How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

MakeMKV is a popular DVD and Blu-ray ripper. In this article, we will walk you through how to use MakeMKV to rip DVDs and Blu-rays encrypted with common copy protection techniques. This tutorial also involves another free video transcoding program, Handbrake, in case that you want to rip your movies in other popular formats rather than MKV. В

Compared with other disc ripping tools, MakeMKV features more practical functions. Remarkably, it can remove most copy protections while enabling you to backup DVD and Blu-ray discs. You can either choose to save 1:1 content or movie file with desired audio and subtitle tracks from a DVD or Blu-ray to MKV video file. However, MKV is the only option of its output format, which always results in incompatibility with some devices or players, and large file size. In order to make up the deficiency and get a more device friendly file, the most common and effective way is to further convert the video file to MP4 with the well-known HandBrake. But how?

The following is the detailed process of how to use MakeMKV to rip any DVD and Blu-ray disc, and as a bonus tip, how to convert the exported file with HandBrake. The whole process is demonstrated on Windows 10 64 Bit and also apply to Mac OS X and Linux.

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Part 1. Rip a DVD or Blu-ray Disc with MakeMKV

First go to the MakeMKV official website to download and install MakeMKV:
As its official page declares, MakeMKV has both freeware and shareware functionality. It allows users to rip DVD and AVCHD discs for free, and use the Blu-ray conversion and streaming features without cost during a 30-days trial period. After the 30-day trial period expires, you need to purchase a registration key. But MakeMKV has long been in beta version. You can activate the application and unlock all features free using a beta key provided on the developer’s forum. When there is a new beta, reinstall and activate it with a matching new beta key the website offers. In this way, MakeMKV can be used totally free all the time. В

After successful installation, use MakeMKV to rip DVDs or Blu-rays as follows:

Step 1. Insert a disc into your computer’s optical drive or external drive if your device doesn’t come with one.

Step 2. Launch MakeMKV. It will detect the disc and display the disc information.

Step 3. Click the big DVD or Blu-ray drive icon to scan all titles in the disc.

Step 4. When the scanning process finishes, it will list all chapters in the disc in the left side panel. MakeMKV selects all titles by default. But if you only want to rip the movie, it is most likely to be the title at the largest size. Select desired titles based upon your needs.

Step 5. If your movie is with multiple audio tracks and subtitles, double click on the movie title to extend more items. Then, you should see that there are multiple audio and subtitle tracks listed. You decide whether to rip them all or save specific tracks.

Step 6. When you are good to go, click the yellow folder icon on the right side to designate a place to save the exported file. Make sure that the destination you choose have enough free space because the movie file will be quite large. Then click Make MKV to initiate the process.

Step 7. It will take about 10-30 minutes to finish the process on the basis of the disc type, the tracks you select, and the movie you rip. When the whole process ends, you can see a dialog telling copy complete, xx titles saved.

Now you can check the digital movie file on the folder you have assigned. In consideration of its large size, we go further to compress the MKV video through conversion in Hanbrake.

Part 2. Convert and Compress the Exported Movie File with Handbrake

Install Handbrake via:
Handbrake is an open-source video converter featuring handy operation and flexible settings. It allows users to convert videos to MP4 H.264 or H.265 in smaller file size yet keeping the same quality.

Step 1. Open Handbrake, select File on the left Source Selection sidebar, head to the folder saving the movie file and import it into the program.

Step 2. Under the Summary tab, select MP4 format. Additionally, you can click the Video tab to modify more video parameters including video codecs, quality, frame rate, bitrate, etc.

Step 3. Click the Browse icon on the bottom of the program to set an output path.

Step 4. Click the green Start Encode button on the top bar.

After the conversion, you will see the difference on file size. In this case, we use MakeMKV to rip a DVD movie and get a 6.98GB file. After the compression in Handbrake, the final file size is 1.04GB and the quality damage is invisible.

Wind up

It’s how to use MakeMKV to rip DVDs and Blu-rays and also optimize the final file for better viewing. As you can see, the whole process is rather simple and reliable based on the two well-known programs. However, there are some tools that can help simplify the process greatly. For example, if you want to backup or digitize your DVD collection, you can also try WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. It specializes in fast and easy ripping tasks and has support for most copy-protected DVDs, all popular output formats and hot devices.

by Kevincy

Updated on May 25, 2021

Now everyone should have a ton of Blu-ray discs, we all know that many Blu-ray discs come with digital copies. However, those digital copies that belong to you are subject to expiration after a while, and if you don’t take action before the deadline, you’ll lose the opportunity to get them. In this case, you have to resort to third-party tools. HandBrake must be the first choice for many people, isn’t it?

Can HandBrake Rip Blu-ray Discs?

Just as VLC will come to most people’s minds when speaking of a media player, HandBrake, needless to say, is the most acclaimed video transcoder. Beyond that, many people even use HandBrake as a free DVD ripping program, so the question arises, does HandBrake rip Blu-ray?

Definitely! It has stated clearly in HandBrake Documentation that HandBrake has an exceptional ability to rip DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs. However, quite a few people may overlook the most important information “HandBrake does not defeat or circumvent copy protection of any kind”, which means, it only works with recorded/burnt/homemade Blu-ray disks. In the following article, I’ll show you how to rip Blu-ray with HandBrake.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

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How to Rip DRM-free Blu-ray with HandBrake?

For those unprotected Blu-ray discs, HandBrake offers the native support scan and rip them. First of all, update HandBrake to the latest version from the official website. Then follow simple steps below.

Step 1. Insert your DRM-free Blu-ray disc into the BD-ROM Drive. Then launch the HandBrake Blu-ray ripper.

Step 2. Choose BD drive in Source Selection to load your Blu-ray Disc. Please be patient with this procedure as it may take a while to scan the Blu-ray.

Step 3. When the scanning is complete, navigate to Title section and select your desired title you want to rip in the drop-down list. Generally, you may want to select the longest title. Also, you can rip multiple episodes by using “Add to Queue” feature on the top-bar.

Step 4. Select MP4, MKV or WebM as the output video format under the Summary tab. For experienced users, you’re able to customize video resolution, deinterlace video, change video/audio encoder, add subtitle, etc. under other tabs.

Step 5. Then select one of presets on the right side for general, web, device or production usage based on your need.

Step 6. Finally, click on Browse button at the bottom to specific a destination folder to save the ripped video file. Then hit the green Start Encode button on top of HandBrake to start the Blu-ray ripping process. It will cost a lot of time since Blu-ray is always oversize. You can see the ripping process on the bottom and wait for its finish.

Can I Rip Commercial Blu-ray Discs with HandBrake?

Step 1. Insert your commercial Blu-ray disc into BD-ROM Drive.

Step 2. Download and install MakeMKV on your computer. It’s a totally free program and you can always get temporary beta key every month on this forum page.

Step 3. Launch MakeMKV, select your BD-ROM Drive and press the big “Open Blu-ray disc” button to scan and process Blu-ray titles automatically for a little while.

Step 4. After that, MakeMKV will list all available titles that contain videos, audio and subtitles on the left side. You can mark the checkboxes according to your preference. I always select the main title to remove those redundant ads, previews, trailers, etc.

Step 5. On the right side, set an output folder to save the ripped movie file. Make sure there is enough space on the local drive, because a Blu-ray movie is usually over 20GB in file size. Finally, hit the “Make MKV” button to rip Blu-ray to MKV. The process is expected to be a bit long based on various reasons, such as PC configuration, BD drive speed and Blu-ray Disc size, etc. Please be patient.

After the ripping process, you’ll get a large-size MKV file. You can keep it if you don’t mind the drive capacity, otherwise, you can compress video with HandBrake into a reasonable file size. The presets in General are recommended for general use. That’s the whole tutorial on how to rip Blu-ray with HandBrake, have you got it? If there is any problem in the process, you’re welcomed to contact us.

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“In a recent article, I explained how you can rip DVDs with the free HandBrake,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Macworld. “While the solution I describe in that article is easy to use, you might want to consider another way of ripping discs. You can do this using the free MakeMKV, and then using HandBrake.”

This has several advantages:
• There’s no need to install additional tools from the command line, as I explained in the “How to rip DVDs with HandBrake” article.
• You can also rip Blu-ray discs with MakeMKV and then convert these files to iTunes-compatible files.
• If you don’t want to store your videos in iTunes, you can play them with the free VLC media player, and you can view them in the iOS version of VLC as well.
• And if you use Plex to manage and view videos, then you can use the MKV file as is; Plex can read and play this type of file, and it’s got great apps for iOS and the Apple TV.

