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How to Rip Blu-ray to PC and Mac: 3 Free Blu-ray Rippers to Choose

Ripping Blu-ray discs is a common practice among movie enthusiasts who want to convert their collection into digital format for easy access and long-term preservation. While Blu-ray discs offer high-quality audio and video, they are also vulnerable to damage over time. By ripping a Blu-ray, you can create a digital copy of the movie that can be played on different devices and kept safe for future use.

However, the process of ripping a Blu-ray requires specialized software and can be complicated. So in this article, we'll introduce a few Blu-ray rippers and provide tutorials and some tips to help you get started.

Rip Blu-ray Disc

Part 1. Preparing to Rip Blu-ray

To rip a Blu-ray disc, you will need a few things.

Firstly, you'll need a Blu-ray drive that is capable of reading the disc. Some computers come with a built-in Blu-ray drive, but if yours doesn't have one, you'll need to purchase an external drive. If you're looking to rip 4K Blu-rays, you may need a regular Blu-ray drive that is considered "4K friendly" instead of a 4K Blu-ray drive. This is because most 4K Blu-ray drives cannot rip 4K Blu-rays due to their improved copy protection.

Secondly, you need to make sure you have enough space to store the files ripped from Blu-rays. The amount of storage you will need to store files ripped from a Blu-ray disc depends on a few factors including the file format, the video audio quality, and the length of the movie you specify. On average, a 1080p Blu-ray movie with a runtime of 2 hours in an MKV or MP4 format with good video and audio quality will take up around 10-15 GB of storage. However, this can vary widely depending on the factors mentioned above. If you choose to rip to an ISO format or a higher quality video and audio, the file size will be larger.

Finally, you will also need specialized software to rip Blu-ray discs. There are many options available, including free and paid software. Some popular free options include MakeMKV, Handbrake, and VLC.

Once you have all these things ready, you can start setting up your computer for ripping.

In this article, we'll show you how to rip a Blu-ray with MakeMKV, HandBrake, and VLC.

Part 2. How to Free Rip a Blu-ray with MakeMKV

In addition to ripping DVDs, MakeMKV can also rip Blu-rays protected with latest versions of AACS and BD+. This is a very important feature.

Hollywood wants you to buy its movies on Blu-ray disc, but then it wants to control what you do with them once you get home. And the most frequently used method is so-called Blu-ray protections.

Take BD+ as an example. BD+ is a component of the Blu-ray Disc Digital Rights Management system. It was developed by Cryptography Research Inc. and is based on their Self-Protecting Digital Content concept. Its intent was to prevent unauthorized copies of Blu-ray discs and the playback of Blu-ray media using unauthorized devices. If you just want personal use of Blu-ray backup, then it is not involved in Copy-right stuff. The first step of ripping a Blu-ray is to rip off all Blu-ray restrictions.

However, you need to know that Blu-ray discs are protected by copyright law, and it is illegal to distribute or share copyrighted material without permission.

With MakeMKV, you can rip those encrypted Blu-rays to MKV format on Windows, Mac, and Linux, with all video and audio tracks, chapters information, and all meta-information preserved. And, you can use the Blu-ray decrypting and ripping feature for free during BETA. Now, let's get started.

Step 1. Download and install MakeMKV from the official website.

Step 2. Insert the Blu-ray disc you want to rip into your computer's built-in Blu-ray drive or an external drive.

Step 3. Open MakeMKV and you should be able to find the Blu-ray disc under "Source". Select the disc and click the "Open Blu-ray disc" button to open it.

Rip Blu-ray with MakeMKV - open Blu-ray

Step 4. When MakeMKV displays a list of the titles on the disc, you need to check the boxes next to the titles you want to rip as well as the audio and subtitle tracks you want to keep. Look for the longest title with the highest number of chapters, as this is usually the main feature.

Rip Blu-ray with MakeMKV - select content to rip

Step 5. Select the "Set output folder" button to choose the destination folder where you want to save the ripped files.

Step 6. Click the "Make MKV" button to start the Blu-ray ripping process. The time it takes to rip the disc will depend on the speed of your Blu-ray drive and the size of the files you're ripping.

Once the ripping process is complete, you'll have a folder with the ripped files in the destination folder you selected earlier. The files will be in MKV format, which can be played back on most media players.

That's it! You should now have a digital copy of your Blu-ray disc that you can play on your computer or transfer to other devices.

Part 3. How to Free Rip a Blu-ray with HandBrake

With Handbrake, users can rip Blu-ray discs and convert them into popular digital video formats, including MP4, MKV, and WebM. What makes HandBrake inferior to MakeMKV is that it does not support encrypted Blu-rays, but HandBrake also has its advantages. Handbrake offers a range of advanced settings for video, audio, and subtitle, which allows users to customize the output file to their specific needs. These settings include options to adjust the video codec, bitrate, resolution, add subtitles, etc.

