How to Kick the DVD copy protection to one side with MakeMKV

In case the original DVD disk was damaged, stolen, or lost, I need to make as many digital copies as i want. So I needed a software app that would kick the copy protection to one side and laugh in its face. I found that hero in MakeMKV.

MakeMKV is a software app which shreds the copy protection on a disk, provides you with each file it finds, and when you have made your selection, it makes a nice beautiful MKV file, with perfect picture and sound quality. You can then play it with your favourite media player. The software is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

How Does It Work?

After installing the app, enter your disk into your hard-drive and fire up MakeMKV. Obviously, the disk needs to be in a DVD drive. MakeMKV will now run, whirr, and make its noises and, all going well, will show you the title of the disk, along with the disk information. Next, click on the hard-drive icon again to proceed to the next step.

Now you have to decide which disk chapters you are going to rip. Obviously, the movie (or TV show) will be the largest file. In this case, it is the 7.5GB file. The others will probably be extra features. It’s up to you whether or not you want to rip the extras for the disk. A quick read of the back of the DVD box will tell you whether or not the extras are worth keeping.

Now, with each chapter you want to rip, make sure the box is ticked. BUT you also have to do something else before hitting that “Make MKV” button. If you drop down one of the chapter menus, you will see that subtitles are also enabled. Assuming you don’t want the subtitles, untick those boxes. Of course I chose a disk that DOESN’T have subtitles (thanks God, appreciate that one). But if you drop down the menu of a DVD chapter, the subtitles are there in 99% of cases.

OK, assuming you’ve done all that, click the “Make MKV” button and let the software do its thing.

Meanwhile, do something else; make coffee, read War & Peace, solve world hunger. That kind of thing.

Eventually, you will find the DVD chapters nicely ripped as MKV files in the desktop folder you specified in the settings.

However, the program is time-limited — it will stop functioning after 60 days. You can always download the latest version from makemkv.com that will reset the expiration date.* HD-DVD support is limited – some discs may fail to open and not all audio and subtitle tracks will be preserved. Also, it can only output files in MKV format, which is not compatible for most media player and can not meet all users’ needs.

In this case, take the outstanding converting speed and excellent output quality into consideration, I’d like to recommend you take advantage of a more professional and reliable program like Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac. With its help, you can effortlessly rip and convert DVD to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, and other 250+ HD/SD formats regardless of any kinds of DVD copy protections. In addition, lots of video presets for portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. are provided to let you get videos to fit a certain device. If you’re a Windows user, simply turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Windows, which lets you turn DVD into digital copy on Windows(Windows 10 included). Now download this program and follow the steps to finish your work.

If you not only wanna convert DVD videos, but also intend to convert Blu-ray or HD Videos such as MKV, MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI movies, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice. It is a yet professional all-in-one Blu-ray Ripper, DVD Ripper and HD Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. What’s more, its deinterlacing function and merging, cropping, trimming, adding subtitles ability are what its many competitive products lack of.

Guide:How to Rip and Convert DVD to Digital File on Mac

Step 1: Import source DVD

Launch the DVD Ripper and click “Load file(s)” to load original DVD discs.

Step 2: Choose output format

If you wanna rip DVD to your needed file types, you need specify a format as output format. Click on the dropdown menu of “Format”, and then choose your needed one from the multiple output format presets. You can convert to MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV, etc or directly rip DVD for playback on iPad, iPhone, PS Vita, Nook HD, Galaxy Tab and more other portable devices you can think of.

Tip: Click “Settings” button, then you are able to adjust all the settings in the following window to customize the output file quality, including codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 3: Start to convert

Click the big arrow “Convert” button on the top-right of the interface to start to convert DVD to digital file.

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