McElhearn writes, “Here’s how to use MakeMKV to rip optical discs, and how to convert them with HandBrake.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s time-consuming, but if you have a large library of BR/DVDs that you’ve purchased over the years, it can be well worth it.


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You can do this using the free MakeMKV, and then using HandBrake.

MacMKV is not free. It provides 30 days of preview then costs $50. Kirk’s article provides a workaround link where you can download a developer’s registration key. But it too is time limited. Therefore, you’d have to pick up a new key after each previous key expires its beta period.

And of course The First Rule of Computing is:
Make A Backup

The MPAA/RIAA are entirely WRONG when they say you can’t make a backup of media you purchased. Yes you can. If they bitch at you, point to the Fair Use Doctrine. Making a personal backup of media you own will always be fair.

What you can’t legally do is give/upload copies of your media to others.

I’m pretty sure the DMCA was changed in 2013 to allow making personal copies of your media.

I don’t know. But Kirk points out in his article that the MPAA is, from his experience, is still disapproving of copying purchased media.

This is where we stand:
The BetaMax Decision of the SCOTUS said you can back up media you have purchased- otherwise it is OK to copy your CDs or whatever for personal use. It is not OK to copy stuff you do not own or to go into production and distribution.

The DMCA makes it illegal to break encryption, but that has not been tested in the courts to my knowledge.

Make MKV works well on BluRays but yields large files. You should pay the developer for their work- do not keep hacking trial codes.

A lower cost alternative for regular DVDs is RipIt which works very well.

Ripping the Blu Rays in the background to a scratch drive is no big deal- I do it while working on my computer. When you get a bunch, do a batch queue in Handbrake or Turbo 264- which also does a nice job. Does not take significant resources- it will work on a Mac mini or a Mac Pro.

I am out of town every weekend and usually start the transcode of a batch just as I am heading out and let them finish over the weekend. When I get back, I load the Metadata & Artwork with iFlicks 2 (which can also transcode, but I have not tried it) then drop the finished file on my ProBox which holds 4 HDs and is connected by USB 3to my Mac.

Media distribution companies like Apple have decided that streaming to thin client machines with miniscule on-board storage minimizes their costs while also making file copy difficult. Hence iOS and Apple TV media content rentals.

Articles like this remind us that there is another world out there that Apple does not comprehend. In this world outside of major metropolitan areas, internet service providers do not always provide inexpensive fast service. Regional ISPs have no real competition and are rapidly consolidating into an oligarchy. Those people who would like to watch an occasional classic movie in high def have no real choice but to find their content on disc. Those people who love live sports have no choice but to subsidize 200 unprofitable “reality TV” and shopping channels. And those people who love the realism of 4K are paying to subsidize the modernization of video and distribution technologies. Thankfully in the real world there are still video rental shops and RedBox machines every convenient street corner, Blu Ray players cost $50 to start, and used BluRay discs are less than the cost of your fancy Charbucks coffee.

So why mess with the hassle of a patchwork of subscriptions when popping in a disc is so easy? I guess there are some people who just think that cutting one cord and then tying themselves up with a mess of other cord is really a big leap forward.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

MakeMKV is very popular when it comes to Bluray and DVD ripping. However I am always wondering if Handbrake and MakeMKV are always the best to rip and convert Bluray/DVD and have a agruement here:
Also, it gives me trouble in ripping the recent Bluray Wonder Woman.

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I’d like to rip a couple of my Blu-ray discs to MKV on my computer. I currently use Handbrake but I don’t know how to do this with it. Would Handbrake or something else provides a better solution?

We’ve already received many similar queries about “How to rip Blu-ray movies to MKV with Handbrake” or “Can Handbrake convert Blu-ray movies into MKV” or something like that. The answer to all these questions is that Handbrake cannot rip any Blu-ray disk directly into a .mkv file, since Blu-ray movies are created with AACS or BD+ security, and the program just works as a multithreaded video converter to help users convert the videos as well as un-encrypted Blu-ray to various of file formats like common MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV.

So for the sake of movie quality and simplicity, decrypting and converting the Blu-ray video to MKV through Handbrake together with another third-party ripping application is not that convenient and straight enough. Instead, searching Google for converting Blu-ray to MKV will present a lot of alternatives to Handbrake, varying from easy to complicated, plain to comprehensive. After digging around, Blu-ray Converter is our choice.

The program is all-around that makes Blu-ray rip well integrated with Blu-ray conversion, so that you can skip the manual Blu-ray ripping process, and you can make conversion between video files. It also includes some device-compatible presets that are especially useful for those who want to liberate the movies in Blu-ray/ DVD collection to enjoy them on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and a wide series of Android devices.

Blu-ray Ripper is particularly user-friendly and the process of the rip from Blu-ray to MKV is not hard at all. In the following guide we’ll take you through the comprehensive steps for doing a rip of your Blu-ray file and save as .mkv file on a Mac, but this process is identical for PC users.

Use Handbrake Alternative to Rip Blu-ray to MKV on Mac

Step 1: Load source BD movie to the program

First of all, put the Blu-ray disc into the optical drive and open Blu-ray Converter software.

Click Load Disc button on the top left corner of the startup interface to load the Blu-ray movie to the program and you’ll then see a list of titles of the disc on the panel.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Step 2: Set output profile for Blu-ray movie – MKV

Go to the bottom left side of the window and click the “Profile” drop-down menu, From there select HD Video > HD MKV Video (*.mkv).

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Just like using Handbrake, once you’ve set the output format, you have options to take more control over the quality of ripped Blu-ray file. To do so, click the Settings next to Profile to enter Profile Settings window.

You can tweak a lot of aspects of the result file in the window as you like. This is not necessary.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Next, change the default output folder to a destination of your choice at the bottom side.

Step 3: Start Blu-ray to .mkv ripping process

When you’re all ready to go, click the Convert button on the lower right of the window to let the program do its thing and you can monitor the progress of the process via a progress bar.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

After the conversion, you can take the Blu-ray disc out of the optical drive and enjoy the MKV video on supported media player like VLC, Plex or whatever.

Converting a Blu-ray disc to a .mkv file is pretty painlessly with Blu-ray Converter. This is helpful and practical especially for those who don’t want to employ another third-party ripping utility to assist Handbrake to get Blu-ray converted into MKV; though Handbrake works well in converting the ripped Blu-ray files to the common video profiles.

How to Convert Blu-ray to FLAC Audio on Mac

HandBrake is a prevalent video solution that has the capacity to rip DVDs. Moreover, the developer community has introduced the Blu-ray ripping feature into the latest version of HandBrake. However, there are still several questions around this open-source project. For instance, whether HandBrake can rip Blu-ray discs. Don’t worry! You can get all the answer from this article.

This tutorial focuses on how to convert MP4 to MP3 or WMA with Windows Media Player. Then you can enjoy your favorite music at any devices.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Rip Blu-ray via HandBrake

  • Part 1: What is HandBrake?
  • Part 2: How to Rip Blu-ray with HandBrake
  • Part 3: Best Alternative to HandBrake
  • Part 4: FAQs of HandBrake Ripping Blu-ray

Part 1: What is HandBrake?

As mentioned previously, HandBrake is an open-source DVD ripper and a free video converter.

  • 1. Rip unencrypted DVDs and Blu-ray discs to popular video formats.
  • 2. Convert videos to another format or for portable devices.
  • 3. Include a wide variety of custom options related to video, audio, subtitle and more.
  • 4. Integrate many presets to help you rip Blu-ray discs quickly.
  • 1. HandBrake is able to rip Blu-ray discs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • 2. It is free of charge without virus, ads or spyware.
  • 1. Non-tech savvy may feel confused since there are too many custom options.
  • 2. It cannot remove encryptions from Blu-ray discs.

Part 2: How to Rip Blu-ray with HandBrake

In brief, HandBrake cannot rip encrypted Blu-ray discs, so you need a Blu-ray decryption tool, such as MakeMKV.

Step 1 : Open MakeMKV and put the Blu-ray disc you want to rip into your computer.

Step 2 : Select the Blu-ray driver from the Source area and click the Rip icon to start decrypting the disc.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Step 3 : After that, drop a location to save the Blu-ray movies in the Output Folder box. Then click the MakeMKV button to start ripping Blu-ray to MKV.

Step 4 : Next, start HandBrake, click Open Source > File and add the MKV file produced by MakeMKV.

Tip: If you want to rip a part of the Blu-ray movie, set it by Title , Chapters or Duration .

Step 5 : Then click the Browse button and select a specific folder to save the output. Choose MP4 or your favorite format from the dropdown list in the Output Settings area.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Step 6 : Locate the Presets panel on the right side and pick up a proper video quality.

