Ripping DVDs and Blu-rays is the best way to convert your premium movies to typical MP4, MKV, or other popular digital video formats. There are many software applications that help to dvd s to portable formats; however, this article is going to compare two of the best DVD ripper software apps – DVDFab DVD Ripper and MakeMKV.
Many people already know MakeMKV as a popular, free software that helps to convert videos or rip discs to other formats. But, while MakeMKV truly helps handle various video projects, there is a better alternative to consider when it comes to DVD ripping.
DVDFab DVD Ripper is a professional software that allows you to RIP all types of DVDs (including ISO files and folders) to diverse digital formats, including MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, and many more. It is an advanced DVD ripping solution with cutting-edge features. More so, DVDFab DVD Ripper flaunts a more distinctive interface that beats MakeMKV's interface.
DVDFab DVD Ripper vs. MakeMKV
There a couple of features you will get from DVDFab DVD Ripper that are not available on MakeMKV software. Here's a comprehensive comparison between these two impressive software solutions capable of ripping all kinds of DVDs and Blu-rays.
How To Rip DVD With MakeMKV
You will need to install MakeMKV on your PC, launch the app, and load your DVD movie from a disc, ISO file, or DVD Folder.
Choose the "Titles" you want to rip from the list of Titles that appear on the left pane. When you have chosen a title, pick an "Output Folder" where the ripped DVD video will be saved in MKV format. However, there's a box below the "Output Folder" option that displays clear information about the DVD movie you're about to rip; there, you can see what would be the actual size of the movie after ripping it with MakeMKV.
Sometimes, the ripped video size can be up to 30 Gigabytes (GB) or more, and MakeMKV does not provide an option to compress video sizes.
Click the "MakeMKV" icon on the right side of the interface. You'll be provided with a real-time progress bar while MakeMKV tries to rip your DVD to a digital video format (.MKV).
As explained above, MakeMKV does not allow you to shrink/compress video sizes, and there are other things it does not support, too. In contrast, DVDFab DVD Ripper provides quite a plethora of features, tools, and support for extensive settings.
1. Intuitive Interface
While MakeMKV comes with a simplified interface that anyone could easily understand, DVDFab DVD Rippers provides a "more intuitive" graphical interface with more video options. The interface on DVDFab DVD Ripper looks more comfortable to use, and you can easily navigate to other places.
There are quite many features available on DVDFab DVD Ripper that are not available on MakeMKV. DVDFab DVD Ripper supports getting your DVD videos as .nrg files, ISO, folders, .ini, .img, and discs. Also, it supports a built-in video editor, advanced settings panel, video preview window, and more handy options.
2.1. Built-in Video Editor
The built-in video editor on DVDFab DVD Ripper is pretty advanced and features various video editing tools. It allows you to cut, crop, trim, flip, and do a lot of "basic" tweaking to your DVD video before ripping it to a digital format.
2.2. Advanced Settings Panel
DVDFab DVD Ripper comes with an Advanced Settings panel where you can adjust a lot of video parameters, compress the DVD video, modify bitrate, and access more video settings options. To compress a video, enter any size (calculated in megabytes) into the "Output Size" box.
2.3. Video Preview Window
There's a built-in video preview window supported by DVDFab DVD Ripper. This window allows you to preview how your video will appear when you finally rip it to a specific digital format. It also supports basic playback options such as pause, play, forward, and backward.
2.4 Multiple Formats
While MakeMKV will only rip/convert your DVD to MKV video format, DVDFab DVD Rippers supports so many digital video formats, which include AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4, TS, VOB, WMV, and device-specific formats for playback on "specific" mobile devices. Click on the "General" option to access all the supported output formats. See more about how to rip DVD to MP4 and various formats.
2.5 Save Video In Different Ways
With MakeMKV, you will only save the ripped DVD video to a folder on your computer. In contrast, DVDFab DVD Ripper allows you to save the ripped video on your PC or share it on YouTube, Facebook, etc.
2.6. Search Movie Info (Meta)
DVDFab DVD Ripper comes with a button that lets you look up your DVD movie/video's meta information. This feature requires internet connectivity to load your video's metadata.
2.7. Detailed DVD Info
Besides, the "Title" name is an "Info" icon that provides you with clear information about your video. This includes the DVD region code (if available) and other important details.
The few points above are proof that DVDFab DVD Ripper is the best alternative to MakeMKV. It provides you with much more handy features and options than MakeMKV. Below is a detailed guide on how to use DVDFab DVD Ripper to rip your movies easily.
Firstly, you have to download DVDFab DVD Ripper and install it on a Windows computer or MacBook. Afterward, launch the program and continue with the steps provided below.
Click on the "Ripper" icon and upload your DVD movie from disc, ISO, or folder. You can also simply drag and drop the DVD video file to the interface and upload it immediately. If your movie is Blu-ray, then you need to connect a BD disc ROM to your PC.
Note: you can upload multiple videos at a go. Besides, some movies and DVDs are region protected, it could automatically remove region code during the loading process.
Click on the "Video Edit" icon to edit your video, or click on the "Advanced Settings" icon to compress the DVD video, as well as configure other parameters for your video. More so, you can access other video settings to customize the resulting video file.
Now, you should choose an output profile/format for your DVD movie. Click the" Profile Switcher" button to launch the various formats supported by the DVDFab DVD Ripper. Navigate to the "Device" tab to choose a format that's compatible with your mobile device.
Note: you can select different "output profiles" for the different DVD movies you uploaded to DVDFab DVD Ripper.
Choose an output location where your ripped video file will be saved. Click on the bar at the bottom of the DVD Ripper interface to set an output location for your video. After you have set the output location, click the "Start" button to trigger the ripping process.
DVDFab DVD Ripper will display a comprehensive progress window while your video is being processed. It is possible to stop, pause, and resume a task. Also, you can choose what happens when the conversion is complete.
Using DVDFab DVD Ripper provides you with more options to rip DVDs or Blu-ray movies to various formats. The built-in video editor comes in handy if you need to perform some quick edits on your video while the advanced settings panel provides you with the option to compress your video files.
Aditionally, the audio of a movie can be a masterpiece, if you want to extract your favourite music from a movie or DVD, here is a guide for how to use this software as a DVD audio extractor.
DVDFab DVD Ripper is simply a better alternative to MakeMKV; however, DVDFab DVD Ripper is not entirely free – unlike MakeMKV, DVDFab DVD Ripper offers a 30-day free trial. At the end of the trial, you can choose to continue using the program for free (with limited features) or upgrade to the premium version to continue enjoying all the features it has to offer.
Furthermore, DVDFab DVD Ripper works faster than MakeMKV and provides a wide variety of more options for DVD conversions.