With the transition to the high definition format the Blu-ray discs were introduced as the optical disc of choice for movie distribution. However even though a BD-50 Blu-ray disc can hold up to 50GB of data, this huge storage increase is not the only reason behind improved HD quality. The even bigger change was the move from MPEG-2 codec DVDs use to the MPEG4 AVC codec which allows greater quality in less space. As a result, you can copy a movie in a BD-50 disc to the much cheaper BD-25 disc using Blu-ray recorder or even to a BD-9 (using a dual layer DVD and a simple DVD recorder) and only lose a bit of the original quality.
Staxrip is certainly one of the best converting programs I have used, and it is among the tools I recommend to users for ripping a DVD. Of course it can also handle Blu-ray discs and it excels at this process too, giving you full control over your rip while still featuring a simple interface. In this article we will use Staxrip in order to rip a Blu-ray disc to an MKV file keeping the original DTS-HD audio. As you will see through the steps of this guide, you can also rip your Blu-ray in a rather large number of formats and containers supported by Staxrip.
ImgBurn is free a DVD and Blu-ray recording application from the creator of DVD Decrypter. It started as a pure image burner, meaning you could use it to burn ready cd image files, like .iso or .bin to CDs and DVDs but as the years passed it has added many more options, among them the ability to burn a Blu-ray video disc. In this article we will guide you through the process of burning a Blu-ray or AVCHD disc from files you have already created using converters like BD Rebuilder, multiAVCHD, AVCHDCoder and more.
Handbrake is a pretty popular program as it has been around for quite a few years and as the number of visits to this guide can tell is among the most popular tools for DVD to H.264 conversion. The latest version added Blu-ray support, so we will use it in this guide in order to create a high definition 1080p MP4 file with H.264 video.