When it comes to converting a DVD to digital formats, some of you may want to convert DVD to MKV file format since MKV can encompass audio, video, pictures, and subtitle tracks in one single file while keeping the quality almost intact to that of DVDs. And MKV can provide better compatibility than some other formats like ISO image or DVD VIDEO_TS folder. If you're looking for ways to convert DVD to MKV with lossless or high quality, you've come to the right place. Here we single out 5 free DVD to MKV converters and llustrate how to quickly convert a disc to MKV or remux DVD to MKV without re-encoding on Windows (11/10) and Mac within simple clicks.

Best 2 Ways to Remux DVD to MKV without Encoding

If you want to transcode a DVD to MKV but don't want to lose some video quality, you can just extract the DVD video to MKV format, untouched. Below are two popular solutions to rip DVD to MKV without encoding.

Way 1. Rip DVD to Lossless MKV with LosslessCopy

LosslessCopy from EaseFab is a highly competent Blu-ray & DVD ripper capable of reading and converting encrypted discs, does the job with lightning speed. With it, you can easily convert the full title of a DVD to MKV including all the video, audio, subtitle tracks, chapters, and custom metadata without compromising the video quality. It's available for Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc. And it has a Mac version compatible with macOS Monterey and lower. Its features include but are not limited to:

LosslessCopy - Best DVD to MKV Converter for Windows & Mac [Lossless & Fast]

● Remux & Rip DVD to MKV, Video_TS folder, Single VOB file in 1:1 quality within 5 minutes.
● Support all sorts of DVDs – homemade, commercial, copy-protected, and encrypted discs.
● Beginner-friendly: automatic DVD detection, smart title selection, and profile format preset.
● 500+ output formats are available: MKV, MP4, MP3, MOV, AVI, 3GP, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.
● Versatile video editing tools for ripped MKV videos: cutting, merging, filtering, cropping, etc.
● Finish Blu-ray/DVD ripping and digitizing at ultra-fast speed using hardware acceleration;

Besides ripping DVD to MKV with all the original audio and subtitle tracks, LosslessCopy can also convert DVD to encoded MKV file with desired audio and subtitle tracks by its customizable settings. What's more, you're able to create MP4, MOV and AVI files with multiple audio tracks to meet the requirements for more media players, mobile devices, etc. Now just download the best DVD to MKV converter on your PC or Mac and follow the steps below to learn how to convert DVD to lossless MKV using LosslessCopy.

[Tutorial] How to convert DVD to MKV with LosslessCopy

Step 1. Load the source DVD content

Insert the DVD to the DVD drive. Run the DVD to MKV converter and click "Load Disc" button add the source DVD movie. Besides DVD discs, you can also import Blu-ray disc, BD/DVD ISO image file, BDMV folder, Video_TS folder, etc.

Load a DVD disc

Step 2. Choose multi-track output - Lossless MKV

Click the Format bar to follow "Multi-track Video" > "Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV (*.mkv)", which enables you to get the output video with multiple audio tracks and subtitles while keeping lossless video quality.

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LosslessCopy transfers video from Blu-ray/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.

Actually, all audio & subtitles 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.

As you see in the following screenshot, you can also tick off "Encode" option if you want to compress the audio tracks.

lossless mkv audio settings

Step 3. Start converting DVD to lossless MKV

Go back to the main UI and click "Convert" to start conversion from DVD to lossless MKV all the video, audio, subtitle tracks, chapters, and menus preserved.

Way 2. Free Remux DVD to Lossless MKV with MakeMKV

When it comes to extracting MKV from a DVD without quality loss, MakeMKV is always the first choice of many users. This tool is specially designed to convert Blu-ray and DVD disc to MKV format. It will preserver all video and audio tracks, chapters information, and all meta information. It works fast because it doesn't transcode video, just extract. Of course the disadvantage is that it will export a super large MKV file.

※ Note: 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 EaseFab LosslessCopy a try. Among all the DVD rippers, LosslessCopy is the one of strongest programs to decrypt DVD.

After downloading MakeMKV on your PC or Mac, you can follow the steps below to convert DVD to MKV with MakeMKV.

Step 1. Put the 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.

Import DVD to MakeMKV

Step 3. Select the titles, audios, and subtitles you want to preserve.

MakeMKV- select titles, audios, subtitles

Step 4. Specify an output folder to store the resulting MKV file.

Step 5. Hit Make MKV button to begin ripping DVD to MKV.

Top 3 Methods to Convert DVD to MKV with High Quality

Remuxing DVD without encoding always outputs a large MKV file. If you want to convert DVD to MKV with high quality in a smaller file size, below are 3 best programs to get the job done.

Method 1. Convert DVD to MKV with EaseFab DVD Ripper

EaseFab DVD Ripper has harvested an overwhelmed number of loyal users throughout the 16 year-long journey in the DVD ripping industry. It's able to backup and rip a full DVD movie to MKV in 5-10 minutes with best balance in quality & size, and conquer all types of DVDs, from new discs, 99-title, damaged, Japanese, regional, workout to non-standard DVDs. Besides MKV, you can also use it to convert DVD to H.264, H.265, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, and 350+ output profiles.

