Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
MakeMKV is probably the most common free program for extracting Blu-rays to ISO files, and many people here are familiar with it.
Can you explain how to make an ISO from a Blu-ray/DVD using MakeMKV? Their website doesn't say anything of the sort
Originally Posted by MakeMKV.com
MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called "transcoder". It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters. There are many players that can play MKV files nearly on all platforms, and there are tools to convert MKV files to many formats, including DVD and Blu-ray discs.
Additionally MakeMKV can instantly stream decrypted video without intermediate conversion to wide range of players, so you may watch Blu-ray and DVD discs with your favorite player on your favorite OS or on your favorite device.
-Reads DVD and Blu-ray discs
-Reads Blu-ray discs protected with latest versions of AACS and BD+
-Preserves all video and audio tracks, including HD audio
-Preserves chapters information
-Preserves all meta-information (track language, audio type)
-Fast conversion - converts as fast as your drive can read data.
-No additional software is required for conversion or decryption.
-Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
-Functionality to open DVD discs is free and will always stay free.
-All features (including Blu-ray decryption and processing) are free during BETA.
According to what they say on their site, this won't work for me
1. According to them, it rips directly to MKV, MKV AFAIK
is a video format, not an image, and therefore will lack menus and special features, so the only way to get an ISO is to convert the MKV to M2TS Blu-ray files, put them in a folder labelled BDMV, then make an ISO image with that BDMV folder in it, once the ISO is mounted and opened in the player, this will play the movie directly, no menus, no special features, nothing, just the movie... That is NOT a 1:1 copy
2. Their website makes no mention to Blu-ray 3D, that tells me if it rips at all, it will rip in 2D, or it will rip in top/bottom or side by side, while PowerDVD does a fantastic job converting T/B or SBS video files to frame packed 3D output, that's not the way I would like to view my ripped 3D movies
3. The kind of experience I am looking for is the same experience as sticking in the disc and having it play natively, minus the fact of actually taking the disc out of it's case, opening the drive tray placing the disc in the tray and closing it, and the risk of dropping it along the way, mixing up or losing cases, or other possibilities for damage or confusion, this does not seem possible with MakeMKV
On the other hand, Aurora does exactly what I want, I would just much rather have the rip be done from my HTPC instead of my MacBook, I don't care what ripping software I use as long as the results are the same as Aurora, but I do wonder why Aurora says it's complete when it's only at 5~12%