Guide for Unprotected Blu-ray ISO Playback with PowerDVD

April 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm 3 comments

This guide will show you how to watch ripped Blu-ray movies on your computer/HTPC (Home Theater PC) with PowerDVD.

You will need:

– A Computer with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (you may run into some trouble with XP)

AnyDVD HD, version or above although current version is recommended to remove the newest BD+ protection

Virtual CloneDrive,  version or above (at time of writing this version is still in beta found at the forum)

ImgBurn, version or above (much better quality over MagicISO)

PowerDVD with Blu-ray support (Dell’s DX version works fine), version 7, 8, and 9 all work

– Blu-ray compatible drive

– Blu-ray Movie

Step 1:

Check if AnyDVD is removing protection from Blu-ray.

check if anydvd is removing BD protection

Step 2:

If not already completed, insert your Blu-ray disk in the drive now.

Right click on the red fox icon and click “Rip Video DVD to Harddisk”.

Step 3:

Once the dialog box opens select the source drive (normally drive E) and the destination (a folder under your desktop works good), click “Copy DVD”.

Step 4:

Within the rip folder add the following folders (some may be empty).


Step 5:

Open ImgBurn and choose “Create Image from Files/Folders” (may differ from version to version).

Step 6:

Drag the BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders (plus any other folders that may be there) to ImgBurn.

Step 7:

Under “Options” set File System to UDF and UDF Revision to 2.5.

Step 8:

Under ‘Labels’ type the name of the movie in the UDF field and select the destination for the ISO. Once complete, continue.

ImgBurn will now create your ISO (this process will only go as fast as your computer/HDD, so RAID0 helps!).

Step 9:

To mount the ISO for playback with PowerDVD go to Start > Computer (“My Computer” for XP users).

In Computer right click on the Virtual CloneDrive  and go Virtual CloneDrive > Mount. Locate the image and select “Open”

AutoPlay should now open and you can watch your movie. Now where’s the popcorn?

Additional Notes:

Post a comment and let us know if you have any troubles.

See our Guide For Blu-ray Quality x264 Encodes!

This guide has been largely based on the “Guide for Unprotected Blu-ray ISO for PowerDVD”, by Adbear… Thanks for this great info mate!

Check SlySoft’s AnyDVD HD forum for unsupported movies and be sure to update AnyDVD often!

Check with your governing laws before installing/enabling/using AnyDVD! You assume full responsibility!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • […] Rip BD to Harddisk with AnyDVD (ending with step 3). […]

  • 2. Hey  |  November 19, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I like this a lot. In the past I’ve just played the M2TS files from Power DVD Ultra but about half of my Blu-Ray DVDs have DTS which means they are essentially silent. Mounting the ISO solves this issue! Thanks again!

  • 3. Hey  |  November 20, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Hold up, I ran into some trouble with DTS audio but I found a solution. If you run into any trouble with DTS Blu-Ray ISOs, check this out:

    Use tsMuxerGUI to strip away the other languages then mux to Blu-Ray disk then convert to ISO FTW!


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