDs and make it unreadable for DVD rippers and copiers, making them get stuck or result in unplayable media.  

DVD Disc Corruption was given different names by different manufactures: Disney calls it Disney X, Sony: ARccOS, and Rovi: Rip Guide. There are up to 99 titles in Disney X protected DVDs and ripped copies from those Disney X DVDs are either out of sequence or a sequence playback over and over again.

Sony ARccOS protection inserts corrupted sectors to trigger DVD ripping software to get errors in removing the copy protection.

Disney DVD Ripper to Remove Disney X Copy Protection

We know that DVD copy protections, especially the Disney X and Sony ARccOS, are nuisances, but we are lucky to find a sophisticated solution to handle all those copy protections that are mentioned above. And, I’ve found Leawo DVD Ripper pretty easy to use so far, it’s a straightforward, quality program that is easy to use and gets the job done without any fuss.

Leawo DVD Ripper is such a Disney DVD ripper that can analyze the whole DVD structure to find the corrupted data in DVDs and easily remove the Disney X copy protection and gives you a 100% playable video file in MP4, AVI, MKV, etc.

Not only does Leawo DVD Ripper rip Disney DVDs but Warner Brothers, Sony, and Paramount as well. And, it allows you to custom the profiles, so you can set your preferred resolution, codec. You can also edit, trim, and crop the Disney protected DVDs!

Confirm the Right Title to Rip Disney DVD

For most of the time, Leawo DVD Ripper can detect the right title for you to rip Disney DVDs. I mean, you can just leave the detected title for ripping and there won’t be a problem. However, as a general guide, you may want to know and confirm the right title. This is optional and you can check the detailed guide here.

How to Rip Disney DVD to MP4 iPhone?

I am able to rip this Disney protected DVD and I will walk you all through. The ripping takes a little bit longer but I was able to get a perfect copy in MP4. And the guide below of ripping Disney DVD Inside Out will also apply to devices like iPad, iPhone, VR Headsets and other formats like MOV, AVI, WMV, as well as MKV, etc.

Download the Disney DVD Ripper from the above links for Windows 10 as well as macOS Catalina. Install and launch it. You’d better register it so you aren’t limited to rip only 5 minutes of the DVD. If you are interested in the full version, click the DISCOUNT button above to buy it with a 25% discount and you are able to save up to $9.99 for a lifetime subscription. Put the Disney DVD Inside Out to your DVD drive and we are ready now and I will take MP4 as an example and it is also the default profile and recommended by me.

Step 1. Load Disney DVD

Click the Convert tab on top and then Add Bluray/DVD-Add from CD-ROM, choose the DVD in the DVD drive to load. 

It takes some seconds to analyze the DVD. And then you’ll then be presented to choose Main/Full movie as well as titles. Title 1 is selected by default and it is the right title for ripping.

Step 2. Set Output for Disney Ripping

MP4 Video is recommended if you just want to rip the DVD to HDD and it is also the default profile. If you want to rip DVD to the new Apple TV, go for it in Apple Devices. Then click OK, it will bring you back to the main interface with DVD loaded. You can here choose a different audio track, subtitle track or set output folder before ripping. Click Edit if you want to adjust the volume by up to 500%, crop, trim.

apple profiles

Step 3. Ripping Disney DVD

Make sure you have done the above two steps and go click the big blue Convert button. It takes about 20-45 minutes for ripping Disney protected DVD Inside Out to MP4 with this Disney DVD ripper which depends on your hardware level. 

Do you get a perfect copy of Inside Out with Leawo? You can free to add DVD cover art for iTunes here or custom thumbnail for Windows 10 here.

Tips on Disney DVD Ripping on Catalina

If you are running the latest macOS 10.15 Catalina, you may get harassed by a lot of warning due to the upgrade of the Apple security system. That may cause you some trouble if you don’t give the right permission. Here are some that you need to pay attention to in using Leawo DVD Ripper on Catalina to rip Disney DVD.

For the first time you open Leawo Prof. Media on Catalina, it will ask you to grand the access and allow it to record the computer’s screen. I don’t quick understand this as Leawo does not function as a screen recorder. I suggest to click Open System Preference and follow the below screenshot to grand the access just in case for further problems although I find it working even I deny it.

Importantly, when you try to load a DVD from your DVD drive, you will be presented the below window asking for permission to access the removable volume. Make sure you click the OK button to grand.

For any reason, you click the “Don’t Allow”, you won’t be able to load your DVD and you will get the below error message:

leawo fail to load disc

If this is the case, you then have to go System Preference-Security & Privacy-Files and Folders and locate Leawo Prof. Media and check the removable volume. You may have to quit and restart the program to take effect.

allow access files and folders

Also, when you try to load a video or ISO, VIDEO_TS folder on the hard drive, you need to allow access to the Document folder if those files are in Documents.

access document folder

Disney Blu-ray/DVD Ripping and Coping

Most of the time, Disney releases both Blu-ray and DVD editions for its movies. And, Leawo Prof. Media is an all-in-one Blu-ray and DVD ripper and copier. So, if you want to rip Disney Bluray to MP4 or whatever format you need, go for Leawo Bluray Ripper. The above guide also applies as both DVD and Bluray ripper is a component of Leawo Prof. Media and they work the same.

If you want to create a 1:1 Disney Blu-ray DVD copy to another disc or compress the main movie to a blank Blu-ray 25 or DVD5, Leawo Blu-ray or DVD Copy is right here for help. It is available for Windows and Mac as well. Here’s the guide on how we can copy Disney DVD with the menu.

Bonus Gift: Free Disney DVD Player

I assume that one of the main reasons you guys want to rip Disney DVD to your hard drive in whatever video format is for easy playback on computers. If this is the case, you don’t always have to go for the ripping but play the Disney DVD directly on your computer. And, Leawo offers a free Blu-ray DVD player for you to do so! 

1 thought on “How to Rip Disney Protected DVD on Windows 10, macOS Catalina”

  1. A lot of the discs I RIP have the Disney X copy protection on them, and I am very glad I found Leawo DVD Ripper! It’s one of the only tools I’ve found to date that does a good job of handling the intentional sector corruption used by Disney X and other copy protection schemes.

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