How to Convert DVD to MKV with Quality, Size, and Speed Well Balanced?

1. Add DVD movies

After downloading, install and launch the program. Insert your DVD disc into your DVD-Rom and click "Load DVD" button to upload DVD files. As you see, you can also load ISO, Video_TS folder to the program.

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2. Convert DVD to MKV in the Best Quality

Then click "Profile" and select HEVC MKV or MKV (H.264 codec) as the output format.

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Tech details:

1. To get the best possible output quality and smallest file size, convert DVD to HEVC MKV. It has 50% smaller size at the same quality.
2. The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the Settings button to customize these settings.

Recommended settings:

1. You're not suggested to adjust the frame rate and aspect ratio, if not necessary.
2. Use the codec H.264 or H.265 and lower the bitrate to a lower level. For example, adjusting the original 2500 to bitrates of around 1800-2000 is acceptable without noticeable pixellation.
3. Lower the resolution. Typical DVD videos are 720×480 (NTSC) and 720×540 (PAL). Adjust the resolution to 640×480 won't make any quality difference.

Please note: Adjusting these variables have some effect on the re-encoded video quality. You can go smaller, only at the cost of quality loss. Moreover, the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

dvd to mkv settings

3. Select desired subtitle/audio tracks or edit the movie (optional)

You can select one of audio or subtitle tracks you prefer from the corresponding drop-down Audio or Subtitle lists. If the subtitles in the language you want is missing, you can click "Add Subtitle" to add subtitles to your DVD movies. Click the "Edit" button, trimming, cropping, rotating, and some other editing features are available.

select or add subtitles

4. Start the Conversion

If you do not have other advanced and personalized settings, just hit "Convert" to beging DVD to MKV conversion. With this method, you can easily get DVD to MKV ripping with a good quality-size balance.

Method 2. Convert DVD to MKV Free with Handbrake

HandBrake is a popular yet free DVD ripper among users running Windows, Mac, and Linux. There is no more DVD decryption feature built in Handbrake since the version 0.9.3. But you can still rip some protected discs to MKV or MP4, if with VLC libdvdcss installed. By loading the libdvdcss library in the application folder, Handbrake will dynamically read CSS and region-locked DVDs and then re-encode them into MKV.

After you finish the installation of HandBrake and libdvdcss, you can follow the steps to rip DVD to MKV with HandBrake.

To learn how to install libdvdcss on Windows and Mac, you can go to this article "How to Decrypt and Rip DVD with HandBrake" to learn more.

Step 1: Insert target DVD into the DVD drive of your computer. Then, open HandBrake and you will be able to see Source Selection where your DVD should be already detected. Click it to open and HandBrake will begin scanning it. Scanning time varies with content on your disc.

Step 2: Click the Title drop-down menu to choose which DVD title you want to rip. Generally speaking, if it is a movie DVD, movie part should be the one with the longest duration.

rip dvd to mkv handbrake

But this rule doesn't apply to 99-title movie DVDs and HandBrake can't deal with such kind of disc. If it is a TV series DVD, simply select your favorite chapter- each usually being 22 or 44 minutes. HandBrake can only rip a single title at a time. If you want to rip multiple titles off DVD or copy several/all episodes of TV show DVD, you have to process the same work multiple times or create a queue.

Other adjustable options including Angle, Chapters, Seconds and Frames. Seconds is an option used to define the start time and end time of to-be ripped title.

Step 3: Configure output.

If you know little about picture, filters, video, audio parameters, just keep the default settings untouched and instead focus on Presets only.

HandBrake DVD ripper empowers you to copy DVD to MP4 or convert DVD to MKV. In addition, it offers dozens of output presets, grouped under General, Web, Devices, Matroska, and Legacy. You can choose any one at will, or add personalized preset by clicking Save New Preset. Here we choose MKV as the target format.

rip dvd to mkv handbrake

When choosing a preset, don't choose 720p and 1080p presets for DVDs. The resolution for PAL DVD is 720 x 576 (576p), while the resolution for NTSC DVD is 720 x 480 (480p). Choosing s larger preset won't make the output look better but bigger.

One more thing, "Fast" and "Very Fast" presets will sacrifice some output quality, while "HQ" and "Super HQ" presets will slow the DVD ripping speed and increase output file size.

Step 4: Navigate to Save As section and then click Browse to choose the location for storing the resulting file and also define the name of output file. HandBrake allows you to rip DVD to computer hard drive or external storage devices.

Step 5: If you have nothing to modify, simply click Start Encode button at the top menu bar to start ripping DVD to MKV with HandBrake. Then you will see a display bar and can estimate the time remaining to complete.

Method 3. Convert DVD to MKV Free with Freemake

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.

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.

Freemake - Load 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.