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Last updated: 23 Aug, 2018

How to copy Ultra HD Blu-ray movies?

Ultra HD Blu-ray movies ultilize very strict encryption algorithms that make many users annoyed by the inability to back up their favorite movies. Now let me explain how to back up UHD Blu-ray movies.

1. Required Tools and Software

2. Make Sure Your UHD Drive is Supported

Some drives that can be used to read UHD Blu-ray movie, but are not friendly, which means that they are not what we need because our software can’t work with it. Make sure your drive name is in the list of UHD friendly drive.

Therefore, in order to copy UHD Blu-ray movies, you must use a friendly drive. Looking for a UHD drive is not an easy task. Because some of the friendly drives which originally work are not supported any more due to firmware upgrades.

There is a firmware downgrade solution that might solve this problem see how to downgrade firmware.

If you’re having trouble with the technology operation above, Plug and Play UHD friendly drive- CA-BW-16D1HT is highly recommended.

3. Copy UHD Blu-ray using Blue-Cloner

Please do not insert the UHD disc you want to copy into your drive before launching Blue-Cloner. If you insert the disc into the drive a few minutes before launching the program, most of the friendly drives would be going into standby mode and then it will not read the disc anymore.The easiest way is to eject and reinsert the disc. There will be a solution for this in the near future.

When Blue-Cloner starts, you will see the following interface (if you can’t see it, click “switch to express button” at the top right)

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Now, please close the UHD drive tray. you will see:

copy uhd blu-ray

Just click start button to go on.

copy uhd blu-ray

After the copy starts, Blue-Cloner will first cache the entire disc data to the hard disk, and then compress it to fit a BD50 size. Therefore, you need at least 150GB free space on your hard disc. This is very worthwhile because compressing UHD is time consuming, and using the UHD drive too much will shorten its life.

After the copying process starts, if the progress bar has been stucking in 0% position and the Blu-ray drive issus “ka, ka” sound. It is indicating that the Blu-ray drive has been falled into the sleep mode. You have to cancel the process and press button on the front of drive panel to reject and reload the Blu-ray disc. And then restart the process.

This process takes about 1 hour.

When caching process is completed. Blue-Cloner will start to compress the UHD disc data.

copy uhd blu-ray

This process takes about 18 ~ 28 hours (The required time depends on the setting in “Set the Encoding Speed”.) Since UHD discs use 12-bit HEVC encoding, compression is time consuming. please wait patiently. If you want to copy in a faster way, please burn it to a BD-XL disc in 1:1 mode which only needs 2 hours. When the encoding is completed, you need to insert a blank disk to burn.

When the encoding completed, You need to put a blank disk to burn.

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When the burn is complete, you will see:

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The copy process is now completed.

4. Copy UHD Blu-ray using DVD-Cloner

Start DVD-Cloner, by default you will see the express window. When the DVD-Cloner recognizes the UHD disc, it will display the following interface. If your can not see the UHD disc’s volume label, then your drive may not be a valid friendly drive.

copy uhd blu-ray

Click on “COPY TO BD50” to start copy process. DVD-Cloner will copy the UHD to the BD-R DL disc in movie-only mode.

You can also choose ‘RIP TO MKV’ to rip UHD to MKV file, By default, rip process will recompress the video to H264 (can be changed to h265 in setup) and copy all audio and subtitle tracks.

copy uhd blu-ray

DVD-Cloner will first cache the entire contents of the UHD to the hard disk.

After the copying process starts, if the progress bar has been stucking in 0% position and the Blu-ray drive issus “ka, ka” sound. It is indicating that the Blu-ray drive has been falled into the sleep mode. You have to cancel the process and press button on the front of drive panel to reject and reload the Blu-ray disc. And then restart the process.

When caching finish. DVD-Cloner will reencode H265, it may take 10 ~ 16 hours.

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When encoding is finished, you need to put the prepared BD-R DL blank disk. (If you have already placed a blank disk in another burner, this window will not appear again).

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Please put the BD-R DL disc and click ‘OK’. The burn process will start. please wait the burning process complete.

When all task complete, you will see the end window.

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5. Possible problems

  • Need use friendly drive?
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If this prompt appears, you are not using a supported friendly drive, it may be an AACS2.0 optical drive, which is not currently supported by OpenCloner. Please use friendly drive and try again.

  • DVD-Cloner could’t decrypt this blu-ray move now?

Please don’t worry, some new movies may be supported in a few days. Please try again in a few days.

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Last updated: 23 Aug, 2018
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