To rip a Blu-ray with Handbrake, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Download and install Handbrake from the official website. It can be used on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Step 2. Insert the Blu-ray disc you want to rip into your Blu-ray drive.

Step 3. Open Handbrake and select your Blu-ray drive under Source Selection.

Step 4. After Handbrake finishes disc scanning, you need to select the title you want to rip.

Rip Blu-ray with HandBrake

Step 5. Choose a preset from the "Preset" menu. Adjust any other settings you want to change, such as the video codec, bitrate, or audio tracks.

Step 6. Click on the "Browse" button to choose a destination folder for your ripped files.

Step 7. Click on the "Start Encode" button to begin the ripping process.

When Handbrake has finished ripping the disc, it will save the files to your chosen destination folder.

Part 4. How to Free Rip a Blu-ray with VLC

VLC media player can not only play Blu-ray discs but also rip Blu-rays. However, in order to rip or copy a commercial Blu-ray disc using VLC, you need to install additional library or plugin that provides the necessary decryption capabilities. One such library is called libaacs, which is used to decrypt AACS-protected Blu-ray discs. To use libaacs with VLC, you need to download the library file and place it in the appropriate folder on your computer. Once you have installed the library, you can use VLC to rip or copy your Blu-ray discs.

To rip a Blu-ray disc with VLC, you will need to follow these steps:

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of VLC media player from the official website.

Step 2. Add keys database files

Download a supported Java JRE (JDK is NOT needed) and extract it manually into a folder named 'java' within the VLC directory.

Following this, download the libaacs libraries and copy them to the root folder of the VLC directory (not any subdirectory). Please note that the 'aacs_info.exe' file is unnecessary.

Download keys databse file manually and unzip the keydb.cfg file, which is essential for Blu-ray playback. After extracting the file, there's a 'FindVUK - Synchronize.bat' that can be used for a simple synchronization of the keydb.cfg file.

Place this file in the appropriate folder based on your operating system:

  • For Windows users, place it in C:\ProgramData\aacs\
  • For Mac OS X users, place it in ~/Library/Preferences/aacs/ (create a new folder if it doesn't exist).
  • For Linux users, put it in ~/.config/aacs/
  • For Linux SNAP users, place it in ~/snap/vlc/current/.config/aacs/

Step 3. Add AACS dynamic library.

Step 4. Insert the Blu-ray you want to rip into your Blu-ray drive.

Step 5. Launch VLC media player and go to "Media" in the top menu bar. Select "Convert / Save" from the dropdown menu.

Step 6. In the "Open Media" window, select the "Disc" tab. Check the "Blu-ray" checkbox and make sure that the correct disc device is selected. Then click "Convert / Save".

Rip Blu-ray with VLC - open Blu-ray

Step 7. In the "Convert" window, choose the format you want to save the file as, such as MP4 or MKV, and select the destination file name and location for the ripped Blu-ray file. Then click "Start" to begin the ripping process.

Rip Blu-ray with VLC - specify output

Part 5. FAQs about Ripping Blu-ray

1. Where can I get WinX Blu-ray Ripper?

Sorry, WinX Blu-ray Ripper is discontinued.

2. Does WinX DVD Ripper rip Blu-ray?

No. WinX DVD Ripper isn't a Blu-ray ripper. It is a piece of DVD ripping software that is designed to convert DVD discs including all copy-protected DVDs, ISO images, or DVD folders to various digital formats. It does not support Blu-ray ripping.

If you are looking for a reliable and efficient DVD ripping software, WinX DVD Ripper is a great option because it supports DVDs with copy protection and region coding, a wide range of output formats, fast ripping speed, high-quality output, and straightforward design.  

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3. Can I rip a Blu-ray with a DVD drive?

No, you need a Blu-ray drive to rip a Blu-ray disc. A regular DVD drive does not have the capacity to read the higher-density data on a Blu-ray disc.

4. Is it legal to rip a Blu-ray disc?
In most countries, it is illegal to rip a Blu-ray disc if it is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. However, in some countries, it may be legal to make a backup copy of a disc for personal use.

5. How many Blu-ray movies can be stored on a 1TB hard drive?

The number of Blu-ray movies that can be stored on a 1TB hard drive depends on several factors such as the length of the movie, the quality of the video, the audio format, and the amount of compression used.

On average, a Blu-ray movie with a 1080p resolution and a high-quality audio track can range from 25 GB to 50 GB in size. Assuming an average size of 35 GB per movie, a 1TB hard drive can store approximately 28 to 29 full-length Blu-ray movies. However, if the movies are compressed or have a lower video or audio quality, then more movies could potentially fit on the hard drive.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected Blu-rays and DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the copyright laws in your countries before doing so.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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