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How to Use MakeMKV & HandBrake – DVD & Blu ray Ripping Tool

MakeMKV and HandBrake are mentioned like a bundle as DVD and Blu ray ripping tool. Do you know the reason for that? Today I will uncover the fact and tell you how to use MakeMKV and HandBrake for DVD and Blu ray ripping. After reading this article, you will find a good place to save your discs currently in a cabinet or shelf surrounded by dust. So now follow me to learn how to back up movies, TV shows, etc. with the widely used DVD & Blu ray ripping tool – MakeMKV & HandBrake.

MakeMKV and HandBrake are mentioned like a bundle as DVD and Blu ray ripping tool. Do you know the reason for that? Today I will uncover the fact and tell you how to use MakeMKV and HandBrake for DVD and Blu ray ripping. After reading this article, you will find a good place to save your discs currently in a cabinet or shelf surrounded by dust. So now follow me to learn how to back up movies, TV shows, etc. with the widely used DVD & Blu ray ripping tool – MakeMKV & HandBrake.

◊ Table of Contents:

1. Rip DVD/Blu ray to MKV with MakeMKV

(1) What is MKV?

(2) Is it legal to convert DVD and Blu ray?

(3) Is MakeMKV free and its limitations?

(4) Preparations before using MakeMKV

(5) How to use MakeMKV to rip DVD and Blu ray

2. How long will it take to rip DVD or Blu rays with MakeMKV?

3. Cons of ripped DVD and Blu ray with MakeMKV & Solutions?

4. The difference between ripping DVD and Blu ray with MakeMKV

5. Rip DVD and Blu ray with HandBrake

6. DVD/Blu ray ripper with more output formats

7. Display ripped DVD/Blu ray better?

1. Rip DVD/Blu ray to MKV with MakeMKV

Before learning how to use MakeMKV to rip DVD and Blu ray, be clear about “What is MKV”, “Is it legal to convert DVD and Blu ray”, “Is MakeMKV free and its limitations” as well as “Preparations before how to use MakeMKV”.

(1) What is MKV?

MKV stands for Matroska video. This video format is similar to MP4, AVI, WMV, etc. in format, but contains more video, audio, image and subtitles tracks than them in use. That’s why DVD and Blu ray collectors hope to learn how to use MakeMKV to convert DVD or Blu ray to this format.

(2) Is it legal to convert DVD and Blu ray?

As to whether it is legal to rip DVD or Blu ray, think before you leap based on your region law. No matter it is commercial DVD/Blu ray discs or personal ones, be careful and keep away from delinquency. Otherwise learning how to use MakeMKV is a waste of time.

(3) Is MakeMKV free and its limitations?

Definitely, MakeMKV is free and it provides you with a 30-day free trial. But there are some limitations followed behind MakeMKV beta download, unless you pay $50 or more for lifetime license.

Limitations in how to use MakeMKV beta:

  • First, the service in MakeMKV beta is time-limited. MakeMKV changes its beta key every two month, so you have to download the new version of MakeMKV following this update.
  • Second, MakkeMKV beta doesn’t support HD-DVD, so they may be not available in this software. And even if they can be decoded, not all the audios and subtitles won’t be preserved.
  • Third, in order to run MakeMKV beta version, the Windows administrator privileges are required.
MakeMKV is compatible with multiple systems.
Install MakeMKV on Windows/Mac/Linux

(4) Preparations before using MakeMKV

In order to learn how to use MakeMKV to rip DVD and Blu ray, you need to prepare such things.

  • Big hard drive

DVD and Blu ray take up large space, so you should ensure your hard drive is big enough to hold DVDs and Blu rays you are going to rip. Generally speaking, a single DVD will be 4.7 GB or so, while a Blu ray disc will be about 50 GB.

  • Optical drive

Which kind of optical drive you need to prepare depends on ripping DVD or Blu ray with MakeMKV. If you use MakeMKV to rip DVD, a DVD drive is enough. If you have a Blu ray drive, any CD, DVD and Blu ray can be ripped with it. Many people purchase an optical drive like PioXeer BDR from Best Buy, Amazon or other stores. You can also give a try.

