Process of copying my DVD-library to a Media Server with keeping chapter and subtitles

This tutorial aims to teach you how to backup DVD to lossless MKV on media server with the chapter and subtitle preservation.

I'm in the process of copying my DVD-library to a media server. But I can't do it directly. Which software can help me indeed? The output files are stored on a fileserver which is also running Plex Media Server. After backuping, they will be watched mainly be me and my watch on a HTPC connected our TV, on our laptops and on our smartphones (with the help of Plex's online transcoding).

What you need:

Pavtube ByteCopy, which is a open source Blu-ray & DVD baukuping/coping/ripping application to help you copy dvd to mkv with chapters and subtitles. The Mac version is ByteCopy for Mac

The reason to choose Pavtube ByteCopy:

ByteCopy does just what I wanted. It lets me remultiplex DVDs to MKV, including all subtitles and audio tracks, without transcoding the audio and video streams, while also letting me transcode the audio streams in a few cases where I actually want to (from LPCM to AAC for better compatibility with different players).

So the features that were most important when I bought ByteCopy:

* Remultiplex to MKV with all subtitles and audio.
* Remultiplex without re-encoding the audio/video streams.
* The ability to remultiplex BlueRay as well, and to transcode audio from LPCM to AAC also mattered.

Why not choose other SW?

I also tested MakeMKV which has a similar basic function (except it only remultiplexes without re-encoding).The result was that I preferred ByteCopy for several reasons:ByteCopy is somewhat easier to use, and it can re-encode which is nice even though it wasn’t the deciding factor. MakeMKV crashed on a two DVDs which ByteCopy managed to copy. I use a Samsung Galaxy S1 smartphone (soon to be replaced with some newer Android smartphone) and my wife uses a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. ByteCopy make a good quality for ripping my BD/DVD discs to wathing on our smartphones.

Get two programs together:

ByteCopy($42) + Video Converter Ultimate($65) = Only $79.9, Save $27.1
ByteCopy($42) + DVD Creater($35) = Only $44.9, Save $32.1
ByteCopy($42) + Vidpie($29) = Only $54.9, Save $16.1

Now your get it installed and lets get started! I will share my experience for the easy way to backup DVD to lossless MKV on your Media Server with keeping chapters and subtitles.

To begin:

Launch the program and add the movie you want to encode by clicking the “add file” icon on the main interface. You can see the chapter information of your DVD movies on the main interface after you loading to the program.

Then choose the output format. In order to preserve the chapter structure and subtitles, you’d better choose the “Multi-track Video”. Under this profile, you have three choices which all can preserve chapter structure.

If you choose "Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*mkv)" format, you can output the BD/DVD with lossless quality and allow multiple audio tracks, multiple subtitles.

One special function that makes ByteCopy stands out is you can easily select you needed tracks, subtitles.

The last thing you need to do is hit the “Convert” button to copy DVD to lossless MKV format. Just wait a moment and then you can output the lossless mkv videos with the chapter and subtitles preserving. Have a fun of it!


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