Guide spotlight: Extracting content from a Blu-ray disc

Guide spotlight: Extracting content from a Blu-ray disc
Last week we introduced you to a number of new guides and videos from AfterDawn. This week we are going to shine the spotlight a little closer on one of them.

If you are used to extracting and converting titles from DVDs, it can be quite a shock to move up to the world of Blu-ray.



Thanks to features like Picture-In-Picture, BD-Java, and multiple video formats and resolutions, just figuring out what files you need can be a daunting task if you have never done it before.

Making things even more complicated, there is no single, all-purpose tool like DVD Shrink for Blu-ray discs.

In our guide for Extracting Content From A Blu-ray Disc we break the process down into two steps.

In the first part, Analysis, we cover using BDInfo to analyze various aspects of the playlists (MPLS files) on a Blu-ray disc. Then we explain how to use Media Player Classic - Home Cinema to preview titles to help you decide which ones you want to keep.



In the second part, Extraction, we show how to use MeGUI's HD Streams Extractor tool to extract video, audio, subtitles, and chapters from the titles you have identified using BDInfo and MPC-HC.



Written by: Rich Fiscus @ 26 Aug 2011 0:59
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  • 11 comments
  • thomo77

    It all sounds needlessly complex to me. I will stick to staxrip or handbrake to encode my blu-ray rips. They are both nearly one click solutions (once you have saved a template)

    26.8.2011 02:47 #1

  • DK1979

    Sounds like it takes wayyyyyyy to long.

    Ever heard of tsMuxeR??

    26.8.2011 06:30 #2

  • hikaricor

    Or just download scene rips which correspond with the titles you own.

    26.8.2011 12:57 #3

  • Interestx

    Blu-ray is such a pile of awkward cr@p.
    I did a copy of a Blu-ray I own (using ImgBurn).
    I lent it to my brother who has a Blu-ray ROM in his PC.
    His PC (LG Blu-ray ROM, all up to date with firmwares) simply sees it as a blank disc, it can't even tell it has files on it.
    It plays perfectly on my PC (LG Blu-ray kit) & on my LG stand-alone.

    The joke is the BDA et al imagine this dissuades people from going after the far more user-friendly (and most barely lower in quality) .mkv files
    (you know, the rips of every single Blu-ray title ever brought to market so far).

    Way to turn people off bothering with the format at all BDA.
    My bro is now adamant that it's really not worth persevering with Blu-ray as a blank media.
    I don't blame him one bit.

    TBH a couple of big cheap hard drive & a media reader like the WD HD TV Live I recently got is proving to be much more useful & convenient.
    Who'd risk a BD50 -R at the stupid price they are?

    27.8.2011 23:19 #4

  • smg

    Originally posted by Interestx: Blu-ray is such a pile of awkward cr@p.
    I did a copy of a Blu-ray I own (using ImgBurn).
    I lent it to my brother who has a Blu-ray ROM in his PC.
    His PC (LG Blu-ray ROM, all up to date with firmwares) simply sees it as a blank disc, it can't even tell it has files on it.
    It plays perfectly on my PC (LG Blu-ray kit) & on my LG stand-alone.

    The joke is the BDA et al imagine this dissuades people from going after the far more user-friendly (and most barely lower in quality) .mkv files
    (you know, the rips of every single Blu-ray title ever brought to market so far).

    Way to turn people off bothering with the format at all BDA.
    My bro is now adamant that it's really not worth persevering with Blu-ray as a blank media.
    I don't blame him one bit.

    TBH a couple of big cheap hard drive & a media reader like the WD HD TV Live I recently got is proving to be much more useful & convenient.
    Who'd risk a BD50 -R at the stupid price they are?
    I would hope Blue Ray would just go away so that the standard DVD would remain (since I can enjoy a movie on DVD just as fine as Blue Ray). Why promote a technology that will cost more to get all my movies converted to Blue ray when I already have them on DVD and there's no problem to making backups of my masters since that's all been figured out a long time ago? Just so I can see a bug in super clarity sitting on a leaf or storing more stuff on a disc? DVDs are so cheap that I can easily afford to buy them in bulk.

    28.8.2011 01:14 #5

  • DK1979

    Thats more then likly a problem with the disc used not being able to play on the Blu-Ray player. Gotta stick to the better discs, i only use verbatim and i've never had a Blu-Ray disc that didn't burn without error or wouldn't play on my player.

    And yeah i prefer Blu-Ray over DVD any day of the week, It's much nicer you can have several versions of the same movie on the same dics instead of having several discs and double price (if they even do put out each version on DVD.

    Blu-Ray is not hard to work with at all but when Afterdawn puts out a guide that makes it look like its hard then yeah i understand why people would give up from the start.

    28.8.2011 05:46 #6

  • Interestx

    DK1979

    No it's not a problem disc, it's a problem format.
    I just tried to rip another Blu-ray last night, I can get all the folders copied to a blank disc and I can see them on my PC but the so-called security won't allow it to play.
    It's BS.

    Thankfully I have a BD50 -RE for such an occasion, I'm not into making expensive BD50 -R coasters.

    As a user-friendly format Blu-ray is a poor joke.

    28.8.2011 06:57 #7

  • DK1979

    Well with laws that says is illigal to copy/clone why should it be easy anyway?

    But i just know that with AnyDVDHD & Imgburn i've never had a problem copy and play it.

    the guide uptop is pretty much only for when u wanna rip it to x264/xvid etc...

    28.8.2011 07:14 #8

  • Mr_Bill06

    You need ANYDVDHD to make a copy that will play on your PC just like you would need Shrink or DVD Decrypter to copy DVDs. There is also MakeMKV that is currently free because it is in beta, it can both copy the whole BD to your hard drive so you can make a backup or you can make a mkv from the tracks of the movie. I don't know why people want Blu-ray to die off it is a far superior format in both picture quality and sound almsot 99% of the time. Why would you still want a highly compressed picture and sound on DVD?

    28.8.2011 10:21 #9

  • vurbal

    Originally posted by DK1979: Sounds like it takes wayyyyyyy to long.

    Ever heard of tsMuxeR??
    tsMuxeR is known to make changes to content when either muxing or demuxing.

    Rich Fiscus
    @Vurbal on Twitter
    AfterDawn Staff Writer

    28.8.2011 10:43 #10

  • Interestx

    Quote:Mr_Bill06

    I don't know why people want Blu-ray to die off it is a far superior format in both picture quality and sound almsot 99% of the time.
    I have no desire to see it die, but I do recognise a consumer-hostile 'security' nightmare when I see & use it.

    Quote:Mr_Bill06
    Why would you still want a highly compressed picture and sound on DVD?
    The picture is still "highly compressed" just less than DVD.
    Most people do not have nor ever will have the receiver & speaker set needed to even hear lossless audio.
    It's a bit of a moot point for the mass-market.

    29.8.2011 15:34 #11

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