Prepare you disc
Insert your DVD/Blu-ray Disc

(5) How to use MakeMKV to rip DVD and Blu ray

  • Launch MakeMKV in Windows, Mac or Linux
  • Insert a disc to your optical drive or USB cable
  • Click “File”> “Open disc” and select the target disc
  • Click the button like a drive – Wait for MakeMKV to analyze your disc
  • Look through the disc content – Tick off the boxes you want to rip (video, audio, subtitle, etc.)
  • Set the output folder
  • Click the “Make MKV”button – Convert DVD/Blu ray to MKV

Notes: If there are several tiles in your disc, you’ll get one file for each.

Decide where to save your files
Set Output Folder

2. How long will it take to rip DVD or Blu rays with MakeMKV?

There are two factors influencing the time spent in DVD and Blu ray ripping with MakeMKV. First, it depends on how fast your drive reads DVD or Blu ray disc. Usually Blu ray will take more time than DVD due to its big size, nearly as long as the video duration on 5K iMac. For example, if a Blu ray movie takes 2 hours, MakeMKV will spend about 2 hours to rip your Blu ray disc. Second, internal drive works faster than external USB, so you can spare more space in your PC to rip DVD and Blu ray. So learn how to use MakeMKV to rip DVD/Blu ray needs time.

3. Cons of ripped DVD and Blu ray with MakeMKV?

Use MakeMKV to rip DVD/Blu ray to MKV and the output file will be huge, as much as 30-40 GB. Then the big MKV file will cause iOS device full, trouble in video streaming even if your home Wi-Fi is smooth and strong, as well as incompatibility with most mobile devices.

In order to solve such problems, you have two ways with the help of HandBrake.

Solution 1

Convert MKV to an Apple-compatible format with HandBrake, so that you can add it to iTunes, Apple TV or other iOS devices.

  • Download HandBrake on Windows, Mac or Linux
  • Start HandBrake and click “File”under “Source Selection
  • Load the MKV file ripped by MakeMKV
  • Reset the file name and destination based on your preference
  • Click the button of “Encode”and HandBrake will convert DVD/Blu ray to MP4 format

How long will it take to convert DVD/Blu ray to MKV?

There are two factors involved to influence the ripping speed. First is the video quality you have selected. The higher the quality is, the longer the time is. So you have to give up demands for quality if you want to rip DVD or Blu ray fast, may be half of the time compared to lossless conversion. Second, the performance of your CPU matters a lot. If it is strong enough, DVDs and Blu rays will be processed fast.

Solution 2

Decrease MKV size with HandBrake but retain MKV format.

  • Find the “Presets Drawer
  • Click the disclosure triangle next Matroska
  • Choose one preferred preset

Recommend preset (HandBrake doesn’t support H.265):

Blu ray: H.264 MKV 1080p30

DVD: H.264 MKV 576p26 or H.264 MKV 480p30

Note: VP8 and VP9 are Goolge codes which are unavailable on Apple devices.

What is the difference between converting MKV to M4V and converting MKV to MKV?

Let me give you some data to make it clear. Suppose the size of an MKV file is 30-40 GB. If you convert it to .M4V, it will become 6-10GB. However, if you convert it to H.264 MKV 1080p30 preset, the size will be 3-4 GB. It is a huge difference in size,right? So decrease MKV to smaller MKV saves more space than converting MKV to other formats.

How long will it take to convert big MKV file to small MKV file?

Nearly the same with the duration of your DVD or Blu ray movie.

So choose the bundle of MakeMKV & HandBrake will spend you 4 hours in total to convert DVD/Blu-ray to MKV and make the output file smaller in size.

4. The difference between ripping DVD and Blu ray with MakeMKV

After MakeMKV rips your DVD, the output files will be saved using the movie title. While if you rip Blu ray using MakeMKV, the output videos will be named as Title_01, Title_02, Title_03, etc. So maybe you need to rename such files another time.

Naming a ripped file needs skills rather than give a name at will, otherwise a video player may fail to locate and read it. So there are some tips on how to name a file for you.

