Below you will find a very useful list of links and explanations for applications needed for HD-DVD and Blu-ray ripping, transcoding and authoring etc. - Blu-ray Conversion Kit & Guide: Blu-ray Conversion Kit & Guide Link - MKV (Matroska) to M2TS guide: AfterDawn Link - Blu-ray (BD, BD-9 & BD-5) authoring guide using Sonic Scenarist (commercial): Outside Link - HD-DVD to Blu-ray conversion guide: Outside Link - HD-DVD to DVD-9 guide: Outside Link --------------------------------------------------------------------- **Links for Software, Applications & Tools etc.** abc.png (needed for SUPread to open srt subtitles) : abc.png Link AnyDVD-HD : AnyDVD-HD Link AVCHD-Me: AVCHD-Me Link AVIAddXSubs (<--AfterDawn link): AVIAddXSubs Link AVIsynth (<--AfterDawn link): AVIsynth Alternate Link AVSedit (AVIsynth GUI) (<--AfterDawn link): AVSedit Alternate Link BD Rebuilder (Beta) (<--AfterDawn link): BD Rebuilder Link BDedit : BDedit Link Chapter Grabber : Chapter Grabber Link EAC3to (<--AfterDawn link): EAC3to Alternate Link EAC3to and More GUI: EAC3to and More GUI Download Link EVO demux: EVO demux Link HdBrStreamExtractor: HdBrStreamExtractor Download Link MediaInfoRaw : MediaInfoRaw Link MeGUI (<--AfterDawn link) : MeGUI Alternate Link MeGUI with all Encoders & Plugins included : MeGUI Complete Package Link MeGUI & x264 Ryu77 Blu-ray/AVCHD Profiles: MeGUI & x264 Ryu77 Blu-ray/AVCHD Profiles Link mkv2vob (<--AfterDawn link): mkv2vob Alternate Link MKVextractGUI (<--AfterDawn link) : MKVextractGUI Alternate Link MKVtoolnix (<--AfterDawn link) : MKVtoolnix Alternate Link RipBot264 (<--AfterDawn Link) : RipBot264 Alternate Link SubRip (<--AfterDawn link) : SubRip Alternate Link Subtitle Workshop v2.51 (<--AfterDawn Link) : Subtitle Workshop v2.51 Alternate Link SUPread : SUPread Link tsMuxeR : tsMuxeR Link UsEac3to: UsEac3to Link --------------------------------------------------------------------- **Explanations and uses for the above applications** abc.png: SUPread uses this as a reference point when converting the text based srt subtitles to the bitmap sup files needed for Blu-ray authoring. AnyDVD-HD: This is commercial software but one that I would highly recommend. It is the absolute cornerstone to all of the preceding information found in this thread. AnyDVD-HD removes all encryption and copy protection on the fly from your Blu-ray, HD-DVD or DVD as soon as you load a disc into your drive. This application will allow you to rip your movie onto to your Hard Drive. AVCHD-Me: An application that slightly modifies Blu-ray folders to be playable as an AVCHD from external media. Execute this application and navigate to your Blu-ray folders. This application will enable the folders to be played just like a disc would (DTS audio, chapters, subs etc.) but from external media. AVIAddXSubs: An application for multiplexing avi (video + audio) and subtitle files into the DivX media format container. The DivX media format is an extension of the avi container that allows mutiple audio tracks, subtitles, menus and chapter points etc. AVIsynth: An absolute must have for anyone into video/audio encoding. This is one of the most powerful video processing tools available. It utilises a massive filter base and offers on the fly frameserving, eliminating the need to waste hard drive space with temporary files. AVSedit: A front end (GUI) for AVIsynth. BD Rebuilder: An all in one application that re-authors a Blu-ray disc. This application gives you the option to keep the entire disc (menus, extras etc.) or just the main movie. The choices available for your target size are DVD-5, DVD-9 or BD-25. This application automates video encoding with x264 and audio encoding with Aften's AC3 (Dolby Digital) encoder. BDedit: A GUI to edit files on a Blu-ray disc (index.bdmv, *.clpi, *.mpls). Chapter Grabber: Chapter Grabber will extract chapter times from DVD, HD-DVD, and BluRay discs and combine them with chapter names from the internet. EAC3to: A commandline application for converting E-AC3, TrueHD, PCM and DTS-HD audio tracks to