January 12th, 2012
Put and Play Blu-ray/DVD movies in Windows Media Center/Windows Media Player
If you are using Windows 7, you can’t miss Windows Media Center. With Windows Media Center, your PC becomes a powerful TV, bringing your shows and entertainment to one place. While enjoying broadcast and Internet TV on PC with ease, have you ever thought of adding Blu-ray movie collections to Windows Media Center Library for playback ? Surely BD Player is the first choice for playing Blu-ray Discs with, but there’re other ways to go with when building up a home theater system. With Blu-Ray Ripper software and an external BD drive (regular optical drive will not read Blu-ray Disc), you can easily rips Blu-ray movies to Windows Media Player friendly format and watch Blu-ray movies from Windows Media Center on HDTV via HDMI cable.
Why bother ripping Blu-ray to Windows Media Center while you have already own a BD Player or PS3? Firstly, Blu-ray Discs are easy to break, but a digital copy is safe and permanent, even if the data get lost, there’re ways to recover. Secondly, ripping Blu-ray to Windows Media Center will protect your Blu-ray Discs from scratches – will you still hunt for a movie in hundreds of DVDs and BDs while you can easily search and play it with a remote control? Thirdly, ripping Blu-ray to WMP solves the problem of BD region code restriction. Commercial Blu-ray Discs could be Region A, B and C, and not a BD player will read full region Blu-ray Discs. Things happen that your BD player refuse to read the BD you BD purchased from oversea market (unauthorized region). After ripping BD to WMC, the movie clips you get is unprotected HD videos, which are acceptable for all media players as long as the codec is supported.
All right, are you ready to put Blu-ray movie collections to Windows Media Center? If yes, follow the easy workflow below to convert BD/ DVD movies to WMC optimized videos:
Before we start, make sure you have a BD drive and Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper. Pavtube offers free trial of Pavtube Blu-Ray Ripper (click to download) for you to try out. You can use the trial as long as you like if you don’t mind a printed Pavtube logo on the screen.
Step 1. Load Blu-ray Disc or DVD to the Blu-Ray Ripper software.
Connect the external BD drive with your PC, and place the blu-ray disc in the blu-ray disc drive. Once you run the Blu-Ray Ripper, click “BD/DVD ROM” to add Blu-ray movie from BD drive. This Blu-Ray ripping software is able to convert Blu-ray and DVD movies into various video formats, such as WMV, MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, DivX, MPEG, MKV, FLV, VOB, F4V, FLV, etc up to 1080p.
The titles in a Blu-ray movie are all checked by default, if you just wanna rip Blu-ray movies to Windows Media Center/ Windows Media Player with Main movie only, you can right click on the main title to “Uncheck All” firstly, and then tick off the “Main Title” only.
Step 2. Select an output format for Windows Media Center/ Windows Media Player.
Click on “Format” bar and to select an output video format supported by WMC/ WMP. Here you are encouraged to follow “HD Video”>> “DivX HD (*.avi)” or WMV HD (*.wmv)”. The former is widely support by DVD players and HD media players, the latter works with Xbox 360. Both create 1920*1080 HD video clips of 16:9 for HDTV entertaining.
Step 3. Start ripping BD/ DVD movies to WMC optimized videos.
Click “Convert” button to rip Blu-ray and DVD movies to Windows Media Center/Windows Media Player friendly format.
Step 4. Add Blu-ray and DVD movies to Windows Media Center.
Once the conversion task is completed, you can click “Open” button to get the final output files. Open Windows Media Center and then
add converted Blu-ray and DVD movies to Windows Media Center.
Tips for ripping BD/ DVD movies to Windows Media Center/Windows Media Player:
Select desired subtitles and audio track: Click the drop-down list of “Subtitle”, then all the subtitle info in the Blu-ray will be displayed for you to select. To select your desired audio track, just click the pull down menu of “Audio”, and then the popup drop-down list will give you the detailed information of all audio tracks, including language, audio codec, and stream ID.
Join BD/ DVD chapters into one: If you would like to rip the whole movie into one file, select all the Titles and check the box “Merge into one”.
Maintain 5.1 surround sound: Click “Settings” and select “5.1 channels” in the drop-down list of Audio Channels.
Keep audio and video sync: To get perfect A/ V synchronization, you need pay attention to frame rate when ripping BD/ DVD movies to Windows Media Center. You can click on “Settings” and try with different frame rate, like 30fps, 29.97 fps, 25fps, 24fps, etc. “Original” is not recommended.
Set auto shutdown: Once “Convert” button is clicked, ViewLog pops up. You may check “Shut down computer after conversion” in the ViewLog before conversion starts.