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Getting Blu-Ray files

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Hey there, folks. I’ve seen a ton of the fan restorations and edit that spawned from here. I know DaVinci Resolve pretty well, and want to try my hand at a late 70’s looking color grade of TFA. I own a Blu-Ray copy- but I need to know how to get that file into editing software.

Anyone out there know how? Thanks

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You can use MakeMKV to rip Blu-rays, that’s the easiest way I know. You’ll need a Blu-ray drive of course. Resolve won’t support MKV, so you can use Handbrake to make MP4s or something, that’s what I did for Resolve. Or find another program to rip straight to a supported format. Good luck. (this thread is probably better suited for How-To’s and Technical Discussions btw)

Edit: ChainsawAsh’s method is vastly superior. I think Resolve doesn’t support AVI files though, so keep that in mind. I’d definitely recommend demuxing the audio into separate tracks either way because Resolve isn’t great with importing multi-channel audio in some cases.

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I use DVDFab to rip the Blu-Ray files to the hard drive (full, untouched BD50s, no recompressing or anything), then I make an MKV out of the video and demux the audio into mono WAV files (that part’s more for editing purposes than color correction purposes). I make a simple Avisynth script to open the movie-only MKV in VirtualDub, then use VirtualDub to render out an AVI in the lossless Lagarith codec. This Lagarith AVI is what I load into my editing program to work with.

I don’t recommend the Handbrake route, as that will result in a lossy video stream in h264, which isn’t great for editing/color correcting purposes due to the way the codec works (h264 doesn’t contain every frame as its own image as I understand it).

There’ll be more detailed info in the “how-to’s” section of the forum (to where this thread should probably be moved), and some nice detailed guides at the fanedit.org forums, too.

I do seem to have an issue with either the VirtualDub or audio side of things where the audio tracks end up slightly off sync-wise (either VD cuts off some frames at the beginning of the video or something else is happening with the audio), but these problems are deal-with-able in Premiere for me (as long as I can find a good sync spot - I would like to get that issue sorted out before I tackle anything big again).

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