DVD Player (Mac OS)

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DVD Player
DVD Player Icon.png
Stable release 5.8 (August 23, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-08-23)) [±]
Operating system macOS, Mac OS 8, 9
Type Digital DVD player
License Proprietary
Website https://support.apple.com/guide/dvd-player/welcome/mac

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 beta 5, it has been updated to be a 64-bit application since 32-bit applications will no longer be able to run in the next major release of macOS in 2019. This app has now some updated features such as better Touch Bar support. The icon was updated with an image of a disk in beta 1 which lasted till beta 4. The icon was updated once again with a disk in a CD Player in beta 5.

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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, leading users to use alternative software if they wish to violate copyright laws. 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.

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