Monday, February 8, 2016

Sync Blu-ray Backups to Your Devices Using Windows Home Sever

I have had Windows Home Sever for a while for personal backups and media streaming. Except uploading some downloaded TV shows or movies to Windows Home Sever, I mainly use Windows Home Sever to store my Blu-ray backups for stream to my iPhone 6S, iPad Mini, PS4, and my Samsung TV etc. I found many people cannot play their Blu-ray backups on other media players from Windows Home Sever successfully, so here is a guide on syncing Blu-ray backups to devices using Windows Home Sever.

The key point of playing Blu-ray backups from Windows Home Sever on media players is ripping Blu-ray to a compatible device format for all devices, like MP4 before backing up Blu-ray to Windows Home Sever. Here, I suggest you to use Pavtube BDMagic after comparing with many Blu-ray rippers > Review: Top 5 Blu-ray Ripper.

Highlights on Pavtube BDMagic:
* Decrypt Blu-ray disc with copy protections, region code, Disny code, CSS, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs etc.
* Rip Blu-ray disc or convert Blu-ray movies to the most compatible H.264/MP4 format for all mainstream devices, like smart-phones, tabletslaptops, TVs etc. 
* Support NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream (AMD APP) acceleration technologies.
* Convert/rip/shrink/copy the latest releases of Blu-ray movies.
* It can even rip DVD disc, DVD folder, DVD ISO etc.
* Cut off unwanted video parts and just preserve segment out of a complete movie.
* Remove black edges and unwanted area of image in original movie with simple operation.
* Separate one single file into multiple clips according to quantity, duration and output size
* Combine several videos and output as a complete movie with natural transition.
* Adjust output aspect ratio, such as 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3 and 2:1.
* Allows you to batch convert your videos to save your much time.
* You can select one of the language subtitles you want to show in the movie.
* Support adding .srt /.ass/.ssa subtitles into movies.
* Directly copy DVD and 2D/3D Blu-ray main movie without extras.
* Full disc copy DVD and 3D/2D Blu-ray disc with original disc structure.
* Supported OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

Mac version: Pavtube BDMagic for Mac

Free download and install: 

Other Download:
- Pavtube old official address:
- Cnet Download:

Steps to Rip Blu-ray to Windows Home Sever for Devices

Step 1. Load Blu-ray movies

Insert your Blu-ray disc into an external Blu-ray drive, run the program on your computer, on the main interface click "File" > "Load from disc" to import the Blu-ray disc to the program.

Step 2: Set output format

Considering the final devices you will use will not be limited, so I suggest you here to select  “HD” > ”H.264 HD Video(*MP4)” format as the best output profile for all devices from the ”Format” drop-down option.


1. Click “Settings” on the interface and you can adjust the parameters including size, bitrate, frame rate, etc. to get a high quality of output files or a smaller files size.

Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa. You can preview the size at the below chart.

2. Click the "Subtitle" tab in "Video Editor" window, check "Enable", then you will be able to add external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitle files to the video as hard subtitles.(Difference between soft subtitles and hard subtitles)

Step 3: Start to convert

Click the big button "Convert" on bottom-right corner to start conversion. When the process is over, you can find the converted files by clicking the "Open output folder". 

Now, backup the converted Blu-ray movies to Windows Home Sever and be free to sync your Blu-ray backups to your devices for watching using Windows Home Sever.

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