Mac El Capitan Blu-ray Rip Tutorial with MakeMKV

Diana Joan

Jul 15, 2016 07:48 am / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Blu-ray

Ripping Blu-ray is not as easy as DVD ripping cause Blu-ray has more complex encryption. But it seems that no matter how Blu-ray protection scheme develops, MakeMKV is always the first choice for people to decrypt Blu-ray. So here we tell the newbie how to rip Blu-ray with MakeMKV on Mac El Capitan.

Tutorial on Blu-ray Ripping with MakeMKV on Mac El Capitan

Firstly, you should download and install MakeMKV

MakeMKV 1.9.10 for Mac OS X

Requires x86 Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

NOTE: MakeMKV is not signed by Apple, you might need to adjust gatekeeper options in order to install the program.

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Once you’ve installed it, insert your Blu-ray disc and click on its image. MakeMKV will scan the disc looking for real titles rather than fake ones that might have been created to help protect the disc from copying. When it’s finished scanning it will present you with a list of chapter’s it’s found. Select the one you want (the largest one in size) and click the Save Title button. MakeMKV will set about creating the copy of the title.

Once it’s done so you have a .mkv, which won’t play natively on an iOS device. Unless you want to watch the movie on your Mac using something like VLC or some other MKV Player to play it you’ll have to convert it to an Mac compatible format. You can use Pavtube iMedia Converter For Mac for that.

Just launch iMedia Converter for Mac, click the File button, and choose the .mkv file you just created. Select an appropriate preset—iPad or Apple TV 3, for example—and then click Start. The .mkv files will be converted to an MP4 file, which will play on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

Read:  Alternatives to MakeMKV for Windows and Alternatives to MakeMKV for Mac.

Best Alternatives to MakeMKV

MakeMKV has many alternatives, but the best will be Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac. When MakeMKV has upgraded to 1.9.10 to add support for AACS v60, ByteCopy for Windows has upgraded to support AACS, BD+ up to MKB61. It can rip Blu-ray and DVD to lossless MKV as MakeMKV does. It also can convert Blu-ray to multi-track MP4, MOV and AVI. For 3D Blu-ray, it can extract 3D SBS MKV/MP4 for popular VR Headsets, 3D TV and 3D Projector.

Other Features of ByteCopy

  • Capability of extracting SRT, ASS, SSA subtitles from Blu-ray/DVD movies.
  • Support to encode H.265/HEVC codec from the latest DVD/Blu-ray disc.
  • Powerful video editing feature: trimming footage, cropping black area and adding watermarks.


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