How to Rip DVD to MKV on Computer with All Content Retained or Selected Chapter, Audio and Subs

[Latest Updated: Nov. 26, 2018 by Kistent Waung to DVD Ripping]

DVD to MKV on Computer

Follow this new 2018-19 guide on how to 1:1 backup DVD to MPEG2 MKV without transcoding in a flash, or fast rip DVD to H.264/H.265/XviD MKV on computer without quality loss.

All DVD owners want to rip DVD content for playback with no limitation at times. In most cases, MP4 and MKV are top choices for DVD digitalization. If you'd like to copy DVD to hard disk as Matroska format, here you've come to the right place. We will deliver an overall guide on how to rip DVD to MKV with re-encoding or not.

#1 - Reasons for Ripping DVD to MKV on Windows PC

1. Ripping DVD to MKV Removes DVD Protections
Similar to Blu-ray, DVD disc is also equipped with a variety of protections to prevent DVD content from illegal use. The most popular encryption techs forbidding you from ripping DVD to MKV include CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection, Disney X-project DRM, region code etc. Famed DVD ripping freeware like MakeMKV, HandBrake and Freemake Video Converter all feature DVD to MKV ripping, while none of them is able to crash complicated DVD protection schemes other than CSS.

2. DVD to MKV Backup can Reserves All DVD Content
If you have ever encoded movies into MP4, AVI, or MPEG format, and been slightly frustrated with the loss of DVD extra elements, then you can switch to MKV as the DVD backup format, which is able to contain all detailed chapter information, sub-chapters, titles, multiple audio and video streams, subtitles, attachments and custom metadata.

3. MKV Container Is as Universal as MP4 with High Quality
Since MKV supports any type of video/audio tracks and subtitles inside, and is quite efficient for storage and streaming, it's widely used on video transmitting. Usually, common DVD rippers can help rip a 4-8 GB DVD movie to a digital file in hundreds of MB, but you will get much quality loss. Only some seasoned DVD to MKV backup tools balance well on video file size and DVD ripping speed.

#2 - How to Backup, Rip DVD Disc to MKV on Computer

VideoProc - ★★★★☆ 4.8/5 (by 157 votes) | Available for both PC and Mac
The skilled and superior DVD ripping and backup software offers many DVD to MKV solutions. You can 1:1 copy DVD to MKV without reencoding in 5 minutes, or transcode DVD to MKV with high quality still.
  • DVD to MKV (HEVC/H.264)
  • Intel/Nvidia/AMD hardware acceleration

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Disclaimer: Digiarty does not advocate ripping protected DVDs for commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

#3 - Guide on How to Backup, Rip DVD to MKV on Computer

Firstly, head to VideoProc download page to free download and install it on whatever Windows PC by following the wizard. Then place source DVD content on the computer to standby. Luckily, VideoProc supports ripping DVD disc, as well as ISO image and DVD Folder to MKV video. Now check out the detailed steps on VideoProc ripping DVD to MKV.

Step 1 - Open Up VideoProc DVD Ripper
Fire up VideoProc and click the second button labeled in DVD icon to turn into a bigger VideoProc - DVD Ripper panel.

Step 2 - Add DVD Content
Click "DVD Disc" or "Folder" or "ISO" to upload DVD content to the ripper according to the real DVD type. When choosing the source DVD to add, you'll find "Auto Detect" option ticked under DVD Disc File System Type, don't alter the default setting unless you know them well.

Rip DVD to MKV with VideoProc on Windows 10 PC

Step 3 - Choose MKV as Target Format
After the DVD content is fully imported to ripper with copy protection bypassed and right title checked automatically, it's time to define target format. Five DVD to MKV ripping options are available here. Choose one as you prefer and move on to the next step.

Step 4 - Start Accelerated DVD to MKV Ripping
If you do not have other advanced and personalized settings, just hit "RUN" to beging DVD to MKV ripping. To ensure a stable DVD to MKV ripping process with no error, you're suggested to choose "Safe Mode".

DVD to MKV Options Provided by VideoProc


With all DVD chapters audio subtitles menus etc.


1. Backup -> MKV Copy

Y (1:1 lossless copy DVD to MKV)


2. Backup -> H264 MKV

Y (1:1 fully copy DVD to MKV)

Y (MPEG2 -> H264)

3. Video -> H264 MKV

N (with video content selectable and editable)

Y (MPEG2 -> H264)

4. Video -> H264 MKV -> Codec & Format -> Change Video Codec to XviD

N (with video content selectable and editable)

Y (MPEG2 ->XivD)

5. Video -> H264 MKV -> Codec & Format -> Change Video Codec to HEVC

N (with video content selectable and editable)


MKV size comparison with all video audio values the same: 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 > 5

DVD to MKV ripping speed varies from situations. But one thing is for sure: copying DVD to MPEG2 MKV without re-encoding is the fastest.

After backuping DVD to MKV format, you can even use 5KPlayer to playback MKV video. Since MKV is open-sourced, it is quite easy to find a component MKV Player on both Windows and Mac OS. Meanwhile, VideoProc also allows you to rip DVD to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Android Huawei/Samsung, PS4/Xbox, etc. Thus, you can enjoy DVD movies on portable devices when you are on a trip.

Question MarkI'd like to watch MKV movie on iOS mobile? How do I transfer MKV movie ripped from DVD disc to my iPhone or iPad directly, without converting in advance?

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For transferring and watching ripped DVD video in MKV on iPhone (Xs/Max/XR) or iPad, the best iOS file manager - WinX MediaTrans (much easier than iTunes) is of great aid. Just FREE download it to transfer MKV videos to iPhone iPad now.


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About the Author

Author - Kistent Waung    Kistent Waung@kistent2014

Joined Digiarty for 4 years as a website editor and technical writer, she focuses on giving readers all-around but lifestyle tech reviews & tips on hot gadgets and multimedia solutions. In the leisure time, she has a mania for travelling, baseball and transcendental meditation.

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