2. Handling Blu-ray

This section will explain how to decrypt Blu-ray video files and get them ready to use with video editing software.

IMPORTANT: Make sure the full path of the directory that you work out of does not contain any unicode characters as it will cause errors when using AviSynth!

Need the software mentioned in this guide? Visit the Setup Guide for more information.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you convert the source to lossless AVI files to work with as it will improve the efficiency of the footage in the editing software!

Decrypting Blu-ray with MakeMKV

  1. Insert disc and Open MakeMKV.
    (NOTE: Windows users should make sure to “Run as administrator” or it may not be able to access the disc drive!)
  2. When the disc scanning is complete, click on the large disc drive icon with the Blu-ray logo.
  3. After the disc is processed, the window will be divided into three sections. In the top-left section, right click on any Title and click on “Unselect all”.
  4. Under the listed descriptions, find the first title that has the largest file size and click the checkbox on the left.
    (NOTE: Some Blu-rays of TV shows will have different files for each episode and you may need to select each episode individually.)
  5. Uncheck all of the other checkboxes.
  6. In the top-left section, make sure the Output folder is set to the directory you want to save the file to. Then click the image of the hard drive with a green arrow pointing to it, under the text “Make MKV”.
  7. Once the copy is complete, click OK in the popup box and close MakeMKV.

Result:
You will have_t##.mkv which will need further processing.

Footage Handling Options After Decrypting:

  1. Recontainer to MP4
  2. Convert to AVI
    1. AMVtool (Basic)
    2. AviSynth (Advanced)(Windows Only)
    3. VapourSynth (Advanced)

I. Recontainer to MP4

  1. Open the AMVtool software.
  2. In the main window click the “Add” button.
  3. Select the “_t##.mkv” file and click Open.
    (NOTE: If you have more than one file to recontainer, make sure to add them all before proceeding!)
  4. In the main window click the “Configure All” button.
  5. In the Configure dialog box click the “Recontainer” button.
  6. In the “Audio Option” pop-up click “No”.
  7. In the “Settings Changed” pop-up click “OK”.
  8. In the main window click the “START” button.
  9. Once the process finishes you can exit the AMVtool application.

Result:
You will have title#.mp4 which will be usable with editing software.

II. Convert to AVI

A. AMVtool (Basic)

  1. Open the AMVtool software.
  2. In the main window click the “Add” button.
  3. Select the “_t##.mkv” file and click Open.
    (NOTE: If you have more than one file to recontainer, make sure to add them all before proceeding!)
  4. In the main window click the “Configure All” button.
  5. In the Configure dialog box change “Container:” to “AVI”.
  6. Click the “Audio” tab and change “Use Stream:” to “None”.
  7. Click the “OK” button to save the settings and return to the main window.
  8. In the main window click the “START” button.
  9. Once the process finishes you can exit the AMVtool application.

Result:
You will have an AVI video file which will be usable with any editing software.

B. AviSynth (Advanced)(Windows Only)

  1. Open AvsPmod then go to File > New tab and then go to File > Save script as…
  2. Browse to the directory where the MKV file(s) are stored then save the script as Video.avs.
  3. In AvsPmod use the following example:
    Video.avs Example

    LWLibavVideoSource("_t##.mkv")
    

    (HELPFUL TIP: It is recommended that you visit the Using Script Filters section before proceeding to learn more about using additional plugins to clean up the video.)

  4. After the script is finished go to File > Save script, then close AvsPmod.
  5. Open VirtualDub, then go to File > Open.
  6. Set “Files of type:” to “AVIFile Input Driver”
  7. Browse to the directory where video.avs is located and open it.
    (NOTE: When using “LWLibavVideoSource()” VirtualDub will appear to lock up and not respond for a short period of time upon opening the AVS file, this is normal, DO NOT force close the application as the script is creating an index file for itself. This will ONLY happen the first time a particular video is opened!)
  8. Go to Video then select “Fast recompress”
  9. Go to Video > Compression…
  10. In the “Select video compression” box, select “UtVideo YUV420 BT.709 (HLH0) VCM” and click the OK button.
  11. Go to File > Save as AVI…
  12. Browse to the directory where you wish to save your output and save the video as video.avi

Result:
You will have an AVI video file which will be usable with any editing software.

C. VapourSynth (Advanced)

  1. Open VapourSynth Editor then go to File > New Script and then go to File > Save script as…
  2. Browse to the directory where the MKV file(s) are stored then save the script as Video.vpy.
  3. In VapourSynth Editor use the following example:
    Video.vpy Example

    #Import VapourSynth Core
    import vapoursynth as vs
    core = vs.get_core()
    #Import Video
    video = core.lsmas.LWLibavSource(r'_t##.mkv')
    #Sets Video Output
    video.set_output()
    

    (HELPFUL TIP: It is recommended that you visit the Using Script Filters section before proceeding to learn more about using additional plugins to clean up the video.)

  4. After the script is finished go to File > Save script, then close VapourSynth Editor.
  5. Open the AMVtool and in the main window click the “Add” button.
  6. Browse to the directory where video.vpy is located and open it.
  7. In the main window click the “Configure All” button.
  8. In the Configure dialog box change “Container” to AVI and click “OK”.
  9. In the main window click the “START” button.
  10. Once the process finishes you can exit the AMVtool application.

Result:
You will have an AVI video file which will be usable with any editing software.