Handbrake Alternative for DTS-HD Master Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio or just DTS-HD in many descriptions is a lossless audio codec by Digital Theater System. It replaces the old DTS audio (actually it extends it) and its main goal is to allow a bit-to-bit representation of the original movie’s studio master soundtrack. When ripping Blu-ray, many people want to keep the DTS-HD Master audio. However, if you choose to use Handbrake to rip Blu-ray with DTS-HD Master Audio, it will be not easy cause firstly, you need to install libdvdcss in Handbrake to decrypt Blu-ray and then feedbacks unveiled that many people can’t preserve DTS-HD Master Audio when ripping Blu-ray with Handbrake.

There are many Handbrake alternatives that can rip Blu-ray with DTS-HD Master Audio.

Alternative 1: Staxrip can get both streams if you select the DTS-HD option or otherwise rips just the Core if you select DTS. Using the Just Remux option you get the original DTS-HD or DTS Core streams in your mkv file and you can also convert to AC3. 

Alternative 2: If you want to keep all the audio track, MakeMKV can remove protection from the Blu-ray source and allows you to repackage it unmolested back into an mkv container with DTS-HD Master Audio.

Alternative 3: Pavtube ByteCopy is highly recommended to replace Handbrake to rip Blu-ray keeping DTS-HD Master Audio. The Handbrake alternative is able to read TureHD audio and DTS-HD Master Audio in Blu-ray. It supports convert Bluy-ray to a common video with DTS-HD Master audio passthrough as you want and even lossless Blu-ray to MKV conversion keeping the original audio tracks, chapter info and subtitles without to do any parameter settings. Mac version is here. Below we take the example how to using the alternative to Handbrake to convert Blu-ray with DTS-HD Master Audio audio.

Rip Blu-ray with Handbrake Alternative for DTS-HD Master Audio

Step 1. Add Blu-ray movies

Insert Blu-ray Disc into your external or internal BD drive and launch the Blu-ray Ripping program. Click “disc” button to import Blu-ray movies for converting/copying.

Encoding Blu-ray to TrueHD 7.1 MKV

Step 2. Choose output format keeping DTS-HD Master Audio

Select the whole disc, and you are allowed to choose output format via clicking the Format bar. To get DTS-HD Master Audio track be copied and packed into generated MKV file without transcoding, select “Lossless/encoded multi-track MKV (* mkv)” from “Multi-track Video”.

lossless mkv format

Step 3. Start ripping Blu-ray to MKV with DTS-HD Master Audio

Before start conversion, select subtitles you want keep with the output video from the option. Then, hit the big Convert button, it will start converting Blu-ray movies to lossless MKV videos with the original DTS-HD Master Audio saved.

That’s it! Your Blu-ray video will now be encoded and a few hours later you will have a great high definition video file with preferred audio and subtitles using Handbrake alternative with No Error.

Note: Pavtube ByteCopy also can rip DVD to MKV in lossless quality or convert DVD to multi-track MP4/MOV for Plex,

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Digital Container Formats

Definition of: multimedia container

A digital file format that holds audio, video and subtitles. Containers support a variety of audio and video compression methods and are not tied to one particular audio or video codec. AVI was the first Windows container format, and Matroska/MKV is a popular open source container. MPEG-4, QuickTime and RealMedia are also A/V containers.

The most popular multimedia containers are:

  • AVI (standard Microsoft Windows container).
  • MOV (standard QuickTime container).
  • MP4 (standard container for the MPEG-4 multimedia portfolio).
  • Ogg (standard container for Xiph.org codecs).
  • Matroska (not standard for any codec or system, but it is an open standard).
  • ASF (standard container for Microsoft WMA and WMV).
  • RealMedia (standard container for RealVideo and RealAudio).

The differences between various container formats arise from five main issues:

  • Popularity; how widely supported a container is. This is the reason that the AVI format is still the most popular format.
  • Overhead. This is the difference in file-size between two files with the same content in a different container. For a two-hour film, when in AVI, the file may be up to 10MB larger than when in Matroska.
  • Support for advanced codec functionality. Older formats such as AVI do not support new codec features like B-frames, VBR audio, VFR natively, although the format may be tweaked to add support, creating compatibility problems.
  • Support for advanced content, such as chapters, subtitles, meta-tags, user-data.
  • Support of streaming mediamedia streaming on demand via the Internet.

Format Comparison


 Standard owner Microsoft MPEG Xiph.org Matroska.org Microsoft
 B-frames support by tweaks Yes Yes Yes Yes
 VBR audio Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Variable frame rate No Yes No Yes No
 Chapters No No Yes Yes No
 Subtitles No ttxt Ogg Writ Anything No
 Streamable No Yes Yes Yes Yes

* ACM cannot handle VBR audio streams in AVI files. Thus, software using ACM (Audio Compression Manager) to read audio from AVI files will not be able to handle VBR audio streams correctly, even though such files are compliant to the AVI file specification. This is a limitation of the ACM, not of the AVI file format.

