Is there any way to delete unwanted titles when ripping directly to external HD using AnyDVD? I also use Make MKV and and I am able to copy exactly what I want. I did notice that the ripped files using Any DVD were TS files. Any way to produce .mkv files without using Handbrake?
Have you used AnyDVD? Or is this a general question? If you have AnyDVD you should know that under Video DVD settings there is a setting that allows you to rip main title only.
As to your next question:
1. Handbrake is an H.264 ENCODER front first and foremost. It allows you to encode your video with H.264. MKV is just a container.
2. MKVMerge merges different video and audio steams into an MKV file without doing any encoding.
3. AVIDemux can also merge different streams into an MKV by COPYING different video and audio streams from one container into the MKV container. OR it can TRANSCODE streams in one container into the same or a different container (for example copy streams OR transcode streams in an AVI container into an MKV container).