Step 7 : Go to the Video tab and modify the codec, framerate and quality manually. Then navigate to the Audio tab and change the custom options based on your need.

Step 8 : After setting, click the Start Encode button to initiate the Blu-ray ripping process.

Very easy, right? You can playback the Blu-ray files after ripping it, or create the Blu-ray into DVD for further keeping.

Part 3: Best Alternative to HandBrake

As you can see, HandBrake alone cannot rip protected Blu-ray discs. On the other hand, AnyMP4 Blu-ray Ripper is able to meet your need without extra software.

  • 1. Rip Blu-ray discs to popular video format, ISO image file or Blu-ray folder.
  • 2. Support a large number of video output formats and portable devices.
  • 3. Utilize acceleration technology to offer 12x fast speed than HandBrake.
  • 4. Offer plentiful video editing tools, like Clip, Crop, Rotate, Watermark, Effect, 3D settings, etc.
  • 5. Convert Blu-ray discs up to 4K or 1080p HD videos.

All in all, it is the best way to rip Blu-ray without HandBrake.

How to Rip Blu-ray Disc

Step 1: Install the best alternative to HandBrake

Download AnyMP4 Blu-ray Ripper and follow the onscreen assistant to install it on your PC. Then launch it and insert the Blu-ray disc into your Blu-ray driver.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Step 2: Import and preview Blu-ray

Once hit the Load Blu-ray button, the movies on your disc will be loaded. You can look at the movies with the built-in media player on the right side. To trim the Blu-ray video, click the Cut menu and remove unwanted clips by moving the sliders. If you want to edit the movie, press the Edit button to open the Video Editor window.

Note: The Blu-ray ripping software is able to decrypt Blu-ray discs automatically, so you do not need to use extra software at all.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Step 3: Rip Blu-ray to MP4 without quality loss

If you are ready, locate the bottom area. Unfold the dropdown list next to Profile and select MP4 or the target device on which you want to watch. Hit the Save to button and choose the specific directory to store the results. Finally, click the Rip All button at bottom right corner to start processing the Blu-ray videos. According to our research, it only takes a few minutes to rip a Blu-ray disc to MP4.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Part 4: FAQs of HandBrake Ripping Blu-ray

Can you rip a Blu-ray with a DVD drive?

NO. Generally speaking, a Blu-ray player can read the DVD disc from tis optical drive. However, for ripping a Blu-ray, you will need to prepare a Blu-ray optical drive exactly and a DVD drive is not enough.

Does ripping a Blu-ray damage it?

No. Ripping a Blu-ray is just copying the digital files from a Blu-ray disc, but it will does no physical harm to the Blu-ray disc itself.

Can handbrake rip copy protected Blu-rays?

No. Handbrake can process most common Blu-ray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.


Blu-ray discs are used to distribute super high quality movies around the world. However, ripping Blu-ray is pretty complicated since manufacturers and studios have improve the encryption technology for Blu-ray discs. HandBrake is a well-known Blu-ray ripper, but it cannot remove the encryption from Blu-ray discs. So, you have to rely on a third-party program, such as MakeMKV. On the other hand, we shared an all-in-one Blu-ray ripping program, AnyMP4 Blu-ray Ripper, which already integrates a Blu-ray decrypter. We wish that our guide and suggestions are helpful to you.

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Plex is the main way in which my family and I view our collection of Blu-ray movies and DVD discs. Each time I get a new Blu-ray disc, I immediately rip it and encode it so it can be streamed from my Plex media server. This allows me to then put away the disc for safe keeping. This was important as I had young kids that have left discs lying around to get scratched, or bitten, which prevented the discs from working.

The information below presents step-by-step instructions that I use to rip both my Blu-ray and DVD discs. The end result is a high-quality video file that can be stream by my Plex server.

Table of contents

  • Requirements
  • Ripping a disc with MakeMKV
  • Encoding with Handbrake


There are not a lot of requirements for ripping Blu-ray discs and encoding the movies so they can be streamed from Plex. In fact, the entire process requires only a Blu-ray reader and three applications, with one of the applications being optional.


Any PC or Mac manufactured in the last 10 years can be used for both ripping a Blu-ray as well as encoding the file into a smaller, more usable format for Plex. The main requirement, however, is that the system must contain a Blu-ray reader. Either an internal or external Blu-ray reader will work.

While you can certainly use Linux for ripping Blu-ray discs, both of the applications I use in this post are compatible with Windows and Mac.


The following software will be used to rip the Blu-ray discs and encode and compress the movie files:

MakeMKV This application runs on either Windows or Mac OS, and can easily extract the Blu-ray contents into a MKV file. This application will be used to rip the Blu-ray disc to produce a high-quality copy of the movie. MakeMKV is free while in beta, but if you like using the software, I highly recommend you purchase it. Handbrake Handbrake is probably the most popular application for encoding and compressing movie files from one format to another. We will use this application to compress the MKV file produced by MakeMKV to make it smaller and easier to stream from Plex. Handbrake is free. MediaInfo This software is optional, but I use it to display information about the movie files created by both the MakeMKV and Handbrake software. I usually download the non-installer version, and just extract it to the machine I use for encoding my movies with Handbrake.

Before moving to the next section, you should download and install the software.

Ripping a disc with MakeMKV

The first step in the process of streaming your Blu-rays from Plex is to rip the video and audio content from the disc to your computer. This is accomplished easily with MakeMKV and using the following steps:

  1. Place the Blu-ray disc in the reader, and then open MakeMKV. MakeMKV will read the specified drive and display information about the Blu-ray disc. Click the large drive/disc image to continue. How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrakeThe MakeMKV start window showing the source drive selection
  2. At this point, MakeMKV will take some time to read the structure of the movie on the disc. Once it is done, you will see the structure displayed in the upper-left corner of the window in a tree structure list. Right-click on a blank area in the tree structure and click “Unselect all” from the menu. This will uncheck all items in the list.
  3. Click the box beside the main movie item in the list. The movie item is easy to see as it will be the largest item in terms of disc space. The disc space used for each item is displayed on the far right of the item (you may need to expand the size of the list if it doesn’t show). How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrakeThe movie item selected in MakeMKV
  4. Expand the selected movie item and you will see the various video and audio streams, as well as the subtitles. At this point you can select specific streams to include in the MKV file that will be produced. Since I am interested in the English audio stream only, I will unselect the audio streams for the other languages. You can unselect the audio you won’t need to save some space, but in the end, it won’t matter too much. I usually just keep all the subtitles as they don’t use too much space. How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrakeSelecting the individual movie streams to be ripped in MakeMKV
  5. Specify the folder where you would like to output the MKV file and then click the “Make MKV” button beside the output folder. At this point MakeMKV will read the disc and extract the move information from the disc and save it to the folder you specified. This will take some time to do, as the reading and saving is dependent on the speed of your Blu-ray reader. How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrakeRipping the movie and saving it to a file

At this point you should now have an almost exact duplicate of the Blu-ray movie from the disc on your system in an MKV container. While you can stream this file from Plex as is, many devices, or network connections, may not be able to play such a large file without transcoding. In addition, the MKV file is also large – 30 to 50 GB in size depending on the movie.

Movie ripped and the movie file is complete

To reduce the size of the file, and make it more compatible with streaming devices, you will need to encode and compress the file. The next section will walk you through that process.

Encoding with Handbrake

Handbrake is the most popular application used to compress video files. It has many options that can be used to encode movie files from one format to another. In this case, we will use it to compress the MKV file from MakeMKV into a much smaller file, while also keeping as much quality as possible.

With that in mind, and with the MKV file created from the previous section, let’s create a video file that can be stream from Plex.

Once all the tabs have been configured, you may want to save these settings as a preset to make it easier to use the same settings for future Blu-ray ripping. You can do this by clicking the “Save New Preset” button just above the tabs.

After Handbrake has finished encoding the video file, it will be much smaller than the original, and can then be streamed from your Plex Media server. The file will still be high-quality, but may still be too large to stream to some devices, such as over the Internet, or mobile/older devices. In that case, you may want to look at optimizing your video file to avoid transcoding to such devices.

HandBrake is a popular tool for converting DVD and video files from one format to another. MakeMKV is a similar tool, with the ability to read and convert DVD and Blu-ray discs. In this article, we will discuss the HandBrake Vs. MakeMKV and do the comparison between them.

Usually, people use the software to rip DVDs. Both dvd ripping tools can be used to decrypt homemade and copy-protected discs. However, HandBrake can only process encrypted DVDs if you install a third-party encoder called libdvdcss.

