Blu-ray movie sales rose 10% during in the first three months of 2011 – according to recent news from USA TODAY. Also increased are relative products, Blu-ray players, PS3, Blu-ray rippers etc. To protect the expensive Blu-ray Discs from scratching, more and more people are tending to make a backup of their Blu-ray collections. As an experienced user of various Blu-ray ripper tools, the author of this post is pleased to help beginners find their best fit. The following passages take a brief review of three top Blu-ray rippers: MakeMKV, DVDfab and ByteCopy.
MakeMKV is a nice choice for those who feel like to make lossless copy of their Blu-ray and DVD collections. The software does one thing- converting the video clips from encrypted disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way- and does it well. It is very easy to remove unwanted audio or subtitle tracks and pretty fast to back up a Blu-ray. The copying of Blu-ray Avatar took only 86 minutes. All video streams, audio tracks and subtitles are included in resulting MKV file.
Import source: Blu-ray Disc/folder/ISO, DVD
Export file format: .mkv (with original codecs)
To add- MKV (also known as Matroska) is a container file format, in which there can be many audio, video and subtitles streams, allowing the user to store a complete movie in a single file. Practically this means that it is possible to put entire movie with multiple sound and subtitle tracks, chapters and movie thumbnail into single file.
Trial and Download
- MakeMKV 1.6.8 for Windows
- Requires Windows XP, Vista or Win7, x86 or x64.
MakeMKV allows for a 30-day trial, and $50 USD is all you pay for lifetime Blu-ray ripping feature. Its DVD ripping feature always stays free, so let’s say thank you to the generous developer of MakeMKV.
DVDfab Blu-ray Ripper Review
DVDfab used to stand for an excellent free DVD ripper. Now we know they can do more (and ask for more too). DVDfab Blu-ray Ripper decrypts and rips Blu-ray title to various video files playable on next generation consoles like PS3 and Xbox 360, HD player like WD TV Live, or mobile devices like iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. Unlike MakeMKV, it exports a lot of video codecs and formats:
Video: MPEG-4, H.264, MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, M2TS, TS etc.
Audio: MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV, AAC, AC3, DTS, etc.
So you see the differences here. With MakeMKV you get lossless Blu-ray backup but only in MKV format; while with DVDfab you lose original Blu-ray quality but get much smaller movie clips in desired format. A preferred feature of DVDfab is their “Lighting speed”, i.e., multi-core CPUs and NVIDIA CUDA support. By taking advantage of CUDA accelerating, the conversion time is greatly shorted.
Trial and Download
- DVDfab Blu-ray Ripper
- Requires Windows XP, Vista or Win7, (x32/x64). Not a Mac version is provided.
Everyone can evaluate the trial for 30 days before it stops work. To continue using the software, you can buy a one-year license of DVDfab Blu-ray Ripper at $60 USD and $105.6 USD for lifetime license. If you purchase Blu-ray Ripper and DVD Ripper in bundle, it’ll be $93.5 for one-year use and $154 for lifetime. Pretty high price, isn’t it? Especially when you can get a similar Blu-ray Ripper at much lower price?
Pavtube ByteCopy Review
You might haven’t heard ByteCopy- as it is released in 2011- but this is absolutely a top choice for those who wanna put Blu-ray to HD media players like WD TV Live and NMT A-210 for playback. So what can it do for you? Basically, the ByteCopy is similar to MakeMKV when it cracks and copied Blu-ray Disc and DVD movie to MKV. However, this app does not only everything (selection of forced subtitles is excluded from the “everything” ) MakeMKV does, but also converts/encodes Blu-ray contents. This feature is a lifesaver for HD media players, as not a HDD player plays 100% of Blu-ray features. E.g. When a BD movie is packed into MKV, WD TV Live can not read the Blu-ray subtitles inlaid. At this moment ByteCopy plays an irreplaceable role- it is the exclusive Blu-ray ripper that converts Blu-ray .sup subtitle to .sub without hurting video and audio quality. When it trans-codes and shrinks Blu-ray contents, CUDA acceleration is employed by default when possible.
Export file format: .mkv
Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1, MPEG pass-through; H.264, Xvid, MPEG, VC-1 encoded
Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital, DTS-HD high-def, DTS-HD MA pass-through; Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, AAC, MP3 encoded.
Trial and Download
- ByteCopy for Windows
- Requires Windows XP, Vista or Win7 (32bit and 64bit).
- ByteCopy for Mac OS X
- Requires x86 Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Pavtube ByteCopy rips Blu-ray in 2 ways, lossless copy and lossy conversion. In trial version lossless backup runs 7 times only; for loss conversion, a watermark is put on the screen. A full version is offered at $42 USD. The purchase includes a lifetime license and unlimited upgrades.
Compare: MakeMKV vs. DVDfab vs. ByteCopy
MakeMKV and ByteCopy are good for lossless Blu-ray and DVD backup, while DVDfab focuses on Blu-ray trans-coding to portable devices like PS3, Xbox, etc.
Q: Which Blu-ray ripper keeps Blu-ray movie structure (including chapters)?
A: MakeMKV and ByteCopy
Q: Which Blu-ray ripper keeps multiple audio tracks and subtitles?
A: MakeMKV and ByteCopy
Q: What about the ripping speed of the three Blu-ray Rippers?
A: MakeMKV = ByteCopy (lossless copy) > DVDfab
Q: Which en-decodes Blu-ray with NVIDIA’s CUDA support (GPU computing)?
A: ByteCopy and DVDfab (Tip: CUDA works only when exporting H.264 encoded videos)
Q: Which does better on Blu-ray hacking/cracking?
Not a Blu-ray ripper is able to crack all the Blu-ray Discs as decryption always falls behind encryption. So it’s a question of upgrade and tech support. All the three updates their software along with the come up of new BD+ keys. MakeMKV and ByteCopy charge free for updates while DVDfab asks you pay extra money for the updates.
MakeMKV and ByteCopy are similar, you can compare their features with Pavtube ByteCopy vs. MakeMKV (comparison chart). Or
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