If you are still searching for a solution to backup your Blu-ray/DVDs collections to your media server or other devices including all subtitles and audio tracks or you want to do some transcode of the video or audio streams, hope my own experience can provide a choice for you.
I’m in the process of copying my DVD-library to a media server so that I can put all the DVDs in a box somewhere and forget about them. I need a converter to do this, as well as has the features that let me remultiplex DVDs to MKV, including all subtitles and audio tracks, without transcoding the audio and video streams. Besides, in order to be better compatible with different players, I hope the software also let me transcode the audio streams in a few cases like change LPCM to ACC.
First, I tested MakeMKV. It support to do the conversion to MKV, but I found that it only remultiplex without re-coding and it crashed on convert two DVDs which made me not so satisfied with it. Then I turned to get help from blogs and web-forum, many people recommended Pavtube ByteCopy which can backup BD/DVD to MKV without quality loss and allow full preservation of all audio tracks, subtitles and chapter markers. These are the features that were most important when I bought ByteCopy.
Other reasons that I preferred ByteCopy:
- Somewhat easier to use.
- Re-encode which is nice even though it wasn’t the deciding factor.
- MakeMKV crashed on a two DVDs which ByteCopy manged to copy.
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Below is the process to show you how to backup BD/DVD to MKV with lossless quality and allow multiple audio tracks and multiple subtitles.
Download ByteCopy to your computer and launch it. Load the BD/DVD you want to convert to the program. It also supports to load IFO/ISO files. Below is the main interface after you loading DVD movies.
Then choose the output format. “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*.mkv)” under “Multi-track Video” profile is designed for preserve subtitles and audio tracks.
I can also check and encode the audio I need.
When I want to transcode the audio streams, just click the “Setting” icon and you could choose the video and audio you want to get.
After finishing these, just back to the main interface and click the “Convert” button to start the conversion.
Wait for a moment; I could get the output files with all subtitles and audio tracks. The output files are stored on a fileserver which is also running Plex Media Server. I often watch them on a HTPC connected our TV, on laptops and on smartphones (just with the help of Plex’s online transcoding).
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