As a Blu-ray collection owner, I am trying to play my Blu-ray movie files off a NAS drive via WDTV. It’s really freaking cool! Any way to rip my Blu-rays into digital format and save to my NAS and playback on big screen in home cinema. Has anyone done this? What are the formats we should rip into?
First, a quick note: we know that there is still a lot of legal ambiguity around ripping content that you have legally purchased. At Audioholics, we believe that you should be able to watch purchased media on your system regardless of whether it’s coming from a standalone Blu-ray player or a media center frontend. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. To get Blu-rays on NAS for convenient playback on WDTV with ease, you’ll need a third-party Blu-ray ripping software.
Here Pavtube ByteCopy comes as the bee’s knees(Read review), which can help you fast rip Blu-ray and DVD discs to a format playble by NAS for streaming to WDTV while keeping the original quality and the ripping process is simple as ABC. After downloding, follow the wizard to install and run the program. The mac version is here. Then follow the steps below to convert Blu-ray to NAS/WDTV comaptible formats in a few clicks!
How to rip and stream Blu-ray movies to WDTV via NAS
Step 1: Insert your Blu-ray disc into Blu-ray drive, Launch the program and click the “Disc” button to import the Blu-ray movies. Blu-ray folder and ISO files are also supported. You can select subtitles as you want.
Step 2: Click Format and choose MP4 video from Common Video, which can be recognized by NAS/WDTV well. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it. Or choose HD MP4/HD MKV from “HD Video”. And then click the Browse button to specify an output folder to save the converted files.
Tip: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original Blu-ray while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.
Step 3: Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert Blu-ray to NAS/WDTV compatible video files.
Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Now start streaming the ripped Blu-ray to a WD TV player:
If you have a big house, DLNA is really wonderful, it means the freedom to access, enjoy and share music, photos and videos/movies at any corner of your home. It enables you to connect all of your digital products (DLNA certified) – regardless of the manufacturers. Through DLNA, your PC can talk to your TV, your cell phone can communicate with your printer, and your WD TV HD player can interact with your NAS server as I did. (Learn how to Connect WD TV to Home Theater System)
Now enjoy all your Blu-ray collections on WDTV Media Player in home cinema!
Pavtube ByteCopy Pros:
1. All-in-one. Do crack and convert DVD and Blu-ray.
2. Lossless. Keep multiple original video, audio, subtitle streams without changing.
3. Fast. Single layer DVD copied to MKV in 10 mins, BD around an hour under lossless mode; 1.5 -5 hours under compressive mode. GPU acceleration(CUDA) ready.
4. Easy operation. 2 steps process for lossless BD/DVD to MKV ripping.
5. Flexible. You decide which streams to keep, what codec to use, and what quality to export.