Mike T. sent in a question using our contact form asking:
In the past for DVD Copying I was using DVD43 which is a cool little decrypting program that helped remove the copy protection on DVD movies. Is there something like this but for Blu-Ray movies?
Answer: Yes DVD43 was and is a great free decrypter software for DVD discs. However the support for it is no longer and the usefulness is waining due to updated copy protections on new discs. So to give you a quick answer for Blu Ray: Yes there is a free BD decrypting tool and it’s called HD Blu Ray Copy Helper. Not as cool sounding like DVD43 but this little app works about the same sitting in your dashboard tray waiting to gobble up Blu Ray protection codes once a movie disc is inserted into one of your BD drives.
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Note: for this software to work properly you need to have a DVD/Blu Ray playback software installed like PowerDVD.
Official features of the HD Blu Ray Copy Helper
- Allows for easy back up Blu-Ray disks to your hard disk.
- Remove AACS and BD+ encryption BD Discs.
- Watch movies over digital display connection, without HDCP compliant graphics card and HDCP compliant display.
- Playback of discs on the PC with PowerDVD or Win DVD, this is necessary or it won’t work.
- Select the language and subtitle track without going through the disc’s menu.
- Remove parental restrictions.
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How to install HD Blu-Ray Copy Helper
First download it here and follow the setup instructions.
You will see the above screen after the software is installed and a blu ray disc is inserted. Again make sure you have PowerDVD or WinDVD installed for it to work properly. When the software is installed correctly you will see the following image in the system tray:
This will tell you if the current disc’s copy protection is cracked or not. If it is you are free to use any Blu Ray Copy software you have. We have rated and reviewed the best copying software currently available. Be sure to look them over if you need one.
In summary HD Blu Ray Copy helper is a nice little free tool to use if you need to get the HD video content off of a Blu Ray disc. However, with a few drawbacks like the need of having a player software installed for it to work it’s still a must have download.