Well, both software will have some similarities, pros, and cons if compare to some top dvd rippers. We will explain in detail the HandBrake Vs. MakeMKV, as well as the paid DVD ripper .


Handbrake is a free, open-source video transcoder that can be used to convert movie files from one format to another. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux and hence is an excellent tool for anyone who needs to convert video files regularly.

Handbrake has a wide range of features, including the ability to batch scan and encode video files, support for subtitles, and video filters for deinterlacing, decombing, denoising, and more. It can also create consistent quality or average bitrate video encodes.

It converts the video files on your computer so that you can play them on your computers, mobile devices and media players.

  • SELECT TITLE / CHAPTER AND RANGE – Easily select the title and chapters you want to encode or enter a specific range.
  • BATCH SCAN AND ENCODE – queue up multiple encodes and let HandBrake take care of them. You can even set different encoding options for each file.
  • ENSURE HIGH-QUALITY VIDEO – With HandBrake, you can choose between Constant Quality or Average Bitrate encoding, ensuring that your videos always look their best.

MakeMKV Beta

MakeMKV Beta is the one-click solution for converting videos that you own. It will turn your proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into an easy to play MKV file, preserving most information but changing it none timelines!

The software support both DVDs and Blu-rays but after use it for 30-day, you need to get the MakeMKV beta key in order to rip Blu-ray discs. Once the files are converted into MKV format, you can play them on PC, smartphones, and smart TVs.

  • CONVERT YOUR DISCS – MakeMKV is a format converter called “transcoder”. It converts the video and audio tracks of a DVD or Blu-ray disc into MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it.
  • PRESERVE ALL TRACKS – Preserves all video and audio tracks, including HD audio (DTS-HD Master Audio and TrueHD)
  • KEEP CHAPTERS – Preserves the chapters information
  • META INFO – Preserves all meta-information such as track language, audio type, etc.

MakeMKV Beta Vs. MakeMKV Pro

MakeMKV is a free DVD and Blu-ray ripping software that can read discs protected with AACS and BD+. MakeMKV preserves all video and audio tracks, perfect for those who want to backup their DVDs and Blu-rays.

The freeware functionality lets you use the MakeMKV beta blu-ray ripping feature for 30 days for free, after which you need to purchase a registration key to continue using it. However, if you just intend to use the software for ripping DVDs, then you do not need a Pro version.

MakeMKV is also one of the few software that can read HD audio tracks, making it an excellent choice for audiophiles. While MakeMKV is free to use, a paid version offers additional features, i.e. Blu-ray ripping. However, the free version is still a perfect choice for anyone looking to rip their DVDs.

HandBrake Vs MakeMKV Comparison

In the following table, we summarize some of the key differences between the 2 programs:

MakeMKV HandBrake
Released by GuinpinSoft Inc. in 2008. Released by the HandBrake Team in 2003.
Compatible OS:
Windows, Mac and Linux
Compatible OS:
Windows, Mac and Linux
Supported input formats:
DVDs, Blu-ray discs, DVD-vide/HD-DVD/Blu-ray files, ISO, MKV
Supported input formats:
DVDs, Blu-ray disc, ISO file & Video_TS
*Supported output formats:
MKV only.
*Supported output formats:
MKV, MP4 (M4V), WebM
Output file quality:
Same as the original file
Output file quality:
It may drop as it depends on your encoding settings on the software
Output file size:
The file is very large, and not for storage on mobile devices.
Output file size:
The file size is smaller as it depends on the encoding settings.
Dealing with copy-protected disc:
It can decrypt the protected discs by itself.
Dealing with copy-protected disc:
It required you to install libdvdcss to decrypt copy-protected discs.
Ripping speed:
Performs at a faster speed
Ripping speed:
It works slower (depends on your PC power and encoding settings on the software)

* MakeMKV only can rip output files in MKV format, a format that is widely supported by many software players but MKV is not supported by many hardware players. Hence, you may need MKV to MP4 converter to convert the file to other formats.

Handbrake is good if you don’t mind with the slight quality drop and the output file is smaller compared to MakeMKV. To preserve the original output quality, MakeMKV is a better option.

The homemade or unencrypted discs can be directly handled by Handbrake. If you have many encrypted DVDs to rip, you can use MakeMKV and then later import the resulting files to Handbrake for compressing.

So, now you have seen that both free tools Handbrake and MakeMKV have some limitations. Why not do a quick check out on the differences between the free and paid dvd rippers?

Making a backup isn’t illegal

Whatever the dubious legality surrounding it is all about, I would argue that you have every right to make a digital backup (“rip”) of your legally bought DVDs and Blu-Rays. Discs do not last forever so you need to have a digital backup sitting on your hard-drive just in case. As long as you don’t illegally share that file online, then you haven’t broken any laws.

Modern discs quite often have copy protection built in but there is one software program which is often quite good at bypassing that protection and delivers a high quality HD copy of your movie or TV show. That app is called MakeMKV. It is free for DVD discs but for Blu-Rays, you have to pay for an activation key after a 30 day trial period.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Ripping Your Discs With MakeMKV

MakeMKV – as the name implies – generates a MKV file of your disc. MKV is short for “Matroska”, it is an open-source file format, and it can be played easily by VLC Player. If you want to use another media player, you will need to install codecs to make the file work.

Another thing to bear in mind about MKV files is that they tend to be really large in size.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

It’s for these two reasons that I always convert MKV files into MP4 using Handbrake. MP4 makes smaller files as well as being immediately compatible with more media players.

Now we know what we are making, let’s see how MakeMKV works.

Crank It Up!

When you open MakeMKV, you will see this window.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

If the DVD or Blu-Ray is already in the DVD drive, MakeMKV will detect it and automatically show it. However, if you have more than one DVD drive, you may have to drop down the “Source” menu and choose the correct one.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Here though, I only have one. So I am good to go.

Now click on the large DVD drive icon and the program will begin scanning the drive.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

It will look for potential errors, judge the copy protection, and remove tiny files which are likely not part of the movie or special features. This process can take quite a few minutes so you need to be patient. In this case, it took ten minutes. Older discs are often faster.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Once this process is finished it will show all of the DVD or Blu-Ray “chapters”.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Now, common sense dictates that the movie itself is the largest file. In this case, the first one clocking in at 33.3GB. The other ones over a gigabyte are likely the special features on the disk. Whether or not you want to rip those is entirely up to you.

Place your mouse or trackpad arrow anywhere in the chapter box and right-click. Now select “Unselect All”. This will remove all the ticks from each chapter.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Let’s assume you only want the movie. Tick the relevant box to select it, then click on the title to drop down the menu and find each version of the movie in each language available.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

In my case, I only want English. So click which version of English you want – as you can see, there are three.

Assuming I wanted subtitles, I would then scroll down to the subtitles and choose which ones I wanted. But I am not going to choose them this time.

On the right, you will see the “Output” folder where the finished movie will go. If need be, change that to where you want it to be in the end. Then click “Make MKV” on the right.

Now just wait. Blu-Rays notoriously take a long time as the files are so big. Remember, this one is over 30GB. DVDs on the other hand are smaller and are subsequently much quicker.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

When it is finally finished, you will find your nice new MKV file ready and waiting for you. If you have VLC Player installed, you can play it right away.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

But as I said, I would recommend using Handbrake to convert it to MP4. This makes the file much easier and flexible.

And if you decide not to pay for an activation key, just be sure to do all of your Blu-Ray ripping in the 30 day trial period (which has no limitations). But if possible, buy a key to support the developer as this is an amazing piece of software that I have been using for years.

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Handbrake is an excellent tool that allows you to take a movie and convert/compress it into a Mac-and-iOS-playable movie file. It’s free, and it works. If you also have VLC installed Handbrake will read DVDs and convert them directly.

Blu-ray, disks, however, are not supported directly by this Handbrake/VLC combo, and that makes things frustrating. Typically you need to first rip the Blu-ray into some format that Handbrake will understand and then you can convert/compress from there.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrakeMakeMKV is one such program that will do that Blu-ray conversion. What many users don’t realize, though, is that MakeMKV can be invoked on-the-fly to allow Handbrake to rip and convert/compress Blu-ray disks directly.

To do this, you first need to download and put Handbrake, VLC and MakeMKV into your Mac’s Applications folder. The first two are completely free, the last is a paid app but Mike Chen, MakeMKV’s author, has said that all of its features will remain free while in beta. You can get an updated key at any time during this extended beta directly from MakeMKV (or, you know, you can buy it and support its development ).

