Handbrake is a free program that available both for Mac and Windows users to convert and rip DVD from real disc, VIDEO_TS folder, and DVD ISO image to MP4, M4V and MKV format for iPad, Apple TV, iPhone, with customized settings. Since the update release of HandBrake 0.9.5 on Jan 3, 2011, it has added some support for reading Blu-Ray folder structures. However, that doesn't mean you can use HandBrake as a full Blu-ray Disc ripper, it cannot yet decrypt the Blu-Ray discs the way it can with regular DVDs. To rip Blu-ray with Handbrake, you'll need to add an intermediate step.

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PS: HandBrake makes it clear in its supported sources list - "Any DVD or Bluray -like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image, real DVD or bluray (unencrypted removal of copy protection is not supported), and some .VOB, .TS and M2TS files." That means HandBrake converts neither encrypted physical Blu-ray Disc nor decrypted commercial Blu-ray movies in BDMV file structure.

Hanbrake has simple steps in ripping unprotected Blu-rays and this can be done in computersrunning on Windows, Mac or Linux. Here are the steps:

How to rip unprotected Blu-ray with HandBrake step by step

Step 1. Load Blu-ray and Set ouput path

Download and install Handbrake 0.9.5 or above version and launch it. Choose the source of the video that you want to rip. Under presets, select High Profile and then click Source > Video Files to add your Blu-ray files. You can add either M2TS or MKV Blu-ray files. In the BDMV folder, choose the STREAM folder and select the M2TS file.


Most Blu-rays that come out are copyright encrypted and must need a separate Blu-ray decrypter for it to be used by HandBrake. After source selection, HandBrake will scan all chapters in the Blu-ray and choose a main title by default. However, you can change this by typing in a new title. If you haven't set any default output path, the program will remind you to set one. Click on Tools to choose a file folder here as your output folder.

Step 2. Choose Video and Audio format

You can choose a file format that you want your output file to have. HandBrake provides presets for handheld gadgets such as the iPhone or iPad. The "Universal" preset is recommended if you plan to watch the video in a mobile device while the "Normal" and "High Profile" presets are suited for watching videos on a computer or television.

Tweak your settings to your preference. HandBrake will allow you to fine tune the overall quality of your video by adjusting the settings such as the framerate (FPS), audio and constraint quality.


Step 3. Start ripping Blu-ray using Handbrake

Once you've accomplished all the adjustments to video and audio quality, press the "Start" button and wait for the ripping process to finish. Enjoy watching your video. It must be noted however that HandBrake does not encourage the ripping of copy protected Blu-rays and DVDs.

Other HandBrake alternative for ripping protected Blu-ray

Since the digital contents in the Blu-ray disc cannot be directly copied since there are copy protections in the disc, Is there handbrake alternative to rip protected Blu-ray movies? In fact, there are many handbrake alternative programs out there that allow you to make copies of your Blu-rays and let you watch them the way you want to view them. The best handbrake alternative for ripping Blu-ray movies I can recommend is EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper.

Specially designed for Blu-ray (DVD included) ripping, conversion and backup, the handbrake alternative takes everything from the Blu-ray, including the chapters, extras, and subtitles. The well-designed interface makes it easier to operate for everything. It helps you copy and rip Blu-ray to popular video and audio formats like MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV, MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, WMA, etc. bypassing protection. Plus, it has more than 150+ optimized outputs which can helps you simply convert or rip Blu-ray to play on a large variety of mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, HTC, Samsung, Archos, Nokia, PSP, Xbox 360, Zune, etc. with excellent output quality and fast conversion speed.

The best Handbrake Alternative also offers enough freedom for all movie lovers like you to back up your favorite Blu-ray and DVD movies in a personalized way. Two different copy modes: Title Mode and Full Disc Mode are provided to let you copy the exact movie part you want.

The Blu-ray ripping process is straightforward. With only three simple steps, you can finish the task.


Step 1: Insert your Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive. Launch the Handbrake alternative and click "Disc" button to import the Blu-ray movies.

Step 2: Clicking the Profile bar, here you can select MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MKV, WMV... from the Common Video profile list as the target format. Or you can choose a preset for you device like iPad.

Step 3: When all settins are done, Click the big Convert button and the program will begin ripping Blu-ray with best Handbrake alternative immediately.

So there you have it. Pretty simple. If you want to convert Blu-ray videos to various format and your devices or backup Blu-ray with original 100% quality, this Blu-ray ripper will be absolutely the best choice. Just get it and have a try!