Originally Posted by GusGus748s
I stopped using Clown, and now I only use MakeMKV. With MakeMKV I can have same PQ as BD, DTS-MA / TrueHD / Atmos and AC3. Clown takes too long to rip BD's. It used to be my ripper of choice, but now MakeMKV works much better. There has been a few BD's that MakeMKV couldn't rip. So, I used ClownBD and MKVMerge to create a MKV with chapters.
As far as the MKV container format is concerned, when I started ripping BD's 4yr ago I went with Clown_BD and native BD.m2ts containers because, at the time, MKV was still immature and one would read posts almost daily of people having problems with MKV files and their particular players -- that included the WDTV Live family which were my players. Since then MKV tools have greatly improved along with player compatibility so that it is not an issue and MKV is a fine universal container format. If starting to rip today, I would have no preference between BD.MKV or BD.m2ts. However, my library was established as BD.m2ts and has grown, so I have just stuck with the BD.m2ts format to keep things consistent.
I have played with MakeMKV and have it installed on my main workstation. All in all, I find the Clown interface much more to my liking for ripping BD's -- especially when it comes to handling forced subtitles. With Clown I can demux the sub streams and inspect them so I know exactly what I'm getting before I do the full rip. I don't have that option with MakeMKV. This is just my personal preference and the way I like to work with BD rips. I know others have their own preferences. As far as speed goes, well I'm down to ripping only a 1-2 BD's per month if I'm lucky so I prefer to savor the experience.
DVD's are a different matter -- I've come to appreciate MKV for DVD rips. I generally rip full DVD's to DVD.iso to get the full menus for TV series, but if I'm just ripping the main title of a DVD movie I've been using MakeMKV for that and am pretty happy with the DVD.MKV results. If I were to ever rip individual episodes of a TV series DVD, I would also use MakeMKV for that and use MKV files.
Same goes for HDTV captures. I like to collect select HDTV series recorded on my TiVo's. After transferring the captures to my PC and editing with VRD, I'll save them as MKV files for archiving on my server or burning to BD-R.