New to The blu-ray world!

I’m new to the blu - ray world
I’d like to copy and burn blu - ray disc
so,
1 : i’m guessing a need to buy a new blu - ray write drive ? (DVD Writing drives won’t work ) . If so can you reccomend a reasonably priced one.

2: I know that blu ray discs are much larger in size than DVD so do they take much longer to rip & burn?

Welcome xmarksthespot.
Blu ray copying and burning is still a rather expensive hobby at the moment. Most of the burners are still in the $200 range, like this one that I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136155

In order to backup commercially made Blu Ray movies, you’ll need a software program to break encryption on them, and at the moment the only one available is AnyDVD HD. http://www.slysoft.com/en/
The price on it varies depending on how long a license you choose, but it looks like they are still offering the program with lifetime updates for €109.

Blu ray media is also rather spendy, with common prices in the $6.50 range for 25gb BD-R disks, and twice that for the rewriteable BD-RE 25gb disks. 50gb disks are also available, though much more costly.

Many blu ray movies are larger than 25gb, so you might have to take out extras, or unnecessary language tracks…to do this look into a free program called tsMuxer. And there is a compression program in the works, though still in beta form, called BD Rebuilder. Look through some of the threads in this forum regarding it, or look at the DVD Rebuilder forum over at doom9 forums.

Some of us have been compressing and going to 25gb Blu ray disks, or double layer dvds using BD Rebuilder. Be aware you need a fast computer, quite a lot of storage space and a lot of time to encode HD video. Expect 10 to 16 hr encoding times, depending on the speed of your computer. Dual core cpu is a must…quad core would be better.

Blu ray disks are larger, and they do take more time to rip and burn. I would advise using ImgBurn in UDF 2.5 mode to burn to blu ray disks.

Wow , nice reply , seems extreamly costly and time consuming .

I’ve just been looking for Blu-Ray write drives on eBay and they are few and far between.
I only found 1 blu - ray write drive which was £200 (about $300) and it was second hand from China.
There was a few more Blu - ray playing drives which were also DVD burners but these are also expensive at £ 100 from China.

When will , if ever, blu ray take off because these prices for a writing drive are not affordable.

Im new to the scene aswell . Like 4 days.

I picked up the LG GBW-H20L for 230 bucks at Circuit City close out sale…

Good advice… use a bd-re first to make sure it works on the PS3! save you from making expensive coasters…

Im still confused on the tsmuxer folder it makes.
do you use this in junction with the files made by anydvd?

Yes, you have to rip the files to the hard drive with AnyDVD HD first, before you can use either tsMuxer or BD Rebuilder. If you are going to use the disks in a PS3, I strongly advise getting the older version of BD Rebuilder, the 01713 version because the newer ones are causing skipping on playback with the PS3.

You can find the older version here: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/BD_Rebuilder/old-versions#download

[QUOTE=xmarksthespot;2215420]I’ve just been looking for Blu-Ray write drives on eBay and they are few and far between.
I only found 1 blu - ray write drive which was £200 (about $300) and it was second hand from China.
There was a few more Blu - ray playing drives which were also DVD burners but these are also expensive at £ 100 from China.

When will , if ever, blu ray take off because these prices for a writing drive are not affordable.[/QUOTE]

You can also get the LG GGW-H20L OEM version at Newegg for 200. I also noticed last week that it was 190 for a day or two so that may happen again. It’s probably the best burner for that price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136155

You can also wait for another one of nikoneko’s group orders as seen in this thread . http://club.cdfreaks.com/f142/cdfreaks-special-event-blu-ray-media-discount-sale-group-order-262578/

Quality 25gb BDR discs were sold for less than 4 dollars per disc so that’s about the cheapest you can do for now.

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2215525]Yes, you have to rip the files to the hard drive with AnyDVD HD first, before you can use either tsMuxer or BD Rebuilder. If you are going to use the disks in a PS3, I strongly advise getting the older version of BD Rebuilder, the 01713 version because the newer ones are causing skipping on playback with the PS3.

You can find the older version here: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/BD_Rebuilder/old-versions#download[/QUOTE]

thanks! I noticed when i changed audio blue ray option in ps3 settings, my movie didnt skip at all…

the newly released version of bd rebuilder has fixed the ps3 skipping bug.
v 0.19.06

[QUOTE=t00nb0t;2231256]the newly released version of bd rebuilder has fixed the ps3 skipping bug.
v 0.19.06[/QUOTE]

Actually the latest version is v0.20.02, and seems very stable.