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Another choice for ripping Blu-rays is Clown_BD (free) from SlySoft (in the High Definition Software forum) if you want to just rip the main movie without extras. I rip just the movie to m2ts format (the native format for BDs),


You will also need a copy of AnyDVD HD (not free) from SlySoft. You can rip t0 ISO or folders with just AnyDVD HD if you want to retain everything on the disk.


For a front end, there is MyMovies 4 (not free), JRiver Media Center (not free, but my favorite), MediaBrowser (free and Asassin has a free guide to set it up).

There are several choices but most require you spend some time configuring and gettign everything playing nicely together (mostly the free stuff requires effort on your part). JRiver does everything for you - it's not perfect but I think it is currently the best out there. It also has a free trial.
 

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MakeMKV/Clown_BD is okay for lower end media extenders. However, for the serious HTPC enthusiast, who keeps full integrity, full quality bluray disc libraries, there's only one choice... Slysoft AnyDVD-HD ripping (BD folders or ISO). IMO, BD movies dont hold their value once they've been stripped/altered.
 

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Originally Posted by MKANET /forum/post/20808076


IMO, BD movies dont hold their value once they've been stripped/altered.

I am not quite sure what that even means.


I use MakeMKV because I don't want the other crap on the disc and MKV files are typically about 1-1.5GB smaller than a comparative m2ts file and also preserves chapter support.
 

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Originally Posted by TRaSH- /forum/post/20807751


Clown_bd

Does mkv keep the menu and workable ?

The menus are Java based and require an expensive license to implement. The MKV can retain all of the streams, subtitles, and chapters - you just don't get the Java based menu system to navigate.


I tried using full rips but ran in to too many compatibility issues so I finally settled on MKV. If I need all the fancy features, I just throw the disk in a player - 99.9% of the time I just want to watch the show.


If you are running HTPCs on all of your TV's and have worked through the WAF issues then full rips would work.
 

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It means you wont be able to recreate the original BD with what's produced by MakeMKV. Once that's done, there's no going back. Plus, it's much easier to just rip to a single ISO in one step and restore to BD50 media just as easy (in case the need to play it on a regular BD player somewhere else such as a friends house). This is becoming more relevant now that HDD disk space is cheap and abundant (especially if someone is concerned with 1-1.5GB per file/disc); and BD50 media is getting more affordable as well. I have a bunch of blank BD50's just for that purpose.


Anyway, needless to say, there's no "right" way to do things. I was just pointing out the limitations of using MakeMKV; which one would not have when using AnyDVD-HD.

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I am not quite sure what that even means.


I use MakeMKV because I don't want the other crap on the disc and MKV files are typically about 1-1.5GB smaller than a comparative m2ts file and also preserves chapter support.
 

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Originally Posted by MKANET /forum/post/20808076


MakeMKV/Clown_BD is okay for lower end media extenders. However, for the serious HTPC enthusiast, who keeps full integrity, full quality bluray disc libraries, there's only one choice... Slysoft AnyDVD-HD ripping (BD folders or ISO). IMO, BD movies dont hold their value once they've been stripped/altered.

lol, movie stored on your NAS has value?
 

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Originally Posted by MKANET /forum/post/20808581


It means you wont be able to recreate the original BD with what's produced by MakeMKV. Once that's done, there's no going back. Plus, it's much easier to just rip to a single ISO in one step and restore to BD50 media just as easy (in case the need to play it on a regular BD player somewhere else such as a friends house). This is becoming more relevant now that HDD disk space is cheap and abundant (especially if someone is concerned with 1-1.5GB per file/disc); and BD50 media is getting more affordable as well. I have a bunch of blank BD50's just for that purpose.


Anyway, needless to say, there's no "right" way to do things. I was just pointing out the limitations of using MakeMKV; which one would not have when using AnyDVD-HD.

I don't see the point but to each his own. I just want the movie.


And when you have 300+ movies 1-1.5GB per file/disc becomes relevant if all other things are basically equal.
 

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Originally Posted by MKANET /forum/post/20808581


It means you wont be able to recreate the original BD with what's produced by MakeMKV. Once that's done, there's no going back. Plus, it's much easier to just rip to a single ISO in one step and restore to BD50 media just as easy (in case the need to play it on a regular BD player somewhere else such as a friends house).

Why is this a problem if you own the disk? Then you can take the originai disk or make a copy of the disk, right? You do own the disks that you're ripping, don't you?
 

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Why is this a problem if you own the disk? Then you can take the originai disk or make a copy of the disk, right? You do own the disks that you're ripping, don't you?

Of course he does. Everyone knows it is illegal to rent or borrow a movie and copy it
 

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Of course he does. Everyone knows it is illegal to rent or borrow a movie and copy it

If Don is like me, and has kids, eventually the disk will be scratched or even lost.
I have lost several movies in this fashion and being able to recreate the disc is .... priceless.
 
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