How to Rip a Blu Ray

Do you have a PC equipped with a Blu Ray player, would you like to make backup copies of your films in high definition but you still don't know how to do it? I would say then that, fortunately for you, you have landed on the right guide, at the right time. In fact, if you allow me a few moments of your precious time, I can explain how to proceed.

I anticipate right away that you are not dealing with a complicated operation: everything you need to succeed rip a Blu Ray they are nothing more than programs specially designed for this purpose, available for both Windows and macOS, both free and paid. Some of them also include predefined conversion profiles, which you can use to transform your diskettes “on the fly” into perfectly playable files on smartphones, tablets, consoles, etc.

Then? May I know what are you still standing there? Position yourself comfortably, take a few free minutes just for you and immediately start concentrating on reading what is reported below. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied and that, if necessary, you will be ready to provide useful suggestions on what to do to your friends who are also interested in the matter. Let it bet?

Preliminary Operation

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to explain what are the tools to use for rip a Blu Ray and what are the steps to follow to succeed, there are some preliminary operations that you must necessarily do to ensure that everything goes the right way.

First, you need to make sure your computer is equipped with a Blu Ray burner. However, considering that, unfortunately, most PCs, both fixed and portable, do not have a support of this type, to be able to intervene on your discs you must necessarily turn to a device external, to be connected via cable to one of the USB ports on the computer.

In this regard, if it can help you, you can consult my buying guide dedicated to external burners: inside you will find various tips about brands, models, prices and compatibility that can be useful to determine which product of this type orient you.

How to Copy Blu Ray to PC

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let's get to the real heart of the matter and let's find out what software you have from yours to be able to copy a Blu Ray to your PC. Below, therefore, you will find those that in my humble opinion represent the best tools in the category, both for Windows and for macOS (as well as for Linux).

HandBrake (Windows / MacOS / Linux)

The first program to rip a Blu Ray that I want to suggest you to consider is HandBrake. In case you have never heard of it, it is a free and open source software for Windows, macOS and Linux, which allows you to transform the content of DVD and Blu Ray into videos in MP4 and MKV format. It includes countless useful functions also to customize audio, subtitles etc. and it is not difficult to use.

To download the program on your PC, go to its website and click on the button Download HandBrake x.x.x which is located in the center.

A scaricamento ultimato, is stai using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window it is shown to you on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes e Next (for two consecutive times). Then click on the button install e poi quello Finish, to complete the setup. Recall, therefore, the program by clicking on the relative collegamento that was added to the desktop or via the one attached to the Start menu.

Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ricavato e trascina l 'HandBrake icon in the macOS Applications folder. Then right click on it and select the item apri from the context menu, then press the button apri in the window that appears on the screen, in such a way as to open the application going to circumvent the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

Now, regardless of the operating system used, insert the Blu Ray into the burner connected to the computer and, in the HandBrake window displayed, select the disk name from the menu on the left (if you do not see any menu, first click on the button Open Source which is always on the left, at the top), then expand the menu Presets at the top right and select the conversion profile you prefer from those listed or, alternatively, the type of device on which you intend to play the Blu Ray content after copying.

Afterwards, use the drop-down menu Title located on the left to select the disk chapter to rip, indicate the output location by clicking the button KATEGORIEN at the bottom and, to conclude, click on the button Start located at the top left, in order to start the procedure.

If you find this useful, I would like to point out that before proceeding with the ripping of the disc, you can customize some properties of the final video, such as the audio tracks and subtitles to include. To do this, just change the settings you find in the tabs Summary, Dimensions, Filters, Video, Audio, subtitles e Chapters placed in the center of the program window.

MakeMKV (WIndows / MacOS)

Another tool you can rely on to be able to rip a Blu Ray is MakeMKV. This is a program, available for Windows and macOS, which allows you to transform the content of Blu Ray and DVD into MKV video in compressed format, so as to be able to create backup copies to be stored on your computer hard drive, the all without putting an excessive burden on quality. It is paid (it costs just over 60 euros), but it can be downloaded in a free trial version that expires on a specific date (it is a beta).

To download the program to your computer, go to its website and click on the link MakeMKV x.xx.x for Windows (if you are using Windows) or on that MakeMKV x.xx.x for Mac OS X (If you are using MacOS).

Download completed if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, click on the button Yes. In segito, prei sui bottoni OK e forward, check the box next to the item I accept the license conditions, click on the button again forward (two more times) and on that Install. Then complete the setup by pressing the buttons forward e Close, then start the program via the collegamento which was added to the desktop.

If you are using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desk, click on the button Agree. Next, move theicon of MakeMKV in the folder Applications Mac, right click on it, select the item apri from the menu that appears and in the window on the screen, in order to open the software going to circumvent the limitations desired by Apple towards applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

At this point, regardless of the operating system you are using, insert the Blu-Ray in relation to which you are interested in the burner connected to the computer and, in the MakeMKV window you see, select the name of the disk from the drop-down menu Source.

