Native Blu-ray ripping for OS X is finally here!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. macrumors 604

    Cave Man


    Unfortunately, my Blu-ray drive is ROM only, thus OS X blocks access to it (thanks Apple!), so I cannot give it a try. Supposedly, there's a plist that can be modified to allow access to ROM drives, but I'm having trouble locating this information. If anyone knows what it is, I'd sure appreciate it if you could pass it along.

    Edit: Lots of activity since this first post. You can now repackage DTS into AC3 Dolby Digital under Snow Leopard. This will allow conversion of MKV into M4V with Handbrake with the inclusion of AC3 Dolby Digital audio. Also have a read here.
  2. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Someone who has a Blu-Ray drive needs to try this out!!!! I have been impatiently waiting for a Blu-Ray ripper for Mac so I could encode using Handbrake (not ever installing Windows).

    If it works, let us know what drive you use please!:D
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Trying now. Looks like its gonna take about 50 mins to create the file, but it certainly is ripping and creating an mkv file.
    I'm using an external Pioneer BDC-202 within a USB caddy.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Well, that seemed to work - took about 40 minutes in the end to rip my Falling Down Blu-Ray. My target device is the Apple TV so i fired up HandBrake and it read the file no problem, and as a bonus it recognises the chapter markers - so thats another step gone from Windows with Chapter Grabber.

    The only drawback i can see is titles that have DTS-MA tracks. I like to keep surround sound so i always convert these to AC3 with eac3to (if only the ATV supported DTS (without hacking)) but that's my preference.

    So, for Blu-Rays that have Dolby True HD tracks this program looks like a winner as it strips the AC3 core from that track. Great stuff
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    If this is something that is not overly expensive and works with minimal to no hacking then I'm in!
  6. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Thank's for the info! What USB caddy do you have?
  7. thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Can you pass the output file through tsmuxer to downsample the DTS-MA to DTS?
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2009
    I just did a test run on a regular dvd and it just made mkv files (what I was expecting). So is this like anydvd hd for mac? I really don't want to have to use windows for blu ray rips.

    And while we're sort of on the topic and cave man is in the thread, if I made an iso of a blu ray, would i be able to play it in plex like it would in a blu ray player? (with the menus, extras, and subtitle screens)
  9. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    Im so surprised there are so few posts on this particular forum. I have been waiting a long time for this type of software for HDDVD and BLU RAY.

    I think some of you guys are missing the fact that this software is for MAC OS as well, not just windows.

    For the guys that have successfully ripped a blu ray:

    1. Were you able to watch the movie on your apple tv?
    2. What was the quality, same as disc?
    3. How big was the file?
    4. Did you use the windows or mac software?

    Im curious if my XBOX HD DVD will work on the mac with this software. Id love to rip all my HD's and get them on my apple tv.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
  11. macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Can we use the PS3 drive with Linux to copy the image first?
  12. macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    That would be nice, depending on speed.

    This new sounds GREAT
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2006
    Native BluRay ripping in OSX would finally get me interested in BluRay. I want to hear a little more about this, but it sounds great!

    If it converts to mkv, and then the file was re-encoded for iPod/iPhone, what kind of loss in quality would there be? (I know to expect some, but not how much.)
  14. macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2008

    If you have mediainfo on your apple do you think you can post up what it says on your file?

    I use makemkv for all my DVD's and curious what mediainfo says.

  15. macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2008
    It doesn't save .ISO's.

    This is what it should look like before you have it rip a movie to get just one file.

    Attached Files:

  16. macrumors 6502a

    Chad H

    Feb 13, 2008
    Auburn, AL
    Can someone post a how to guide or a walkthrough? Or is the program self explanatory? I'm thinking I might run to best buy tomorrow and pick up a blue ray burner. :)
  17. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    The program does the same as it does for True HD / AC3 - it automatically strips the DTS core from DTS-MA tracks, so no need to pass thru TSMuxer
  18. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
  19. macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    The XBOX HD DVD drive does not work. I tried it, and the software doesn't find the drive since it does not mount.

    As for HD DVD ripping, the forum of the software seems to say that it doesn't really work, nor will it be implemented or tested more because it lost the format war. Sad really, because I am in the same boat.

    Anyone know if this drive will work: World Computing/MRF8UEB6XSM/

    It is read-only, does that matter, or does it have to be a blu-ray burner as someone else mentioned.
  20. thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    No, Plex does not read Blu-ray Disc file structures. You have to open each file individually.

    It sounds as though the software only repackages the audio and video into an MKV container, thus there is no loss of quality on that pass. You should be able to open the file with Handbrake and use the iPod or iPhone presets to get a very good copy.

    OK, that's good to know - one stop shopping.

    That drive should work since it has DVD burning abilities, thus OS X should permit access to the drive.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2009
    I'm waiting on their forums to get some info on what plist I need to edit so my BR drive can be used by this. I'd really prefer not to have to ditch my current drive and buy a burner than I'm not gonna use.
  22. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    How do you get it to do this?
    VLC sees chapters, but Handbrake 0.9.3 fails to. With WallE
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    On the website it says there is support in their forum for plist mod, but there is only one post and it doest say anything about it.

    Also, I ripped a couple of dvds since my BR drive isnt recognized, It ripped a dvd into a mkv with no problems, quality seems the same as well as audio. I then played it in plex and had no problems, my only question is how do u modify the metadata on an mkv file. How can I add cover art in plex? Thanks
  24. thread starter macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Plex will automatically scrape the databases (i.e., IMDB, etc.) for cover art after you invoke the Set Content menu item for a given folder.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Downloading now and from what I have read it looks like we have a winner :D

    Gonna test it out now :D

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