A user over on the PS3NEWS forums has figured out how to rip, convert and playback Blu-ray movies straight from a PS3 hard drive.
Boot into Linux
The process involves booting into Linux on your PS3, running BackupBluray, using a file splitter and then re-encoding the video/audio to another format that can be played back in the VLC media player.
Not the easiest task
Looking at these steps, it does not appear to be the easiest process in the world. But hey, if you want to avoid using the handy dandy built in PS3 Blu-ray drive, this might be for you! I don’t really see it being a highly sought after function, especially since the PS3 hard drives are limited in size (40GB or 60GB) and the physical Blu-ray disc playback functionality is already available on the console. External hard drives can also be used though, as noted by the author of the guide.
Here’s a video of someone playing back a Blu-ray movie from their PS3 hard drive!
Blu-ray to HD DVD coming soon?
One of the more intriguing parts to this latest “hack” is that there is now a way to convert the Blu-ray video files to a more universal MPEG type format that can be fed into other authoring applications or video conversion utilities. With this type of capability, it should be possible to convert Blu-ray video files to an HD DVD type format. This might be good news for HD DVD adopters who would like to playback some of those exclusive Blu-ray movie titles on their HD DVD players. Then again, an HD DVD burner would be needed and probably dual layer HD DVD-R media too. HD DVD burners are in extremely scarce commodities at the current time and dual layer HD DVD-R is no where to be found. Where art thou HD DVD burners?
Backup HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs Easier!
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