How to Rip DVD to MKV Video Files

Hello, I am completely new to this field. I recently bought a WD-TV HD Player. I thought it is a very good way to convert all my DVDs to digital files and have everything ready in a hard drive. Somewhere I read that if I convert DVDs to .MKV files, it will carry all the subtitles and bonus features of the DVD too. My question is how do I rip DVDs to .MKV files? Your help is very much appreciated. - Jacques From videohelp.com Forum

Many people who experienced DVD to video conversion may have complaint like “What makes me confused is that when I convert DVD to video and watch it on my Mac the quality gets bad. How should I do? ” generally speaking, an ordinary DVD movie is often 7-8 GB in size, but when people convert it to ordinary video formats the size would be compressed to hundreds of MB, and so no surprise there the video quality get bad because the code compress process would destroy most of unimportant data. Then is there any solution to easily solve this problem? Yes, of course, just try to rip DVD to MKV which can accomplish the conversion process at blazing speed without any quality loss.

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How to Rip DVD to MKV Video Files


To rip DVD to MKV, you need a professional DVD ripper software that can fast convert DVD movies to MKV video files with lossless video quality. Here Xinfire DVD Ripper is highly recommended to help you finish the task. With it, you can quickly rip DVD movies to MKV and all other popular video formats like MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, WMV, MPG, etc. The following is the step-by-step guide of how to convert DVD to MKV Video Files. For mac users:Mac DVD Ripper.

DVD to MKV

Xinfire DVD Ripper

  1. Add DVD movies. Install and run Xinfire DVD Ripper. Click the “Add” button to add DVD movies. Loaded DVD movies can be previewed on the right window.
  2. Crop and Edit Videos (Optional). Click “Edit” button, you are allowed to make wonderful DVD movies editing by cropping, clipping, adjusting brightness, hue, saturation, and contrast, adding watermark and subtitles.
  3. Choose the Output Video Format. Here we choose “MKV”.
  4. Select Output Folder. Specify output folder on your PC to save the output files.
  5. Start Conversion. Click “Start” to begin rip DVD to MKV.

Note: Xinfire DVD to MKV converter also allows you to rip DVD to MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, MPEG, AVI, QT(QuickTime), ASF, WMV, MOV, etc with high quality video/audio to play videos on iPhone4./4S/5, iPad2/3/Mini, iPod, HTC, Samsung, Blackberry, Archos etc.

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Extended Knowledge

What is MKV

MKV is an open free Container format aiming to become the standard of multimedia container formats to preserve common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. And the size of MKV files is often much bigger than common ones and keep high quality. The most significant advantage of MKV video is that, it can hold unlimited streams, like multiple Video, Audio, and Subtitle tracks into one single file.

Why we need to rip DVD to MKV

While ripping DVD to common video formats, user always complain what they get after ripping. The video quality is extremely bad, even cannot see clearly it is, that is because an ordinary DVD movie is often 7-8 GB in size, but when people convert it to ordinary video formats the size would be compressed to hundreds of MB, and so no surprise there the video quality get bad because the code compress process would destroy most of unimportant data. However, HD Video/HF Audio as one of the main features of MKV solve the above problem and many users learn to convert DVD to MKV so that they can play them on PC or Mac without quality loss.