Backup Blu-ray Discs with BackupBluray
muslix64, the person behind the famous BackupHDDVD utility has done it again, this time with his sights set on the Blu-ray Disc format. A new utility was recently released in a very early alpha stage, aptly dubbed “BackupBluray”. This BackupBluray tool is designed to help backup commercially produced Blu-ray (BD-ROM) movies. The first movie that has fallen victim to this backup and decryption procedure appears to have been “Lord of War” from Lions’ Gate Studios.
Due to the complexity of this initial release of the BackupBluray command line tool, I decided to put together a BackupBluray guide to illustrate the entire process of backing up a Blu-ray Disc. This guide will walk you through the process of backing up a Blu-ray Disc movie. This guide is aimed at users running the Windows Operating System.
Step1) Download BackupBluray version 021.
You can get the zip file here.
Note: If the link above does not work, you might try searching on Google for “BackupBluRayv021.zip”.
Step2) Extract the files from the zip package. You will then see two new directories, a run directory and a src directory.
Step3) Download and Install the Java Runtime Environment. Java runtime is needed in order for BackupBluray to function.
Step4) Find the CPS Unit Key for the Blu-ray movie that you would like to backup.
CPS Unit keys can be found at Doom9:
or at other locations around the net.
You can also find the CPS Unit Key yourself if the movie that you wish to backup does not have its key listed online, but I will not delve into the key discovery process at this time.
Step5) Navigate to the recently extracted run directory for BackupBluray.
The run directory should contain the following files: BackupBluRay.cmd, BackupBluRay.jar, CPSKey.cfg.
You will need to copy “java.exe” into the BackupBluray run directory if you have not modified the Windows PATH variable to include the original location of this executable.
Step6) Open the file CPSKey.cfg using a text editor (such as Notepad) and add the CPS Unit Key for the Blu-ray movie that you wish to backup into this file. Save the file.
Step7) Insert your Blu-ray movie disk into your PC BD-ROM or Blu-ray Burner drive and close the drive tray.
Step8) Open a Command window and navigate to the BackupBluray run directory.
To accomplish this more easily, you might want to try the Open Command Window Here WindowsXP PowerToy.
Step9) Run BackupBluray from the command line using the CMD file with the following parameters.
backupbluray.cmd SOURCE DESTINATION
Step10) Check the destination directory with Windows explorer to verify that the files were ripped.
Step11) Playback the M2TS files using software such as VideoLan, Nero Showtime 3 or Power DVD 6 BD.
Optional Step12) Burn your backup files to a BD-R or BD-RE disc! Create a directory on your Harddrive named “BDMV”. Copy all of the files out of the original BDMV directory on the BD-ROM Disc except for the “stream” directory. Afterwards create a new subdirectory inside of the BDMV directory on your harddrive and name it “stream”. Place your decrypted M2TS files inside of this new stream directory. Burn your entire, newly completed “BDMV” directory to a blank BD-R or BD-RE disc using the newest version of Nero or any other software capable of burning Blu-ray Recordable media. You should then be able to playback the disc using a Blu-ray Software player such as WinDVD Blu-ray edition. Reports on Doom9 also indicate that the PS3 won’t be able to playback BD-R movies with a “BDMV” structure yet. Thanks to mrazzido on Doom9 for explaining this method.
If you would like to learn more about burning Blu-ray Discs, check out our article Burn Blu-ray’s: A How To Guide For Burning BD-R discs.
Additional information about the BackupBluray utility can be found on the Doom9 forums. BackupBluray does not support discs protected with BD+. Thanks to Doom9, CDFreaks, muslix64, Janvitos and all other contributors who have made this possible. If you have any suggestions or other input that would help improve this guide, please let me know by leaving a Reply to the article.
Interested in more Blu-ray software? Check out our post on how to backup or copy Blu-ray Discs with freeware.