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Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about AnyDVD · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

After looking around a bit, I've decided on the two best FREE alternatives to AnyDVD (which is apparently as expensive as Microsoft Office... geez). MakeMKV and DVD Fab both offer Blu-ray decrypting, and the features cost no money. Try those first.


After MakeMKV has left the beta stage, it became paid Shareware. It still decrypts DVDs for free forever, but the Blu-ray features require registration after 30 days. The fee is $60.

DVDFab's free version, Passkey Lite, says it only supports certain older methods of Blu-ray encryption. The list is on the website, but I didn't try it out personally so I don't know how big of a limitation it is in practice. The website certainly implies that you'll need to purchase a license for many newer discs. The price seems to be the same as for AnyDVD HD (€109).

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about AnyDVD · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The cost of upgrading to the HD version sends the cumulative cost to around $100, so the price of this software is really steep. However, it seems to be one of the few methods available for ripping Blu-ray discs, so if you really want to do that, this might be your only option.

Also, it's important to note that even once you rip a Blu-ray with this, it will still probably be unplayable on most media players. You'll have to use Ripbot264 or a similar software to transcode it.