Originally Posted by theblackangus
Im getting ready to rip my bluray and 4k bluray library and wanted to see how everyone was currently doing that?
I was thinking on using makemkv for bluray, but do you guys rip to ISO, BD folder, or mkv format?
Whats the best tools set for 4k?
I want to keep full quality and lossless sound tracks.
Ok...so some things to keep in mind as you begin this journey.
First, MakeMKV...BDs and UHDs to MKV format. I select the main title, the best available soundtrack and nothing else. It helps conserve space and in my case, Plex does all of the special features (interviews, commentary, making of videos, cast, etc) via the innerwebz so I don't have to have that extra info chew up my storage.
Second, for 4K disc rips, you need a very specific combination of BD drives and firmware. I have 4 LG WH16NS40 drives. *BUT* only 2 of them can rip 4K discs because they have older firmware (FW1.02 vs FW1.03 or newer). And that is one of the problems with 4K discs and MakeMKV, you need that specific combination of model and firmware for the drives to be able to read the UHD content.
Another issue (addendum #1
to "Second" above) is volume license keys. More and more are being added with each new release of MakeMKV but you will still run into a 4K disc from time to time that can't be decrypted because the VLK isn't available yet. I have encountered maybe 4 or 5 4K discs that MakeMKV has not been able to decrypt.
And then (addendum #2
to "Second" above) there is the "OMG MAKE SURE YOU START DECRYPTING THE 4K DISC WITHIN 2 MINUTES OF PUTTING IT IN THE DRIVE!!! thing. I am being dramatic for effect but if you allow the drive to "sleep" then you have to eject and reload the disk. A minor inconvenience this but still notable as if you don't open MakeMKV within 2 minutes of putting that disk in, it will "lock" the reading of the disks until you do.
Those are the big 2. Other than that, ripping 4K disks compared to standard BDs takes a lot longer...roughly 2 to 4 times longer than the BD disk.
The first item is the more noticeable issue as more and more, LG and Asus are shipping the drives with "fixed" firmware and reverting the firmware to a previously 4K friendly version is nigh on impossible unless you have a 32 bit XP machine and a very specific set of firmware flashing tools on hand to do it.
UHD friendly and official UHD drives list:
I am actually working on finding a drive or two for this specific thing for Travis. I will be heading out later after I finish up on work to see if I can find a few of those drives. If not, eBay is the best bet but you have to make the seller make ABSOLUTELY sure that that the drive is the correct firmware (on the drive information sticker).
For the LG drives, firmware has to be 1.02 or earlier and the drives have to have the NS50 service code. Never got into the Asus drives but LG is their OEM so it should be the same or similar.