We love watching Blu-ray movies for it can get the most minute and accurate detail out of the original picture. Yet we dislike Blu-ray when we realize how cumbersome and brittle it could be when stored in the disc form. That's why loads of people are choosing to digitalize Blu-ray movies so they can enjoy these media content on Plex, Kodi, Emby, and various portables anytime and anywhere they want. And to rip Blu-ray to MP4 is a good way to preserve decent video quality and achieve widespread compatibility in the meantime. So here in this post, we will show you the best way to rip and convert Blu-ray to MP4, and it is completely free. Let’s get started!
Disclaimer: We don't encourage people to copy and distribute any copyrighted content. This guide is offered to back up your own purchased Blu-ray discs ONLY for personal fair use.
When speaking of ripping Blu-ray to MP4, many people would first turn to the powerful open-source HandBrake for a possible solution. Well, can HandBrake rip Blu-rays? Yes and no. HandBrake rips Blu-rays, yet only with the copy-free ones like your home-made Blu-ray movies. But I assume most of you have instead commercial Blu-rays, then you are out of luck. And what lies ahead of you are two ways to complete your Blu-ray to MP4 conversion - you can either optimize HandBrake to rip protected DVDs and Blu-rays (Check: Rip Encrypted DVDs via HandBrake Libdvdcss) or you go purchase a Blu-ray to MP4 converter to do all the heavy lifting.
If you have huge Blu-ray collections waiting to be ripped, I would recommend you stick with the two just-mentioned solutions. But if you only want to convert Blu-ray to MP4 occasionally, I would suggest a third way - rip Blu-ray to full-size MKV with MakeMKV first (the roundabout route we have to take to remove Blu-ray copy protection), and then compress and convert it to MP4 with another video converter. Though involving two software would seem to be a lot of work, it is overall an easy job and won’t cost you a dime. Please read on to know more!
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As it has been mentioned before, this step is to remove Blu-ray copy protection. And MakeMKV is the only and the best freeware out there that can bypass the protection. However, it can only copy Blu-ray to full-size MKV (takes up usually 20~30G space), which requires to be compressed and converted to MP4 as demonstrated in the next part. But first, let’s see how to decrypt protected Blu-ray with MakeMKV below:
>> Download and install the latest version of MakeMKV from the official download page https://www.makemkv.com/download/ on your computer.
>> Launch MakeMKV. On the top menu bar, click Help > Register to enter the registration code (Get the updated beta key from https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1053). Then you’ve activated it to rip Blu-rays.
>> Insert your commercial Blu-ray disc into your BD-ROM Drive. And in MakeMKV, select your BD-ROM Drive source and press the image below. Wait for a while till the program completes processing your Blu-ray.
>> You’ll see your Blu-ray structure displayed on the left side, showing the titles, audio, video, subtitles, and file size information. Browse through the content and check the items you want to save.
>> On the right side, click on the folder icon to set an output folder for your Blu-ray (Note: You should make sure the folder has enough space to store your file). Then click Make MKV next to the folder icon to start ripping Blu-ray to MKV. It will take some time between 10 ~ 20 minutes for a typical movie.
Now you’ve got the full-size MKV file. It’s time to transcode it into a more efficient MP4 video. You can use HandBrake to do the transcoding. But I find it wanting in some advanced features like the support for multiple subtitles and tracks. I also don’t really like the interface of HandBrake as it does not look user-friendly to new beginners. So here I will use a different freeware called WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory, which is void of the above HandBrake shortcomings yet does also an excellent job in transcoding MKV to MP4. The following tutorial explains how to use this awesome freeware in detail.
>> Run Free HD Video Converter Factory and open Converter.
>> Click on + Add Files to import or directly drag and drop the just-ripped Blu-ray to this program.
Tips: If your MKV has multiple subtitles and audio tracks, you could keep this feature by checking all the subtitles and audio tracks under the video project.
>> Click on the right format image and select the MP4 format under the Video tab (You can choose other format you preferred).
>> When all is ready, click Run to start the conversion. At this point, the Blu-ray to MP4 conversion is complete.
That’s all for how to rip Blu-ray to MP4 for free. Get digital copies of movies you already own now. Thanks for reading!