How to extract main content and rip Blu-ray to M2TS File for Backup?
What is the methodology for extracting the main movie from a Blu-ray ripped to the hard disc for backup?
Are you furiously searching for the way to extract an .m2ts HD video file from Blu-ray disc? Are you annoying mount a Bluray .ISO file and copy out an HD .M2TS Video. Then this post applies to extract M2TS HD video from your Blu-ray discs with loss-less quality.
To begin with the tutorial, I’d like to introduce you what is M2TS.
M2TS format is Blu-ray Disc Audio-Video (BDAV) MPEG-2 Transport Stream (M2TS) container file format, a standard used on Blu-ray Discs and AVCHD camcorder format.
In a Blu-ray disc, there’s a set of .m2ts files placed in the …/BDMV/STREAM/ (or …/BDAV/STREAM/) sub-directory. In order to play Blu-ray movies on your computer with a Blu-ray player, it’s necessary to extract the main .m2ts movie file from Blu-ray and backup onto hard drive to protect your optical drive from excessive usage. Rather than the time-consuming process of converting your Blu-ray movie to a high-definition video format (MKV, MP4, MOV, H.264…) to make a digital copy of the disc on your HDD, ripping and copying the whole Blu-ray disc into the original M2TS file will actually save a lot of your precious time.
In the following guide I’ll introduce a Blu-ray to M2TS ripping application called – Blu-ray Copy, which provides both Windows and Mac version. It can decrypt and extract main .m2ts files from Blu-ray disc for backup and simple playback on your hard drive. The whole process is simple enough with just several clicks, and the resulting output files are gorgeous without any quality loss.
Let’s download the free trial to have a try! Choose Windows or Mac version according to your platform. The following steps will take Mac version for example. For Windows version users, just take the similar steps as below.
Note: For ripping main movie of a Bluray to a single M2TS file, you should make sure the enough free disk space on your computer. As Blu-ray rips are between 20GB and 50GB in size, you’d better prepare as much as 50GB free space for the target M2TS movie file for the sake of safety, depending on how much data your Blu-ray disc holds. Alternatively, you can also use an external hard drive if you’re going to work with multiple Blu-ray discs you want to rip to M2TS.
How to extract and rip Blu-ray to M2TS HD video files (for Mac OS or Windows)?
Step 1. Import source Blu-ray movie
Luanch this Mac Blu-ray copy application, and insert the Blu-ray disc into optical drive in your Mac. From the main interface, click the "Add Blu-ray/DVD" button, and navigate to the drive to select the Blu-ray titles, then click "Open" button.
Blu-ray Copy will scan your Blu-ray titles automatically with a few seconds, depending on the contents of the BD and the speed of your optical drive.
Please note as the main movie on a BD often consists of a single large .m2ts file, if you just want to rip the Blu-ray main movie to M2TS file, simply select the longest movie title as input.
After the source imported, the program will display the titles with relatively information including length, subtitles and audio tracks.
Step 2. Set the output
3 different copy modes are pre-set for selections:Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode:
"Full Movie" to copy the whole contents of Blu-ray onto the Mac’s hard drive without any data left alone, "Main Movie" to just copy the main movie, and "Custom Mode" to choose things selectively.
Then, click the blue "Copy" button on the top right side, this will pop up a panel asking you set some necessary preferences before the process. See the right-side section of the screenshot above.
Tick the "Folder" option (important!), set a disc label, and then choose a local destination in "Save to" box where you want to save the output M2TS files. Here you can also tick the "ISO File" option if you want to copy the Blu-ray to ISO image at the same time.
Step 3. Lossless backup Blu-ray main movie to M2TS
Now it’s time to start extracting the main .m2ts files from your Blu-ray disc without quality loss by clicking Copy button. Once the process completed, click "Open" button to quickly locate the backed up M2TS file(s) which containing the extract video and audio streams of your original Blu-ray.
The program will show you both the time remaining and percent completed via its 2 blue bars.
You can then compress the M2TS to a smaller-size file and transcode to a more efficient format like MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI if required with tool like video converter software.
As the generated M2TS file is intact Backup of Blu-ray main movie, so it will retain all the multiple audio and subtitle tracks and it cannot be selected during conversion. If you want to remove some undesired tracks, you can count to tsMuxeR for help.
How to select multiple tracks in m2ts file (optional):
tsMuxer is a Transport Stream muxer. Remux/mux elementary streams, EVO/VOB/MPG, MKV/MKA, MP4/MOV, TS, M2TS to TS to M2TS. Supported video codecs H.264, VC-1, MPEG2. Supported audio codecs AAC, AC3 / E-AC3(DD+), DTS/ DTS-HD. Ability to set muxing fps manually and automatically, Ability to change level for H.264 streams, Ability to shift a sound tracks, Ability to extract DTS core from DTS-HD, Ability to join files. Output/Author to compliant Blu-ray Disc or AVCHD. Blu-ray 3D support in version 1.11+.
After having downloaded it, unzip the tsMuxeR you will get the command line version and GUI version, which is tsMuxeR.exe and tsMuxeR GUI.exe. Double click tsMuxeR GUI to run the program and then follow below guide.
- Click "Add" button to import m2ts files and you will find the tracks information listed.
- Uncheck the undesired tracks in the list.
- Select "M2TS muxing" option for output.
- Click "Browse" button to select the output folder for saving output files.
- Click "Start muxing" button to remove the undesired tracks.
Tips: If you have difficulty in playing m2ts files, you are recommended to try free VLC Media Player. It will help you to completely enjoy blu-ray movie.
It works easily and at high efficiency. With it Backup intact Blu-ray main movie is no long the complicated thing. Now take time to enjoy it.