How to Quickly and Easily Copy 4K UHD Blu-rays to Discs/ISO Files/Folders
4K UHD Blu-ray is one of the most advanced video formats you can access nowadays as a consumer. UHD is very similar to regular 4K but offers a slightly different resolution, 3840 x 2160 as opposed to 4096 x 2160. In order to watch videos that use this very high resolution, you’re going to need a compatible display along with a good video player. But what if you want to copy UHD Blu-rays for the purpose of making additional copies of your movies? Well, for that you’re going to need a special type of software.
DVDFab UHD Copy is a powerful and intuitive utility that you can use to duplicate your 4K UHD Blu-rays quickly and efficiently. Why would you need such a piece of software? Well, in spite of their high quality, 4K UHD Blu-ray discs can still get damaged or degrade over time, just like any other type of disc. Sooner or later you’ll probably lose some of your discs due to wear and tear so it’s a good idea to make backup copies before that happens. Alternatively, if you want to make copies of digital content for some other reason, it’s worth noting that DVDFab UHD Copy can do that, too.
Before we jump to our step-by-step guide on how to copy UHD Blu-rays, let’s take a minute to talk about the pricing options. DVDFab UHD Copy has a 30-day Trial on both Windows and Mac, which allows you to try out the software for free while it lasts. The trial doesn’t have many restrictions, however, it can be used to copy only a limited amount of discs. If you want to use the software for the long run without any limitations we recommend checking out the Paid version instead. This is the version we’re going to use in this article. Make sure to visit the official website if you’re interested in learning more about DVDFab UHD Copy and all its features.
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Copy UHD Blu-rays to ISO Files/Folders or Discs
Step 1: Select a Copy Mode
UHD Copy is part of DVDFab 11 so you’ll first need to download and install the software suite before doing anything else. Once the software has been installed, open it and make sure to select the Copy mode from the upper menu. If you click the button located in the upper left corner of the UI you will notice that UHD Copy offers several different modes you can choose from.
You don’t need to worry about all of the modes at this time but you can use a handful of them. As you may have already guessed, each mode does something different so it’s up to you to decide which one to pick. In the next section we’re going to give you a brief description of what each mode does so you’ll know exactly which one to pick the next time you want to copy UHD Blu-rays with this utility. Split, Merge, and Customize don’t work with 4K UHD Blu-ray sources so you can ignore those for now, along with the last three modes, which are used for something else. That only leaves the remaining three modes.
The Full Disc mode allows you to copy UHD Blu-rays in their entirety. With this mode you can copy not just the movie itself but also any other content the disc may contain. The extra content usually comes in the form of deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, commentaries, and more. The amount of extras featured depends on the movie itself.
If you’re not interested in copying all those extras mentioned earlier, you can use this mode to skip them and just copy the main movie instead. You might be missing out on some interesting extras this way but you would save some storage space by copying just the main movie, which will also cause the copying process to run faster as a result. So, there are certain advantages to picking this mode.
This is the mod you’ll want to use if you’re planning to create copies of your movies that you’ll then want to burn onto blank new discs. The mode creates faithful 1:1 copies of the original source with no quality loss. Another thing that’s important to note about this mode is that it can only copy UHD Blu-rays to ISO, as opposed to the previously two modes which can also output movie folders.
Step 2: Load the Source
Once you have selected the mode you want to work with, it’s time to load the movie you wish to copy and/or burn. If you’re working with a physical source, simply insert the disc into your optical drive and wait until the software loads it up for you. If the software doesn’t recognize the disc for some reason you can also add it manually by using the “+Add button” or the big “+” button found in the center of the user interface. This method also works with digital content from your computer. In addition, you can also load ISO files or folders by dragging and dropping them anywhere inside the main UI.
Step 3: Advanced Settings
Before you go ahead and fire up the copying process you may want to spend a couple of minutes playing around with some of the settings. You can start by clicking the little wrench icon to bring up the Advanced Settings menu. The options you see there will vary depending on which of the aforementioned modes you are using.
In Full Disc mode, you can click the space next to ‘Volume Label’ to change the name of the output or use the dropdown menu found just beneath to select its size. For example, you may see options that say BD25 2160p, BD50 2160p or BD100 2160. These will tell you how large the output will be and what sort of blank disc you’ll need if you want to create physical copies of the content afterward. It’s worth noting that compressing a very large movie down to something like BD25 will have an effect on the overall quality. Aside from that, the Advanced Settings menu also contains options that allow you to remove the HD audio, create miniso image files that can be mounted with DVDFab Virtual Drive, and choose between the various audio tracks you may want to copy or leave out.
If you want to copy UHD Blu-rays with the Main Movie mode, the Advanced Settings menu will feature very similar options to the ones described above. However, there are a few additional options that you can use when working with this mode but they are not found under the Advanced Settings menu. Instead, go back to the main UI if you want to check them out. Here, you can choose the chapters you want to copy along with the audio tracks and subtitles. You can also add your own external subtitles while you’re at it. There’s also a button labeled ‘Choose Other Titles’ that does exactly what it says. In case you want to copy a different title than the main movie, you can use this button to do it. There’s a little preview button next to each title that can help you out.
Finally, if you’re using the Clone/Burn mode, you’ll notice there aren’t a whole lot of options to play around with. In the Advanced Settings menu you can only change the name of the output or tick the box that lets you create miniso image files. There aren’t any new options back at the main user interface either. But don’t worry, that’s intentional. As previously mentioned, this mode is used to create 1:1 copies of the original source so making any additional changes would pretty much defeat its entire purpose. If you want to make changes to the movie, don’t hesitate to use one of the other two modes instead.
Step 4: Select the Output Location
You can select where you want to store your backup copies by using the dropdown menu located in the lower left corner of the user interface. If your desired location is not already on the list, you can use the little icons found next to the menu to add it manually. When using the Main Movie or Full Disc modes, you have the option of saving the output as either an ISO file or movie folder. Meanwhile, with the Clone/Burn mode you can only copy UHD Blu-rays to ISO files so the folder option is not going to be available in that case. If you happen to own DVDFab Movie Server, you can actually save the output directly to your server by selecting it in the dropdown menu.
Step 5: Start the Process
Once everything else has been taken care of, it’s time to start the copying process itself. In order to copy UHD Blu-rays all you need to do is click the green Start button found in the lower right corner of the UI to begin the process immediately or the little arrow next to it if you want to schedule it for a later time. Once the process is ongoing, you’ll notice three other green buttons in the lower right. You can use these to pause, cancel or postpone the task for later. If you look to the lower left, you’ll also see a dropdown menu that lets you tell DVDFab 11 to hibernate/shut down your computer or simply exit the program once the task is complete.
And there you have it. After reading this guide you should have a very good idea of how to copy UHD Blu-rays to ISO files or folders and burn the resulting output onto a new disc if you wish. Doing so will allow you to create brand new backup copies of all your favorite movies that you can use instead of the originals. That way, your movie collection is certain to remain in pristine quality for a very long time. It’s worth noting that this process can be quite resource intensive so you may want to check out the system requirements on the official website to see if your computer can handle it.