Once you’ve copied MakeMKV to your Applications folder, you need to point the OS at a special library baked inside of MakeMKV. This is the magic that will let Handbrake see your Blu-ray disks directly. The instructions (from this MakeMKV thread, also penned by Mike Chen) are to go to the Terminal and type the following (each of the 4 commands on their own separate line, followed by return):

So that you know what you’re asking your computer to do, the ‘cd’ command just changes your directory (with

meaning “home”), the ‘mkdir’ command just creates a new folder and the ‘ln -s’ command creates a symlink (similar to a shortcut) to make these libraries visible in a spot that OS X would look.

That’s it! From then on Handbrake will attach to your Blu-ray disks via these MakeMKV libraries, and you can use it just like you would with any other disk.

If your Mac doesn’t already have a Blu-ray drive (and most don’t, since none come from the factory that way), I’ve had 100% success with this USB Blu-ray player for US$42 from Amazon. Low price, works great. It’s even Prime-eligible!

(As always, check your local laws before ripping disks. Here at TMO Towers in the US it has yet to be tested to see whether or not one actually has the right to back up a movie that one purchased).

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Without a doubt, Handbrake is a great DVD ripping application that works with most home-made and commercial DVD discs and convert them to MP4 or MKV files. You have a full control over output settings, including choosing the bit rate, modifying video size and cropping video clips. However, Handbrake doesn’t rip Blu-ray discs.

Although Handbrake has been around for many years, quite a few Blu-ray users are still baffled as to whether Handbrake can rip Blu-ray discs. Despite the open-source feature and popularity, this app has its limits. As a matter of fact, Handbrake can’t rip movies from Blu-ray discs. Normally, you have to first using the Blu-ray ripping software to remove protection & region coding on the disc and then use Handbrake to convert Blu-ray movies.

It is frustrating that you have a Blu-ray disc you pay good money for but unable to make Blu-ray ripping with handbrake. Thankfully, this is not the end of the world. You have a lot options to do Blu-ray conversion.

Blu-ray Converter is our favorite for handling Blu-ray ripping tasks. It is a great software program that shreds the copy protection on the disk, provides you with each title it found. And you can then use its built-in conversion tool to convert the movies to digital files you want. One great feature about this software is when you have made your output selection, you can customize its settings like video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio. If you get stuck by the confusing parameters, there are a number of presets available.

How to Use Blu-ray Converter to Rip Blu-ray (Without Using Handbrake)

Step 1: Put Blu-ray disc into the drive

Insert Blu-ray disc into the drive and run the program. Along the top row of the interface, you can spot several button for different tasks. Click Add Blu-ray/DVD button to load Blu-ray titles.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Step 2: Choose output format

Click the “Profile” drop-down menu to select what format you want the output files to be in.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

If you are an advanced user, you can use the “Settings” button next to “Profile” menu to decide how you want your MP4 files. It is better not to touch it if you don’t know what these parameters mean.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

Next, choose a location where you want the program to save your ripped files in “Destination” box in the bottom side.

Step 3: Convert Blu-ray

Click Convert button and let the program convert the Blu-ray into format you select.

The process will take awhile, depending on the length of videos and the performance of your computer. You should know how long it will take with the help of the progress bar.

Blu-Ray may be majestic, but it also has more copy protection than any other format around, and playing it on your computer can be difficult to impossible. Here’s how to rip those movies for glorious HD movies, anywhere you want them.

Apart from its very heavy copy protection, you can only play Blu-Ray discs in a few choice desktop computer programs , most of which cost a lot of money. If you use a Mac, it becomes even more difficult, and it’s pretty much impossible on Linux. Luckily, video encoding has come a long way since the days of grainy, 700MB DVD rips, and you can get high quality Blu-Ray rips that can weigh in anywhere between 4 and 12 GB each, depending on how close to the original source you want them to be. Best of all is that even a 4GB file looks a ton better than those DVD rips, so by ripping your Blu-Rays, you can still get that amazing HD quality on any computer you want—no Blu-Ray drive or expensive software required (you’ll need a Blu-Ray drive to rip them though, of course—but then you’ll be able to play those files anywhere).

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Playing Blu-ray movies on the go on a laptop or in the living room on an HTPC with a Blu-ray drive

There are a lot of different methods for ripping and encoding Blu-Rays, several different encoding programs, and more than a few ripping solutions. We combed through the options to pull together the simplest, working method using the best free programs we could find. In addition, everyone’s preferences on quality and method of encoding are different, so you may prefer some advanced options we do not cover here, but this is intended to be a fairly simple, hassle-free guide for people who want to get the job done. It makes a compromise between being easy to execute without sacrificing too much quality. Also, this method is 100% cross-platform, as both programs are available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

What You’ll Need

Unlike a lot of the Blu-Ray guides I’ve stumbled onto, you’ll only need a few things for ours:

  • A Blu-Ray Drive. This is pretty obvious; you won’t get far if your computer can’t read Blu-Ray discs. You can get them for as low as $60 now on Newegg if you don’t already have one.
  • Previously mentionedMakeMKV for the initial Blu-Ray rip. It’s about the sipmlest ripper on the market, rips your movie to a high quality MKV file for easy encoding, and is free while in beta (which, so far, has been a very long time). If you have another ripper that just rips the disc in its original format, like AnyDVD HD , that should work just as well, but if you don’t have a program on hand, MakeMKV will do the job brilliantly.
  • Handbrake , our favorite (and your favorite ) cross platform, open source video encoder. There are a few other programs out there that will encode HD video, and some of them are a bit easier to navigate, most notably Ripbot264 . However, I and many others have had problems running this on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, so I decided to go with Handbrake instead. Make sure you’re using the latest version.
  • Anywhere from 30 to 60 GB of hard disk space, depending on what you’re ripping. Blu-Rays are big, and we’re going to rip the whole thing to our drive first, so depending on the movie you’re ripping and the quality you want in your final movie file, you’ll need a good amount of space. An external hard drive will work just fine if you have one and don’t have the space on your PC.

MakeMKV is only free under a beta version and only supports MKV as output. Actually, many people also use Handbrake as a companion to convert ripped DVD/BD content to another format (MP4) or device.

Rip DVD and Blu-ray free with MakeMKV and Handbrake on Mac

1. MakeMKV free download:

2. Handbrake free download

Step by step to rip DVD (Blu-ray) with MakeMKV on Mac

Step 1: Launch MakeMKV and decrypting DVD/BD.

Insert a DVD disc to the hard drive on Mac. If you want to rip a Blu-ray on Mac, prepare an external Blu-ray drive in advance (as Mac does not support Blu-ray).

Launch MakeMKV, the DVD/BD disc will be loaded at once. Click the disc icon to load and decrypt your disc.

Step 2: Rip DVD/BD to MKV.

Click to set the output path. Then click the “Make MKV” button to rip your DVD/BD to MKV.

Step 3: Convert MKV to MP4 with Handbrake.

Ripped MKV video and can’t be played by QucikTime player on Mac. As you like, you can convert MKV to MP4 with free Hanbrake.

Launch Handbrake and import the MKV files. Output format is preset as MP4. Click “Start” to convert MKV to MP4.

How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

MakeMKV key and alternative

Despite of the benefits of MakeMKV (beta), the free beta version is only available for a period of 30 days. When the beta version expires, users will have to pay for it. Although MakeMKV officially gives the following registration code for MakeMKV beta version: T-Du1xbpguD4dwNZYjqssBTGmAmss2H3mDONRA18DCUKKt_d3BpHpAXB2xXbbNW7x8PE, it will expire at the end of Nov 2013 and users often find it not work. In this case, why we complex the job by using a program to rip DVD/Blu-ray and another to convert formats instead of looking for a MakeMKV alternative?

imElfin Blu-ray Ripper is an excellent MakeMKV alternative supporting Blu-ray/DVD ripping and formats converting at the same time. You can flexibly set the output according to your output device without knowing much about video formats. Other bonuses include video-audio converting, video editing, 3D effects, etc.

Streaming is convenient, but Blu-ray offers the best quality video and audio you can get in a home theater.

If you want to store those high-quality Blu-ray movies on your PC and play them through something like Kodi (or if you want to back them up in case of future scratches), you can “extract” them to your computer using a simple, free program called MakeMKV. Here’s how to do it.

To rip those movies for your PC, you’ll need a few things:

You’ll need an optical drive in your PC that can read Blu-ray discs. The DVD drive is not enough. You can buy an external one that connects via USB or an internal one for your desktop; that’s fine.

However, if you want to rip 4K UHD Blu-ray, your options are more limited. Due to enhanced copy protection, 4K UHD Blu-ray discs cannot be ripped on most 4K Blu-ray drives. You’ll want an old, conventional, “4K-friendly” Blu-ray drive instead. You can find a list of popular 4K-friendly drives here, but keep in mind that new firmware can break this functionality, so you’ll want to avoid updating your drives, and in some cases case, it may even be necessary to restore the firmware it shipped.

