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How to Convert DVD to MKV Video on Mac and PC Machine

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I have a DVD purchased years ago, and now I would like to rip the content of DVD into a MKV only keeping English and probably German language audio track, no subtitles, no specials. Anyone shows me the way?

There are a variety of reasons why you might want to rip and extract the movie content from a DVD and convert to a MKV video format on Mac (or on PC). You might just want to protect your disc from scratched; you might want to pull movie off DVD and watch on your tablet or edit in video editing software. Whatever the reason is, converting DVD format video into MKV file would be a better choice than that into another modern format.

MKV is a flexible container format for high definition video. Matroska (.mkv) is an open standards project for free to use. It allows the user to store a complete movie with many audio, video, metadata and subtitles streams in a single file. Therefore, you can choose to store main movie in a single MKV container, and keep all wanted audio and subtitle tracks, remove all extra features you don't want to keep. That's why we choose MKV as the resulting file container for ripping DVD content (Note: you legally own the copyrights of DVD).

A lots of software that claim to let you rip DVDs to MKV for Mac with ease, but the program here I'm linking - DVD Ripper for Mac has been around a very long time and I've used it with no issues.

It circumvents the most common form of DVD CSS and rips the DVD and save as a single MKV file. At the same time, the software has 150+ ready conversion presets for Apple gadgets, Android smart phones, tablets and more. In addition converting DVD to MKV file in Mac, for those who aspire to make DVD conversion on a PC machine with Windows operating system, download and try DVD Ripper for Windows.

Before we go any further, keep in mind that here we just take ripping DVDs to MKV video on Mac OS X for example. Although many people have been ripping DVDs for Windows computer, the full conversion process is do the same. Let's quickly jump over to ripping DVDs on Mac.

Step 1: Import DVD movies

Once the software is installed on your Mac, place your DVD into DVD drive and open DVD Ripper. Now we are ready to import DVD files. Click File > Load DVD to import the DVD file.

As the application scans the DVD, it will generally select the title with the longest duration you need. After that, you'll be brought to a screen that looks like this:

Step 2: Choose MKV and tweak settings

Next, let's move eyes to the top right section marked with a yellow box No.2. This is where you set the final output file configurations.

Select your output file extension under Target. Click the format (the default option is MP4), it will expand the Format Tray hidden on the bottom, switch to "Video" tab and change the option to MKV.

Fine-tune file settings. this Mac app also has a number of controls for tweaking advanced settings. Simply click the small blue Gear icon on the top right corner of the format, this should bring up a window like this.

From there, you can manipulate the quality of the resulting video through adjusting the value to codec, resolution, frame rate, bit rate and more.

Note that this Mac DVD to MKV video converter comes with a good list of standard file presets for your ripped DVD. This will simplify the task, so you can rip a DVD to the correct format with right size for popular gadgets.

Step 3: Convert

OK, the last step and the easiest step, click the blue "Convert" button on the bottom right to begin the DVD ripping to MKV for Mac.

You're done. Enjoy the fruits of your ripping.

See Also

What is Matroska?