Set out to create a NAS containing our DVDs and Blu-Rays. So far, I have been using Wondershare to rip our DVDs and this has worked well. However, Wondershare does not support Blu-Ray so what tool do you folks recommend? Fortunately, we do not have many Blu-Rays but it would be good to get a complete collection.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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I hoped that someone else would answer because I do very little ripping but here goes...
If you want a free Blu-ray ripper, MakeMKV is good. MakeMKV offers a choice of output to your HDD, either the complete file and folder structure on the Blu-ray disc or a copy of the main movie only in an MKV file. It can rip DVDs too but those can only be output as MKV files. The decrypted audio and video output from MakeMKV is identical to what is on the original media. MakeMKV doesn't have the ability to convert the ripped video or audio to other formats and won't re-encode the video to a smaller size. Also, MakeMKV doesn't remove Cinavia, which is an uncommon type of copy protection. Cinavia prevents ripped media files and copied discs from playing on the majority of Blu-ray players and licensed player software such as PowerDVD.
MakeMKV is fairly reliable, especially for older releases but paid software from DVDFab or AnyDVD is updated more frequently and is better able to deal with novel DRM strategies applied to newly released movies. Some of DVDFab's paid ripping software can convert video and audio or shrink video and offers the choice of different container files instead of just MKV. DVDFab's paid software includes Cinavia removal too.Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord
Thank you for your replies. Our DVDs have been ripped to 720p MP4 and work well. Not overly concerned about the cost - want a solution that can generate the above format from Blu-Ray with subtitles if needed (Wondershare does this for DVDs). If I am reading your suggestions correctly you are saying that I should give MakeMKV a go and if this fails buy DVDFab?
It will give you an exact copy of your Blu-Rays in an .mkv container.
A few points about MakeMKV:
Since it rips and remuxes the files into an .mkv container, they will be almost the same size as the originals on the disc.
It will only output in .mkv, which can be remuxed to an .mp4 container which some of your playback devices may require.
It won't allow you to retain the disc menus (which you aren't getting with Wondershare anyway) and each file (main movie, extras) will be a separate file.
It won't create an .iso (i.e. a copy of the disc structure on you hard drive). Which is okay since there are few media players that can play Blu-Ray .isos.
If your Blu-Rays are new releases, it may take a few weeks/months for the program to be updated to allowing ripping. This is true of AnyDVD and any other program.
*Wondershare isn't ripping (which is an exact bit for bit copy of the original files in their original size) your DVDs to .mp4. At best it's ripping and remuxing, i.e. placing the files into a .mp4 container or more likely ripping and encoding the files to an .mp4, shrinking the file and losing quality.