MakeMKV is a Windows, macOS, and Linux program that can rip DVD and Blu-ray discs into the versatile MKV video format. Other paid programs offer more features, like DeUHD and AnyDVD, but we’ll use MakeMKV for this tutorial since it’s free. (Technically, it’s only free in beta, but it’s been “in beta” for about ten years. It would help if you used the latest beta key whenever it asks you to sign up, about one once a month. You can purchase a $50 license if you want to avoid this annoyance.)

Another free program for Windows, macOS, and Linux, Handbrake, can take a video file and compress it to a smaller file size. That comes with a loss in video quality, so you can choose to skip this step altogether, but Handbrake has a ton of settings that you can use to find the perfect balance between quality and save space if you are limited in disk space.

That’s it! Once you have the right hardware and software lined up, you’re ready to rip some movies.

Step 1: Set up MakeMKV

Install MakeMKV like any other program and launch it. It will prompt you to register, and you can enter your key now (or enter it later in the menu Help > Registration).

If you’re ripping traditional Blu-ray discs, that’s all you need to do. However, if you have a 4K-friendly drive and want to rip a 4K UHD disc, you’ll need to take another step. MakeMKV cannot circumvent copy protection on its own, so you need a hashed decryption key for the disk in question. You can download a list of currently known hash keys, which you can find through a quick Google search.

Keep in mind that not every movie is currently available. If you cannot find the movie you want to rip or have a hash key for a different version of the disc (for example, from another country), then MaxMakeMKV will not extract it. Once you find the keys you need, copy them and create a text file on your computer for easy access.

Go to MakeMKV’s preferences, go to the General tab, and select the “data” folder for MakeMKV (or note the path of the default folder). Copy the text file of the hashed keys to that folder and restart MakeMKV. It will then be able to reference those keys when ripping a 4K UHD Blu-ray. You may need to periodically update this text file as new movies are released on 4K Blu-ray.

Step 2: Insert and rip your disc

When MakeMKV launches, it scans your computer for an optical drive, then gives you information about your drive and the name of the disc inside it. (If you get an error, you may need to right-click on the shortcut and run it as administrator.) If everything is fine, click the big Blu-ray button to open the disc for ripping.

After scanning the disc, MakeMKV will show you a list of “titles” on the disc. At least one of these will be the full movie, while other titles may be special features or other footage. Click on the different titles and search for one that matches the length and chapter number of the movie itself, then uncheck the other boxes. You can also expand a certain title to add or remove track audio and subtitles, although the default choices should be fine here for most users.

In the right pane, click the folder icon to select where you want the resulting video to appear and click the “Create MKV” button.

The movie may take a while to rip, depending on the size of the movie and your player speed. Be prepared to do something else for an hour while you wait. However, when the process is complete, you will have an MKV file that you can open in a video player like VLC.

Also, keep in mind that MakeMKV is not guaranteed to rip every disc. Some discs may have newer copy protection programs that haven’t been jailbroken, or your disc may be damaged too much. (Copying discs can be harder than playing them, so even if the disc plays fine in your Xbox One, there’s no guarantee it will reliably tear). If you get an error, try cleaning the disc or try removing some of the scratches. If that doesn’t work, you may need a new disc or a newer version of MakeMKV.

Step 3: Compress your video (Optional)

A typical Blu-ray movie is typically between 15GB and 30GB in size, with a 4K UHD Blu-ray being even larger, around 50GB or more. That’s a lot of space, and it’s easy to fill up your hard drive after ripping just a fraction of your collection.

After all, you can always buy some large drives to store your movies, storage is pretty affordable these days, or you can compress those movies down to a more manageable size. You’ll lose some video quality, so this might not be ideal for those 4K HDR Blu-rays, but it could be a worthwhile endeavor for comedies, and visually impressive movies are different.

To compress your movie, open Handbrake. In the Choose Source menu that appears, click File and browse to the location of your newly extracted MKV file. The Handbrake will open it and prepare to switch. Click the Browse button at the bottom of the window to select a destination for your final video file and choose your quality settings.

That can get complicated, but you can save yourself some time by clicking the “Preset” button on the toolbar and choosing an option from the sidebar that appears. Obviously, “Super HQ 1080p30 Surround” will give you higher quality results than “Fast 720p30”, so choose what looks good to you for that movie. (There are also presets for specific devices, like Roku or Apple TV.)

Regardless of which preset you choose, I recommend going to the “Video” tab and changing the Big Frame to “Same as Source.” If you’re watching this movie in your home theater with high-quality sound, you might also want to go to the “Audio” tab and drag the “Passthru” option to the top of the list. From there, you’re free to tweak whatever you want. Select a video format on the Summary tab (MKV has more features, but MP4 is more compatible with some older devices) and click “Start Encoding.”

Again, this will take a while to complete, but when it’s done, you’ll have a much smaller video file that you can safely store on your computer, take on board with a USB drive, or watch at a friend’s house.

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  • Apr 28, 2020
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  • So I’m about to lose my damn mind. I got a new Mac and started setting it up to rip blu-rays. I went through my usual process from the article here:

    No matter what I do however Handbrake refuses to read the bluray discs. It reads DVDs just fine but not Bluray. MakeMKV will read the bluray so I can go through a two step process of rip first with make MKV and then convert with Handbrake, but it’d be nice to do it all in one like I used to be able to on my old Macs.

    When I put the extracted MKV file into Handbrake for the first time I did get this popup, but was able to allow it through system preferences.

    Still won’t read Blu-ray Discs though.

    I’m guessing this is a Catalina issue but not sure. any ideas?

    Running OS 10.15.3


    macrumors newbie
    • Apr 28, 2020
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  • Disclaimer: pirating Blurays is illegal. I am not advocating piracy

    I suspect the issue is because of the advanced copy protection that is used in Blurays. You may already be familiar, but Blurays use a copy protection scheme that is constantly updated. This is also why you have to update your firmware on a legit Blu-ray player in order to play new discs. Newer discs have newer encryption keys, so every time a new movie comes out, somebody has to first hack it and then update the decryption library for everyone else to use. So you won’t be able to directly copy brand-new Blurays until some time goes by and this process has a chance to take place. This is different from DVDs – all DVDs (basically) use the same copy protection scheme, so once it got hacked (years ago) and got out in the wild, everybody could rip DVDs.

    Which Blu-ray are you trying to rip at the moment?


    macrumors member
    • Apr 28, 2020
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  • Disclaimer: pirating Blurays is illegal. I am not advocating piracy

    I suspect the issue is because of the advanced copy protection that is used in Blurays. You may already be familiar, but Blurays use a copy protection scheme that is constantly updated. This is also why you have to update your firmware on a legit Blu-ray player in order to play new discs. Newer discs have newer encryption keys, so every time a new movie comes out, somebody has to first hack it and then update the decryption library for everyone else to use. So you won’t be able to directly copy brand-new Blurays until some time goes by and this process has a chance to take place. This is different from DVDs – all DVDs (basically) use the same copy protection scheme, so once it got hacked (years ago) and got out in the wild, everybody could rip DVDs.

    Which Blu-ray are you trying to rip at the moment?

    FWIW yes I know ripping is technically “illegal” in certain countries. Here in Canada, AFAIK backups of your own films (which is what I’m trying to do, in order to watch on my iPad) is legal.

    It’s an older disc so I don’t know if that’s the issue. The thing that’s frustrating is that these steps worked fine on so many other machines I’ve tried on (though all Mojave or earlier) and it’s just on this new Catalina machine it’s giving me issues.

    Mar 23, 2015 09:31 am / Posted by Diana Joan

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    Handbrake is an excellent tool that assists movie fans with ripping DVD disc, VIDEO_TS folder, and DVD ISO/IFO files without protection, therefore users can watch DVD movies on any multimedia devices, such as Apple TV 3, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Galaxy Tab S, Kindle Fire HDX, PS4, Xbox, etc. Blu-ray disks, however, are not supported directly by Handbrake since it does not handle commercial copy-protected Blu-ray discs.

    How to backup and rip Blu-ray with Handbrake? You need a Handbrake alternative to make that work. If you would like to rip Blu-ray to MP4, H.265/HEVC, M4V, AIV, WMV, FLV and other video format, Pavtube BDMagic would be your choice, but if you want to convert blu-ray as well as backup Blu-ray to multi-track MKV without quality loss, ByteCopy would be a solution. Read on to find how to rip Blu-ray with Handbrake alternative.

