Backup Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour C-300- Rip Blu-ray to ISO first

Diana Joan

Aug 14, 2014 10:18 pm / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Blu-ray

The Popcorn Hour C-300 is our best Networked Media Jukebox yet! Powered by the Sigma Designs 8647 CPU and with added multi-language support, the C-300 comes with our NMJ v2 software that automatically turns your video, music and photo libraries into works of art. The C-300 comes with a rack allowing you to install a standard hard drive (mounted without screws) and a slim format Blu-ray/DVD player. However, you have to add £50 for a full size Blu-ray player or £130 for a slim model.

popcorn hour c-300

To make it easy to get C-300 have license to support Blu-ray playback, you have to remove the Blu-ray copy-protections and rip Blu-ray to HDD first. There are different ways for backing up Blu-ray- you can rip a Blu-ray to BDMV, BD ISO, MKV or .m2ts streams without degrading the Blu-ray quality. The Popcorn Hour C-300 are capable of playing all of them. Actually the C-300 is a very good BDMV media player. And they perform even better when playing MKV files.

Here I’d show you how to rip Blu-ray to ISO for Popcorn Hour C-300 Playback:

Software Requirement:

Pavtube ByteCopy and ImgBurn

A. Rip Blu-ray Disc to BDMV and CERTIFICATE folder with Pavtube BDMagic

Step 1. Just connect BD drive to your computer, and place in source Blu-ray Disc. Run Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper software. Click “BD/DVD ROM” to import Blu-ray movie.

Step 2. When the movie is loaded, click “Full Disk Copy” button to make a quick and full copy of the Blu-ray movie. Once it’s finished you’ll get two directories, one is BDMV and the other CERTIFICATE.

copy entire blu-ray

B. Create Blu-ray ISO from BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders with ImgBurn

A detailed guide is provided in a previous post. Click here to learn how to make Blu-ray ISO for Popcorn Hour C-300 playback.

Some tips for playing Blu-ray with Popcorn Hour boxes:

1. The PopCorn Hour C-300 does not play Blu-ray menus (not yet, but probably will). So when playing Blu-ray ISO, the C-300 plays the MAIN FEATURE ONLY. If you copy Blu-ray to .m2ts streams, you can copy the main feature only, leaving out menus and extras. This will save some storage for you.

directly copy blu-ray

2. As there is no equivalent ImgBurn for Mac, if you want to turn Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour C-300 playable videos on Mac, just store your Blu-ray into BDMV folder on Mac or backup Blu-ray to m2ts on Mac or copy Blu-ray to lossless mkv on Mac.

3. The PopCorn Hour C-300 does not play the Blu-ray subtitles (PGS encoded .sup subtitles) either. So you’ll have somee troubles understanding the lines when a foreign language is spoken- like Navi language in Avatar Blu-ray movie. If you are interested in playing Blu-ray movie subtitles with PopCorn Hour C-300, refer to the article here.

4. A Blu-ray movie can contain Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM 5.1, Dolby True HD 7.1, DTS-HD 6.1/7.1 audio. So better check out your A/V sound system before you rip a Blu-ray and make sure the audio can be played correctly. It’s not a plesurable thing when you play a ripped Blu-ray without hearing sound from speakers. Make sure your AV receiver decodes the audio before ripping, or convert the Blu-ray audio to something that can be handled, e.g. AC-3 5.1 audio. Many Blu-ray rippers can encode Blu-ray. If you’d like to trans-code audio without changing the orginal video, Pavtube ByteCopy is your choice.

Popcornhour C200 Blu Ray Region Codes Setting


BD Region Setting

  • Put an BluRay into the drive
  • Go to Setup in the C200 menu
  • Press “Slow, 1, 6, 6, 3” on your remote (SLOW means the |> Button on the Remote)
  • A popup displays on screen
  • On the remote use the number keys to select the region you need.

BD Region Codes

Region A
Region B
Region C

Source: Wikipedia

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