How to Play Blu-ray in Windows Media Center on Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista?

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How to Play Blu-ray in Windows Media Center on Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista?

Post  stevenjoen on Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:34 pm

Windows Media Center is a digital video recorder and media player developed by Microsoft. It is an application that allows users to view and record live television, as well as organize and play music and videos. The application is included in various versions of Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate, and all editions of Windows 7 except for Starter and Home Basic. It is also available for Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro as an add-on. Media Center can play slideshows, videos and music from local hard drives, optical drives and network locations. Users can stream television programs and films through selected services such as Netflix.

While enjoying broadcast and Internet TV on PC with ease, have you ever thought of putting your Blu-ray movie collections to Media Center Library for playback? Surely UFUSoft Blu-ray Player for Windows 8/7 is the first choice for playing Blu-ray Discs with, but there’re other ways to go with when building up a home theater system. With UFUSoft Blu-Ray Ripper for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP software and an external BD drive (regular optical drive will not read Blu-ray Disc), you can easily rips Blu-ray movies to Windows Media Player friendly format and watch Blu-ray movies from Windows Media Center on HDTV via HDMI cable.



Why bother ripping Blu-ray to Windows Media Center while you have already own a Blu-ray Player or PS3? Firstly, Blu-ray Discs are easy to break, but a digital copy is safe and permanent, even if the data get lost, there’re ways to recover. Secondly, ripping Blu-ray movies to Windows Media Center will protect your Blu-ray Discs from scratches – will you still hunt for a movie in hundreds of DVDs and BDs while you can easily search and play it with a remote control? Thirdly, ripping Blu-ray to WMC solves the problem of BD region code restriction. Commercial Blu-ray Discs could be Region A, B and C, and not a BD player will read full region Blu-ray Discs. Things happen that your BD player refuse to read the BD you BD purchased from oversea market (unauthorized region). After ripping BD to WMC, the movie clips you get is unprotected HD videos, which are acceptable for all media players as long as the codec is supported.

All right, are you ready to put Blu-ray movie collections to Windows Media Center? If yes, follow the easy workflow below to convert BD/ DVD movies to WMC optimized videos:

Step 1. Load Blu-ray Disc or DVD to the Blu-Ray to Windows Media Center Ripper software.

Connect the external BD drive with your PC, and place the blu-ray disc in the blu-ray disc drive. Once you run the UFUSoft Blu-Ray to Media Center Ripper, click “Load BD/DVD” to add Blu-ray movie from BD drive. This Blu-Ray ripping software is able to convert Blu-ray and DVD movies into various video formats, such as WMV, MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, DivX, MPEG, MKV, FLV, VOB, F4V, FLV, etc up to 1080p.



Step 2. Select an output format for Windows Media Center/ Windows Media Player.

Click on “Profile” bar and to select an output video format supported by WMC/WMP. Here you are encouraged to follow “HD Video”>> “DivX HD (*.avi)” or WMV HD (*.wmv)”. The former is widely support by DVD players and HD media players, the latter works with Xbox 360. Both create 1920*1080 HD video clips of 16:9 for HDTV entertaining.



Step 3. Start ripping BD/ DVD movies to WMC optimized videos.

Click “Convert” button to rip Blu-ray and DVD movies to Windows Media Center/ Windows Media Player friendly format.

Step 4. Add Blu-ray and DVD movies to Windows Media Center.

Once the conversion task is completed, you can click “Open” button to get the final output files. Open Windows Media Center and then add converted Blu-ray and DVD movies to Windows Media Center.

Tips for ripping BD/ DVD movies to Windows Media Center/ Windows Media Player:

Select desired subtitles and audio track: Click the drop-down list of “Subtitle”, then all the subtitle info in the Blu-ray will be displayed for you to select. To select your desired audio track, just click the pull down menu of “Audio”, and then the popup drop-down list will give you the detailed information of all audio tracks, including language, audio codec, and stream ID.

Join BD/ DVD chapters into one: If you would like to rip the whole movie into one file, select all the Titles and click Merge.

Maintain 5.1 surround sound: Click “Settings” and select “5.1 channels” in the drop-down list of Audio Channels.

Keep audio and video sync: To get perfect A/ V synchronization, you need pay attention to frame rate when ripping BD/ DVD movies to Windows Media Center. You can click on “Settings” and try with different frame rate, like 30fps, 29.97 fps, 25fps, 24fps, etc.

Set auto shutdown: Once “Convert” button is clicked, ViewLog pops up. You may check “Shut down computer when conversion completed” in the ViewLog before conversion starts.

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