    Best Handbrake Alternative to Rip Blu-ray to Any Video Format and Any Device

    With only simple steps, you can finish backing up, ripping and editing Blu-ray movies.

    Step 1: Install the best Handbrake alternative.

    This tool, Pavtube BDMagic, is especially made for Blu-ray backup and conversion. With it, you can easily rip all commercial Blu-ray movies to virtually any video and audio format, including MP4, MKV, M4V, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, AAC, FLAC, MP3, etc. What’s more, BDMagic is capable of fully backing up your Blu-rays for burning to a blank disc.

    If you are a DVD user, refer to this article: rip dvd to itunes with handbrake

    Step 2: Load Blu-ray disc.

    Insert your Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive. Launch the Handbrake alternative, click “Add file(s)” button and import the Blu-ray movie.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    Step 3: Choose output format.

    Tap on the Format bar, here you can select H.264 MP4, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MKV, WMV, FLV, from the profile list as the target format. Or you can choose a particular preset for your device like iPhone.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    Step 4: Start Blu-ray conversion.

    Hit on the “Convert” button, and Blu-ray ripping begins. When the conversion completes, open output folder by clicking the “Open” icon and transfer the ripped movie to your device for viewing.

    Last Updated on April 30, 2021 by Leo Standy

    How to extract the desired movies from a Blu-ray disc via HandBrake? Hand Brake is an open-source Blu-ray ripper that converts the Blu-ray and DVD to digital video formats for free. What are the optimal HandBrake settings for Blu-ray ripping? If you are not familiar with HandBrake, you can learn more about the detailed settings from the tutorial.

    Part 1: Best HandBrake Blu-ray Settings for Converting

    If you are not familiar with the HandBrake Blu-ray settings, you can simply choose the custom presets. But to convert the desired videos, you have to adjust the different parameters, such as video format, dimensions, filters, video, audio, subtitles, chapters, and more advanced settings. Just learn more about the detailed settings to get the optimal videos as below.

    1. Choose the Video Format for HandBrake Blu-ray Settings

    There are 2 default types of output videos, MKV and MP4. When you share to social media sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo. When you select the Web Optimized option, which allows you to playback the output videos over a network without download the entire file. Of course, you can also choose the Align A/V Start option to improve audio/video sync for broken players. It also provides the iPod 5G Support option.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    2. Tweak the Video Codec for HandBrake Blu-ray Settings

    There are 3 different parameters for HandBrake settings for Blu-ray ripping, such as Video, Quality, and Optimise Video.

    A. The default video codec for HandBrake is H.264, but there are 7 different Video Codec encoder options for different purposes. To obtain the original video files, you can choose the H.265 option instead.

    B. Frame rate is another important settings for Blu-ray ripping of HandBrake. It is recommended that you can choose the Same as source option to extract the videos with high quality. Select the 30FPS for converting a Blu-ray disc for a smartphone.

    C. It provides 2 methods to encode a video, Constant Quality, or Average Bitrate. The RF51 uses maximum compression when RF0 applies no compression. RF22 is the desired value for High Definition Blu-ray quality video.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    3. Adjust the Optimise Video Settings for HandBrake Blu-ray Settings

    When you select a desired Preset option, you can go to the Optimise Video to tweak the video settings. The Encoder Preset slider ranges from Ultrafast to Placebo. As for ripping Blu-ray disc, the UltraFast is very high-speed encoding, but requires much higher bit-rates to maintain quality.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    4. Choose the Desired Audio Track for HandBrake Blu-ray Settings

    It enables you to choose the Audio Track option and the Audio Codec option. Moreover, you can also tweak the audio bitrate and the mixdown for different audio channels. As for the best HandBrake settings for Blu-ray ripping, the default setting is normally the best option.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    Moreover, you can also adjust the subtitles, chapters, and more other settings for Blu-ray ripping. But if you just need to extract the desired movies from a Blu-ray disc, you can tweak the above video settings only.

    Part 2: The Best HandBrake Alternative for Ripping Blu-ray

    Even if you are familiar with the optimal Blu-ray ripping settings for HandBrake, it is difficult to preview the output without a built-in media player. Moreover, HandBrake only enables you to export limited formats. When you need to get the best HandBrake setting for Blu-ray ripping of an Android phone, or an iPhone. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is a versatile HandBrake alternative to extract the desired videos from Blu-ray discs for other devices.

    1. Extract the Blu-ray movies to more than 180 videos and audio formats.
    2. Rip Blu-ray to 4K/4K UHD/3D/1080P/720P videos and lossless audio file.
    3. Preview the Blu-ray movies and personalize the video before conversion.
    4. Batch converts the Blu-ray movies with advanced hardware acceleration.

    Check below what is the optimum format for ripping Blu-rays for Plex and how to fast copy and get Blu-ray to Plex with best quality in a smaller file size.

    Beyond movies and TV, Plex also provides easy playback of your entire music collection, home movies, and pictures, as well as other internet content. If you some 1080P or 4K UHD Blu-ray movies and want to put them into some format so you can share them into Plex, just read on this article. I will share the tips and tricks for copying and streaming 1080p/4K Blu-rays to Plex Media Server.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    First, a quick note: we know that there is still a lot of legal ambiguity around ripping content that you have legally purchased. At Audioholics, we believe that you should be able to watch purchased media on your system regardless of whether it’s coming from a standalone Blu-ray player or a media center frontend. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. To get 1080P and UHD 4K Blu-rays on Plex, you’ll need a common BD drive or UHD 4K Blu-ray drive installed in your computer and a third-party Blu-ray ripping software.

    • Part 1. What Is the Best Format for Ripping Blu-rays to Plex?
    • Part 2. What Tool Is the Best Program to Rip Blu-ray for Plex?
    • Part 3. How to Rip Blu-rays to Plex in 3 Simple Steps
    • Tips: Recommended Video Quality/Size Settings for Ripping Blu-ray to Plex

    Part 1. What Is the Best Format for Ripping Blu-rays to Plex?

    Let’s first make clear which formats Plex Media Server can accept before getting into the guide of ripping Blu-ray to Plex. Plex’s media compatibility and video quality limitations vary by device. The typically native supported codec of Plex is MP4 (H.264+AAC). According to our multiple tests, it’s recommend you to store your videos in the lowest standard provided below to yield the best playback result for ripping common 1080P Blu-rays to Plex streaming:

    • Container: MP4
    • Video codec: H.264
    • Resolution: 1920×1080 or smaller
    • Audio track: Stereo AAC
    • Video Framerate: 30fps

    4K UHD videos matching the requirements below can be directly played on some 4K devices recognized by Plex app:

    • Container: MP4
    • Video codec: HEVC (H.265)
    • Resolution: 3840×2160 or smaller
    • Audio track: Stereo AAC
    • Video Framerate: 30fps

    Tips: hardware and speed of the internet may also influence streaming across devices.

    4K/1080p videos or other videos not conforming to the above parameters will usually need to be either directly streamed or transcoded. Many devices have additional Direct Play video, music, 4K supports like MKV (H.264, HEVC/H.265), MP4 (H.265), AVI, ASF, M2TS/TS (H.264, HEVC/H.265), MOV, WMV, 4K H.264, 4K HEVC (H.265), VP9, 3GP, FLV, OGG, WAV, AAC, AC3, etc.

    Why Handbrake and MakeMKV are not the best software for ripping Blu-ray to Plex?

    As for ripping Blu-rays for Plex, MakeMKV just extracts the video and audio from Blu-ray to a huge MKV file, that explains why it is fast and why the output file is very large and hardly to playback thru Plex. Handbrake is excellent for ripping standard Def DVDs, but it cannot decrypt the Blu-ray discs (See How to rip Blu-ray using Handbrake). You can also use MakeMKV to make MKV from your Blu-ray discs and then use Handbrake to transcode MKV to MP4. But the process is too slow. Worse still, it runs sluggish and often crashes in the middle of process.

    What Tool Is the Best Program to Rip 1080P/4K Blu-rays for Plex?

    EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper is the bee’s knees. It’s a 100% clean and secure Blu-ray ripper for Windows 10/8/7 and Mac which can rip 2D/3D 1080P and 4K UHD Blu-rays to Plex Media Server compatible MP4 format at ultrafast speed while keeping the excellent video/audio quality. Plex doesn’t support DVD dics, ISO image and VIDEO_TS folder. You can also use EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper to convert DVD, ISO and VIDEO_TS to Plex compatible format.

