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Make a backup of a Blu ray disc to hard disk without compression

This guide is written for Blu-ray movie fans that feel like backing up their Blu-ray collections to hard drive without compression and meanwhile downsize the digital copy as much as possible. Generally, the guide tells you how to:

  • - Copy a Blu ray Disc to PC hard drive (Windows OS);
  • - Reduce the size by keeping the main movie only (eliminating the menu and other things);
  • - Remove audio/subtitles in unwanted languages;
  • - Maintain the Blu-ray structure and not convert the original video;

Part 1. Copy main movie from Blu-ray Disc

Download trial version of Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper and install the application. Connect a BD drive with you PC and insert the Blu-ray Disc you want to rip. Keep your computer networked to ensure Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper copy videos properly.

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1. Double-click the icon to run Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper. Click on the “BD/DVD” button to import Blu-ray movie from the disc. The Blu-ray Disc gets cracked when the movie is loaded to file list. 

2. Click the “Title Mode” button to switch to “File Mode”.

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3. Now all the M2TS files in file list are checked, right-click and choose "Uncheck All". What you need is the main movie---the .m2ts of longest duration. Check it and leave other .m2ts streams unchecked.

4. Click on the “Format” boarder and choose “Copy>> Directly Copy” as output option so as to copy main movie from Blu-ray Disc without changing it anyway.

5. Click “Convert” button to start copying Blu-ray main movie.

Tip 1: If you choose “Full Disc Copy” in step 3, the Blu-ray Ripper will copy all contents from Blu-ray Disc, including extras, movie trailers, menus, etc. In this way you get a whole copy of Blu-ray disc with bigger file size. 

Tip 2: In case that the main movie is composed of multiple .m2ts streams, rip the Blu-ray movie to lossless MKV with ByteCopy instead. tsMueR support MKV as well.  

Part 2. Remove unwanted tracks and create BDMV structure from main movie (*.m2ts)

Download freeware tsMuxer (Windows).

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1. Click “Add” to load hacked Blu-ray main movie (*.m2ts) to tsMxer.

2. A Blu-ray .m2ts video usually contains multiple audio and subtitles streams in various languages. You can uncheck an audio/subtitles track to remove it. Removing unwanted audio/subtitles also helps you downsize the Blu-ray backup without compression.

3. Select “Blu-ray disk” mode.

4. Click “Browse” to specify an output folder to save the BDMV and CERTIFICATE Blu-ray file structure (make sure there is enough free space to save generated files).

5. Click “Start demuxing” to demux .m2ts and create Blu-ray file structure, i.e. BDMV and CERTIFICATE directory.

Tip 3: If you’d like to get Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS 5.1 audio instead of original TrueHD and DTS-MA audio, select the HD audio track and check “Down convert TrueHD to AC3”/“Down convert DTS-HD to DTS” in step 2.

From here you can play the Blu-ray movie in BDMV or import the BDMV and CERTIFICATE directory to ImgBurn (freeware) to burn a Blu-ray Disc or BD ISO image. Also, you can import the BDMV file structure to Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper, extract the main movie with just one selected audio language or subtitles, and compress the movie for iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc.

Media Players that support BDMV navigation:

Software players- VLC Media Player (freeware), XBMC (freeware), PowerDVD 10, etc

Hardware players- Popcorn Hour A200/A210, Netgear NeoTV 550 HD, etc

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