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How to Convert DVD to MKV with Original Quality (2 Easy Ways)

By Kelsi Gillan

Updated on January 08, 2021

If you have a large collection of DVDs and want to systematically arrange your DVD movies, one of the best ways is to create digital backups for your DVDs. You can save more space and need not worry that your DVDs get scratched up. And MKV is an ideal format for converting DVDs. It can store different audio and video streams, pictures, and subtitles in one file without quality loss.

There are many ways to convert a DVD to MKV format, but if you're looking for the most straightforward option, don't go wrong with desktop software for ripping DVDs. Here, we'll introduce you to two quick and easy ways to convert DVD to MKV with some powerful desktop tools.


Method 1. Rip DVD to MKV with TuneFab DVD Ripper on Mac / Windows

There are various options to convert DVD to MKV. Be it a free online converter or a desktop program, many of the tools can meet most of your needs. However, in terms of backing up your DVDs, desktop software always outweighs online tools.

On the one hand, DVD ripping programs are more stable and efficient than online tools. You don't have to worry that a slow internet may affect the conversion process. And if you have a high-performance computer, some DVD ripping programs even support GPU acceleration that can quicken the DVD conversion. On the other hand, DVD ripping software can even convert encrypted DVDs so that you can transfer and watch the converted DVD movies on smartphones, tablets, and TVs without a DVD drive.

For ripping DVD to MKV, TuneFab DVD Ripper is one of the powerful DVD rippers that you should not miss out on. This versatile DVD ripper can quickly and easily deliver you an extra backup of the same quality as your original DVD. Also, it helps reduce the final file to a fraction of the size it is on the DVD. Essentially, you will have a high-quality MKV video with a smaller file size after ripping. Besides, you may enable its GPU acceleration feature to get quick results.

Let's quickly go through the process of how to rip DVD to MKV with TuneFab DVD Ripper.

Note: The following operations are achieved on the Windows version of TuneFab DVD Ripper. The layout on the Mac version is a bit different from the Windows version.

Mac users can check out this article >> TuneFab DVD Ripper User Guide for Mac

STEP 1. Download and Install TuneFab DVD Ripper

TuneFab DVD Ripper is fully compatible with Windows and Mac PCs. Therefore, just download a suitable version that works on your computer.

STEP 2. Load DVD Disc

Place the DVD disc that you want to convert to MKV format into your optical drive. Launch TuneFab DVD Ripper and then Click on the "Load Disc" button. Click on the drop-down arrow icon, you may also choose to load DVD ISO or load DVD folder.

Click Load DVD Disc

STEP 3. Choose MKV as Output Format

Once the DVD disc or file is opened, you'll see the movie titles listed on the interface. Then click on the "Profile" icon and you can select the output format for your DVD videos. Open the "MKV" tab, here you will find a wide selection of preset profiles. Usually, we recommend you choosing the "Same as Source" option that will produce you an MKV video with the original quality of your DVD disc.

Choose MKV Profile

If you click on the "Gear" icon right beside each profile, you may also customize a new profile setting. For instance, you may change the encoding method for the video track and audio track, video resolution, frame rate, audio channel, audio bitrate, and other settings according to your preferences.

Customize a New Profile

STEP 4. Adjust More Settings (Optional)

Back to the main interface, click on the menu icon from the upper right side, and then choose "Preference". Here in the pop-up window, you can enable GPU acceleration and set the default subtitle language and audio language for your output DVD videos. Don't forget to click on "OK" to save all changes.

Tips: For more details to enable GPU acceleration, you can read this guide. 

>> How to Enable GPU Acceleration in TuneFab Software

Enable GPU Acceleration from the General tab

STEP 5. Start to Rip DVD to MKV

On the main interface, you may also select the audio track and subtitle that you want to preserve in the resultant MKV video. This helps remove any tracks you don't want to convert and therefore produce a smaller video file. When ready, click the "Rip All" button to begin the conversion process.

Convert DVD successfully

Once the conversion is finished, go to your selected output folder to find the converted DVD, and then your MKV file is ready to play.

Highlights of TuneFab DVD Ripper

* 1:1 DVD copy for digitizing all your protected or unprotected DVDs

* Hardware acceleration technologies to make DVD ripping 6X faster

* 300+ pre-configured conversion profiles including MKV, MP4, AVI, FLV, and more

* Excellent editing features to enhance the quality of your converted DVD videos

Back up DVD Movies to MKV Videos with TuneFab DVD Ripper (Mac Users Should Watch!)

