I want to backup/ digitalize my collection. Can anyone recommend a free/ cheap bluray ripper? OS doesnt matter.

Downloaded at least 5 so far. 3 were malware, 2 were 200 bucks scams.

Appreciate any tip.

@R10T makeMKV. It's perpetually in beta, so you need a new key every so often, but they're published in their forums

Makes an uncompressed mkv from the disc, which you can further convert with handbrake or ffmpeg

@darrenpmeyer makeMKV is free until the end of Jan. Works really great, thanks for the tip!

It is a pain in the ass to work with blurays...

@R10T it's likely free after that too. They release a new version with a new free code every month or so. They might charge someday, but so far (years now…) they haven't

And yes; Blu-ray is not a convenient format

@R10T I only own one bluray (the Mindcandy 3 bluray) and it is still shrinkwrapped, but:

Covers technical aspects, libraries, and while it doesn't give a specific answer to your question, it likely will explain how to do what you want to do in the way you want to do it...

@Truck Great summary of the topic. Thanks for the tip!

@R10T watch out for the copyright! i am the internet police and i am watching you !

@R10T MakeMKV, but you'll want to make sure to use the beta key so you can use it beyond the 30-day trial without having to spend $50 on it. Here's a link to the key:

The key changes once in a while, so you might have to check that webpage once in a while to get the latest one.

Also, the setup on Linux is a bit convoluted, but once you get it up and running, it's a great program.

Once you get the Blu-rays ripped via MakeMKV, you're going to want to convert the audio from DTS to another codec (I pick FLAC, but that's just me) because AFAIK, only A/V receivers can play DTS audio. I find that FFMPEG is a good utility for this, since it can be configured to just convert the audio and leave the video alone.

@R10T Depending on what you're playing the resulting files on, you might need to get replacement subtitles from This is because Blu-Rays have PGS subtitles, which aren't text files. Rather, they're bitmap images, which a lot of devices can't handle. Though, if you're just watching with VLC or Kodi, you'll be fine with the stock PGS subtitles.

@R10T If you do end up going the subtitle replacement route, make sure to test them first before muxing them in with the videos.

Sometimes, they aren't the best and sometimes they're not even lableed correctly.

@R10T Also, Blu-Rays from 2010 and later typcially have the video in MPEG-2, which isn't compatible with many devices and takes up a lot of space. In this case, you're going to want to use Handbrake the encode the videos (and audio) to convert the MPEG-2 video to MPEG-4. This takes longer (real time), so you're really only going to want to use Handbrake for these older Blu-Rays.

@R10T Blu-Rays from 2011 and later typically have the video in MPEG-4 and 4K Blu-Rays have the video in H265, so with these, you can just convert the audio, whiich just takes a couple minutes with FFMPEG.

@R10T You're also going to want to make sure to have enough hard drive space.

Just to give you an idea, here's a little rundown of my Blu-Rays:

Farscape S1-S4: 664 GB
Doc Martin S8: 80 GB
Doctor Who S5-S7 - 305 GB
I, Robot - 24.6 GB
MIB - 20 GB
MIB II - 18.8 GB
MIB III - 24.9 GB
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol - 7.5 GB

Doctor Who: The Snowmen - 16.3 GB

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor - 16.9 GB
Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow, The Wardrobe - 17.2 GB

Grand Total - 2TB

Many thanks for your tips. I'd managed to digitilize some of my blurays, but it simply was a pain in the ass. It was slow, crashed from time to time and I had to check the result everytime.

I found other ways to handle it, if you know what I mean :)

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