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Posted by Chris Ellison - May 21, 2024 | Contact Author

How to Rip DVDs to MKV Free without Quality Loss [2024 Updated]

Summary: Wonder how to rip DVD to MKV free on Windows 10/7/11 and Mac? Look no further. In this post, you're going to learn 5 easy ways to convert a DVD into an MKV video file with lossless or high quality.

With the rise of digital everything, people are moving away from physical discs and towards digital files. If you have a box set or a ton of homemade or commercial DVDs piling up on your shelves, you'd better extract the DVD media content and save them into MKV, MP4 or other digital formats for more flexible options of playback or just in case they get broken or lost.

If you want to keep all the content of DVD if possible, ripping DVD to MKV is always the top choice. Why is that? Simply put, MKV can encapsulate videos, multiple audio tracks and multi-lingual subtitles into one single file while keeping the quality almost intact to that of DVDs. Besides, MKV provides better compatibility than some other formats like ISO image or DVD VIDEO_TS folder. In this article, we will introduce the top 5 ways that you can leverage to convert DVDs to MKV for free without quality loss on Windows 11/10 and Mac. Just read on.

Method 1. Rip DVD to MKV Losslessly with DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate

As an all-in-one media toolbox, DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate can convert any video, Blu-ray and handle all the DVDs that you may have - new releases, 99-title, scratched DVDs, regional DVDs, Japanese DVDs, or workout DVDs. With it, you can easily remux and rip a DVD to a lossless MKV file within 5 minutes. The MKV file can store all original subtitle and audio tracks (incl. HD audio) and preserve the chapter structure of the source movie, so you may select your wanted chapters to play with your media players at will.

Besides ripping DVD to MKV with original quality, it can also help you convert DVD to MP4, H.264, H.265, WMV, AVI, MOV, FLV, ect. popular video formats with high quality. And it offers 200+ optimized presets for iPad, iPhone, Android, TV, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Moreover, you can adjust resolution, bitrate, codec, etc. to produce the result video with good balance between file size and image quality. It also comes with a built-in video editor that allow you to trim, crop, add subtitles, apply effects, add watermark, remove/add audio track and much more.

Now free download and install DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate on your PC/Mac, then follow the steps below to learn how to rip DVD to MKV with lossless quality.

Step 1. Insert the DVD to the DVD drive. Run DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate and click "Load Disc" button to import the source DVD content. After imported, this program will bypass copy protection and right check main title automatically.

Load Source DVD Movie

Step 2. Click "Format" bar, move mouse cursor to "Multi-track video" category and then select Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV as the output format.

Convert DVD to MKV with DumboFab

Tips: DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate transfers video from DVD to MKV container in two ways, lossless output and encoded output. Both the two ways enable users to preserve wanted audio tracks and subtitles streams in the source movie.

All audio and subtitle tracks in a source file are checked to be saved in the MKV container by default, if there are some tracks you don't like, you can click Settings button and go to Multi-task Settings window to uncheck and remove them under Audio tab and Subtitle tab.

Step 3. Click "Browse" button to select a destination folder in the dialog box that opens, and click OK. If you do not have other advanced and personalized settings, just hit "Convert" to beging DVD to MKV ripping with lossless quality.

Method 2. Remux DVD to MKV with MakeMKV

MakeMKV is another great choice for converting DVD to MKV on Windows, Mac and Linux. As well as handling DVDs, the program, is also capable of ripping Blu-ray discs, and the process works in exactly the same way in each case. Its beta version is completely free but packed with all features. Since it comes without many customizable settings, the conversion of DVD to MKV can be finished in just one click.

While ripping DVD with MakeMKV, you may encounter errors like DVD failed to open, backup option greyed out for DVD, A/V out of sync, crashes, missing beginning, etc. This is because MakeMKV doesn't support some copy protections. In this case, you can give DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate a try. Among all the DVD rippers, DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate is one of the strongest tools to decrypt DVD.

Step 1. Insert the DVD disc you want to convert into your computer optical disk drive. MakeMKV supports both DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

Step 2. Launch MakeMKV and select the drive in its source tab. Click on the big disc button in the center of the main UI, and it will scan the disc immediately.

Convert DVD to MKV Free with MakeMKV

Step 3. MakeMKV will present all titles of the DVD after reading the disc. However, it comes without a preview feature, so you have to be well aware of which title is the right one in advance. Typically, the one in the biggest file size contains all chapters and metadata.

Step 4. Choose an output folder. Finally, click the Make MKV button and wait for the output.

MakeMKV keeps all videos, audios, subtitles, and chapter info in the converted file, which results in an extremely large file size. A two-hour movie DVD turns out to take up 5+ GB local storage (and converted Blu-ray video are even much larger, 30-40 GB), and let alone how much time it will take to complete the conversion.

Method 3. Convert DVD to MKV with Handbrake

Handbrake is an open source and free video converter and transcoder that has a large number of loyal fans. Besides video encoding, It also can convert DVDs to MKV and MP4 in HD 720P, 480P, and 576P.

※ Note: HandBrake itself can't rip commercially copy-protected DVDs. If you want to use HandBrake to rip encrypted DVDs (actually, almost all store-bought DVDs are copyright-protected), you should firstly download libdvdcss. libdvdcss is a part of VideoLAN project capable of reading and decrypting DVDs locked by region codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and CSS. For more details, you and refer to this article - "How to use Handbrake to rip copy-protected DVDs" to learn more.

