If you’re going to rip movies for your private collection, you might as well copy them off Blu-ray — the quality on that thing is off the charts. However, the copy protection on BD is also as elaborate as it gets, so ripping it for storing in your networked drive (instead of having to pop a disk every time) isn’t quite so easy.
- First, you’ll need to make sure your computer has enough storage to handle the procedure. We recommend doing the work on a drive with at least 50GB of free space — use a proper utility like SystemMechanic if you need help making room.
- Rip the movie in its original 1080p format. Plenty of programs can do this, such as AnyDVD HD and MakeMKV. Basically, you just want to put the movie into your PC in as close to the original format as possible. Both of those titles can do that. This should take 30 to 45 minutes.
- Encode it into a smaller file size. We recommend either Handbrake or Ripbot264, although there are other video encoders that can also do the job. Choose resolution (1080p if you want the best look on your TV), audio and other settings, then fire up the encoding. We suggest cutting up a 30-second clip from the ripped MKV file you took earlier before encoding the whole thing. That way, you can test whether the settings are exactly what you’d like.