Saturday, December 20, 2014

How to Fast Rip and Stream Blu-ray Movies to Roku 3 on PC and Mac?

Want to stream Blu-ray to Roku 3? This article will show you how to rip and stream Blu-ray movies to Roku supported formats for playing on HD TV.

Roku is another popular streaming player, besides Apple TV and Chromecast. Roku 3 features a USB Media Player Channel to let you stream local video collection to HDTV. How about Blu-ray movies? (Apple TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Boxee Box vs. WD TV Play vs. Google TV)
Stream Blu-ray Movies to Roku

What video formats supported by Roku streaming box are only some common ones of H.264 MPEG-4, such as .mp4. Obviously, all Blu-ray movies do not conform it. In other word, ripping Blu-ray movies to video in .mp4 format should be a priority for streaming it to TV with Roku 3.

Among various Blu-ray ripping tools, Pavtube BDMagic is rating in the first place. (Read the review) It is easy to use and helps you fast rip any 2D/3D Blu-ray to conventional and unprotected video file to let you stream for Roku 3 USB channel. Besides, this Blu-ray converter and rip BD, DVD, ISO to a wide range of formats, like WMV, MOV, MP4, 3GP, FLV, MPG, AVI and the list goes on. So, if you want to play Blu-ray movies like Frozen on HD TV via Roku, it is sensible to learn how to stream Blu-ray to Roku 3 in the following part.

Step-by-step guide to rip and stream Blu-ray to Roku 3 on PC/Mac

Step 1. Load Blu-ray source.

This Blu-ray to Roku 3 ripper (Mac version is BDMagic for Mac) allows you to rip Blu-ray disc, ISO image file and BDMV folder for streaming to Roku 3. After loading successfully, it will select main title for you automatically and popup output profile window for you. 

Step 2. Select output profile.

Click the “Format” option, and choose MP4, MKV from Common Video profile list. If you want to keep 1080p resolution as source movie, you can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) for streaming to Roku 3 and play on TV.

Roku 3 video format

Step 3. Advanced video/audio settings

Roku 3 does play MP4 files according to the relevant info in Roku official site. However, Roku just plays the MP4 files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio. Click the Settings icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.

Step 4. Hit Convert to start ripping Blu-ray to Roku 3 acceptable format.

Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Blu-ray ripper will start the conversion from Blu-ray to MP4/MKV for Roku 3 immediately. When the conversion ends, you will be able to get the result video via tapping the Open button in the main interface.

Step 5. Stream Blu-ray movies to Roku 3.

In this step, you are supposed to:

  • Transfer the digital copy in MP4 to a USB file or SD card and attach it to Roku.
  • Make sure Roku USB Media Player Channel has been installed from Roku Channel Store.
  • From the Roku home screen, select the Roku USB Media Player channel, and find the movie in the channel. (FYI: In a folder with both video files and subfolders, the video and movie files are shown at the top of the screen and the subfolders at the bottom of the screen.)
  • Select the movie ripped from Blu-ray to stream to HD TV via Roku. It may take several seconds to buffer or retrieve.