Sometimes when you try to play back DVD ISO image files on Mac computer with the default DVD Player, you might come across playback issue, especially when the ISO image files are region coded. Some other people might even meet the problem that the DVD player crashes when they play DVD ISO on Mac:
“On previous versions of Mac OS X I could mount a DVD image ISO by double clicking it then play it in DVD Player. In El Capitan when I try to do this it prompts me to set the DVD region for the "drive" (mounted image) and fails to play. If I try to get the disc info DVD Player crashes. Is this a known problem or is there a work around?”
So how to free play DVD ISO on Mac OS X?
Method 1 1: How to open an ISO file on Mac?
For Mac users, it is easy to mount an ISO file on Mac simply by double-clicking the ISO image file, and it will go through the auto-mounter app within OS X putting it on your desktop.
If this doesn’t work, you could make use of Mac computer’s built-in Disk Utility and a more advanced option of using the command line. The Disk Utility is located in the /Applications/Utilities/ directory. After you have launched Disk Utility, navigate from the Disk Utility menu down to "Open Image File" and select your ISO file. The ISO should now appear mounted on the Mac OS desktop. This works for other disk image files too (dmg, img, etc).
Method 2: Play ISO File on Mac OS X with ISO Player
If you want to play an ISO file on Mac, you can ask help for a 3rd-party ISO player. Free ISO Player software is such a software that can allow people to open, extract and play the ISO content in the files. Apart from this, users can even burn the ISO files and convert them to CDs and DVDs. Therefore, it can be termed as a comprehensive tool that is quite handy.
Learn >> ISO to DVD Burning tool - DVD Creator
Method 3: Play ISO File by Converting DVD ISO to MP4 on Mac
Comparing to the above two ways, this method not only can make you open an DVD ISO file on Mac, but also allows you play ISO on QuickTime. But this still needs the help of the third party software - ISO Converter.
To converting DVD ISO to MP4 files, Pavtube BDMagic for Mac can do the job for you. Numerous popular audio formats from Blu-ray, DVD, ISO image, IFO files, BDMV Folder are supported. It offers easy and effective solutions to convert ISO files from Blu-ray/DVD to H.265, MP4, M3U8, MOV, M4V, WMV, etc; you can even choose which segments to extract. Furthermore, you can preview the video with the built-in player and even take a snapshot of a certain scene. (Review)
Free download and install:
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper-mac/
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-BDMagic/3000-7970_4-76177782.html
Step 1. Load DVD ISO file
Run DVD ISO Image converter on Mac. Click “File” on upper-left corner to follow “Load from IFO/ISO.” It is unnecessary for you to run a virtual drive to mount ISO Image for this DVD ISO converter will help you analyze ISO Image automatically.
Step 2. Choose H.264 MP4
Click the format bar to follow “HD Video” ＞ “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)”. This Blu-ray/DVD ISO Image converter provides rich output audio/video formats suitable for different place, and you’ll find no difficulty playing DVD ISO on the device you own.
Tip: Click “Settings” near the format bar to go to “Profile Settings” interface where you’re allowed to change parameters like bitrate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels according to your requirements.
Step 4. Convert DVD ISO to H.264
When finishing the above three steps, just one click the button “Convert” which is quite obvious on bottom-right corner to start conversion from /DVD ISO Image to H.264 MP4.
The latter way of playing ISO give you more liberate to watch ISO on Mac with any media player. Since nearly all players can support MP4 video. It even can allow you to transfer the converted ISO image to your portable devices to watch.