The Best Way to Convert Blu-ray to MKV for HD Media Players and HTPCs

How to Rip Blu-ray/DVD movie to MKV with multiple subtitles and audio tracks for HD Media Players and HTPCs? Here’s a simple tutorial:

top Blu-ray to MKV Ripper

Tip: When ripping movie from a Blu-ray Disc, a Blu-ray Disc drive is required to read the BD.

The top Blu-ray to MKV Ripper for HD Media Players and HTPCs- Pavtube ByteCopy

Pros:

  • All-in-one. Do rip and convert DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Lossless. Keep multiple original video, audio, subtitle streams without changing.
  • Fast. Single layer DVD copied to MKV in 10 mins, BD around an hour under lossless mode; 1.5 -5 hours under compressive mode. GPU acceleration(CUDA) ready.
  • Easy operation. 2 steps process for lossless BD/DVD to MKV ripping.
  • Flexible. You decide which streams to keep, what codec to use, and what quality to export.

Cons:

  • LPCM audio must be converted to PCM/AC3/AAC/MP3, etc.
  • Only main movie can be kept, extras and ads streams are left out.
  • Rip Blu-ray/DVD to lossless MKV/MP4/MOV/AVI format only

Compare ByteCopy with MakeMKV (comparison chart)

Compare ByteCopy with MakeMKV

Learn: Top Blu-ray Ripper Reviews: MakeMKV vs ByteCopy vs DVDfab

OS Supported

Windows Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
Mac Supported OS: Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountion Lion(10.8), Maverick(10.9), Yosemite(10.10)

Trial Download Link

free download on windows     free download on mac

Trial limitations:

1. Lossless output option can be used 7 times.
2. A watermark will be added to video unless Lossless output is chosen.

Update and Support:

Update – A Windows version updates itself automatically. A Mac version will not get updated unless the user contact support for latest version. No extra charge on update.

Support -> For Windows -> support@pavtube.com; For Mac > macsupport@pavtube.com

Main Interface

ByteCopy Main Interface

Here is ByteCopy User Guide

How does it work?

ByteCopy rips Blu-ray/DVD movie in two modes- lossless backup and compressive conversion.

  • Lossless Blu-ray copy (preserving Blu-ray main movie with original video, audio, subtitles and chapter info)
  • Lossless DVD copy (preserving DVD main movie with original video, audio, subtitles and chapter info)
  • Compressive Blu-ray to MKV rip (letting users choose resolution, bitrate, codec, channels, etc or use preset HD Player profiles to compress high quality 1080p Blu-ray contents)

Which HD media players does it support?

WD TV Live family- WD TV Live, Live Plus, Live Hub
Popcorn Hour NMT family- NMT C-200, A-200, A-210
Netgear NeoTV 550 Ultimate HD Media Player
Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player
Lacie Classic HD Media Player
TViX Slim S1
ViewSonic VMP70 FULL HD Media Player
Xtreamer Pro/Ultra
FANTEC P2700 HDD Media Player
Dune BD Prime 3.0
Boxee HD Media Player

Why is ByteCopy the best choice for ripping Blu-ray movies to HD media player?

When people rip Blu-ray for HD media player playback, they want the best quality, if possible, everything original. However, this is not a good idea. Not any HD media player can replace a Blu-ray Disc player so far. Even there are HD media player boxes that lets users to add a Blu-ray Disc drive (e.g. Popcorn Hour C-200, Popcorn Hour A-400Popcorn Hour C-300), they do not give you full features. Normally you have main movie but lose the menus and special features, and this is called simple BD-navigation.

But most HD media players only read Medias from HDD. That’s why people need get Blu-rays ripped first. When ripping a Blu-ray to HDD, there are quite a lot of formats to save the movie to: ISO, BDMV, M2TS, MKV, and whatever video format you like. Many guys choose ISO because it keeps everything original of the Blu-ray movie. Well “everything original” includes the menus and features and some other files that your HD media player can not play. Without them you can save 3GB or more for a single Blu-ray movie.

And “everything original” also means the 1080p video of very high bitrate, up to 7.1-channels HD audio and PGS subtitles. Now the question is, can your HD media player decode TrueHD and DTS-HD codec? If not, can it pass-through them to an audio receiver that supports these codecs? If not again, you’ll have to down-mix them during Blu-ray ripping, say converting DTS-HD to Dolby Digital 5.1 audio or AAC stereo with ByteCopy, otherwise you’ll watch a silent film… The good news is, not every Blu-ray has 7.1 audio- many Blu-ray Discs still use Dolby Digital codec for main audio stream.

If audio codec is not a problem for you, and you don’t care much about subtitles (captions), MakeMKV is your choice- it rips Blu-ray to MKV with main movie, original audio tracks and subtitles. And 30 days’ free trial. You wanna have subtitles displayed on HDTV when playing ripped Blu-ray? Choose ByteCopy then.

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