Below are the simple steps on how to convert DVD to MKV with Handbrake:

Step 1. Open HandBrake and click the Open Source tab to add your DVD file to it. Or you can just drag and drop the file to the UI.

Step 2. You can tell from the duration that which title holds the entire movie, then choose it in the Title tab. Next, select MKV in the Format drop-down menu.

Convert DVD to MKV Free with Handbrake

Step 3. Click Dimensions to adjust the resolution that matches the source video. Then choose a hardware-accelerated encoder (NVIDIA NVENC encoder) in the Video tab. If your system does not support it, this option will be grayed out. Alternatively, go to Presets which provides MKV videos of different codecs, resolutions, and frame rates.

Step 4. Click the Browse button on the lower side to select a new destination path and file name to save the MKV video.

Step 5. Hit the Start Encode button. HandBrake now begins to convert your DVD to an MKV file.

Method 4. Convert DVD to MKV Free with FFmpeg

FFmpeg is a free-to-use software project that is based on the command line for processing video and audio files. You can also use it to convert DVD to MKV on Windows, Mac and also Linux machines. Now, let's show you how to carry out this work on Windows.

This method is quite different from above-mentioned ways and difficult for newbies. For more details about downloading FFmpeg and using FFmpeg to convert videos, edit videos or do other tasks, please refer to http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/ffmpeg-guide/.

Step 1: Locate the VOB files for main movie

Once you install the FFMPEG on your windows or Mac, you should find the VOB files on the mounted video in VIDEO_TS that has the main movies of the DVD. Usually you can identify the main movie with the size of the VOB file.

Step 2: Concatenate VOB to MKV

$ ffmpeg -i concat:VTS_02_1.VOB\|VTS_02_2.VOB\|VTS_02_3.VOB\|VTS_02_4.VOB\|VTS_02_5.VOB -map 0:v:0 -map 0:a:0 -codec:a libvo_aacenc -ab 128 -codec:v libx264 -vpre libx264-ipod640 movie.mkv

Step 3: Calculate the video size

When you need to save the video to your computer, you have to calculate the video size beforehand. The -vcodec parameter is necessary because ffmpeg doesn't support theora by itself. -acodec is necessary otherwise ffmpeg uses flac by default.

Method 5. Convert DVD to MKV with Freemake Video Converter

Freemake is a simple yet powerful tool that allows converting and converting your DVD discs into MKV and other popular video formats. Depending on your requirements, you can convert DVD to MKV for the entire content of the disc or only a particular part.

Unfortunately, although it doesn't contain extra bundled software, the latest version of Freemake Video Converter adds a watermark to ripped videos. If you can live with that, it's one of the most convenient DVD rippers around.

Step 1. Insert the DVD disc into the DVD drive. Launch Freemake video converter and find the "+DVD" button at the top row and click it. Select your DVD drive with the disc, and then a VIDEO_TS folder. You may find this folder in your disc C in "My Videos". Choose the biggest VOB (.vob) file from the list for ripping.

add source DVD

Step 2. Move your mouse cursor to Format bar, then find and click "To MKV" option. Here you can choose a location folder where to save the video in a new output format. You can also click "Settings" button to adjust codec, frame size, bitrate, etc.

Convert DVD to MKV - Freemake

Step 3. After everything is OK, simply click "Convert" button to start DVD to MKV conversion using Freemake.

Comparison of the DVD to MKV Converters

Pros Cons
DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate
✔ Fast and lossless conversion
✔ Rip all kinds of DVDs & Blu-rays
✔ Offer a wide range of output formats.
✔ Allow editing video before ripping
✖ Need to download and install this software on your computer.
✔ Fast speed and easy to use
✔ Keep chapter structure
✔ Supports encrypted DVDs
✖ The output format is limited to MKV only
✖ No features to configure the audio and video parameters
✔ Totally free
✔ Provide dozens of output presets
✔ Rich settings
✔ Compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux
✖ Can't bypass DVD copy protections
✖ Some settings are confusing for beginners
✖ No merge option
✔ Open-source yet powerful
✔ Boast advanced audio and video codecs
✖ The output format is limited to MKV only
✖ No features to configure the audio and video parameters
Freemake Video Converter
✔ Compatible with low-end and old Windows PCs
✔ Allows burning videos to DVDs
✖ Lack of support for recent codecs like HEVC
✖ Visible quality loss after reducing the DVD video size
✖ Videos will be watermarked in its free version


The free DVD converters go to the open source software undoubtedly. However, they are not competent to either convert copy-protected DVDs or convert files in a fast manner. Taking the most concerning factors into account, the running system, ease of use, supported DVDs, the conversion speed, and the price, DumboFab Video Converter Ultimate is actually the best option for you to convert DVDs to MKV and any other formats without any fuss. And don't forget it can do far more than this.

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Chris Ellison

Chris Ellison, an English Copywriter of DumboFab Studio, has 6 years of writing and marketing experience. Love writing and always provide thoughtful how-to guides and tips related to video processing, physical discs ripping and backup, recent hot topics, new digital devices, hit movies, music, etc. She is a life-enthusiast who is independent, persistent, enthusiastic, energetic, and interested in music, exercise, travel, dance, painting.

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