Copy Blu-ray Movies – The Process is Easier Than You Think

Diana Joan

Mar 17, 2016 05:22 am / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: BD/DVD Tools

More and more new computers come with Blu-ray player, and now also the commercial tools pop up like mushrooms that help you to make copies of Blu-ray movies. It certainly has long been possible to make copies, but the process has often been extremely time consuming and involved many manual operations, and several programs. Now you only need one. The best programs make the job relatively quickly, and the quality of the copy will also be very good. But why should you copy your own movies in this way? The aim is naturally that you do not have to deal with a disc every time you want to watch a movie. HD multimedia players such as Xbox 360, PS3, Asus O’Play , WD TV and AC Ryan PlayOn! HD is becoming increasingly popular, and play movies directly from the hard drives and memory connectors. Also, many Blu-ray players support playback of video files burned to disc, or from external storage media connected to the USB inputs of the player.Here are our suggestions for model:

Decryption and conversion: Pavtube BDMagic

1: 1 copies is “overkill” for most, occupying gladly 30GB or more of hard disk space. Load additional copy on a network server, bandwidth can quickly become a bottleneck during playback. If you still want a 1: 1 copy, fixes AnyDVD HD this job quickly for you. The program can be downloaded and used free for 30 days. But more practical for most however, it is to convert the movie into a format that both ensures to preserve most of the quality and occupy far less space on your hard disk. Many of the programs that allows you to “rip” or copy Blu-ray movies are quite similar, and we suspect that many of them share program code, with only some small individual adaptations to the interface. This is so far the case what regular DVD ripping programs concerned. The quality of the output file is also variable. Having tested quite a lot of them, we have concluded that Pavtube BDMagic is among the easiest and fastest programs for this purpose. This is also one of the few programs that have built-in decryption of both DVD and Blu-ray movies. Eliminating the need to have costly decryption program such as AnyDVD HD running in the background. You can choose between gargantuan variety of output formats, custom everything from cell phones and iPods to Xbox, PS3 and HD multimedia boxes for living use. A major advantage of Pavtube is that it also works with standard DVDs, folders with DVD files, and ISO images of DVD / Blu-ray movies. You can also copy the movie with no quality loss (m2ts file) with this program, but it also calls for a lot of free hard disk space.

The interface of the program is simple enough. You must first select the drive (or folder) that contains the Blu-ray movie and having churned a while, a number of video streams from the disc will be listed out. However, we have learned that both this analysis process and the copying / ripping faster if AnyDVD HDruns in the background.

Now you just tick off what you want to copy. Normally select video stream with the longest playing time, it is usually the main movie. If in doubt, you can preview the selected stream in the video pane on the right. You can also tick several, for example if you want to copy additional material on the disc. Note also that you can combine everything into one file. Then choose what format you want to convert to in the “Format”:

If you have one of the multimedia players that we mentioned earlier, or want to make a copy in HD resolution that is compatible with most computers (usingQuickTime Player f. Ex), consoles and multimedia boxes, we recommend using the format “H.264 HD Video”. Then goes conversion moreover relatively quickly, while the image quality is safeguarded largely – if you follow our advice to additional settings, of course. Basically, a 2 hour film occupies 5.6 GB of hard drive space with the default settings (1080p, 1920 x 1080, normal quality) when selecting this format. The copy process was in our case done in 3 1/2 hours on a relatively fast PC with AMD Phenom II 905e processor, 3 GB of memory and 32-bit version of Windows 7. With AnyDVD HD running in the background, card we down process about one hour.

It may be wise to click on Settings before you start the copying:

By lowering the resolution to 1280 x 720 (720P) and select Normal Quality will still get a copy that far exceeds normal DVD quality, the file size will be around 3.5GB for a 2 hour film, and even slightly older PC is with moderate processor and graphics card will be able to play the movie without problems. From your couch, it is not certainly you will notice much difference between 1080P and 720P, but it depends on TV, size and distance. Also note that you have the ability to tailor the sound, and you have first selected “H.264 HD video “you can now choose between mono, stereo and 5.1 surround. The latter sounds happy alluring, but here comes one of the weaknesses of this setting displays. Because you can not select a higher quality than 160 kbps – which can provide a somewhat woolly lydresultat. Many will therefore preferable to select Stereo instead, so this limited bit rate is distributed over two channels instead of five. Alternatively, you can either choose “MKV HD Video” in format box. You can then select up to 448 kbps 5.1 audio. MKV (Matroska) is a popular container, and an increasing number of boxes and players can now also support for MKV files. For other settings you should note, we mention “Frame rate (fps)”. It should normally be at 23.97 for movies bought in Norway (1080P). If you experience hiccups when playing the copy, you should try to set this (but replace the sentence with commas if you use suggestions from the menu, otherwise you get an error message). Remember also that you can cancel the copy process at any time, play the unfinished file, then restart copying any new settings.

In our case, it took barely three hours to copy a Blu-ray movies play length 1 hour and 56 minutes, with these settings. The quality was convincing:

Some clear improvement in the program, however, we found. The low bit rate on the surround sound by “H.264 HD Video” we have already mentioned. In addition, we have experienced that the program has chosen the wrong track, and we have not figured out how to get us subtitles to copy. Fortunately, there are sites where you can download Norwegian subtitles for numerous films, including

DVD Ripping Testing

We also tested Pavtube BDMagic on regular DVD movies, and we were surprised at how quickly the program compressed copies of good quality. Here, too, we recommend using H.264, but since the DVD does not have HD resolution you can choose the profile “H.264 Video”. But here you should take a look at the format settings, we have had great success with the following options:

With these settings we made a copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine within an hour, the quality was good, and the file size was scarce 900MB. Now it was not difficult to choose neither right track or Norwegian subtitles.

Usable unregistered

Pavtube BDMagic costs $ 49 by today. The program can be smoothly used in demo mode with no limitations, except the text “Pavtube” stand in the middle of the screen throughout the film. It provides a straightforward matter to evaluate the program. For more information and to download the demo version from this page. NB! DinSide emphasizes that the methods described in this article should only be used to make copies / backups of movies and media you own yourself, or have copyright holder permission to copy. Sharing copyrighted material is prohibited . 

Note: Pavtube BDMagic has professional Mac version called Pavtube BDMagic for Mac.  

Do you know other methods that are easier, better and / or cheaper? Share them with other readers in the discussion below!

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