As fun as it might be to build a collection of your favorite movies on Blu-ray, these collections can also be inconvenient to haul around. Not to mention, some Blu-rays might not last forever. One solution is to rip your Blu-ray collection to store on your PC, hard drive or somewhere else. When it comes to selecting the best quality format for ripping Blu-ray, MKV is always the top choice since it can encompass audio, video, pictures, and subtitle tracks in one single file while keeping the quality almost intact to that of Blu-rays. Then how to convert Blu-ray movie to MKV with the best results? How to keep a good balance between the image quality and file size? Check here.

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Note: If you want digitize your movie collection with the most compatibility, Blu-ray to MP4 is the best idea. The ripped MP4 files can be played on almost any media player, computer, laptop, tablet, mobile device, gaming system, or HD TV without disc drive. If you want to rip your DVDs to MKV, this process will work as well, but we'll focus on converting Blu-Rays to MKV with the best quality-size balance in this article.

If you want to 1:1 rip Blu-ray to MKV video with full Blu-ray content, , you can refer to this guide - how to rip Blu-ray to digital MKV with full video, audios, subtitles, menus and chapters.

What You Need to Rip a Blu-ray to MKV:

● Your Blu-ray discs.

● A Blu-ray disc drive. If your computer came with any disc drive at all, it was probably a DVD drive. However, you'll need a Blu-Ray reader in order to rip your Blu-Ray discs (obviously). An external good Blu-ray drive can be purchased for as little as $25.

Note: If you want to rip 4K UHD Blu-rays, you'll need to get a 4K Blu-ray drive.

Note: If you want to rip 4K UHD Blu-rays, you'll need to get a 4K Blu-ray drive.

● A program to rip the files.. We'll be using EaseFab LosslessCopy in this guide, which is available for both Windows and Mac.

This is all you need. Once you have all three of these things ready, grab your favorite Blu-Ray movies and get started to converted them into MKV files.

Why we recommend LosslessCopy for Blu-ray to MKV conversion?

EaseFab LosslessCopy is available to cope with both homemade and store-bought Blu-ray and DVD discs without hassle. Besides remuxing Blu-ray to a lossless MKV file within 5 minutes, LosslessCopy can also help you convert Blu-ray to a MKV file with good quality-size tradeoff since it allows you to adjust resolution, bit rate, codec, etc to produce optimal file size. What's more, it allows you to flexibily select desired subtitle and audio tracaks, add subtitles, crop, trim and edit the MKV video.

Besides MKV, you can also rip your Blu-ray collection to a wide range of file formats. You can choose to digitize Blu-ray to BDMV folder to preserve intact Blu-ray data or convert Blu-ray main title only to MP4, AVI, MOV, M4V, AVI, WMV, FLV, or other mainstream video formats. And more than 200 device profiles are pre-configured, which is great if you're unsure of what format you need for your device.

Moreover, GPU Hardware Acceleration powered by Intel QSV and NVIDIA (CUDA) NVENC and multiple core tech are fully utilized, meant to convert a full Blu-ray disc to MKV with optimal quality and size as short as 10 ~ 15 minutes.

Free download EaseFab LosslessCopy Windows or Mac version to rip Blu-ray to MKV and follow the steps below to learn how to adjust parameters to create a MKV file with good quality-size balance.

Disclaimer: Ripping Blu-ray involve a gray area of copyright law. Fair use suggests that you should be able to rip them for personal use, but in some countries this is patently illegal. So it is necessary to consult the related laws in your country before ripping Blu-rays and make sure the copy is totally not for commercial use.

Step 1. Load Blu-ray movies

Insert the Blu-ray disc to the BD drive and then click the Load Disc button to have Blu-ray movies uploaded to EaseFab LosslessCopy. A few seconds later, the full title list of Blu-ray with the auto-checked main title are presented. Besides Blu-ray disc, BDMV Folder, ISO image and VIDEO_TS folder can also be taken as source for decoding.

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Step 2. Select MKV as Output

Click Format bar and select the format you want from the drop-down list. Move your mose cursor to HD Video category and select MKV HD Video (*.mkv) as output file. If you need to convert a Blu-ray for iPhone, Android device, YouTube, web services, you can easily find a optimal preset from the corresponding device category.

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Step 3. Convert Blu-ray from 30~50 GBs to MKV with 2~4GBs while maintaing high quality

To get a good balance between image quality and file size, you need to click Settings button customize the parameter settings. Flexible options are offered to further reduce the size of the ripped MKV video. A slew of other variables such the video/audio codecs, pixel dimensions, frame rate, bit rate, audio sampel rate, etc. will help convert a Blu-ray at 40GB to a MKV file smaller than 4GB.

Recommended Blu-ray to MKV Video Quality-Size Settings:

1. You're not suggested to adjust the frame rate, if not necessary.
2. Lower the bitrate to a lower level. For example, adjusting the bitrate from orginal medium quality to bitrate of 2000~3000 is acceptable without noticeable pixellation.
3. Lower the resolution of video. Typical Blu-ray videos are 1920×1080 (Full HD). Adjust the resolution to lower 1280×720 or higher won't make any quality difference.

Please note: Adjusting these variables have some effect on the re-encoded video quality. Remember the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means video/audio bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Recommended Video Size Settings for Blu-ray to MKV Ripping

Step 4. Start the Blu-ray to MKV conversion.

Just below Format is Output, here you can click Browse button to browse your computer for a better destination folder for LosslessCopy to save the result Blu-ray rips.

After everything is ready, you can click the big blue Convert button to start converting. The Blu-ray to MKV rip will go from about 150fps to 350fps based on the computer you have (higher configuration, faster speed).

Want to rip Blu-ray to MKV with multiple audio and subtitle tracks?

To do this, simply backup to step 2 and move mouse cursor to Multi-track Video and select 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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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.

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Why Should you Use EaseFab LosslessCopy instead of MakeMKV to Convert Blu-ray to MKV?

MakeMKV is the first choice of many users when it comes to extracting MKV from a Blu-ray without quality loss. However, the output format is limited to MKV and the generated MKV file from Blu-ray disc is always in huge size (almost as the same as the original Blu-ray discs). Besides this, there are other drawbacks of MakeMKV:

● Can't customize the video and audio codec
● No ready-made preset profiles for portable devices
● Can't preview the video
● No basic editing function
● The output quality is not very good
● May get error messages like no disc found; forced subtitle won't show up; RPC protection cannot be bypassed, etc.

Sum up: If you're looking for an alternative to MakeMKV to rip and backup your Blu-ray discs, EaseFab LosslessCopy will be the first choice because of its easier-to-user interface and much more efficient functions.