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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 30th Sep 18, 2:16 PM
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    External blue ray writer
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    • 30th Sep 18, 2:16 PM
    External blue ray writer 30th Sep 18 at 2:16 PM
    Suggestions as external blue ray drives seem rather expensive.
    Plan to purchase some blue ray movies from amazon.
    Burn them via i3 laptop to writer.disx and transfer them to Apple 4k t.v.
    Usb3 preferably -choice seems limited.
    Maybe I could avoid the higher cost drive from 80 etc.
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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 2nd Oct 18, 6:54 AM
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    Makemkv is what I have used.
    It's free while it's in beta, and has been in beta for years.
    Originally posted by emptybox
    I have make mkv -does that include blue ray copying features
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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 2nd Oct 18, 6:57 AM
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    Not difficult initially, but a lot of unnecessary work these days.

    I used to utilise Magic DVD Ripper. It's sister product Magic Blu Ray Ripper and Copier would have been my recommendation back then.
    Originally posted by EveryWhere
    Although I don't doubt it works, rather expensice almost 50 pounds
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 2nd Oct 18, 8:05 AM
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    I have make mkv -does that include blue ray copying features
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Yes. That is what it is for.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 2nd Oct 18, 9:00 AM
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    Yes. That is what it is for.
    Originally posted by wongataa
    Thanks
    Is there any copy security or encryption keys I should be concerned about.
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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 2nd Oct 18, 9:19 AM
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    Thanks excellent idea -are all movies downloadable via Amazon UK
    I have found The Gril with the dragon tattoo trilogy via blue ray though not yet via download.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Just in case you don't know, the 2009 trilogy you mention is not in the English language.
    Only the 'Hollywood' version from 2011 is in English. That is just a single film. The Girl In The Dragon Tattoo(2011)
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 2nd Oct 18, 9:22 AM
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    Although I don't doubt it works, rather expensice almost 50 pounds
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    I imagined that you would utilise the evaluation version.
    Either way, you have the option of MakeMKV. Though I have not evaluated that one.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 2nd Oct 18, 9:42 AM
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    Anyway, there are websites that offer high quality files that will allow you to test your system's streaming capability.

    http://4ksamples.com/ is one such for 4k media.

    Check your PMs for high bitrate Full HD.
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 2nd Oct 18, 11:23 AM
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    Thanks
    Is there any copy security or encryption keys I should be concerned about.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    MakeMKV completely removes the encryption. That's why people use it to copy Blu-ray and DVD discs.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 2nd Oct 18, 3:19 PM
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    MakeMKV completely removes the encryption. That's why people use it to copy Blu-ray and DVD discs.
    Originally posted by wongataa
    maybe I could re try makmkv as I'm using idealshare for converting to plex standard
    Does makemkv convert for adding to plex server/library
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 2nd Oct 18, 4:42 PM
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    maybe I could re try makmkv as I'm using idealshare for converting to plex standard
    Does makemkv convert for adding to plex server/library
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    MakeMKV rips Blu-ray/DVD to the mkv format as the name suggests. I don't know anything about plex so you will have to investigate what file formats it works with.
    • emptybox
    • By emptybox 2nd Oct 18, 5:29 PM
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    maybe I could re try makmkv as I'm using idealshare for converting to plex standard
    Does makemkv convert for adding to plex server/library
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Plex and Kodi can play MKV files without issue.
    Not sure about your Apple TV thing? But then I presume you are using a Plex app on that, are you?
    If not you could use something like Handbrake to convert to a different format.
    Last edited by emptybox; 02-10-2018 at 5:31 PM.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 2nd Oct 18, 5:34 PM
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    Plex and Kodi can play MKV files without issue.
    Not sure about your Apple TV thing?
    Originally posted by emptybox
    Plex app running on aplle4k t.v.
    I setup or installed Plex media library on i3 laptop yesterday.
    Plex app via Apple 4k t.c.can run movies I add only converter movies
    I think Plex runs most movie formats as I got a test blue ray running yesterday that was kindly sent to me.
    I think he mkv should be fine though I've ran out of 128gb ssd storage space until further notice.
    Thanks only until FRi for ebay bidding and possibly next month if I need a new external hdd.
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    • abssorb
    • By abssorb 3rd Oct 18, 9:37 AM
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    It pretty much is a plug and play experience (well click one button) with the correct software which is readily available. The encryption is trivial to break.
    Originally posted by wongataa
    That's interesting Any recommendations?