AC3, DTS or FLAC. Extracts AC3 frames from Blu-Ray AC3/TrueHD tracks. Extracts DTS core from DTS-HD tracks etc. etc. EAC3to also equipped with a wide variety of audio filters. EAC3to and More GUI: A GUI for the command line application EAC3to (and other applications). This GUI makes the wide variety of features available in EAC3to available for those that are not familiar with command line scripting. EVO demux: EVO demux is a HD-DVD demultiplexer. It's a GUI based on drmpeg's demux 0.3. It is capable of saving all streams, reading info from XPL file or from the EVO with drag and drop support. HdBrStreamExtractor: A GUI for EAC3to that allows easy identification of the playlist that points to the correct main movie M2TS files on a Blu-ray disc. This application will also allow you to export a text file with the chapter information and you can also select and demux the streams you wish to keep. This application must be executed from the EAC3to folder to function correctly. MediaInfoRaw: This tool gives detailed information about your media file and the elementary streams it contains. MeGUI: This application can accept an AVIsynth script and transcode to various video (h264, Xvid, LMP4 and Snow) and container formats (mkv, mp4 and avi). This application also includes a mkv, mp4 and avi muxing tool and other various tools. MeGUI with all Encoders & Plugins included: This is a stand alone package with all plugins included. This also contains profiles that I have created for the x264 encoder via the MeGUI interface. These profiles are optimised for quality and are AVCHD/Blu-ray compliant. They are listed under Ryu77 in the dropdown menu. MeGUI & x264 Ryu77 Blu-ray/AVCHD Profiles: These are the profiles that I created to easily create Blu-ray or AVCHD compliant video files. They each have 4 preset levels for different quality. mkv2vob: mkv2vob will remux MKV files with h264 video and AC3 audio to a VOB file which is playable on the Sony PS3. If incompatible streams are detected mkv2vob will transcode these to mpeg2 for video and/or Dolby Digital (ac3) 5.1 @ 640kbs for the audio. MKVextractGUI: A GUI to demultiplex (demux) Matroska files. The MKVextract.exe from MKVtoolnix is needed for this GUI to run. MKVtoolnix: This is a set of tools to create, edit and give detailed information about Matroska (MKV) files. RipBot264: A very simple and easy to use GUI for encoding various types of video to h264. Includes profiles for iPod, PSP, Game Consoles and Blu-ray. SubRip: An OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program used to rip subtitles from a DVD and convert them to srt (text based), which then can be used in various forms of containers and authoring applications. Subtitle Workshop v2.51: Subtitle Workshop has the ability to import and export almost every variation of subtitle format that exists. It also has quote an extensive toolbox (fps conversion, spellcheck, case conversion etc.). SUPread: SUPread can show the subpictures (sup/.pts files) demuxed from HD-DVD discs by EVOdemux. This application is also able to convert srt (SubRip) subtitles to Blu-ray compatible (sup) subtitles. tsMuxeR: tsMuxeR is a transport stream muxer which supports most HD input formats. Input formats supported are elementary streams, ts, m2ts, evo, vob, mpg and Matroska (mkv/mka). Input video can be h264, VC-1 or mpeg2. Input audio can be aac, ac3, e-ac3 (DD+), Dolby True HD (for streams with AC3 core only), DTS and DTS-HD. This application also supports subtitles. The subtitles imported can be in the native BD Presentation Graphics Stream format or tsMuxeR can convert text based (srt) subtitles to Presentation Graphics Stream (.sup) format. Output formats are ts, m2ts and Blu-ray. UsEac3to: Another front end (GUI) for EAC3to. This is easier to use than Eac3to and More GUI. However, there are less features that are available. Extra commands can also be entered manually. --------------------------------------------------------------------- If anyone discovers any dead links, please notify me so I can rectify them.