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Installation



BD-RB itself doesn't have an installer. Simply unzip the downloaded file and copy it to the folder of your choice. There are, however, a few other pieces of software BD-RB will need in order to run and those do require a little (but not much) installation.


Required Software

Blu-ray Rebuilder (BD-RB)

Blu-ray Rebuilder, or BD-RB, is a tool for backing up your Blu-ray (BDMV) discs for playback on either a computer or standalone player. You can make full disc or movie-only backups designed to fit on BD-R/RE (Blu-ray recordable/rewritable discs) or DVD+/-R (standard or dual layer) discs.




AviSynth


AviSynth is one of the key third party tools required to make Blu-ray Rebuilder work. It is used to open video files and resize them to 1280x720 when specified in the BD-RB settings. Once BD-RB is mostly stable and can backup most Blu-ray discs without any problems there may also be additional AviSynth editing features added, but in order to keep everything simple to get the major bugs worked out only basic and automatic scripting is supported right now.

Required Software

AviSynth

AviSynth is a powerful open source video editor which will be used to provide input for video encoding. You can find instructions for installing AviSynth in our guide on Using AviSynth 2.5.
If you already have AviSynth installed make sure it's version 2.5.7 or higher.




ffdshow


Blu-ray Rebuilder uses Microsoft's DirectShow framework to read the video from your Blu-ray discs for re-encoding. ffdshow provides some of the required DirectShow filters for that task.

Required Software

ffdshow

ffdshow is a DirectShow decoding filter for decompressing several video formats, including those found on Blu-ray discs, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2, and VC-1. Follow the instructions in our guide on ffdshow Installation and Configuration then use your browser's Back button to return here.

It's recommended that ffdshow be configured to decode AVC and MPEG-2 video, but not VC-1. You can set these options in ffdshow's Video Decoder Configuration. Make sure to set H.264/AVC to 'libavcodec' and VC-1 to disabled. If you are re-encoding very old releases with MPEG-2 video you may also want to ffdshow to decode that format. Set MPEG2 to decode with 'libmpeg2' (not libavcodec). Disable VC-1 decoding completely. You can find instructions for configuring video decoding on page 3 of our ffdshow Installation and Configuration guide. Use your browser's back button to return here when you're finished.




Windows Media Player 11


In order to backup Blu-ray discs with VC-1 video, BD-RB needs a Windows Media Video decoder installed. Windows Media Player 11 is the recommended source for this. Make sure VC-1 decoding is disabled in ffdshow (see above).

Required Software

Windows Media Player 11

Windows Media Player 11 includes a number of features not available in WMP 10, most notably support for the most recent version of Microsoft's DRM. WMP 11 is required for some streaming video services. Additionally its Windows Media Video codec is the best available for playing VC-1 video found on many Blu-ray discs. It will automatically be used for decoding VC-1 video.




Haali Media Splitter


Even though Blu-ray discs don't use Matroska files, Blu-ray Rebuilder does make use of them during the backup process. In order to read Matroska files Windows must have a DirectShow component called a splitter installed. A splitter separates the various streams (video, audio, subtitle) so they can be decoded. During the muxing process these streams are interleaved so all of them can be read simultaneously.

Required Software

Haali Media Splitter

Haali Media SplitterHaali Media Splitter is a DirectShow splitter for .MKV (matroska) .MP4,.AVI files as well as MPEG PS (Program Stream) and TS (Transport Stream). You can get help with installation and configuration in our guide titled Introduction to Haali Media Splitter. Use your browser's Back button to return here.





ImgBurn


Blu-ray Rebuilder can use ImgBurn to burn your backup to disc. You can even have this done automatically at the end of the backup operation.

Optional Software

ImgBurn

ImgBurn is a free CD/DVD/BD burning program known for its reliability and conformance to industry standards. Since it can be controlled by other software via the command line interface, it's a popular add-on to various encoding and authoring programs. Installation is straight forward. Simply download and run the installer.




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Before we look at how to back up your Blu-ray discs we'll set some basic options which will apply to all your backups.


Next: Setup


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Table of Contents

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Installation
  3. 3. Setup
  4. 4. Making A Full Disc Backup
  5. 5. Making A Movie-Only Backup
Written by: Rich Fiscus