DVD Player (macOS)

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DVD Player
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Stable release6.0 (September 24, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-09-24)) [±]
Operating systemmacOS, Mac OS 8, 9
TypeDigital DVD player

DVD Player (formerly Apple DVD Player) is the default DVD player in macOS. It supports all the standard DVD features such as multiple audio, video & subtitle tracks as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough, DVD access URLs and closed captions. In some instances, users can choose which VOB file to open. DVD Player is also fully compatible with DVDs authored by DVD Studio Pro and iDVD, including HD DVDs by DVD Studio Pro.[1]

As of macOS Mojave, it has been updated to 64-bit, sports a new icon and has better Touch Bar support.


DVD Player complies with most copyright laws, and will thus enforce most restrictive measures of DVD technology, such as region-restrictive encodings and user-inhibited operations ("disabled actions"). It does this even when using an all-region DVD drive. It will even force Apple's Grab (screen-grabbing) program to cease functioning through the Finder interface until the DVD Player application is quit, effectively preventing the user from taking screen captures of visual DVD content.

The software does not contain a DTS decoder, so DTS tracks cannot be played through the Mac's built in speakers or analog output. However, DTS tracks can be output to devices that have their own decoder, so playback is supported through outputs such as S/PDIF, DisplayPort and HDMI. It has never supported the ability to play Blu-Ray discs.[2]

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  1. ^ DVD Player 4.6 release notes
  2. ^ Alderman, Nathan. "Best apps for playing Blu-rays on your Mac in 2020". iMore. Retrieved June 27, 2020.