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Use MakeMKV to transfer your old DVDs to your phone or portable player [Freeware]


If you’re like me, you’ve probably got an ageing collection of old DVD movies that are sitting on a shelf somewhere, waiting to be thrown out or ‘archived’ to the attic one day during a cleanup. In amongst them are some really cool movies though eh, wouldn’t it be great to be able to digitize them to your phone, computer or other player so you can watch them again when the mood suits? Well now you can!

MakeMKV is a brilliant new freeware program which offers a one-button conversion of your DVDs and/or Blu-Ray discs to the MKV format, which is compatible with most major digital video players, hardware and software. All you need to do is pop the DVD into your computer DVD drive (the software works with PC, Mac and Linux machines), select a default destination folder and hit the convert icon.

The program then opens and scans your DVD, and once it’s finished scanning you hit the icon again to actually move the video, including multiple audio, subtitles and other data, into the destination folder. It’s as simple as that. There’s no hassle with different regions or other DRM issues, your DVD is converted irregardless. The whole process can take up to half an hour or more depending on your computer, the size of your movie and disc format, but you can always make a cup of tea while it’s happening.


The program is free to download, although strictly speaking it’s ExpireWare, since it expires every 60 days, at which point you need to download it again for free. I guess they’re doing that to ensure that people use the current updated version at all times. Or maybe it’s not going to be free for ever? Anyway, it’s an awesome program, and hugely useful for all you film buff types.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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