Container Formats Explanations


Audio-Video Interleave (AVI) is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in 1992, as part of the Video for Windows technology. These files contain both audio and video data in a standard container that allows simultaneous playback. Most AVI files also use the file format extensions developed by the Matrox OpenDML group in February 1996. These files are supported by Microsoft, and are known unofficially as ‘AVI 2.0’.


A QuickTime MOV file contains one or more tracks, each of which store a particular type of data, such as audio, video, effects, or subtitles. Each track in turn contains track media, either the digitally encoded media stream (using a specific codec such as Cinepak, Sorenson codec, MP3, JPEG, DivX, or PNG) or a data reference to the media stored in another file or elsewhere on a network. It also has an ‘edit list’ that indicates what parts of the media to use.

The ability to contain abstract data references for the media data, and the separation of the media data from the media offsets and the track edit lists means that QuickTime is particularly suited for editing, as it is capable of importing and editing in place (without data copying) other formats such as AIFF DV, MP3, MPEG-1, and AVI.


MPEG-4 Part 14 or MP4 is a container file format specified as a part of the ISO/IEC MPEG-4 international standard. It is used to store media types defined by the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group, and can be used to store other media types as well.

MP4 allows streaming over the internet. It also allows multiplexing of multiple video and audio streams in one file, variable frame- and bit-rates, subtitles and still images.


Ogg Media Container is developed by Xiph.org as the framework of a larger initiative aimed at developing a set of components for the coding and decoding of multimedia content which are both freely available and freely re-implementable in software.

The term Ogg often incorrectly refers to the Vorbis audio codec. Other prominent components of Ogg are its video codec Theora, and the speech audio compression format, Speex.

If you are wondering about the OGM format, refer to this page for detailed information. DivXLand.org suggests to use the Matroska container, since OGM is no longer developed.


Matroska aims to be the standard for multimedia container formats. It incorporates features you would expect from a modern container format, like:

  • Fast seeking in the file
  • High error recovery
  • Chapter entries
  • Selectable subtitle streams
  • Selectable audio streams
  • Modularly Extendable
  • Streamable over internet (HTTP and RTP audio / video streams)
  • DVD-style menus

The Matroska file extensions are:

  • .mkv: generally video files, as well those containing audio (movies) or video only.
  • .mka: audio only files, can contain any supported audio compresion format, such as MP2, MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AC3, DTS, PCM.
  • .mks: a so called ‘elementary’ matroska stream containing any subtitles stream.

To open Matroska files, you need to install either the DivX Total Pack or the Matroska Pack filter. For extended information regarding the Matroska container format, visit its website.


Advanced Systems Format (formerly Advanced Streaming Format) is Microsoft’s proprietary digital audio and video container format, especially designed for streaming media. ASF is part of the Windows Media framework.

The format does not specify how the video or audio should be encoded, but instead just specifies the structure of the video/audio stream. What this means is that ASF files can be encoded with basically any audio/video codec and still would be in ASF format. This is similar to the function performed by the QuickTime, AVI, or Ogg formats.

The most common filetypes contained within an ASF file are Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV).


RealMedia is a multimedia container format created by RealNetworks. It is typically used in conjunction with RealVideo and RealAudio compression and is popular for streaming content over the internet.

RM content can be played with RealPlayer, or with any DirectShow based player by installing third party filters such as RealAlternative.

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Convert Multimedia Container Formats

Pavtube BDmagic (review)- Decrypt Blu-ray to Multimedia container formats bying bypass Blu-ray BD+, AACS, up to MKB V61. Support to convert Blu-ray to MKV, AVI, ASF, MOV, MP4, OGG.

Pavtube DVDAid (review)- Convert any commercial DVD to MKV, AVI, ASF, MOV, MP4, OGG through removing DVD encryption including CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney x-project DRM, etc.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (review) – Transcode a video container to a different video container or format such as convert MKV to MP4, convert MP4 to MKV, Convert AVI to MKV, Convert AVI to MP4, etc.

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Upload DVD Library to Cloud Storage Device or Apple iCloud

Cloud storage focuses on the saving and management of data. Ripping DVDs to cloud backs up all your precious movies and videos online, and makes your DVD library available and accessible through the network disk,Dropbox, Seagate personal cloud media storage, etc. It has many advantages; for example, it frees you from the troubles of disc loss or damage, and the space of physical hard disk, and lets you upload a personal DVD to the cloud (youtube, dropbox, SugarSync) so you can share it with your family members or access your movies at home or on the road.

If you’re one of those people looking to take the jump into the cloud but don’t know How to upload DVD Movies to Cloud Storage Device (iCloud, Dropbox), here’s a top solution about rip and convert DVD library in Cloud Storage Device etc easily and quickly. The best option is that before casting DVD contents to Chromecast, TV, Roku player and so on, you need to process DVD to digital conversion at first.

