3 Ways to Lossless Backup Blu-rays: Full Disc Copy, Blu-ray to Lossless MKV, Remux Blu-ray

Diana Joan

Jan 24, 2017 03:05 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Blu-ray has finally won the high definition format war, but that is just the beginning. Nowadays, even 4K Blu-ray is popping up. Offering super high video resolution, no matter Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray is expensive. To protect the fragile plastic data storage disc, many people like to lossless backup their Blu-ray with the original picture and sound quality, preserving all the info in original Blu-ray disc and all the subtitle streaming, audio tracks, chapter markers, etc.

There are several ways to make lossless backups of your Blu-rays and 4K Blu-rays to give you the lossless video and audio quality. The following guide will introduce you 3 different ways to lossless backup Blu-ray movies without any quality lost. You can choose backup Blu-ray to BDMV folder containing information about the contents of the Blu-ray disc. You also can rip Blu-ray to lossless/uncompressed MKV whilst maintaining full quality (1:1) and all the subtitle/audio streaming tracks and chapter markers. Another way will be to remux Blu-ray with same quality movie without extra features.

Lossless backup Blu-ray movies

Choose Any Way to Lossless Backup Blu-rays:

Method 1: 1:1 Full disc copy of Blu-ray
Method 2: Lossless Rip Blu-ray to Uncompressed MKV Container
Method 3 Remux Blu-ray

Method 1: 1:1 Full disc copy of Blu-ray

BDMV folder is under the root folder of your Blu-rays. BDMV folders contain audio, video, and other streams in Blu-ray’s BDAV (MPEG-2 TS) Container. In addition, BDMV normally includes interactive menus using BD-J (Blu-ray’s Java implementation). It supports HD video like 720p (1280×720 Progressive), 1080i (1920×1080 Interlaced), and 1080p (1920×1080 Progressive). It can preserve all the information in the original Blu-ray discs to entire copy Blu-ray to BDMV folder.

What you need:
– Physical Blu-ray discs (Blu-ray purchases or rentals)
– A built-in Blu-ray drive or an external BD drive 
Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac – offers an easy way to make lossless backup copies of your favorite Blu-ray discs.

Pavtube ByteCopy can create intact Blu-ray folder backups from commercial Blu-ray disc movies including 4K Blu-ray movies, keeping M2TS streams with best audio & video quality, without losing Meta info like audio tracks, subtitle streams, chapter markers, etc.

In order to create an intact Blu-ray folder keeping original file structure and movie quality, insert Blu-ray disc into the BD drive, launch Pavtube ByteCopy, press “Load file(s)” icon and select desired disc drive. 

full disc backup Blu-ray

The whole disc is selected once loaded, navigate to Output area and click “Browse” to specify a destination folder for the backup folder. 

full disc backup Blu-ray

In the main screen, press “Copy the entire disc” button. The Conversion window appears. 

backup blu-ray to a BDMV folder

In the Conversion window, you can find backup information like conversion process, time elapsed, time left, generated file size and estimated file size.   If you don’t want to wait around for the entire backup procedure, you can tick off “Shut down computer after conversion” box. 

Pavtube ByteCopy cracks Blu-ray copy-protections in a super fast speed, and sends the Blu-ray folder to your specified output path with everything in the original disc preserved. Practically speaking, even if running on a slower PC, it costs only about 1hour and 10 minutes to complete copying a 39.40 GB disc to your HDD as a standard Blu-ray folder. But as for 4K Blu-ray, it will cost longer time.

You can find the full Blu-ray backup folder in the destination folder by pressing the “Open output folder” tab in “Conversion” window or the “Open” button in main screen. The decrypted Blu-ray folder contains all information and contents in the original Blu-ray disc, divided into a BDMV folder and a CERTIFICATE folder. 

copy entire bd disc to bluray folder

You can then play the BDMV folder on computer with VLC Media Player, PotPlayer, 5K Player, FreeSmith Video Player and Free BDMV Player.

Method 2: Rip Blu-ray to Uncompressed MKV Container Losslessly

MKV is a flexible, open standard video file format that has quickly become the preferred file extension for high definition video on the Internet. The MKV container can include video, audio, and features such as alternate audio tracks, multilingual subtitles and chapter points, as well as rich metadata including cover art, ratings, descriptions and more. MKV offers a richer media experience than any other current format.

There are many Blu-ray Ripping tool that can rip Blu-ray to MKV format but few of them can put Blu-ray video to a MKV container with lossless quality. Among the massive Blu-ray Rippers, only MakeMKV and ByteCopy can rip Blu-ray to lossless MKV. Here, we mainly focus on how to rip Blu-ray to lossless MKV with ByteCopy, if you happen to installed MakeMKV on PC, you can following the MakeMKV Blu-ray ripping guide to make a lossless backup of Blu-ray with it. Now, following the below steps to start to copy Blu-ray to MKV container losslessly.

Step 1. Run the program on your computer, import your Blu-ray disc by clicking “File” and “Load from disc”.

Step 2. Click the format bar to follow “Multi-track Video” and choose “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV (*.mkv)”.

Otuput lossless MKV file format

Step 3: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Multi-task Settings” window, all audio and subtitle tracks from the source Blu-ray files are checked and to be saved in the output MKV container by default, if there are some audio tracks or subtitle streams you don’t like, uncheck and remove them under the “Audio” and “Subtitle” tab. Here, the DTS-HD MA, TrueHD 7.1, Dolby 5.1 audio in original Blu-ray can be also kept.

Adjust multi-trask settings

Step 4: After finishing all the settings, go back to the main interface, press the right-bottom “Convert” button to start Blu-ray to lossless MKV with zero quality loss.

You can use VLC, KMPlayer and other MKV Players to play the lossless Blu-ray rips on Windows.

Method 3: Remuxing Blu-ray With Zero Quality Loss

Blu-ray remuxing is a lossless process that simply takes the video and audio streams from Blu-ray M2TS container and puts them into a new container like MKV, AVI, MP4, 3GP, etc. Remuxing is for those who don’t care that much about extras in the source Blu-ray discs and want to save space while having the movie in a new container so they can play the Blu-ray movies easily with any video player with the same quality as that of the untouched.

Pavtube ByteCopy not only can 1:1 entire copy Blu-ray to BDMV folder with all the info and rip Blu-ray to lossless MKV keeping the same image quality and all the subtitle and audio tracks as well chapter markers, it also can remux Blu-ray rapidly even remux new released 4K Blu-rays.

1. Install and launch this best Blu-ray remux program. Insert your Blu-ray disc into your BD drive, and click “Load from disc” icon to load your Blu-ray movies. You can also import movies files from Blu-ray disc, HD DVD disc, Blu-ray folder, ISO and DVD folder and DVD ISO/IFO.

2: Click “Format” to open the drop-down window. In the remux category, you can choose which container to remux Blu-ray to. Here,we choose to remux Blu-ray to AVI.

remux to avi

3: Hit on the “Convert” button on the main interface to start to remux Blu-ray to AVI, MP4, MKV without quality loss. Once the process ends, open the output folder to locate the Blu-ray remux.

That’s it. A few minutes later you will have an AVI, MKV, MP4, etc file containing the exact video and audio streams of your Blu-ray disc.

You can lossless backup your Blu-ray collections with any method you need. After made a lossless Blu-ray duplication, you never need to worry about the Blu-ray disc scratching, destroying and dust covering.