Here is my own stupidly long way of getting those darned discs onto my hdd. I've been doing it this way for years now so I know it works and I know the software isn't malicious. I know that I have a couple items that I paid for, but they are pay once with lifetime updates and are well worth it. Unfortunately, my guide requires you to have an nvidia card due to one piece of software that I make use of for frame serving.
This is going to be one long and painfully thorough guide. Hope I don't have to go back and make too many edits.Software needed:AnyDVD HD
I bought this when they still offered unlimited updates.DGDecNV
Going to have to be patient and wait for Neuron2 to email you the license key after the purchase. Very nice piece of software this one is and the developer is very hands on if you have any problems.Avisynth
1. Grab the link titled "AVS 2.6.0 Alpha 3 "
2. Install it.
3. This isn't necessary, but if you want just a tad bit more speed on your encoding time I suggest picking up theAvisynth 2.6 MT
. The link will take you to doom9 forum.
Click on the current version link at the top of the post. Download it, extract it and copy "avisynth.dll" to your "system32" folder if you are running 32 bit windows or your "syswow64" folder if on 64 bit windows.BdEdit
Going to be used to look for the correct play list on some BD titles.SupRip
I really only use this for movies that have forced subs that aren't hard subbed.Megui
1. Extract the files and put them into a folder where you want the program to reside. example: c:\megui
2. Run "megui.exe" and go to "Options > Settings".
3. Click on the "Extra Configuration" tab and look for where it says "Auto Update". Make sure there is a check mark on "UseAutoUpdate". Select the drop down box below it and choose "use development update server". Click on the save button at the bottom. Just this one time, go ahead and selection "Options > update" and let it do its thing.
This part is going to be the most difficult part of setting up megui for max convenience later on.
1. I don't know what version of windows you are using so I will just go with the control panel route: Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System. On the left side of the window click on "Advanced system settings".
2. Click on the button labeled "Environment Variables"
3. Under the area called "System variables", scroll down until you see one called "Path"
4. Highlight "Path" and click the Edit button.
5. Select the "Variable value" field and then go to the end of the line by either using your right arrow key several times or your "end" key. Once your cursor is at the end, type out ";c:\megui\tools\eac3to\" without the quotes, and that is a semicolon, not a colon at the start.
6. I'm going to assume that you put megui in c:\megui but if you put it elsewhere you will have to adjust what you type into the variable value line accordingly
7. Hit the OK button on all the succeeding windows and you're done.
That concludes the arduous software install part of my dumb guide.AnyDVD Part
1. Launch AnyDVD. It will end up in your taskbar.
2. Right click the AnyDVD icon in the taskbar and select "Rip Video DVD to Harddisk"
3. A window will pop up. Choose a location where you want the ripped files to go to by clicking on the folder button and selecting a folder. example: c:\source files\
4. Click the "Copy Disc" button and go make a snack.
After AnyDVD has done its thing we are going to check to see if the studio was kind enough to give us a single m2ts file for the movie. Open up the folder the movie was ripped into and then go further into the structure by selecting \BDMV\STREAM\. Sort files by size. If you see one that is 15+ gb in size (tv episodes will be smaller in size) then you hit gold my friend as this is most likely the whole movie, which you can confirm by playing the file and checking the start and end to see if it has the intro and credits respectively. Anyway, go ahead and skip to the DGindex part if you got lucky otherwise head on over to the BDedit section.BDedit
This part just sucks and I have a hard time explaining the process but I will try my best.
1. Start up BDedit. Select the BDMV tab. At the top right side click on the folder button.
2. Select the folder our movie was ripped to. The top-most folder, not the bdmv\stream folder.
3. Select the PLAYLIST tab.
I am going to refer to certain things as ".mpls" and "PlayList area" and "file" according to what you see in the BDedit app so I hopefully don't confuse you too much.
4. Below and to the left of the PLAYLIST tab will be a dropdown titled xxxxx.mpls, go ahead and click on the dropdown arrow
5. Using your keyboards down arrow go ahead and look through each of the .mpls Notice that as you step through each different .mpls the area below called "PlayList" also changes. What you are looking for usually is a .mpls number that has alot of PlayList files in it.
6. Once you find a .mpls number with lots of PlayList files go ahead and check to see if it is the correct sequence by playing those files in the sequence shown under the PlayList area.TsMuxer
Now we are going to put those files together in the order BDedit is showing.
1. Open up TsMuxer. It came with Megui so you can find it at megui\tools\tsmuxer\
2. Click on the add button and select the begining file told us by BDedit.
3. After that first file is added you will notice all the tracks that are inside the file. We are going to trim the fat and remove any tracks we aren't going to be using in our final file, for example I normally only include one audio file in mine.
4. Once you've removed the tracks you don't want you are going to finish adding all the files in sequence in accordance to BDedit's PlayList order. You do that by hitting the join button and adding those files one at a time.
5. After you are done adding all the files click on the M2TS muxing check box, click on the browse button to select a location you want to put the final file at and then clicking on the start muxing button.DGindexNV
1. Open up DGindexNV located at megui\tools\dgindexnv\
2. Click on Options and put a check mark on "always crop 1088 -> 1080"
3. Drag and Drop your movie file (it is the .m2ts file) into dgindexnv and click "File > Save Project"
After it is done working you will see the audio files it ripped out and also a few other files. On to the next part!eac3to
This is where we look to see there are any subs or not. I am usually only looking for forced subs so that is what I am going to go over.
1. Go to the folder containing our .m2ts file. Put your cursor into an empty part of the file explorer window and hold down shift then right click and select "open command window here"
2. Now to see what tracks are in this .m2ts file by typing in: eac3to "name of file.m2ts"
3. Yes please type in the quotes for the above step just in case your file name has spaces in it
4. After running that command you will see some stuff there that shows subtitle or pgs or both. I don't want to go much further in how eac3to works so go read up on it yourself
5. If you do see subtitle/pgs files then we are going to rip those out by typing in: eac3to "file name.m2ts" (number associated with the subtitle along with the
(name we want to give the subtitle file). Damn that's confusing. Ok say eac3to spit out something that looks like this:
1: 1080 vid track
2: audio track
3: audio track
4: subtitle track
5: subtitle track
In the example above you would then use this command to rip out only the subtitles which are located in tracks 4 and 5
eac3to 4: sub1.sup 5: sub2.sup
How this works is like this: eac3to is the program, 4: is the track, sub1.sup is what we are naming the sub file. Since there are two sub tracks we are going to keep going on the same command line by adding in 5: which is track 5 and then sub2.sup which is what we are naming the 2nd sub track. Good lord sorry for all that confusion.
After eac3to is done extracting the sub tracks, look to see what it says is inside those tracks. If the file contains thousands of captions then most likely it is not forced subs so just skip the SupRip portion of this guide. If on the other hand you see a file with only a few captions inside or if it clearly states "x forced subs" then we head on to the SupRip part.SupRip
Finally something easy!
1. Open up the subtitle file you suspect has forced subs. If the file in question is one that contains lots of captions but eac3to told us that it contains forced subs then click on SRT tab of SupRip and put a check mark on "only forced subtitles"
2. Click the OCR button if this truly is a forced subtitle file (depends on your language of choice) and proceed to OCR manually. Don't worry, SupRip learns the more it is used.
3. When you are done with the OCR process click on the SRT tab and save the file as an .srt file.
Too much time on my hands? Yea, probably haha I'll get to the final part of this guide tomorrow since I've run out of time or maybe I won't since the more I look at it the more it looks like a jumble of mess that no one wants to read.