MakeMKV is a desktop application that makes your DVD/Bluray ripping/backup task a breeze. The application is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.The backup process will only take you a couple of clicks when using the software. MakeMKV works on Windows, Linux and MacOS-X.
What is MKV?
For those of you who don’t know, MKV stands for “Matroska Video”. Matroska is a container file format, capable of holding unlimited number of video, audio and subtitile tracks, along with any metadata. Practically this means that it is possible to put entire movie with multiple sound and subtitle tracks, chapters information and movie thumbnail into single file. Being open and patent-free Matroska gained broad support recently and quickly becomes de-facto standard for storing movies.
Advantages of MKV
• MKV is open and free. No one holds patents or licenses and anyone can implement it freely. As a result nearly every software player and many hardware devices support it. The best software players out there ( VLC, MPlayer ) have full MKV support and are absolutely free.
• MKV files do not have evil features attached.
• You can play them on any capable hardware. No need for HDCP-certified video card or any “trusted” environment.
• You can copy them to your laptop and watch anytime, even if your laptop lacks DVD or Blu-ray drive, or any drive whatsoever.
• One file is one title. If you don’t want to watch dozen trailers before the movie, you don’t have to. And fast forward button always works, too.
• There are no restrictions where to play the file. There are no region-based restrictions. You have control over the content you’ve paid for.
• MKV files are easy to change. Want to remove unneeded audio track from the file? Thought about converting MPEG-2 video into H264 to make the file 5 times smaller? All of it can be easily done with free software.
• MKV files are compact. For exactly the same content MKV files are about 10% smaller than DVD files and roughly 40% smaller than Blu-ray files.
• Reads DVD and Blu-ray discs
• Reads Blu-ray discs protected with latest versions of AACS and BD+
• Preserves all video and audio tracks, including HD audio
• Preserves chapters information
• Preserves all meta-information (track language, audio type)
• Fast conversion – converts as fast as your drive can read data.
• No additional software is required for conversion or decryption.
MakeMKV’s DVD to MKV feature is free and will always remain free. Other features which include Blu-ray decryption and processing are only free during the BETA period. If you’re looking for an easy way of making Blu-Ray/DVD backups, better check out MakeMKV. It’s by far the simplest and easiest to use.