To do so, a DVD ripping software is essential. Here Pavtub DVDAid is recommended to you. This DVD ripping tool can rip any encrypted DVD and convert DVD to Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud readable MP4, MOV etc. formats as well as other popular formats, like rip DVD to AVI, MKV, M3U8, H.265, WMV, MPG, FLV, SWF, M4V, etc. on Windows (including Windows 10, 8.1 and 8). For the video size limit of Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc site, the built-in editor also allows you to extract DVD clips with the very part you want. Or, you can just choose to rip certain chapters of a DVD as you like.

Note: If you are a Mac user, please turn to DVDAid for Mac, support Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite 10.10, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard10.6, Leopard 10.5. Now download the right version of the program and follow the guide below.


Other Download

– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/dvd_ripper/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-DVDAid/3000-7970_4-76158510.html

Rip DVD to Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc in readable video format for uploading?

Step 1. Load DVD movies

Insert the DVD disc into your computer’s DVD drive and run DVD Ripper. You can click the “Load DVD” button to load the DVD files to the program. DVD ISO/IFO, VIDEO_TS folder are supported also.

Step 2. Specify output format

As has been stated above, Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc supports MP4, etc video files. So you can just select “Common Video” > “H.264 Video(*.mp4)” as the output video format. Also you can transfer your DVD to media hubCloud Storage and External Hard Drive/Thumb DriveFlash drivePlex for storage and playback.

Step 3. Trim/Edit DVD files

A. Since Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc has limitations about the uploading video size(If you only have the free account, you only have 2 GB of space), please pay attention to the video size when ripping DVD movies for Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc. Here we should highlight the trim function on this software.

B. Just click “Edit” to trim the DVD videos to get the very part you want. Besides trimming, cropping, adding watermark, adjusting special effect, are well supported as well.
Step 4. Start converting DVD to Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc

When all these settings are ready, you can click the “Convert” button to begin the DVD to Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud, etc conversion. When the ripping is done, you can click on “Open” button to locate the ripped videos.

Tips: You can learn other tips about >> how to Compress your video files to save space on Cloud Storage Devices/Apple iCloud.

How to Put the Converted DVD Videos to Cloud Storage Device?

Once being converted to digital files, your movie library can be stored/uploaded onto a server and streamed later for different uses. You can play the files directly online (but the Network speed is a deciding factor), and download them to local disks. Outstandingly, cloud service makes movies, music and photos more portable. Only if you have an online account, you can use the movies on your home PC, work PC and portable PC, stream it to an app, Chromecast, Smart TV, Roku player or a set-top box.

Now, you can easily rip DVD movies and want to add to Cloud Storage Device for streaming and playback on iPhone, iPad, Android, Surface 3, BlackBerry, Plex, PS4/3, PSP, PS Vita, WDTV, smart TV and more media devices, Have a good time!

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How to speed up DVD ripping process

Generally, when you rip and convert a movie it takes the time as long as the movie is. In fact, there are many factors will affect the conversion speed. Such as computer performance, the original file properties, the output settings, computer environment etc. Many users have such a question? How to speed up the DVD conversion speed. Now, according to my own experience, give you some tips.

Tip One. Firmware Update breaks the DVD drive speed limits

Some DVD-ROM manufacturers purposely limit the DVD ripping speed of their drives to try and prevent customers from making copies of retail DVDs. Normally, the limitation can be bypassed by flashing your DVD-ROM drive with an updated or hacked firmware (which also may allow you to make your DVD-ROM drive region-free).

Tip Two: Setting High Priority can help

Every program running on your computer is assigned a priority. Priority is typically determined by how important a program is in maintaining system stability and insuring the system is still responsive to your commands. The browser you’re using to read this article has a higher priority than any number of non-critical background tasks going on in your computer. When you’re using DVD Ripper, it operates in the foreground and gets a generous helping of processor time out of your computers busy schedule. Once the DVD ripping process has begun, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select “Task Manager”. Find the DVD ripper in Process, right-click on it and set its Priority to High. Your DVD should now rip more quickly, but keep in mind it is a very intense process. Depending on the file size and duration of your videos it’s not unreasonable for it to take as long (sometimes longer) as the DVD’s actual running time.

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Attach external Subtitles to MP4 video files by using Pavtube video converter Ultimate

At times, we do need to download subtitles for movies. Because the movies aren’t using our mother tongue. It’s very easy to get the subtitles we want by searching in google. For example, you can type ” toy story 3 english subtitle ” in the search box, most of the time,  the results is just what you want. Two of the most common formats for subtitle files are “.srt” and “.sub“.

After the subtitles have been downloaded on your PC. You can use a common media player like Quicktime or VLC to play the movie, you can also display subtitles simply by putting the subtitle file in the same folder. The only requirement is that both the movie and the subtitle files should go under the same name but with different extensions. Something like “title.mp4” and “title.srt”.

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