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How to backup DVD to MKV and preserve chapter structure?

Want to make lossless DVD copy with all information (chapter structure, all subtitles, AC3 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks) included? Try Pavtube ByteCopy. The software was developed to help users to backup DVD and Blu-ray movies to MKV format with original lossless quality for playback on PC, and media players that supports MKV playback, e.g. WD TV Live, Seagate Theatre, Galaxy Tab, etc. Other than keeping multiple subtitles and audio tracks, creating chapter markers are is important for those who like to watch their movie file on media players. The ability to copy (and encode) the movies using original chapters structure from the DVD makes Pavtube ByteCopy a standout DVD backup tool.

Download Pavtube ByteCopy trial

You may download a trial of Pavtube ByteCopy and try ripping DVD to MKV with chapter structure with the software.

Guide- Lossless DVD to MKV backup with chapter markers, subtitles, and all audio streams 

Step 1. Run Pavtube ByteCopy software, put source DVD into DVD-ROM,, Click “Load Disc” button to import movie files from DVD. The software decrypts DVD copy-protections of all regions. The main title in a DVD is checked by default once loaded. This avoids you wasting time to choose main title from a number of movie titles.

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Step 2: Click on the main title, navigate to Format Bar and choose “Multi-track/subtitle HD Media Player Video (*.mkv)” as output format under “HD Media Player” catalogue. 

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The “Multi-track/subtitle HD Media Player Video (*.mkv)” is playable in most commonly-used HD Media Players, such as Seagate FreeAgent Theater+, WD TV Player, NETGEAR NeoTV, and so on. 

Step 3: Click “Settings” button, the “Multi-task Settings” dialogue box appears. By default the software keeps all subtitles and audio streams, and uses original chapters’ structure from the DVD media. You can switch to Audio tab and Subtitle tab to deselect unwanted audio tracks and subtitles streams.  When finished, click “OK”. 

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Step 4: Click the “Convert” button to backing up DVD movie to MKV with chapter markers in the file. Pavtube ByteCopy packages videos, chapter markers, audio tracks as well as subtitles streams into the MKV without changing anything, so that you can easily skip to play your wanted chapter, audio & subs track at will using your HD Media Player.

It usually takes around 10 minutes to complete lossless DVD to MKV backup. After conversion just press "Open output folder" to find generated MKV video. You can set auto shut down by checking “Shut down computer after conversion" box.

Set specific chapter as starting point when playing DVD backup in VLC Media Player 

The ripped MKV file can be played well in various media players. Below shows how to select specific chapter as starting point when playing ripped DVD movie in VLC Media Player.

Step 1. Open ripped DVD movie: Run VLC Media Player, press “Media”>> “Open File” and browse to the ripped DVD movie.

Step 2. Select chapters: Press “Playback”>> “Chapter” to view all chapter markers and set specific chapter as starting point for playback.

Tip: Note that the trial of Pavtube ByteCopy works 3 times only. You need to purchase the software ($42) for further use.

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