HOW TO RIP 4K HDR BLURAYS (FREE) – Complete 4K UHD Blu-Ray Ripping Guide [No UHD Drive Required]


Alright, it’s time. Inb4 all of the “4K is pointless,” “we
don’t need 4K,” blah blah comments. In this video I’m going to show you what’s
required to rip 4K UHD and even HDR BluRays, and the requirements might surprise you. Quality tech education and gaming nostalgia
that won’t put your to sleep. Get subscribed and turn on notifications so
that you won’t miss the next guide. I’m EposVox, here to make tech easier and
more fun, and today we’re talking about ripping those hot new 4K Ultra High Definition
and HDR BluRays. More pixels is more fun. If you’re a pixel junkie like me, want to
load up your Plex library with the hot new stuff to play on your new TV like I did in
a recent video, or you just want to experiment. By the way, I do have an ongoing sponsorship
with Plex so if you wanna check it out for free or purchase a Plex Pass, or learn about
it, check out my affiliate links and video playlist linked below. Alright so to rip 4K BluRays, you do not need
a “UHD BluRay” specific drive. In fact, the couple, super expensive “official
UHD BluRay drives” will NOT work for this process. They have encryption that cannot be bypassed
this way. 4K BluRays are just burned to BluRay XL discs,
which most readers can read, but only specific models will let you rip from them. I’ll have some resources linked in the video
description where they will hopefully keep an updated list of “Ultra HD BluRay ‘friendly’
drive.” There’s currently 10 available, but only
like 4 are reasonably priced. Here’s the list. The one I usually is the LG WH16NS40 – it’s
the cheapest and simplest. I own two or three that are very similar to
this one, but they’re not this exact model so I had to pick it up for about 50 bucks
and swap out my incompatible drive. Other users strongly recommend the ASUS BW-16
drives – available in both internal AND external USB 3.0 models. Apparently this version is future-proof as
potential future I will have product links for all of this
linked in the video description. Either way, MAKE SURE you don’t update the
firmware of your drive. The currently available firmwares allow for
us to bypass the AACS 2.0 protection, but updated firmwares could stop this. Next, install MakeMKV if you haven’t already. This is always what I recommend for getting
the fastest/best quality rip of any DVD or BluRay, and I know for certain that it pulls
the full HDR version. Theoretically the keys we’ll be getting
in a minute will allow you to open 4K BluRays in Handbrake, VLC, etc. as well, but I have
not tested this. Next, you will need some hashed keys specifically
for the movie you’re trying to rip. Since the encryption scheme on the whole for
4K BluRays has not been 100% cracked, you’re at the whim of people generating keys for
specific films. Sometimes there are multiple keys for a film
and one may not work, etc. I’ll have a link in the video description
for a couple things that will benefit you: First is a “hashed keys.txt” and “KeyDB.cfg”
file with the keys I have accumulated thus far, and the second is a Doom9 forum thread
where people are posting new keys regularly and uploading new KeyDB.cfg files with new
movies being decrypted. If you do have a 4k BluRay that does not have
a key for it, you are not out of luck, actually! Go ahead and pop the disc in your player and
open it in MakeMKV and it will generate what’s called a “dump file” in your “.MakeMKV” folder
in your user folder that I mentioned before. This will generally be called “MKB20_v61_
the movie name”. You take that file and email it to * [email protected]
*. They will actually generate hashed keys from that dump and then add it to the updated
key list. And so.. at most you might have to wait a
week or two? But generally speaking, they have pretty quick
turnaround. And so I’ll have that specific information
added in the description kind of at the top, because that’s the important bit, along with
the link for the updated keys, and that new link. They’ve kinda moved the forums around since
I originally started working on this tutorial, but the new link I will have featured towards
the top of the description will have all of the updated keys for the new movies. So you can send in your dump and get keys
made so that you can have access to your movie and be able to rip it. Put both of these files in your “.MakeMKV”
folder in your user folder. If you don’t have this folder yet, put a
normal BluRay or DVD in your drive and make MakeMKV open it to generate the files. The software will reference this folder when
looking for keys to decrypt your discs. Then, if you have a disc that has keys for
it, you should be able to open it in MakeMKV and rip. I’ve tested a few movies this way, including
both Deadpool and Atomic Blonde in HDR and both still work in HDR in Plex on my Samsung
MU6290 TV. To make them work in Plex, simply add them
to your library. HOWEVER, transcoding 4K HDR BluRays in Plex
requires a LOT of horsepower – it’s actually too much for my old Cinnabar dual Xeon server
to handle. And it will need to transcode if you’re
playing on a PC. Streaming the files to my Samsung TV worked
via direct play and had no buffering or performance problems at all, but to a PC (via Chrome or
the Windows 10 app) requires converting HDR to SDR and requires more power than I can
give. I’ll be releasing a video soon diving deeper
into that kind of performance and what specs you might need. I, personally, do not like compressing my
rips and don’t usually mess with that – but this is one instance where I might actually
recommend making a compressed copy via Handbrake. Personally I will keep the full MKV rip and
simply make a compressed 1080p copy to play to PC devices. Space-wise, the files can vary wildly. My 4K BluRays, such as Deadpool and Atomic
Blonde, have not been much larger than normal BluRays – sitting at about 36GB and 41GB for
those two films respectively, but as the format becomes more popular, you could see rips as
large as 80 or more GB in size. Lastly, you can purchase a paid software called
DeUHD – with a quite expensive pricing model – to rip your 4K BluRays — but many people
in the MakeMKV, Doom9, and ripping scene say that the DeUHD method of decrypting discs
is obsolete and the software won’t be useful for very long, on top of the fact that you
can do it for free with this guide. But it is an option available to you, if you
wish to pay to save time. And that’s it! Pixels make the world go ‘round, and now
you can get more of them for your movie rips. If you want to learn more about Plex, check
out my affiliate links in the description below. I also have links of all of the sources for
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