New Blu-Ray Ripper for Mac/PC (free)

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http://www.makemkv.com/

it's still in beta, but it's free and reports are good so far. I'm currently trying it with my first disc, so i'll let you know how it goes.
 

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Cool. How much are blank Blu-Ray disks going for now?
 

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Not sure, actually. I use it to make Appletv versions.
 

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Well, I finished transcoding the first episode in Battlestar galactica season 4.5 to 720p, and it is gorgeous. 5.1 too. All in a 1.3 GB m4v.
 

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it's a BD reader, CD/DVD burner. It was an external that i took apart and installed internally in my Mac Pro when i got it. i think it was about $170 from newegg.
 

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it's a BD reader, CD/DVD burner. It was an external that i took apart and installed internally in my Mac Pro when i got it. i think it was about $170 from newegg.
So you rip the BD onto your mac, then what? You just keep it there to watch later, or do you plan to get a BD burner and burn it later?

edit: just saw on newegg LG BD burner for $149.00 (internal)
 

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you can do that, but i use handbrake to encode AppleTV high-def videos.
 

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here are some screenshots to give you an idea:









they were not resized at all, so that should be pretty close, i guess.
 

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acos, why bother when you can download HD MPEG-4's?
 

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Firstly, because I had already purchased many blurays without much hope of being able to rip them any time soon. Also, this way I can create 1080p versions when Appletv is finally able to play them. And I just like having the discs with extended episodes, deleted scenes, etc.
 

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AppleTV won't down-convert 1080p program material?
 

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No, it will just say "Appletv can't play this video" or something.
 

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I don't think there's a definite answer. I believe the hackers that make Boxee say it might be possible.