In this post, let me show you how to create a watchable MKV file from a Blu-Ray or DVD disc with MakeMKV on Mac OS X.
1. Download and install MakeMKV onto your Mac.
MakeMKV is free. You can download it from http://www.makemkv.com/download/.
Note: MakeMKV is cross-platform compatible. If you have a Windows PC, you can also use MakeMKV to help you rip Blu-Ray or DVD discs. The ripping process is the same.
2. Launch MakeMKV and open the Blu-Ray or DVD video disc with the app, which then scans and imports the disc.
3. Select any options from the side menu, choosing whether to include all audio streams, subtitles, or only include specific languages (i.e. English only).
4. Choose the output folder (default is set to ~/Movies/DiscName).
5. Click the “Make MKV” button to start the ripping process.
Note: To rip a Blu-Ray disc, you need a Blu-Ray player that is Mac compatible.
Apart from ripping Blu-Ray and DVD discs, MakeMKV can also be used to convert video in the following file types: .dat, .ifo, .vti, .bdm, .inf, .iso, .mkv, .aacs, .bdmv, .ifo.
As its name indicates, MakeMKV can only generate MKV files. Besides, it can handle only a few HD video file formats. For a lot more input and output video format options, it is recommended downloading Video Converter Ultimate instead.
What is MKV?
According to Wikipedia, MKV is the file extension for Matroska Video.
The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file. It is intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. Matroska is similar in concept to other containers like AVI, MP4, or Advanced Systems Format (ASF), but is entirely open in specification, with implementations consisting mostly of open source software. Matroska file extensions are .MKV for video (with subtitles and audio), .MK3D for stereoscopic video, .MKA for audio-only files, and .MKS for subtitles only.