In order to get access from my HTPC to any movie or cartoon at any time (without feeling like a DJ), I extract the content of my DVD as MKV. Sometimes, with some DVD, I obtain several MKV for a single episode. In such case, I merge the MKV's in a single one. My favorite tools: MakeMKV and MKVToolNix (MKVMerge)
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The Beta version of MakeMKV is always free. It's the most easiest tool I have tested to extract tracks from a DVD. Only a few steps are required to analyze and decrypt the DVD, list the content and extract it:
- Start MakeMKV.
- Insert the DVD. It's automatically detected by MakeMKV.
- Press the large "DVD reader" Icon in MakeMKV. If an advanced decryption is required, it will take some times. Once completed, a list with the content is displayed.
- Select the titles (tracks) to be extracted (the larger ones are automatically selected as presumed to not be DVD menu).
- Select the "Output Folder".
- And press the small "Disk with a green arrow" icon titled "Make MKV".
One MKV is produced by selected title. This MKV contains everything: not only the video and the various audio tracks of the title but also the definition of each chapters.
To merge MKV, I use a tool installed with MKVToolNix: MKVMerge. The process is also easy and straightforward:
- Start MKVMerge
- Drag and Drop a first MKV into the "Input files" zone
- Press the "append" button to add a second MKV for merging purpose!
- Possibly change the "Output filename"
- And finally press "start muxing".
By default, the various audio tracks and all defined chapters are kept in the output MKV.