    Of course blu-ray to HDD is trivial. But a duplicate (not just a copy) of blu-ray to blu-ray with zero loss of quality - I've never seen a one click solution for that and I'd be very interested.
    • abssorb
    • By abssorb 3rd Oct 18, 9:43 AM
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    I think Plex runs most movie formats
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Plex will stream pretty much any format, so you don't have to be fussy about which format you choose. So if you already have movies in a different format you don't need to convert it to MKV.
    One caution though if films with subtitles, particularly films with "foreign only" subtitles. E.g. alien speech in sci-fi movies. MKV does subtitles very well.

    Plex will transcode on the fly too, so you don't need to make mobile versions. Just go for the highest quality you want. Then if you want to watch your streamed movies on your phone when out and about, plex will transcode it down to a smaller, more bandwidth friendly format automatically.

    Re SSD - Ripping to HDD is good. Huge files will shorten the life of SSDs. They are getting better at putting up with this, but it's still a thing.
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 3rd Oct 18, 11:32 AM
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    That's interesting Any recommendations?

    Of course blu-ray to HDD is trivial. But a duplicate (not just a copy) of blu-ray to blu-ray with zero loss of quality - I've never seen a one click solution for that and I'd be very interested.
    Originally posted by abssorb
    You can use MakeMKV to create an archive copy of a Blu-ray with all encryption stripped out. You could then burn that to a blank disc with suitable burning software. A bit more than one click for that process but not difficult. I've never done this as it is usually pointless creating disc copies.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 6th Oct 18, 12:18 PM
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    Posted 1st to mac forums earlier

    Successful bidding bidding similar Asus external 6X blue ray writer late last night.
    55 Uk pounds.
    Very happy to get to try some blue ray discs.
    Your Item - Your Success
    ASUS SBW-06D2X-U 6x Slim External Blu-Ray Writer

    As 1st item bid was lost due to winner bidding +5
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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 7th Oct 18, 8:22 AM
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    Anyone advise capacity of UHD Blu Ray movies.
    Could be interesting attempting copy with my soon to be delivered Asus Blu Ray writer 6x

    I want to purchase small amount of blanks discs from Amazon + uhd movie
    25GB seems to be most inexpensive though I don;t want to purchase 50/100/ etc if I don;t need additional storage
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 7th Oct 18, 10:43 AM
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    Anyone advise capacity of UHD Blu Ray movies.
    Could be interesting attempting copy with my soon to be delivered Asus Blu Ray writer 6x

    I want to purchase small amount of blanks discs from Amazon + uhd movie
    25GB seems to be most inexpensive though I don;t want to purchase 50/100/ etc if I don;t need additional storage
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Depends on the content.



    Why to you want to copy existing Blu-rays to another disc? There isn't much point. Writeable discs don't last as long as proper originals. For back-up purposes using hard disks is faster and more convenient.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 7th Oct 18, 6:10 PM
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    Depends on the content.



    Why to you want to copy existing Blu-rays to another disc? There isn't much point. Writeable discs don't last as long as proper originals. For back-up purposes using hard disks is faster and more convenient.
    Originally posted by wongataa
    Only to try blu rays via i3 laptop, not sure if I'll need to connect to sony uhd t.v.
    Checked laptop earlier at least it has full size hdmi socket
    Only concern is lack of decent video card as Asus website is specinh mid to high range nvidia cards/amd cards etc I only have basic intel 620 chip though i can play those mkv blu rays.
    No other reason other than tech interest, I'm not into copying for others or to make money.
    If it fails I'll re list writer on ebay.
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 8th Oct 18, 6:55 AM
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    Only to try blu rays via i3 laptop, not sure if I'll need to connect to sony uhd t.v.
    Checked laptop earlier at least it has full size hdmi socket
    Only concern is lack of decent video card as Asus website is specinh mid to high range nvidia cards/amd cards etc I only have basic intel 620 chip though i can play those mkv blu rays.
    No other reason other than tech interest, I'm not into copying for others or to make money.
    If it fails I'll re list writer on ebay.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    I'm still struggling to understand why you want to copy a Blu-ray to another Blu-ray disc? If you have a disc already you can try it on another computer with no need for copying anything.
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