    It can also convert Blu-ray to MKV, MPEG, HEVC/H.265, WMV, MOV, FLV, MP3, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, etc. and supports various types of Blu-ray and DVD discs, homemade & commercial Blu-rays and DVDs. You can freely adjust output video/audio parameters, including change resolution, codec, bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. to fit in different devices. The following is a simple tutorial about how to rip Blu-ray for Plex.

    ※ For macOS 10.14 or lower, you can also Download 32-bit installer here ↓

    How to Rip Blu-rays to Plex with EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper in 3 Simple Steps

    To begin with, you need to download and install EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper Windows or Mac version on your computer. The guide below takes the Windows version for an example. The conversion process on Mac is the same.

    Step 1: Load source Blu-ray

    Insert your Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive (An UHD Blu-ray dirve is necessary for ripping 4K Blu-ray discs), Launch the program and click the Load Disc button to import the Blu-ray movies. DVD, ISO/IFO files are also supported. You can select subtitles as you want.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    Step 2: Choose MP4 as output file

    Click Profile and choose MP4 (codec: h.264+aac) from Common Video, which can be uploaded directly to Plex for smooth playback with excellent quality.

    If you want to rip 4K UHD discs to 4K videos for playing on your 4K device via Plex server, you can choose HEVC MP4 as the output file. But please make sure your 4K device can decode and playback 4K HEVC videos. If not, please turn to select MP4.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    Optionally, you can choose preferred audio track, subtitle, output folder, and adjust video audio settings according to your needs. Moreover, you can click the Settings button to adjust video audio parameters such the video/audio codecs, pixel dimensions, frame rate, bit rate, audio sampel rate, etc.. But if you don’t know parameters very well, just keep the default settings.

    Step 3: Get ripping started

    Finally, hit the Convert button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert Blu-ray to Plex Media Server compatible video files.

    Now you can run Plex and click Add Selection and Movies to add the ripped Blu-ray digital MP4 video to Plex. Install Plex app on any of your devices to stream and watch the DVD movie video anytime and anywhere you want.

    I’ve seen the documentation on Blu-Ray Restricted formats here but I’m looking to see if anyone has come up with an easy solution yet? Also it would be awesome if someone knows of any type of program that provides mkv compression.

    4 Answers 4

    Jason Millward has released a Python script Autorippr that does just that. It checks the DVD/BR drive every 5 seconds and calls on MakeMKV when it detects when a DVD/B-R is inserted. It will then fetch information about the movie from IMDB, and finally rip the whole disc.

    I haven’t tested it yet but I am planning on building a headless server with Ubuntu Server and installing a blu-ray drive for backing up my collection. Check it out and let us know if it works out for you.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    MakeMKV claims it can make mkv files from Blu-Ray.

    You’ll need to follow the guide on the MakeMKV forum to obtain and compile the software.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    For 14.04 through 19.04:

    Handbrake can rip Blu-ray to Mkv. This is a handy approach for disks you own that have minor damage causing slow, jerky playback. I’ve successfully resolved this problem in the past by ripping the offending disk to the Matroska format. Handbrake supports several compression techniques (x264 AVC , x265 HEVC VP3, etc.) as well as presets and is highly customizable. Available containers include Matroska, M4V, and others.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    There is also a download page here.

    And the project page with the official HandBrake releases for Ubuntu is here.

    There is also a command line version available called handbrake-cli

    Full disclosure: I personally don’t have a blu-ray drive so I haven’t tested this on blu-ray although clearly it works,but I’ve used handbrake for ripping DVD’s and re-encoding other formats and found it to be fast and stable.

    How to rip blu-ray discs with makemkv and handbrake

    This can be achieved on Debian GNU Linux (and its derivatives – like Ubuntu) with open source freeware tools (i.e. without using makemkv) as follows (note – I prefer the command line for such things, someone else can answer for those who prefer a GUI):


    1. vlc
    2. ffmpeg
    3. A KEYDB.cfg which contains a key that will work with your Blu-ray disk and player.

    vlc and ffmpeg can be installed with apt/aptitude in the usual way, but the KEYDB.cfg file must be downloaded separately from the internet.

    I good source is this website:

    Here is a the actual link:

    Unzip it and put the file here (rename it if necessary):


    Replace /dev/sr1 with your blu-ray hardware’s dev file – might be /dev/sr0 or something else entirely. Replace #1 with the title you actually want. Could be anything. If unsure play the title to see what it is what you want using:

    FYI: the full syntax here is:


    ffmpeg has a million options. I reckon the default video options for this operation are sensible but increasing the audio bitrate is desirable (hence the -b:a 384k). If (like the op) you prefer matroska as a container or different codecs, amend the ffmpeg options accordingly.


    To understand what’s going on with the vlc command line there is some help here:

    To understand what’s going on with the ffmpeg command line there is some help here:

    Table of Contents

    Can Handbrake do 3D?

    Nope. Doesn’t work for 3D at all.

    How do I convert 3ds to SBS?

    How to Rip Blu-rays to SBS 3D or Other 3D Video Formats

    1. Step 1: Select the Ripper Module.
    2. Step 2: Load Your Source.
    3. Step 3: Select the Output Format.
    4. Step 4: Advanced Settings.
    5. Step 5: Video Edit.
    6. Step 6: Select the Output Location.
    7. Step 7: Start the Ripping Process.

    How do I rip a 3D Blu Ray?

    How to Rip and Convert Blu-ray 3D to MKV 3D Video?

    1. Step 1: Load the 3D Blu-ray source. Run DVDFab 11, go to “Ripper” module and load the 3D Blu-ray source as instructed on the main interface.
    2. Step 2: Choose a 3D MKV profile.
    3. Step 3: Customize your 3D video.
    4. Step 4: Select a directory.
    5. Step 5: Start the conversion process.

    How do I convert 3d Blu ray to SBS?

    1. Rip the 3D bluray using makemkv.
    2. Drop the created mkv file into BD3D2MKV3D.
    3. Under Tab 3 name the file (Movie Title)
    4. Under Tab 5 set your quality, default (23) will result in a 2-4 gig file.
    5. Set the temp folders and project folders to work from and click Do it! to start converting.

    How do I convert 2d video to 3d side by side?

    61 second clip suggested12:26CONVERT 2D MOVIES TO 3D (SBS) VIRTUAL REALITY [FREE!!]YouTube

    How do I convert MKV to Blu-ray?

    Step by step guide to burn MKV videos to Blu-ray disc using Wondershare DVD Creator:

    1. Step 1 Launch MKV to Blu-ray Disc Creator.
    2. Step 2 Add MKV Videos to Blu-ray Disc Creator.
    3. Step 3 Edit MKV Videos to Burn to Blu-ray (Optional)
    4. Step 4 Customize MKV to Blu-ray Disc Menu (Optional)
    5. Step 5 Burn MKV to Blu-ray Disc.

    How do I rip 3D Blu Ray DVDFab?

    Blu-ray 3D Ripper

    1. Step 1: Load the 3D Blu-ray source. Run DVDFab 10, go to the Ripper module, and load the 3D Blu-ray source as the instructions on the main interface.
    2. Step 2: Select a 3D video format.
    3. Step 3: Customize your own 3D video.
    4. Step 4: Select a directory and start the conversion process.

    Can you convert normal video to VR?

    To convert a normal video to VR you only have to select the files you’d like to convert, pick one of the available 3D modes and click on the Convert button. The software lets you adjust the output resolution or the aspect ratio of the converted videos.

    How to extract 3D SBS MKV from 3D Blu-ray?

    Pavtube 3D Blu-ray Ripper can decrypt the encryption of 3D Blu-ray discs and then extract 3D SBS MKV from 3D Blu-ray. It can rip 3D Blu-ray to 3D Full SBS MKV and 3D Half SBS MKV.

    What is the correct 3D video mode for mkv files?

    The correct 3D video mode is automatically defined in the h264 video stream (the “frame-packing”), in the header of the MKV video file (the stereoscopy mode), and optionally in the file name, so that most TVs and 3D players can switch automatically to the right 3D mode when the file is played.

    How to convert 3D Jurassic World Blu-ray to 3D SBS MKV?

    1 Step 1: Load 3D Blu-ray disc.#N#Launch the program on your computer, insert your 3D Jurassic_World_3D Blu-ray disc into an… 2 Step 2: Choose 3D SBS MKV format#N#Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down selections, choose “3D Video” > “MKV… 3 Step 3: Start 3D Jurassic World Blu-ray to 3D SBS MKV More

    How to play MkV with subtitles on bd3d2mk3d?

    (You can even start the playback of the MKV with the associated player with the Preview button in tab 1 of BD3D2MK3D.) In the player, select each subtitle stream one at a time and play various segments of the movie until you are sure of the content of each stream.