Now Blu-ray may be the best option to you if you want to enjoy full high definition 1080p movies. However, most Blu-ray movies are carried with more copyright protection including region code, AACS, BD+, etc which will put limitation to play Blu-ray at will. Sometimes you may borrow Blu-ray from friends if they have what you like, but finally you have to return it. Why not simply backup them to hard drive in an MKV container so that you can watch them whenever you want to and share them to more friends.
1. How do people rip Blu-ray movies to MKV? Which software do they use?
Blu-ray rippers varies, most of them let users to rip Blu-ray to MKV which make it difficult to decide which to use. Best ranking Blu-ray Rippers are Pavtube BDMagic, Pavtube ByteCopy, DVDfab Blu-ray Ripper, Xilisoft Blu-ray Ripper, Imtoo Blu-ray Ripper. Yet many experienced users regard MakeMKV the best tool for Blu-ray to MKV ripping.
2. Why is MakeMKV much favored by experienced users?
Firstly, it converts not only Blu-ray, but also DVD to MKV. And the functionality to open DVD discs is free. Secondly, it offers Beta version with 60 days’ trial. Lastly, MakeMKV maximizes the advantages of the Matroska (.mkv) format.
3. What are the advantages of MKV format?
Why people choose Blu-ray to MKV rather than Blu-ray to AVI, MP4, WMV and other formats? Basically because MKV is the only format which is capable of holding unlimited number of video, audio and subtitle tracks, along with any metadata. Practically this means it is possible to put an entire movie with multiple sound and subtitle tracks and movie thumbnail into single MKV file. Menus and chapter structure can be preserved as well. MakeMKV converts all of these from Blu-ray MKV and not changing it in any way, making itself the best tool for lossless Blu-ray to MKV backup.
4. Is MakeMKV just so perfect? Any shortcomings?
To be honest, MakeMKV is an ideal tool for those who would like to backup Blu-ray to MKV without any quality loss. However, it’s not favorable by everyone. The thing is, Blu-ray videos bites up too much space. It is good to have a MKV movie of Blu-ray quality, but not so good when the MKV movie is of Blu-ray size (25GB- 50GB). Unfortunately, MakeMKV does lossless Blu-ray to MKV backup only. It is not capable of compressing Blu-ray- that’s probably the defect of MakeMKV.
5. What tool to choose if I’d like to compress a Blu-ray to MKV?
Any of the above mentioned Blu-ray Rippers can compress Blu-ray to MKV for you. Special features of these Blu-ray Rippers:
Pavtube BDMagic ($34.3 now) – forced subtitles; good a/v sync, 5.1 audio (AC3/AAC) output, DVD ripping;
DVDfab Blu-ray Ripper ($60 for 1-year’s license) – keeps 2 audio tracks in one mkv file; m2ts output, decryption of BD;
Xilisoft Blu-ray Ripper ($49.95)/Imtoo Blu-ray Ripper ($49.95) – AMD APP graphic acceleration technology
All of these Blu-ray Rippers employ NVIDIA CUDA computing when converting Blu-ray to H.264 MKV.
All of these Blu-ray Rippers rip Blu-ray to AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, M4V, VOB, etc as well.
Xilisoft and Imtoo Blu-ray Ripper do not crack Blu-ray copy-protections. Do not load encrypted Blu-ray to them.
Not any Blu-ray Ripper converts Blu-ray to MKV with more than one audio track other than DVDfab; not any Blu-ray Ripper rips DVD other than Pavtube.
With the advanced Blu-ray decryption and conversion technology, Pavtube BDMagic is the best solution for you to rip both DVDs and Blu-Rays to MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, and any other video format you need with a single click. Easy to use and professional in 2D/3D to 3D conversion. Moreover, you can also increase the volume level when converting the original Blu-Ray/DVD disc so that the volume of the resulting MKV file audio is louder.
6. My choice- more than MakeMKV alternative
You may wonder which app I choose for Blu-ray to MKV ripping. Well, I had tried out all of the above mentioned Blu-ray Rippers before I become steady with Pavtube ByteCopy. I don’t want to say much about it, just one sentence: it’s more than an alternative of MakeMKV- it does everything MakeMKV does and also shrink Blu-ray to MKV container format with multiple audio tracks/subtitles, and chapter information preserved.
For a Mac version please go to the ByteCopy for Mac page. And note that the Mac version can’t employ CUDA when converting Blu-ray to MKV.
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