This article will show you how to easily convert Blu-ray to HD MKV (720p and 1080p) in fast ripping speed and high output quality.

Sometimes you may want to convert Blu-ray to MKV video files, especially when you just wanna keep Blu-ray discs from scratching, or manage your movies in a more convenient way. Yeah, it’s a great idea. However, many people complain that the video quality is not as clear as the original Blu-ray after they ripped Blu-ray to MKV video. Then what can we do to resolve this issue? The answer is to rip Blu-ray to High Definition MKV files, for these HD videos are often bigger than standard video and decrease the video damage. So the HD MKV video seems to be lossless compared with the original Blu-ray. Here I will throw a quick tutorial up on how to losslessly make MKV from Blu-ray.

First, the most important piece of the equation is that you have a Blu-ray ripping application hooked to your PC or Mac. Most of you are likely familiar with the excellent Handbrake for ripping standard Def DVDs, but while the latest version of the software has added SOME support for reading Blu-Ray folder structures, it cannot yet decrypt the Blu-Ray discs (Handbrake alternative to rip Blu-ray) the way it can with regular DVDs, so you’ll need to add an intermediate step. The program used in this article is called Brorsoft Blu-ay Ripper (available for Windows and Mac users).

PS: You may have heard MakeMKV. Basically what it does is decrypt the Blu-Ray file into a MKV file (the only output). However, the MKV files is GIANT (as large as 41 GB or so).

Overall, Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper enables you to rip protected Blu-ray discs into versatile popular video formats including MKV without any quality loss. And with the “Copy entire disc” option of the Blu-ray Ripper, you are able to make a successful and full copy of protected Blu-ray movie. Plus, you can just copy the movie only from your BD with its Directly Copy feature. What’s more, this Blu-ray ripping tool provides hundreds presets for iPad, Apple TV, iPhone, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry, etc iOS/Android based media devices for easier enjoyment.

I’ve had success using the program to convert Blu-ray discs to a MKV format. I found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the discs themselves. Following the intuitive interface, even a novice can finish ripping Blu-ray movies in just a few clicks! You can try its free trial version and see whether it meets your needs. Below are steps to get HD MKV videos from Blu-ray.

Guide on Losslessly Ripping Blu-ray to MKV

Step 1: Download, install the Windows free trial of Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper to your PC. For Mac users, download the Mac free trial.

Step 2: Launch the program, and then insert the Blu-ray discs into your BD drive (necessary for Blu-ray ripping) and click the “Load Disc” button to have the Blu-ray content imported. You can freely select desired subtitles from the “Subtitles” option.

Step 3: Click on the dropdown menu of “Format” and choose the Common video > MKV(Matroska)Video(*.mkv). You can also choose the “MKV HD Video(*.mkv)” from the HD Video sublist. Now, you can set the output folder. You can also adjust the output resolution by clicking the Settings button. 720p or 1080p is all up to your choice.

Tips: The Blu-ray ripping software come with preset formats for more than 150 devices, such as Apple TV, iPhone 5S, Samsung, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone 4, HTC, iPod touch 5, Creative Zen, Sony, Sandisk, Motorola, Archos, Nokia, Zune, BlackBerry, iRiver, PSP, Xbox 360, PS3 and more.

Step 4: When you finish all settings, click the Convert button to activate the Blu-rat to MKV 720p/1080p ripping process. Movies converted from your Blu-ray files to 1080p will give great visual quality. The only thing is that the larger files with more pixels will result in much slower conversions.

Blu-ray backing up: Seek a balance between video quality and file size

Provided that you have a 2TB Seagate external hard drive or Windows Media Server, you may copy all the blu-ray movies to the hard drive using “Full Disk Copy” facility and enjoy the blu-ray movie without any quality loss. TrueHD and DTS-MA audio can be retained as well. Notice that a very powerful PC/ HTPC/ media player is required for playing the output M2TS files. If the videos play jumpy, try cutting down video bit rate when ripping the blu-ray disc.

For those who want to save storage, a useful tip is converting the blu-ray movie to H.264 encoded MP4/ MKV/ MOV videos. The H.264 is the most efficient method for compressing data so far and it creates video of smaller size and relatively high quality. To further shrink the output file size, you may click “Settings” button and set video bitrate down. Output file size is displayed at the bottom of the interface so you can try different settings till you get a desired file size. For instance, while backing up a 20GB blu-ray movie to hard drive, I select MPEG-4 encoded HD MKV (1920*1080) as output format, and the file size is 16GB. When I select H.264 encoded HD MKV (1920*1080) instead, the file size is reduced to 12GB, when I set video bit rate down to 6mbps, the file size is cut down to 8G, and the output video is still at high definition quality.

Guide on Backing up Blu-ray to MKV Files Losslessly

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