I’m pretty excited because I got my first BD-ROM drive last night from NewEgg, a LITE-ON iHOS104-06. That means I can do some real testing, ripping and playing around.
Decrypting Blu-Ray discs is a really confusing process … I’m still not even sure of all the steps that are involved. Everything I understand has been cobbled together from posts on the doom9 forums. While the forums are a great resource, it’s not a comprehensive one at times.
I was playing around with aacskeys (from doom9 forums, available in portage), and it managed to decrypt / find the keys / whatever it’s doing / work successfully on most of my movies. I’m not sure how to get them off after that, though, or why that’s important yet, but I do know it’s a good sign.
For now I’m taking the simple route of using shareware to access my movies. There’s two programs I’ve used so far to rip my Blu-Rays, AnyDVDHD and MakeMKV. They are both nice programs with some good features, but MakeMKV is the only one that has a Linux port.
The last time I tried MakeMKV, it couldn’t decrypt all my discs, so I had to use my PS3 to rip the ISOs, and then use AnyDVDHD. This time, though, using the most recent version (1.5.6), it managed to decrypt all of my discs. I was going through my Blu-Rays to see if it could handle all of them, but I gave up after the 15th one, since it was working on every single one.
While AnyDVDHD will extract the original, unencrypted files to your harddrive, MakeMKV will additionally mux them at the same time into Matroska. I kinda wish I could still have the originals, but I’m not going to be picky. (Edit: you can, see comments)
So, no real plans after this except to play around and post my results. I really don’t have that much interest in playing with Blu-Rays on Linux other than curiosity. I don’t wanna rip them and stream them to my HTPC just yet since I don’t have the storage space, and because my frontend isn’t quite as HD-ready as I’d like it to be (I still need to update some software and tweak settings … lots of testing, meh).
I am going to be looking at some other tools and see if I can get them in portage or our multimedia overlay, which reminds me, I just added MakeMKV to there this morning if someone else wants to try it out.