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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.

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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.

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