Summary: Ripping Blu-ray to MP4 means you can digitize Blu-rays and make movies more portable. This article show you why and the best way to make a MP4 digital copy from any Blu-ray disc on Windows (10/8/7)/macOS (10.15 Catalina) with good quality-size tradeoff. Also we will talk about how to convert Blu-ray to MP4 free using Handbrake.
MP4 is one of the most widely used format that is accepted by most devices, media players and video editor software. It has a good compromise between video quality and file size. If you want to convert Blu-ray to MP4 so as to play, edit or share your Blu-ray movies more conveniently, now just follow this article to finish the conversion while reserving the original video quality.
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Part 1: Common Blu-ray to MP4 Converting Errors You May Meet
When converting a Blu-ray, maybe you're worried that:
※ It takes tool long
Blu-ray video to MP4 ripping speed lies on both the performance of Blu-ray ripper and computer configuration. The faster processor the computer has, the faster the encoding will be. It's widely considered as fast to convert a Blu-ray movie to MP4 within 25 minutes, with an average speed of 25FPS+. A speed slower than that will require more patience. It's unacceptable when it takes hours to finish a Blu-ray copy. In fact, you can rip a Blu-ray in 10-15 minutes with a faster DVD ripper.
※ The output is not as good as the original Blu-ray
The Blu-ray rip to MP4 process will re-encode the videos and lose quality for that reason. But different codecs like MPEG4, H.264, and HEVC have different qualities (generally, HEVC > H.264 > MPEG4). To keep the the visually same quality (including Dolby digital sound), Blu-ray to MP4 x265 is the best choice. Besides, copy protections like AACS encryption, BD+, MKB technology, etc. can result in bad quality if the software fails to remove them. That means you need to install a third-party Blu-ray decrypter to handle encrypted Blu-rays.
※ The ripped MP4 is huge in size
A compelete Blu-ray is anywhere from 25-50GB and the rip size depends on how nice you want the quality. Simply put, Blu-ray = low compression and mp4 = high compression. Therefore, you can compress down to whatever size you want. The smaller size, the lower quality. Generally, for full length movies (1.5 - 2hrs) to h.264 codec, 1.2-1.8 gigs a movie will give good quality.
Summary: It's kinda a paradox to get the fast speed, optimal quality, and small size for the Blu-ray to MP4 encoded with h.264/mpeg-4 codec. However, a battle-tested Blu-ray converter can get the best possible results in a balanced way.
Part 2: Why Choose MP4 as the Target Format for Blu-ray Ripping?
As is known to most people, Blu-ray disc is expensive substantially for its powerful capacity storage and HD video support. Specifically, with up to 50GB capacity, it can store a 9-hour HD video or a 23-hour standard video maximally. Accordingly, it will be extremely regretful if our Blu-ray discs cannot be played properly caused by carelessness, wet weather or over-long storage time, etc. So it is wise for us to backup and rip Blu-ray to computer in digital formats in case. And many people choose MP4 as the preferred format.
MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store video, audio as well as data like subtitles and still images. It works with a variety of coompression schemes like H.264, HEVC, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AAC and MP3 audio track. Relievedly, all the above problems with discs can be circumvented by ripping Blu-ray to MP4 file.
◉ MP4 well balances size and quality.
MP4 features a high compression rate and great output quality. Therefore, it delivers a smaller file size than other formats when setting as the same quality. Sometimes an MKV file at least doubles the size of an MP4.
◉ MP4 is easy to store but hard to be corrupted.
Due to its easier storage & management, MP4 is the best format to backup Blu-ray to. You can save it on computer hard drive, USB, flash drive, iPhone, Android, etc. You can categorize MP4 videos by genre, year, etc. as per your needs. It's easy to locate any file by searching. Unlike fragile Blu-ray disc, MP4 video file is difficult to be damaged during regular use. If corrupted, we have multiple ways to repair MP4 file.
◉ MP4 is widely supported.
MP4 is compatible with almost all devices, including computers and HD/4K TVs, phones, tablets, and game consoles from Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Sony, etc. It's accepted by media players, editors (e.g. iTunes, iDVD, iMovie) and web services (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo). After converting Blu-ray file to MP4, you can watch MP4 copies on the train, airplane, bus, etc without taking along physical discs.
Part 3: Best Ripper to Convert Blu-rays to MP4 with Fast Speed, High Quality, and Small Size
There are numbers of paid or free programs that claim to convert Blu-ray disc to MP4. If you're interested in copying and ripping your Blu-ray and DVD collection and don't want to be held back by restrictions and slow processing, EaseFab LosslessCopy will be your best pick. It can backup and rip Blu-ray to MP4 (HEVC/H.264) with best balance in speed, quality & size. Its features include but are not limited to:
● Rip Blu-ray (DVD) to MP4 well as other formats such as MKV, HEVC, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V, MPG, FLV, etc.
● Convert Blu-ray video to MP4 for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and other devices with optimized presets.
● Conquer all types of Blu-rays from new discs, 2D, 3D, Ultra HD 4K, AACS encryption, BD+ to MKB. Decrypt DVDs with CSS, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM and so on.
● 1:1 backup Blu-ray/DVD without quality loss and rip Blu-ray to lossless MKV within 5 minutes.
