1.1 DVD to MP3
1.2 Convert DVD to MKV
1.3 How to Rip DVD
1.4 Rip DVD to AVI
1.5 Rip DVD to iPad
1.6 MakeMKV Review
1.7 Convert DVD to MOV
1.8 Convert DVD to WMV Free
1.9 Copy DVD to Mac
1.10 DVD Shrink Alternative

MakeMKV – Rip DVD and Blu-ray to MKV

MakeMKV – Rip DVD and Blu-ray to MKV

If you have hundreds of DVD and Blu-ray discs in your room, gathering dust, I am willing to bet that you must be seeking for the ripping software to change the discs into digital files. MakeMKV is the solution recommended by many of others. It is the one-click ripper software to transcode DVD and Blu-ray into MKV for playing on device.

Is MakeMKV free to use?

Does MakeMKV remove copy protection?

That’s what shall discuss in this post. We are talk about the review of MakeMKV and how to use it. Moreover, you can also find the MakeMKV alternatives here.



Part 1. MakeMKV Overview and Use

Overview of MakeMKV

MakeMKV is the Blu-ray and DVD transcoder on Windows, Mac and Linux computer. It can extract encrypted AACS and BD+ discs into a set of MKV files. Most information in the disc like audio track, subtitles, and other metadata information will be preserved without changes.

There are two main features of MakeMKV, ripping DVD and ripping Blu-ray.

Among, MakeMKV works as the freeware to rip DVD and shareware to convert Blu-ray.

After 30 days’ free trial, you need to purchase it (50,00 €) to activate the software.

Free Trial MakeMKV

After getting the basic information of MakeMKV, let’s check how to use this program.

How to Use MakeMKV

MakeMKV is simple software to use. Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Download MakeMKV from its official page. It is compatible with Windows XP and later, and Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

Note: MakeMKV is not signed by Apple, you might need to adjust gatekeeper options in order to install the program.

Step 2: After the successful installation, open this software. You will find its interface is very simple. All available optical drives will appear in its interface. Click Files to choose either Open files from ISO or folder, or Open disc to import the DVD or Blu-ray disc.

Open disc IN MakeMKV

Step 3: Once the disc files are opened in MakeMKV, you can see its all titles in the left side. Unfold the title and you will see the detailed information of the title like type, size, length, codec, etc.

Select which titles you want to convert and the tracks that you want to save in each title.

After you have made all the settings, click MakeMKV button to start transcoding.

Rip DVD in MakeMKV

Then the DVD or Blu-ray conversion will start and you can see the transcoding progress.

It is easy to use MakeMKV. However, can it be the best option for you?

Just move the next part to read the reviews of MakeMKV and then make your decision.

Part 2. MakeMKV Reviews

Though MakeMKV is easy to use and it is free to rip DVD. However, will you download it on your computer.

Let’s make a summary of this software after 4 Blu-ray movies and 3 DVD film’s ripping for about 5 hours.



After getting to know the above reviews, you can conclude that MakeMKV will be the good companion if you want to extract digital formats from DVD without spending any cost. As for Blu-ray ripping, the price seems not to be affordable for everyone.

No worry, you can find the MakeMKV alternatives in the next part.

Part 3. MakeMKV Alternatives to Rip Blu-ray and DVD

For ripping DVD and Blu-ray, we recommend the 2 replacements of MakeMKV.

AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate

AnyMP4 Video Converter Ultimate is the desktop DVD converter, which can convert DVD disc, folder, and ISO file into over 500 digital formats like MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, MKV, WMV, WebM, M4V, FLV, RMVB, SWF, VOB, TS, M2TS, MTS, MXF, MPG, 3GP, MP3, FLAC, WMA, OGG, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, M4R, etc. Apart from ripping DVD, it can transcode other mainstream video and audio formats as the common video converter. Before ripping DVD, it also offers the editing options to adjust the DVD effects.

Free Download For Windows

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Free Download For macOS

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Now, let’s check how to use this MakeMKV alternative.

