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What is Blu-ray and How to Rip Blu-ray Movies


Blu-ray has come into our daily life for a huge long time. You really kown what is Blu-ray? What are Blu-ray codecs? How it works? How will you rip Blu-ray for watching on-the-go? This article, will show you the basic of Blu-ray and the method to rip the Blu-ray for playing on all of your portable devices.

What is Blu-ray?

what-is-blu-rayBlu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) is the name of a new optical disc format that is rapidly replacing DVD. The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc.

Blu-ray is currently supported by about 200 of the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer, recording media, video game and music companies. The format also has support from all Hollywood studios and countless smaller studios as a successor to today's DVD format. Many studios have also announced that they will begin releasing new feature films on Blu-ray Disc day-and-date with DVD, as well as a continuous slate of catalog titles every month.

The different between Blu-ray and DVD, click here, including difference between the storage capacity, laser technology, disc construction, image resolution and player compatibility.

For more information about new and upcoming Blu-ray releases, as well as movies are currently available in the Blu-ray format, check out http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/.

What are Blu-ray Codec?

For the video codec, while DVD and HD DVD only supports MPEG-2, Blu-ray disc also supports MPEG-4 AVC and SMPTE VC-1, besides MPEG-2.


mpeg-2This is a lossy video codec used in both DVD(HD DVD) and early Blu-ray Disc. Although MPEG-2 could be used as a high definition codec, it's not optimized for low bit rates (but high quality pictures). Therefore, many movie studios now switch to other video codecs for Blu-ray disc.


mpeg-4It's the informal name of H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC (Advanced Video Coding). MPEG-4 AVC is the most widely used video codecs in Blu-ray discs. It supports 4096x2304 pixels in resolution and up to 26.7 Mbps for bit rate. This is the optimized video codec for Blu-ray, which delivers high quality picture even at the low bit rate than MPEG-1 in VCD.

Besides used in Blu-ray discs, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) codec is also widely adopted to stream online videos, such as YouTube, Vimeo, and the iTunes Store.


smpte-vc-1VC-1 is initially developed as a proprietary video format by Microsoft, and is released as a formal SMPTE standard video format on April 3, 2006. SMPTE VC-1 is the best alternative to MPEG-4 AVC codec for Blu-ray disc. It supports the interlaced video sequences without converting to progressive first. And of course, VC-1 also supports progressive content encoding.

How Blu-ray works?

how-blu-ray-worksBlu-ray is the optical data storing device -- have capacities of 27 gigabytes for single-layer discs - 13 hours of standard video - and 50 gigabytes in the case of double-layer discs - 20 hours of standard video.

Digital information is stored on Blu-ray(optical device) in pits along a spiral groove running along from the center of the disc to its edge. Laser beams read this information and convert it into an electrical signal which may be processed by a computer in order to decode and display the stored data.

Let's left other more information about how it works to machine, manufacturer, and engineers, information above is enough for undersatand how it works, isn't it?

How to rip Blu-ray?

Now that the digital information stored on Blu-ray can be read by blue laser and converted into electrical signal for displays, absolutely, we can store the the inforamtion on our PC and orhter storage.

However, commercial Blu-ray is protected, and you can not copy and rip the movies on the plastic disc directly. A Blu-ray Ripper is needed. Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper (Windows / Mac) is high recommended here. With it, you can rip the Blu-ray / DVD(this Blu-ray ripper works with all the DVDs well just like the Blu-ray player is backwards compatible and play standard DVDs. That’s say, you get the Blu-ray + DVD Ripper in fact) into digital format for playing on any your devices anytime and anywhere.

blu-ray-ripper-screenshot- Enable you to rip, copy and backup all the Blu-ray and DVD movies

- Output HD / Common video format as well as 5.1 channel audio supported

- Supported backup Blu-ray and DVD with Original Structure and Main Title Only.

- Rip Blu-ray DVD for various devices such as iPad, iPhone, Galasy Tab, Apple TV, WD TV, PS4/PS3, etc.

- Streaming Blu-ray Movies to media serves like Roku, Plex and large storeage NAS.

- Convert 2D / 3D to 3D digital format such as 3D MKV, 3D MP4, 3D MOV, ect.(>> View 3D Movies on Gear VR with Galaxy S7 Edge)

- Enables you to select the proper subtitle available or add the subtitle totally in your own language.

- Video editing features are provided: trim video length, crop video size, adjust videoeffect, watermark, and merge several videos into one for complete enjoyment etc.

- Batch-convert mode and after-done actions are available for choice.

- Compatible with Windows(Windows 10 included) and Mac OS(macOS Sierra included).

Simple Guide: Rip Blu-ray Movie with Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper

First download Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper (free trail Windows / free trail Mac), install and open it.

1. Click "Load files" icon to import Blu-ray content.

2. Choose output format.

In the dropdown list of Format menu, you can find the format you like.

3. Browse your computer for a better destination folder for Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper to output your converted Blu-ray movies.

4. Start ripping Blu-ray/DVD content.

After-done actions are available for choice, you can copy the Blu-ray disc(or DVD disc) when you are going to sleeping and get the Blu-ray (or DVD) rip next morning.

BTW: You can also entire copy the Blu-ray original structure or main movie only without any protections to your PC, and play with VLC( is a fast video player that plays just about any media file you can throw at it).

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