● From 50GB Blu-ray to 2GB ~ 3GB MP4: Easily adjust the resolutions, bit rates, codecs, etc. of the output MP4 H.264, MPEG4 to reduce the final file size. Specifically, the ripped MP4 file is 2.0GB ~ 3 GB instead of the huge 50GBs for a full movie, a 94% space saving.
[Tutorial] How Can I Convert Blu-rays to MP4 with Quality, Size, and Speed Well Balanced?
To begin with, you need to download and install EaseFab LosslessCopy Windows or Mac version on your computer. The guide below takes the Windows version for an example. Mac version has the same process. Please not that a Blu-ray drive is necessary for ripping Blu-ray discs.
Step 1. Load Blu-ray movies
Insert the Blu-ray disc to the BD drive and then click the Load Disc button to have Blu-ray movies uploaded to EaseFab LosslessCopy. A few seconds later, the full title list of Blu-ray with the auto-checked main title are presented. Besides Blu-ray disc, BDMV Folder, ISO image and VIDEO_TS folder can also be taken as source for decoding.
Step 2. Select MP4 as Output
Click Format bar and select the format you want from the drop-down list. Move your mose cursor to Common Video category and select H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4) as output file. If you need to convert a Blu-ray for iPhone, Android device, YouTube, web services, you can also find a profile from the corresponding device category.
Step 3. Convert Blu-ray from 30~50 GBs to MP4 in less than 3GBs
To get a good balance between image quality and file size, you need to click Settings button customize the parameter settings. Flexible options are offered to further reduce the size of the ripped MP4 video. A slew of other variables such the video/audio codecs, pixel dimensions, frame rate, bit rate, audio sampel rate, etc. will help convert a Blu-ray at 40GB to a MP4 file smaller than 3GB.
Recommended Video Quality-Size Settings:
1. You're not suggested to adjust the frame rate, if not necessary.
2. Lower the bitrate to a lower level. For example, adjusting the bitrate from orginal "medium quality" to bitrate of 1800~2000 is acceptable without noticeable pixellation.
3. Lower the resolution of video. Typical Blu-ray videos are 1920×1080 (Full HD). Adjust the resolution to lower 1280×720 or higher won't make any quality difference.
Please note: Adjusting these variables have some effect on the re-encoded video quality. Remember the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means video/audio bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.
Step 4. Start the Blu-ray to MP4 conversion.
Just below Format is Output, here you can click Browse button to browse your computer for a better destination folder for LosslessCopy to save the result Blu-ray rips.
After everything is ready, you can click the big blue Convert button to start converting. The Blu-ray to MP4 rip will go from about 150fps to 350fps based on the computer you have (higher configuration, faster speed).
Part 4: How to Convert Unprotected Blu-ray to MP4 with Handbrake
HandBrake is a well-known free and open-source transcoder that available for Linux, MacOS and Windows users. Currently, Handbrake can rip protected DVD with some help from third-party software like VLC. When it comes to the Blu-ray discs, Handbrake converts neither encrypted physical Blu-ray Disc nor decrypted commercial Blu-ray movies in BDMV file structure. That means you can also use Handbrake to convert unprotected Blu-rays to MP4 videos or smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, etc. with customized settings.
To rip unprotected Blu-ray to MP4 using Handbrake, the first thing you actually need is an external Blu-ray drive. Then download the latest version of HandBrake (1.3.3) from its official website, install and run it on your computer. The process of ripping Blu-ray with Handbrake on Windows and Mac is almost the same. Here we take the Windows process for an example.
Note: If you really want to use Handbrake to decrypt the Blu-Ray discs with copy protections, you'll need to add intermediate step. This means you need to Blu-ray decrypter like EaseFab LosslessCopy to decrypt the protections from Blu-rays first.
Step 1: Insert your Blu-ray disc into BD drive that have connected to your PC. And the run Handbrake and choose your Bluray drive from the sidebar that appears. Handbrake will take a moment to scan the titles on your Blu-ray. Wait until this process is finished. It should only take a moment.
Once your Blu-ray is open, head to the Title dropdown box and choose which title you want to rip. By default, Handbrake will choose the movie, but if you want to rip any special features or deleted scenes, you can change the target you want to rip here. You can also change which chapters you want to rip, if you only want part of the movie.
Step 2: Choose Your Quality Preset.
Next, you'll need to decide the quality of your output file. The higher quality the movie, the more space it will take on your hard drive. If you're technical, you can use the Picture, Video, and Audio tabs to adjust these settings, but most people only need to click one thing: a Preset.
Along the right side of the Handbrake window, you'll see a selection of Presets (if you don't see it, drag the corner of Handbrake's window and expand it until you do). There are presets for nearly anything you could need: Apple TV, Android phones, PlayStation, and lots more. If you're watching on your computer, use one of the "General" presets - "Fast" and "Very Fast" will be low quality but small in size, while "HQ" and "Super HQ" will have higher quality but take up more space.
The default output format is MP4, so for ripping Blu-ray to MP4 free with Handbrake, you don't need to change the container format in the Summary Tab.
Under the Preset window, you can change the desination of the output file by Click Browse.
Step 3: Once you've chosen your Title and Preset, click Start Encode at the top of the window to start converting Blu-ray to MP4 for free using Handbrake. Then, grab a snack. You'll see a progress bar along the bottom that will let you know how much time you have left in the rip. Higher quality rips will take longer, so you'll want to let your computer run for a while.