Users are confused about two similar applications, namely Handbrake and MakeMKV. If you are busy watching World Cup games and do not want to dig deep to collect a ton of information over this topic, you will get one free from me. I have summarized the head-to-head comparison between Handbrake and MakeMKV to you in this article. Just keep reading on.

Part 1: Introduce both Handbrake and MakeMKV to users

Handbrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files being developed to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. HandBrake is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows. It uses third-party libraries such as FFmpeg, libvpx, and x265.


While in the same category, MakeMKV is a one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called "transcoder". It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters. There are many players that can play MKV files nearly on all platforms, and there are tools to convert MKV files to many formats, including DVD and Blu-ray discs.


Aforesaid, both Handbrake and MakeMKV are able to rip blu-ray and the difference between them lies in that Handbrake is used to rip and transcode the file while all MakeMKV does is save what's on the blu-ray to a .MKV file. It doesn't change anything. Find more details from the following section.

Part 2: Comparison between the two programs

I don't want to start a verbal fight between Handbrake and MakeMKV but simply provide a reasonable comparison between the two programs so that users can have a clearer idea about their features and limits.

As said, MakeMKV just puts the native video stream into a MKV container whereas handbrake transcodes the native stream using x264 to compress it. In terms of time, space and speed, they can be different as well. Handbrake needs to take longer period of time to compress the video and the resulting file size is smaller than the source one. And it will be slower to complete the process; as to how long and slow to compress the file, it depends on the CPU power and the source file size. On the contrary, MakeMKV is doing nothing to the source streams other than putting them into a different container, which requires the same space and the speed depends on how fast DVD drive can rip the video off the disk. Both Handbrake and MakeMKV has pros and cons and you can pick your favorite one to rip blu-ray. However, there are other options if you don't feel good about the above two programs.

Part 3: Introduce one alternative to rip Blu-ray

To rip blu-ray is not new and almost every media tool developer will publish an app in this category. Apart from Handbrake and MakeMKV, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is an excellent choice too. It is a well-known blu-ray ripper boasting to rip Blu-ray DVD to 180+ video/ audio with 100% original quality and 6X faster speed. Simply put, it can rip and convert blu-ray into video of all kinds of formats and devices. It features zero quality loss conversion experience and allows users to enjoy theater movie feeling. Apart from that, file merging, media editing, 3D movie creating, parameter adjusting, etc are all offered together within the program. Next, there will be a tutorial guide to show you how to work with this program to rip blu-ray.

Step 1: Launch the Leawo Blu-ray Ripper.

In the program suite, this program is built in the Media Pro. If you don't have this suite, click the button below to install it immediately. Launch the program after installation completes.

Launch the Leawo Blu-ray Ripper

Step 2: Add source file.

Click the Add Blu-ray/DVD button and pick one of displayed options to import your source file.

Add videos

Step 3: Set the output format.
Like MakeMKV, if you wish to export the file in .MKV, click Change from the format drop-down manual and choose it as the output format.

Set an output format

Step 4: Edit the file before conversion.

Click the Edit button from the format drop-down menu to enter the Profile Settings page, where you can configure bit rate, codec, aspect ratio, and channel for the file. You can skip this step if you want to retain what the source is.

Edit the file

Step 5: Set a directory.

As long as all settings are finished, click the big green button Convert on the front of the program. Here you will need to specify a directory to save the output file before the conversion takes place.

Set a directory

Step 6: Convert the file and view the progress.

Click the round button Convert to kick off the process and view the progress through the real time green bar. After all is done, you will have a MKV file ready for enjoyment.

View the progress


Guess you have already had a general idea about Handbrake vs MakeMKV by reading this article. Better than that, another program is also recommended in details for you to try. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper will be as impressive as the World Cup games. Don't miss any exciting moment when using this program.