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Best Solution to Copy DVD to Hard Drive in lossless MKV on macOS High Sierra

People often copy DVD to hard drive for safe keeping. Besides full DVD copy, there is another is to rip DVD to another format like MP4, MKV, AVI, etc. Comparing with other formats, lossless MKV will be the best choice. Therefore, today we will focus on the way to copy DVD to hard drive in lossless MKV format on macOS High Sierra.

Why choose lossless MKV for DVD ripping on macOS High Sierra?

Advantage 1. Chapter info, multiple audio and subtitle streams can be preserved.

Advantage 2. Lossless quality can be retained when ripping DVD to MKV. 

Advantage 3. MKV format is widely supported by media players. 

Advantage 4. Can anything be more flexible?

Best DVD to losssless MKV Converter for macOS High Sierra

Although there are many DVD Rippers in the market, lossless DVD to MKV converter is rare. As I have known, only MakeMKV and Pavtube ByteCopy can copy DVD to lossless MKV. However, MakeMKV has something wrong in macOS High Sierra compatibility so here we will mainly introduce you Pavtube ByteCopy Mac version. If you want to copy DVD to lossless MKV on Windows with MakeMKV, here is the tutorial >>> Convert DVD Disks With MakeMKV

Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac is highly estimated online as a Mac DVD ripping tool. In the El Capitan war, it is the fastest one to overcome the incompatibility difficulty. As a professional DVD Ripper, it won’t let you down:

- Compatible with macOS High Sierra, Mac OS X 10.12 macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, etc.

- Remove DVD encryption including CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney x-project DRM, etc.

- Convert DVD to lossless MKV with all chapter markers on Mac including macOS High Sierra.

- 1:1 entire copy DVD to Video-TS folder and directly copy DVD main title.

- Rip DVD to multi-track MP4/MOV/AVI keeping multiple subtitle and audio tracks.

- Besides, ByteCopy for Mac also can convert DVD to hard drive on macOS Sierra in normal MP4, MKV, AVI, M3U8, H.265/HEVC, FLV, 3GP, etc. It also can create 3D video from DVD disc for VR Headsets.

Read: MakeMKV vs Pavtube ByteCopy vs DVDFab

Step-by-Step to Copy DVD to lossless MKV on macOS High Sierra

Step 1: Load DVD Movies

Install this macOS Sierra DVD Ripper and insert your DVD to DVD drive. Click "File" > "Load From Disc" to import DVD movies. This software will scan and read the DVD disc itself and check the one it think it is the mian title. Normally, the longest chapter will be the main title chapter. You also can preview the title in the right window. A DVD often contains several languages. You can choose your wanted one in "Subtitle" and make the subtitle hard burn to your video. "Forced Subtitle" makes only foreign languages display on the screen.

Note: Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac is also a Blu-ray Ripper so you can import Blu-ray to convert to lossless MKV on macOS High Sierra.

Copy Blu-ray on macOS Sierra

Step 2: Choose lossless MKV

Choose “Multi-track Video >Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*.mkv)" in “Format” drop-down list as the lossless preset. In this way Pavtube ByteCopy extracts the main movie with all subtitles and audio tracks from disc and seals the contents into MKV container without transcoding, which means you get lossless quality MKV files. 1080p HD video stream, TrueHD and DTS-MA 7.1 audio tracks and PGS subtitles are retained without quality loss.

lossless mkv format


1. Click "Settings" to enter Multi-track video profile window; switch to "Video" and find the "Encode" box which is unchecked by default, so if you want a lossless MKV copy, do not touch it.

2. The switch to "Audio", check wanted audio track; so does the "Subtitles".

Step 3: Start to rip DVD to lossless MKV on macOS High Sierra

Go back to the UI, hit on "Convert" at the right bottom corner to begin the DVD to lossless MKV backup process on macOS Sierra. Once the process ends, just open output folder to locate the generated MKV video.

Now, you can play these DVD MKV files on macOS High Sierra with some MKV Players.

MKV Players for macOS High Sierra to play lossless MKV

NO.1 QuickTime + Perian

Perian is a free-source QuickTime addon, which lets QuickTime extend support to a large number of file formats, such as MKV, AVI, DIVX, FLV, GVI, VP6, and more. So if you find your QuickTime player can't play MKV files in Mac, you can install the plug-in to add extra support for playing MKV in QuickTime.

NO.2 MPlayerX

MPlayerX works wonderfully to play MKV files, and the interface closely matches QuickTime Players black minimalist theme. Performance was excellent too. This is definitely another worthwhile choice for watching HD video on the Mac, and it’s available free on the Mac App Store.


The other recommendation is VLC, which will play just about any video or audio file thrown at it and MKV is no exception. Even if you don’t plan on using it to play .mkv movies, it’s a worthwhile app to have on any Mac OS X.

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