Then click on the button with diskette and hard disk which is located at the bottom and select the parts of the Blu Ray you want to copy to your computer, putting a check mark in correspondence with the elements of your interest in the list on the left.

Next, click on the button with the folder and camera che trovi in ​​corrispondenza della sezione Destination folder and indicate the location on your PC where you want to save the final file, then click on the button with the hard disk and the arrow which is on the right, in order to start the ripping process.

DVDFab Blu-ray Creator (Windows/macOS)

DVDFab Blu-ray Creator is another great piece of software that you can use to rip a Blu Ray. It is a program for Windows and macOS that allows you to burn all kinds of supported files to Blu-Ray, as well as to copy, convert and rip, all in an incredibly simple way and through a practical user interface. It is paid (it costs $ 42,90 / year or $ 69,00 one-time), but you can use it in a free trial version that works for 30 days.

To download the program on your PC, go to its website, click on nome of the operating system you are using in the lower left part of the page and then click on the button free Download.

When the download is complete, if you are employed Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the button Yes and on the voice Install, dopodiché selects the dicitura starts. If in doing so you see a warning about the firewall Windows, click the button Allow access.

Stai using MacOS, april il pacchetto .pgk obtained and, in the window displayed on the desk, click on the button three times in succession Continue and then on the buttons Accept e Install. Therefore, type the password of your user account on Mac, click on the button Install software and finally on that Close. Then start DVDFab Blu-ray Creator, selecting the relevant one icon which has just been added to Launchpad.

Now, regardless of the operating system in use, insert the Blu Ray to be ripped into the burner connected to the PC, then select the tab Rippa / Ripper present at the top of the program window and indicates the output format or target device from the menu that appears.

Then, adjust (if you want) the settings related to the final quality of the file through the drop-down menu in the center, define the output location by clicking on the button with the folder located at the bottom and press the button Start / Start, in order to start the ripping procedure.

I also inform you that, if you deem it necessary, before starting the copy of the Blu Ray on the PC you can possibly adjust the advanced settings of the final file by clicking on the button with the wrench and on the one with the brush present under the name of the disk, in the central part of the window.

How to Rip Protected Blu Ray

Do you need to rip a Blu Ray with copy protection? In this case, you have to resort to the use of some programs that can bypass the latter and that can then allow you to proceed with the ripping without running into problems. If this interests you, below you will find listed what I believe to be the best resources in the category.

DVDFab Passkey for DVD (Windows)

If you need to rip a Blu Ray with copy protection, I suggest you first contact DVDFab Passkey for DVD. It is a specific program for operating systems Windows, which, contrary to what the name suggests, allows you to act not only on DVDs but also on Blu-Ray. It works as a driver, unlocking the disks in real time. It is paid (costs $ 44,90 / year or $ 69,00 one-time), but is available in a free trial version that works for 30 days.

To download the program on your PC, visit its website and press the button free Download.

When the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the desktop, click on the buttons Yes e Install, then complete the setup by pressing the button starts.

Then, insert the protected Blu Ray you want to intervene in the burner connected to your PC and wait for it to be detected by DVDFab Passkey for DVD. At this point, right click on theprogram icon present innotify area Windows and select, from the menu that opens, the option Rippa in the hard drive or, if you want to get an image file, that Rip into an image file.

In the window that is shown to you on the desktop, click the button (...) and specify the location on your computer in which to save the copy of the disk, then press the button Rippa, in order to start the copy process.

You can use DVDFab Passkey for DVD also coupled with any of the programs I suggested in the initial part of the tutorial. Once the Blu Ray is detected by DVDFab Passkey for DVD, in fact, the disk will be unlocked and you can proceed without problems with the ripping.

AnyDVD (Windows)

Another software part of the category that you can consider turning to is AnyDVD. It also allows you to bypass the protection applied to DVDs and Blu Ray discs, always functioning as a driver that intervenes in real time. It is only for Windows and is paid (costs € 59,00 / year or € 109,00 one-time), but is available in a free trial version that works without limitations for 20 days.

To download the program to your computer, visit its website and click on the button Download which is on the left. In the new page that will be shown to you later, click on the button Download that you find at the program name, in the list in the center.

Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, click the buttons Yes, Accept, forward e Install. Next, press on the buttons Yes e Close, then click the button once again Yes and wait for the computer to restart.

The next time you log in to Windows, in response to the warning shown on your desktop, click on the button Proof required and on the buttons Yes e OK. Then wait for the main AnyDVD window to be visible and click on the buttons Yes e OK.

At this point, insert the protected Blu Ray you want to rip into the burner connected to your computer, right click onAnyDVD icon which is found innotify area Windows and, from the menu that opens, choose the option Decrypt the disk to the hard drive.

In the new window that appears, click on the icon in the shape of folder to indicate the location on your computer to save the contents of the disk and click on the button Disc copy, to kick off the procedure.

If you want, you can also use AnyDVD in conjunction with the programs to rip Blu Ray that I suggested in the initial part of the guide. You just have to wait for the disk inserted in the burner to be recognized by AnyDVD, after which you can start any software for ripping, as the disk will be automatically unlocked.