Step 1: Free download this program from the above download link. Run it after the successful installation. Click the Ripper tab.

Insert your DVD disc into computer, and click the Load DVD button to add the DVD disc.

Moreover, you can select Load DVD ISO file or Load DVD folder.


Step 2: Choose the output format from the drop-down list of Rip All to:. MPG Lossless is the default output format for DVD ripping, because it can keep all the original audio and subtitle tracks of DVD.

In addition, you can also convert DVD to ISO or folder, even choose other formats to convert DVD for more devices.

Profile DVD

Step 3: This step can be skipped for those who do not need any editing features. If you want to rotate, crop, watermark, clip, edit subtitle/audio track, etc., just click the Edit icon (a star image) or the clip icon (scissors image).

Edit DVD

Note: For editing DVD files, you will have to convert DVD to other formats, instead of MPG Lossless.

Confirmation for DVD Editing

After that, you can start editing DVD title effects as you wish.

Effect Filter

Step 4: When everything is done, just click Rip All in the main interface.

Rip All

You can check the progress to know when the DVD ripping is done.

AnyMP4 Blu-ray Ripper

Another substitute for MakeMKV is AnyMP4 Blu-ray Ripper for Windows and Mac users. As its name replies, it is the professional Blu-ray ripper software to convert Blu-ray disc and folder to other formats like Video Converter Ultimate mentioned above. This program is also developed by AnyMP4 and they possess some similar functions.

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Now let’s breakdown the exact process.

Step 1: Free download Blu-ray Ripper on your Windows or Mac computer by clicking the download link above. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it. Open this software.

Step 2: Insert your Blu-ray disc into computer. Click Load Blu-ray button to select Load Bu-ray Disc.

It also allows you to load Blu-ray folder from the drop-down list of Load Blu-ray.

Load Blu Ray

Step 3: Choose the output by unfolding Rip All to:, and MKV Lossless is the default Blu-ray output format to keep all the original tracks. It also lets you choose other formats when you want to rip Blu-ray.

Select Output Format

Step 4: Click Rip All to start transcoding Blu-ray.

Rip All

Like Video Converter Ultimate in part 3, you are also allowed edit the Blu-ray disc before converting.

The combination of those 2 alternatives to MakeMKV can rip both DVD and Blu-ray like MakeMKV, but they work more powerfully than MakeMKV. Besides, they are user-friendly, compared with the old interface of MakeMKV. In addition, they are more functional than MakeMKV.

If you are looking for the separate Blu-ray and DVD ripper programs, the 2 alternatives are for you exactly. If you need both DVD and Blu-ray ripping, MakeMKV will be better.

Part 4. FAQs of MakeMKV

Is MakeMKV still free?

Party yes. The DVD ripping feature of MakeMKV is for free and Blu-ray ripping function only works for 30 days for free. After that, you need to purchase this program with 50,00 € to activate it.

Does MakeMKV remove copy protection?

Yes. MakeMKV supports all commercial Blu-ray discs protected by latest versions of AACS and BD+. That is what other Blu-ray and DVD rippers like HandBrake, VLC, etc. does not support.

Is DVD and Blu-Ray ripping Legal?

If you want to rip homemade DVD and Blu-ray made by yourself, it is surely legal. However, if you rip protected Blu-ray or DVD disc for commercial use, it is illegal. Sometimes, you can rip Blu-ray and DVD with encryption for your own use.


MakeMKV is well known as the Blu-ray and DVD ripper on Windows and Mac computer. For someone, it is not the best option to rip Blu-ray and DVD. In this post, we collect the reviews of MakeMKV, and also list the top 2 MakeMKV alternatives to help you extract digital formats from Blu-ray and DVD.

MakeMKV is in the No.1 in your Blu-ray and DVD ripper list?

Any good Blu-ray and DVD ripper from you?

Let me know by leaving your comments below.

What do you think of this post?


Rating: 4.9 / 5 (based on 201 ratings)

author Posted by Ted Klarso to Blu-ray, DVD
August 13, 2020 10:02

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