  • How to name a movie: \subfolder\movie name (Year)\somefilename.mkv

eg.: \Movies/Avatar (2009)\somefilename.mkv

  • How to name TV shows using one folder: \TV Shows\TV name (Year)\Season number\TV name. Episode number – Filename

eg.: \TV Shows\House (2004)\Season 1\House.S01E01 – Everybody Lies.mkv

MakeMKV alternative
Rip your DVD/Blu-ray files

5. Rip DVD and Blu ray with HandBrake

Besides using MakeMKV to rip DVD and Blu ray and deal with the output MKV files with Hand Brake, HandBrake itself works to rip DVD and Blu ray disc, and it has much common with MakeMKV. For example, both MakeMKV and HandBrake are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux as well and they are able to convert DVD to MKV. Besides that, HandBrake can also rip DVD to MP4, while MakeMKV enables you to choose subtitles free. If you choose HandBrake to rip DVD, “Forced Subtitles” will be used to translate foreign languages. And Blu ray discs will use a different system to display subtitles.

6. DVD/Blu ray ripper with more output formats

Now, let’ me introduce an MakeMKV alternative – DVDFab DVD Ripper. This free software can rip DVD with more output video formats besides MKV and MP4.

(1) Download and install DVDFab DVD Ripper

DVDFab DVD Ripper is compatible with Windows and Mac. Get it launched on your machine first. Remember to choose the module of “Ripper”, which is very important.

(2) Import your DVD video

DVDFab DVD Ripper supports DVD disc (2D $ 3D), DVD folder and DVD ISO image file.

DVDFab DVD Ripper
How to rip DVD movies

(3) Choose output format and folder

Click the “Profile switcher” (MP4 icon) and choose preferred output format for your DVD movie. Then, set the output folder using the options at the bottom. Click “Start” and wait for your DVD movie in your favorite format like MP4, FLV, MKV, etc.

Is it easy to use DVDFab DVD Ripper to rip your DVDs? If you want to make a digital backup copy of Blu-ray discs which you have legally purchased, turn to DVDFab Blu-ray for help.

7. Display Ripped DVD and Blu ray Better

After ripping DVD and Blu-ray with MakeMKV, many people choose VLC media player to play it. In fact, there are also other MKV players available.

(1) Metax – Play MKV on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

After launching this player, click the option of “AUTOTAG” on the top. Then Metax will scrap a cover from Internet based on your movie name. But sometimes, the bug is Metax may fail to find such a cover, so you have to download a cover and add it to the section of “Select File”. Then play your ripped DVD or Blu rays featuring a corresponding cover.

(2) DVDFab Player 6

This free MKV player defeats almost 99 percent video players in performace and ease of use. It offers PC mode and TV mode, scrapes and downloads the most beautiful covers from Internet to display your videos and music in the library. And it never fails to do that. You can use it to play any DVD/Blu ray disc or videos encoded by H.264 and H.265. There are also menu mode provided. You can create a playlist and watch it in the best video and audio quality.

The Best MKV Player

Conclusion

Have you had a full picture of how to use MakeMKV to rip DVD and Blu-ray movies? Follow the instructions above, you will get plenty of DVD and Blu-ray movies in your favorite formats. In the future, it will be easy for you to enjoy your DVD and Blu-ray videos on PC, iPhone, iPad and any other mobile devices. For more information on how to use MakeMKV on Linux, please read another article.

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7 replies on “How to Use MakeMKV & HandBrake – DVD & Blu ray Ripping Tool”

After reading this article, I do have a full picture of how to use MakeMKV alternative to rip DVD and Blu-ray movies. In the future, it will be easy for me to enjoy my DVD and Blu-ray videos on PC, iPhone, iPad and any other mobile devices.

MakeMKV is difficult to use for a beta key hard to find. DVDFab DVD/Blu-ray ripper is the best alternatives to MakeMKV I think. If you also desire fast speed and lossless quality, they merit your attention.

I’ve been trying to rip a DVD of my best friend for his wedding tomorrow. This means a lot. With the help of DVDFab DVD Ripper, I am closer to the success.

This is the first time I have tried to use DVDFab products. Its DVD ripper was really easy to use. I think I will be a frequent customer to its software.

Thank you, it helps me rip DVD and Bluray to more digital formats with DVDFab. I no longer turn MakeMKV and Handbrake for help.

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