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How to Rip Blu-ray Disc to MP4!

By CharlieSpencer ·
We see a lot of spam on this subject. Speaking as someone who doesn't watch movies, why would one want to do this? What are the advantages? Why does it take special (probably virus-riddled) software to do it?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Do like they say

by santeewelding In reply to How to Rip Blu-ray Disc t ...
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by Jaqui In reply to How to Rip Blu-ray Disc t ...

the only advantage is that you can put mp4 onto your iphone or ipod.

and it doesn't take specialized software to do it.
only a media player that will save the audio/video stream into the required format.
[ or one that any of a multitude of apps can convert to the desired format.

Blue Ray is [ apparently ] a very high definition format dvd, so the base image quality of the video component would be much higher to start with, giving you a far better image quality in the ripped video.

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But but but

by NexS In reply to lol

Why would you need a blu-ray quality mp4 for an iPhone, whose screen is smaller than your palm?
It's over-overkill.

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Ye buy the film

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to But but but

but fancy having it also available on yer mobile device for those long winter nights on the bus (or whatever).

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Sorry, dear, but

by CharlieSpencer In reply to */%&@!

I dropped down in the middle of them. I saw a couple, and bored neurons finally sent a strong enough signal to make me wonder what the shills were pushing.

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A little late, but . . .

by nwallette In reply to How to Rip Blu-ray Disc t ...

Just saw this in a related link. It's a bit late, but someone casually browsing might find it interesting.

First, why?

MP4 is a container. It has no bearing on the quality of the media within. Same for AVI and MKV for that matter. Though, each container does have constraints as far as what *stream formats* can be stored within, and thereby may impact the quality based on limitations of supported codecs. But that's another matter... The point is, MP4 can store streams that retain all the quality of a Blu-ray disc's program material. It's not inherently "a downgrade", though I suspect most people will pick MP4 to provide support for the iPhone/iPod/iPad, PSP, or some other media player.

And why would someone buy a Blu-ray and then play it back on a measly handheld media player? Well, let's answer this with a question: Would you rather buy multiple copies? (One for your nice home theater, DVD for your car or bedroom, and a digital download for your player, for e.g.) Not me, thanks. I'll buy once and play anywhere. :-)

Or perhaps you'd rather buy only what's necessary for your least-capable device, and have your high-end playback systems used well below their capability? Alright, I'm sure everyone gets the point now.

So then, HOW?

The essential piece is AnyDVD HD. This handles the content protection so the M2TS files are accessible.

What I would do here -- which of course I wouldn't, because it's illegal, and every time you rip a move, God kills a kitten -- but if I were to do it, what I would do is use eac3to to extract the title of interest into its elementary streams. I.e., the chapters to a .TXT file, the video to a .MKV file, the audio to .DTS or .AC3 or .THD or .FLAC file(s), the subtitles to .SUP file(s)... Then use MKVmerge to join these streams into a .MKV file.

There is no quality loss here, unless you specifically request a conversion. You're just encapsulating the streams in a different container.

Then, if I were willing to end a kitten's life, I would use Handbrake to import the .MKV and export a .MP4 with a video track in H.264 at ~640x480, with a 2-channel AAC audio track (with 1.6-to-1 dynamic compression), using the iPhone preset.

I'd put the MKV on my NAS to watch from my capable media players or PCs; and the MP4 I would generate before a long road trip, flight, or weekend away, as it (in theory, of course) takes about half an hour with a fast CPU. The physical disc would go in a box, never to be seen again, but representing the ethical practice of rewarding the content producers for their hard work via the least expensive used copy I could find on Amazon's marketplace.

For example.

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I'm tempted

by NexS In reply to A little late, but . . .

To press the button.

Why would you do this? You're making the kittens cry.

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I gave into the temptation.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I'm tempted

My discussion, my rules.

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My turn

by nwallette In reply to I'm tempted

What's "the button"?

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