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How To Burn Blu-Ray Movies a to Blank Disc

Recently I showed you how to rip and convert Blu-ray discs to MKV format for backup and streaming on your home network. If you want a physical backup copy of a Blu-ray movie, you can do that too.

You’ll need an internal or external Blu-ray burner installed on your Windows system. You’ll also need a pack of blank Blu-ray Recordable (BD-R) or Blu-ray Recordable Erasable (BD-RE) discs.

Download and install DVDFab. It includes HD Decrypter software that’s free to use. The license never expires.

Insert the Blu-ray disc into the drive. Launch DVDFab and select Blu-ray Copy. Click either Main Movie or Full Disc to. If you don’t want all of the extra special features, select Main Movie and then the chapter with the longest playing time.
DVDFab

In this example, I’m burning a Blu-ray disc that’s not long and copying the entire disc.

Select a target for the output M2TS files. Give the volume a label and click Start.

DVDFab UI

If you receive a message telling you the Blu-ray Copy option is expired, click OK. You just need to use the HD Decrypter feature.

Use HD Decrypter

DVDFab will start to analyze the disc, remove copy protection and put the M2TS files from the disc output location you selected.

Processing

The amount of time it takes will vary between systems. I’m running an Intel Core i3 CPU with 8 GB of RAM. When finished, DVDFab displays how long it took. Here it took just over 24 minutes. Full movie will take longer.

Click OK to the Process Successful box. Click Finish then close out of DVDFab.

DVDFab Process Successful

Now navigate to the output folder of the M2TS files from the Blu-ray disc. They’re located in the output directory you selected earlier in the BDMV >> STREAM directory.

STREAM Folder

Play the M2TS files in VLC Media Player. I go through and make sure the files play and aren’t corrupted.

M2TS VLC

If the files look good, time to convert them to an ISO image. Download and install ImgBurn. During installation, make sure you uncheck the options for the Ask.com toolbar – you don’t need it.

ImgBurn Crapware

Launch ImgBurn and select Create Image File from Files / Folders.

Create Image File from Folder Files

For the Source, click the folder icon.

ImgBurn Set Source

Then browse to the location of the BDMV Folder. Click Select Folder.

BDMV Folder

ImgBurn lets you know a Certificate folder wasn’t included and offer to add it for you. Click Yes.

ImgBurn Certificate Message

Make sure the Destination is set to the Blu-ray burner drive. Click the Build button.

Burn Blu-ray

The Confirm Volume Label screen comes up. Type in a name for the Blu-ray in the UDF field and click Yes.

Confirm Volume Label

Now wait while your Blu-ray disc is created. While ImgBurn is creating the disc, it will eject the disc and reload it and start the verification process.

Blu-ray Burning Process

When it’s finished, click OK and close out of ImgBurn. Take your Blu-ray disc and keep it in a safe place for back up. Or, play it on any Blu-ray player.

ImgBurn Burning Complete

If you need to back up your DVD collection, check out our other How Tos.

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3 Responses to How To Burn Blu-Ray Movies a to Blank Disc

  1. styleinfluence September 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Just what I needed, thanks mate.

  2. Erik Hiss December 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I’m confused a bit…dvdfab is not free, but hd decryptor is? what happens after the 30 days…will I need to purchase dvdfab to make this work?

    • Brian Burgess December 27, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      @google-c0652d68191c469acc9f4a945a39ea57:disqus no you don’t have to purchase DVDFab. The HD Decryptor is always a free component of it. You can use other features in DVDFab for the 30 day trial.

      After that, those features won’t work, however, HD Decryptor will continue to work!

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