How To Copy Protected Blu-Ray Movies and Remove BD+
Jennifer K. submitted a question using our Ask the Burning Geek form about the ability to copy protected Blu-Ray movies.
Question: I have recently upgraded to a Blu Ray player and was wondering if it was possible to rip or copy protected Blu Ray discs like I can with my DVD movies?
To be able to get around the copy protections (BD+, AACS, and other DRM protections) found on Blu Ray discs you must use a decrypter. In other words a piece of software that runs in the background on your Windows 7, Vista, or XP machine and basically decrypts any code placed on a Blu Ray that prevents it from being copied. There are free and paid software solutions currently available including:
AnyDVD HD ( The leader in Blu Ray decryption )
DVDFab Blu Ray Passkey ( Another good decrypter and less pricier than AnyDVD )
Blu-Ray/HD DVD Copy Helper (Free but with limited features. You must already have a Blu Ray player software installed for it to work, like PowerDVD)
However, once this is in place you still need a burning software that can correctly read and burn the entire BD disc correctly. You simply can not just copy the contents of the disc from Windows Explorer to your hard drive and burn it using the built-in Windows burner app. I wish it were that simple, but using a proper burning software is essential to make sure the authoring of the disc is in the correct Blu Ray format so when played on a standard Blu Ray player it will be readable and playable.
A similar question from Marco H. was:
Question: I discovered that in order to put a Blu Ray movie on my PC I first need to decrypt the BD+ copy protection on the disc. How can I do this?
BD+ copy protection is a new encryption code that was developed my Cryptography Research to basically restrict the copying of BD discs and to prevent unauthorized playback devices from playing this content. This included Blu Ray playback software like PowerDVD or WinDVD+. Those types of software are constantly updated with new 'keys' to allow the playback.
Reasons to remove BD+ copy protection
First I must point out that BD+ was put on for a reason, and when something is added for a reason there is a meaning behind it. In this case it's to prevent unauthorized access which includes copying or ripping. Just be sure you have proper permission before decrypting BD+.
For many users they simply want to put the movie onto their hard drives so they can watch it later with either a HD monitor or you may want to bring it with you on your laptop so you don't need to carry around a bunch of discs.
Other uses may include converting the HD content into a more portable format so you can put them on your gadgets like tablet devices.
Burn protected Blu Ray movies using the right software
Our favorite way to copy these types of discs consists of using only one piece of software that is easy to use. ( I like the easy methods over the more complicated ones, don't you? )
- DVDFab Blu Ray Copy is by far the best method to use for copying protected Blu Ray movies. There are many reasons why we like to use this over other solutions.
DVDFab has been around before DVD's were big and have mastered the DVD backup process and this has carried over into Blu Ray as well
They have a build in decrypter so no other 3rd party software is necessary for it to work correctly!
They have one of the best conversion apps integrated into their software meaning that you get the best video and audio quality during the conversion.
Their user base is large and have a great online support system should you need it.
They have the lowest price for this type of software currently available. Under $50 with their coupon code.
Other Software that will remove BD+ Copy Protection
We have done an extensive review of Blu Ray Copying Software on our review page here and here is another resource for a second opinion. But to point out a few leaders in this type of software we would have to give the nod to the following:
Blue Cloner 3
One of the best Blu-Ray software apps on the market, Blue Cloner can easily decrypt BD+ and any other form of copy protection on Blu Ray discs. This software has already won numerous awards for its ability to rip and copy this type of movie content on Windows platforms. Selling for around $60 it's a must have for anyone that wants to preserve the original investment or make a duplicate for whatever reason. We recommend downloading Blue Cloner to see if it will remove the BD+ protection on your discs, which we know it will.
Thanks to Jennifer K. and Marco H. for submitting these questions. We hope it helps the burning community with an easy way to copy protected discs that you have the rights to decrypt.
If you are really interested in this type of decryption I invite you to take a listed to the video below. Yes I said listed, because it's a recording of a podcast from Leo Laporte that goes into detail about all forms of Blu-Ray protection schemes including BD+, AACS, and more.
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