Mac Basics: Use DVD Player to watch DVD movies on your Mac

With DVD Player, you can watch DVD movies right on your computer. DVD Player lets you control your viewing experience just as if you were using a full-featured standalone DVD player. 

With DVD Player, you get the same controls you'd find on a DVD player remote control. These including standard playback controls, navigational buttons, volume, chapter skip, menu, slow motion, subtitles, audio, camera angle, and more. You can also choose to view a movie in multiple window sizes, or view it in full screen. 

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Viewing a DVD

To watch a DVD using the DVD Player app and insert a DVD-Video disc in your computer's optical drive. If your Mac doesn't have a built-in optical drive, you can use an external Apple USB SuperDrive with DVD Player. You can also open DVD Player from the Applications folder.

When you insert a DVD, DVD Player displays the movie's built in menu. To access menu items, just click the items on the screen. You can also use the navigational buttons on the DVD Player Controller. 

To play the movie, click the Play button  on the DVD controller, or click the Play button on the menu screen of the DVD. To return to the DVD menu item at any time, press the Menu button on the controller, or choose Go > DVD Menu.

When you're done watching, quit DVD player by choosing DVD Player > Quit DVD Player, or by pressing Command-Q on your keyboard. 

DVD Features

Use the onscreen controller to access the same controls you'd find on a DVD player remote control, such as fast forward, play, or slow motion. You can also use the Go menu and Controls menu in DVD Player to change playback. 

You can view your DVD as a floating window, or as full screen – just choose a size from the View menu. You can also drag the lower right corner of the DVD window to make it larger or smaller.

If DVD Player is set to Full Screen mode, the OS X menu bar is automatically hidden. Once you stop moving the pointer, the pointer and onscreen controller fade away until you move your mouse or touch the trackpad again. This way you can watch your movie unobstructed. Move the pointer to the top of the screen and the menu bar reappears. To leave full screen mode, press the escape key (Esc) on your keyboard, or move your pointer to the upper right corner of the screen and click the exit full screen button. exit full screen

Many DVDs include captions and subtitles. You can select which text tracks you want to view from the Features menu.

Note: DVD Player does not support playback using AirPlay Mirroring. If you want to watch your DVD on an HDTV, connect your Mac to your TV using an HDMI cable or a video adapter.

Parental Controls

DVD Player works with the parental controls features of OS X so you can prevent certain DVDs from playing if you need to.

More Help

You can find out more about DVD Player from the built-in help in OS X. Just open DVD Player and choose Help > DVD Player Help for more information.

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