Ripping Blu-ray discs has always been painful, despite the RipBot264 program doing its best to simplify things. It’s therefore excellent news to hear that version 0.9.5 of Handbrake has now been released -and that one of it’s key new features is that it finally understands what a Blu-ray disc is and how one is layed out. Being able to interpret the source disc correctly, it’s now able to encode a rip from one directly, too.
Handbrake itself is not the simplest software in the world to master, but it comes with a variety of “presets” that have long made it possible to rip good ol’ DVDs in as simple a manner as I can imagine. And once you did ‘master’ the thing, you had enormous control over the quality and speeds of your DVD rips. To have the same capabilities finally extended to Blu-ray discs has therefore made me very happy!