Method 2. Convert DVD to MKV Using MakeMKV (Free!)

Another practical solution to convert DVD to MKV is by using MakeMKV. As its name suggested, this app generates an MKV file of your DVD disc that can be easily played by popular media players such as VLC player and MPlayer. What is more, both your DVD or Blu-ray discs can be losslessly converted to MKV files. And common platforms such as Windows, Mac, and Linux support this convenient DVD ripper.

Pros and Cons of MakeMKV 

* Easy to operate
* Blu-ray capability
* Cross-platform availability

* Only supports converting DVD to MKV files
* Blu-ray ripping is currently free only when the program is in beta

How to Convert DVD to MKV Using MakeMKV

STEP 1. Insert a DVD into your drive. MakeMKV will detect the disc and automatically show the disc information on the interface.

STEP 2. Click on the large DVD drive icon and the program will scan the disc. This process can take a while as the program will check if there are potential errors or copy protections attached in the disc. The processing time also depends on the original storage size of your DVD disc. Once the process is over, it will show all of the DVD chapters.

STEP 3. The largest file is the movie that you want to rip. Then click on the title to drop down and select your preferred version of the movie in each language available. And then choose the audio tracks and subtitles that you want to preserve.

STEP 4. Move to the "Output folder" section on the right, and then change a destination for your converted MKV files according to your needs. Then click "Make MKV" on the right.

MakeMKV Interface

That's it! Now just wait until it is finished. And you will find a nice new MKV file ready in your selected output folders. And it really couldn't be easier.

If you don't know whether to choose TuneFab DVD Ripper or MakeMKV, here is a comparison table to help you make wiser decisions.

Choose Between TuneFab DVD Ripper & MakeMKV

TuneFab DVD Ripper


Operating Systems

Windows, Mac

Windows, Mac, Linux

GPU Acceleration



Keep original DVD video quality



Output profile selections

Over 300 output profiles and supports customization

Only MKV


6X faster

converts as fast as your drive can read data

Supports Blu-ray



Editing tools to enhance your converted DVD videos



Extra Reading: Why Choose MKV for Exporting

While there are various video formats such as MP4, AVI, FLV, and 3GP, you may be curious why MKV becomes a popular option for backing up DVD or Blu-ray. Generally speaking, this is because MKV format allows for lossless video conversion and has the capability to hold multiple subtitles and audio streams. Few other formats can achieve these. And in the following, we'll try to explicitly explore the reasons why MKV is much favored for ripping DVDs.

Reason 1. MKV is open and free.

Being open and patent-free, the MKV format gains board support from nearly every software player and many hardware devices. Anyone can freely implement this format without having to request permissions and licensing. And therefore, you may notice that those popular and open-source software players such as VLC Media Player and MPlayer have full MKV support.

Reason 2. MKV format enjoys high compatibility.

MKV files don't have any region-based restrictions so you have full control of where to play the content you've paid for. And there is no need for an HDCP-certified video card or any "authorized" environment if you want to play MKV videos. Basically, once you transfer the MKV file to your computer, you can watch it anytime even if your computer doesn't have a DVD drive.

Reason 3. MKV is flexible.

In an MKV file, you may find different selectable audio and video streams. In other words, it will be a lot easier if you want to remove unneeded audio tracks from an MKV file. And what makes it even wonderful is that the quality of the streams can be retained originally when you decide to change a codec for your video or audio stream. The MKV container even has an error recovery feature, which allows for playback of corrupted files.

Reason 4. MKV files are compact.

The original DVD files can be really large. But if you choose to preserve your needed audio tracks and subtitles and convert the DVD files to MKV, technically you can get a smaller file with identical picture quality. And according to MakeMKV, for exactly the same content, MKV files are about 10% smaller than DVD files. This is convenient for people who want to save a backup copy for their favorite DVD movies on an external hard drive and the converted files will not take up much storage space.

All these reasons make the MKV container a highly adaptive and easy-to-use format for exporting and therefore boasted by many movie enthusiasts as to digitizing their DVD collections.

Final Thoughts

Now you've known two amazing tools to convert DVD to MKV files. Both TuneFab DVD Ripper and MakeMKV can handle the conversion task fast and efficiently. Choose the one that suits your needs and start to make backup copies for your valuable DVD collections.

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