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How to Rip DVD to MKV with Chapters, Menus, Audio, and Subtitle Tracks

When a DVD owner converts a disc to a digital format, he may want to keep all the content of the DVD if possible. MKV is the format that will contain all the video, audio, subtitle tracks, chapters, and menus of a DVD without quality loss. And MKV can provide better compatibility than some other formats like ISO image or DVD VIDEO_TS folder. But you may don't want to transcode a DVD to MKV and lose some video quality. You may just want to extract the DVD video to MKV format, untouched. In this post, we will show you the right way to rip DVD to MKV without re-encoding.

Want to Rip DVD to MKV on Mac?

Just try WinX DVD Ripper for Mac. It can easily rip DVD to MKV, ISO image, MPG, and Video_TS folder in 1:1 quality. It extracts the MKV video from DVD with all subtitles, menus, video, audio, and chapters without re-encoding. Convert a DVD to MKV in 5 minutes only!

Note: The Windows version doesn't support exporting MKV file, but it can rip copy-protected DVDs to ISO, MPEG2, VIDEO_TS, MP4, MOV, and more media formats.

Part 1 Reasons for Ripping DVD to MKV

1. Ripping DVD will Remove DVD Copy 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 include CSS encryption, Sony ARccOS encryption, RCE Region protection, Disney X-project DRM, region code etc. DVD rippers can bypass DVD copy protections and deliver a DRM-free file. But sometimes you may encounter errors while working with DVD ripping freeware like MakeMKV, HandBrake and Freemake Video Converter.

2. DVD to MKV Backup can Reserves All DVD Content

If you have ever encoded DVD 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. MKV 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.

Part 2 How to Backup and Convert DVD to MKV with WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

As mentioned above, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is the best DVD to MKV converter for Mac. Check more features below.

  • Convert DVD to MKV video, ISO image, MPG, and Video_TS folder with original quality;
  • Convert DVD to H.264, H.265, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, and 350+ output profiles;
  • Flexibily select the subtitle/audio tracks, add subtitles, crop, trim, and edit the MKV video;
  • Support almost all encryptions on DVDs, incl. Region Codes, CSS, RCE, Disney X-project DRM, etc.;
  • Safe Mode to ensure smooth DVD to MKV conversion without errors.

Free download WinX DVD Ripper for Mac to rip DVD to MKV without quality loss. Windows version can rip DVD to MP4 and other formats.

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After downloading and installing the DVD ripper, just follow the steps below to rip DVD to MKV on Mac.

Step 1 - Open up WinX DVD Ripper for Mac and Add DVD Content

Insert the DVD to the DVD drive. Run the DVD to MKV converter and click "Disc". 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.

Tips: It also supports importing DVD folder and ISO image files for converting to MKV format.

Step 2 - Choose MKV as Target Format

After the DVD content is fully imported, the ripper will bypass copy protection and right check main title automatically. What you need to do is to define target format: Output Profile -> DVD Backup -> Backup full title to MKV. As the interface shows, it will back up all videos, audios and subtitles.

Rip DVD to MKV without losing quality
Rip DVD to MKV without losing quality

Step 3 - Edit the MKV video (optional)

Click the Edit button, and then you'll be able to trim, crop, expand, and add external subtitle. For example, if the subtitles in the language you want is missing, you can click Subtitle> Enable subtitle > External subtitle file > "Add" to add an external .srt file to DVD video.

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac - Edit
WinX DVD Ripper for Mac - Edit

Step 4 - Start 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".

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Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping commercial DVDs for any illegal purpose. You're suggested to refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before doing so.

Part 3 How to Rip DVD to MKV with MakeMKV

MakeMKV is the first choice of many users when it comes to extracting MKV from a DVD without quality loss. This tool is specially designed to convert Blu-ray and DVD disc to MKV format. It will preserver all video and audio tracks, chapters information, and all meta information. It works fast because it doesn't transcode video, just extract. Of course the disadvantage is that it will export a super large MKV file.

Now let's download MakeMKV and learn how to convert DVD to MKV with MakeMKV.

Step 1. Insert target DVD into your DVD drive. Launch MakeMKV and click the DVD to hard drive button to import the DVD.

MakeMKV - open DVD
MakeMKV - open DVD

Step 2. Select the titles, audios, and subtitles you want to preserve.

Rip DVD to MKV with MakeMKV
MakeMKV- select titles, audios, subtitles

Step 3. Specify an output folder to store the resulting MKV file.

Step 4. Hit Make MKV button to begin ripping DVD to MKV.

While ripping DVD with MakeMKV, you may encounter errors like DVD failed to open, backup option greyed out for DVD, A/V out of sync, crashes, missing beginning, etc. This is because MakeMKV doesn't support some copy protections. In this case, you can give WinX DVD Ripper a try. Among all the DVD rippers, WinX DVD Ripper is the strongest one to decrypt DVD.

Part 4 How to Rip DVD to MKV with HandBrake

Besides ripping DVD to MP4, HandBrake can also convert DVD to MKV. However, HandBrake can't handle copy-protected DVDs on its own. You need to install libdvdcss to help HandBrake recognize encrypted discs.

After you finish the installation of HandBrake and libdvdcss, you can follow the steps to rip DVD to MKV with HandBrake.

Step 1. Put target DVD to your optical drive. Open HandBrake and select your DVD. Then, HandBrake will scan DVD titles.

Step 2. Select the title and chapters you want to convert to MKV.

Rip DVD to MKV with HandBrake
Rip DVD to MKV with HandBrake

Step 3. Click Preset > Matroska, and then choose a MKV format. You're commended to choose H.264 MKV 480p30 for NTSC DVD and H.264 MKV 576P25 for PAL DVD.

Step 4. Hit Start Encode button to begin ripping DVD to MKV. Note: HandBrake will decode the DVD and re-encode the video into MKV in H264, H265, or other codecs, during which quality loss will happen.


author - Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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