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Blu Ray Laptop Disc Drive Query

The Warlord

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Hi guys,

I know you can rip off blu ray if you have a blu ray disc drive.

My question - what sort of price range are blu ray compatible laptops?

Are all blu ray laptops able to rip files?

Also, what's the best editing software for blu ray?

Many thanks,

Warlord
 

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As far as I'm aware, any Blu Ray drive should be able to rip the discs. As long as it can read it, it's up to the software to rip it. Not all drives can burn files to a disc though, so if that's important to you then you'd best look closely and make sure it has such a capability. Otherwise, any should be good.
As far as your other inquiries, I don't have an answer for you right now, hopefully someone else can give insight.
 

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Many thanks. I'm not interested in ripping to disc, just ripping off a blu ray disc for editing.
 

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My laptop has a blu ray drive, but it stopped reading blu ray discs some time ago. I just bought an external used blu ray drive when that happened and have no problems. I think I paid $50 or so for the drive.

I'm partial to Vegas Pro. It can edit the m2ts blu ray files, but you'll need to convert the audio from ac3 or dts files to pcm/wave or aac files to edit. I usually create a 1:1 mp4 and aac track to edit. You can MakeMKV or Movie rescuer to create the base file and then avidemux to create the mp3 aac Vegas compatible file. There are many other ways to prep your sources though.
 

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I have a very old laptop though, and it struggled to properly play Dwight Fry's blu ray version of Star Trek's That Which Survives on VLC player.

Is it worth upgrading to a better laptop with decent software, and then in the event the drive fails down the line - like yours did - I could always get an external drive?
 

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Personally, I'd go with the best computer possible and buy an external. Lots of laptops don't even have disc drives anymore.
 

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Personally, I'd go with the best computer possible and buy an external. Lots of laptops don't even have disc drives anymore.
I definitely concur with the esteemed @DigModiFicaTion, consider them two separate items and go external for the drive. I've had excellent experience with Panasonic external BD's, though it may be time to get a new one (not because my current doesn't work, but it predates 4k so if I want to try my hand at anything in 4k...
 

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There are some specific blu ray drives that can read UHD with some software. I think it depends on what Intel processor generation you are using.
 
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