Intel recently abandoned 4K Blu-ray Playback for your newer CPUs, and the shocking news came as little surprise. Security issues have hit the company’s SGX technology, and some people are watching physical media on a computer. AMD’s Ryzen CPUs do not even support 4K discs.
But people who regularly export Blu-ray 4K discs into Intel 11th- or 12th-generation Intel do not have to get the lower resolution to 1080p. You can continue to experience that experience with the help of the free program (for now) called DoMKV, which allows you to rip copies of movies and TV shows as an MKV file. For most people, this file format offers some kind of experience such as direct playback from a UHD disc, because it stores multiple partitions, subtitles, and many audio tracks. And despite the reduced file size compared to the original disc, you will get a much better image and sound quality than with a 4K stream.
DISCLAIMER: Copyright laws vary globally, and in some countries, rotating DRM is illegal – especially for the sole purpose of backing up a disk. Read up on the rules in your area about before shooting up Blu-ray / DVD ripping software for personal use. And obviously, do not use such software to share content or rip off discs you do not have.
To get started, you will need a compatible Blu-ray computer and MakeMKV software. Some existing 4K UHD drivers may have your firmware flashed to allow ripping — otherwise, you will have to purchase a standard Blu-ray drive to optimize the reading of 4K discs. Them MakeMKV assembly cable on UHD drivers gives more information on recommended Blu-Ray drives and instructions on how to flash their firmware. If you do not find your driver listed, you will have to do some searching online to find out its capabilities and compatibility with MakeMKV.
Once your Blu-ray drive is set to go, Download MakeMKV, installed on your PC, then activated using the most current license key. You may also want to go into settings to change the output folder. After that, ripping is just a matter of extracting a disk, waiting for MakeMKV to read the file, and selecting which segment to export to mkv. You can compose elements such as additional language tracks or trailers for a small file size.
And you want to pay attention to the file size – although MKV files reduce disc files by about 40 percent, UHD disks can hold as much as 100GB of data. A minimal 4K UHD Blu-ray upload can take up space on a storage drive at very high speeds; you may want to invest in high-capacity hard disk drives (think 8TB or more) if you are a big movie and TV buff. The alternative solution is to use such a system Hand brick to encode files with higher compression, if you can tolerate reduction in visual quality.
But outside of these concerns, a little more to the process. The main pain point is the firmware on the Blu-ray drive. You will have to re-enter the current license key for MakeMKV, but if you use the program regularly, we strongly recommend the debtor by purchasing the one-time $ 60 license. It is a small price to pay for an escape from the history of hurricane DRM on PC.
Alaina Yee is PCWorld’s resident bargain hunter — when it does not cover home PCs, computer components, mini-PCs, and more, it scouring for the best tech deals. Previously his work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Multiplayer PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.