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How to Convert Blurays to DVD with VSO’s Bluray-to-DVD

So a little while ago, I received an email from a little company called VSO. They asked me to check out some of their products, and possible write guides for them.

Considering that Bluray is the big thing these days, I decided to checkout their Bluray-to-DVD program. I think you get what it does just from the name.

My first reaction: It actually does quite well!

The interface is pretty straight forward to use, as it’s really only targeted for one specific process. Also, it’s output quality is great, with a greater degree of sharpness when compared against several other encoders that I tested.

So, let’s get started then, shall we?

Open Bluray to DVD and Load your Bluray

First off, download and install Bluray to DVD.

Run it, and select one of the three source loading options to open your Bluray. Since I had already ripped my Bluray to my hard drive I selected the Open Blu-ray backup folder option.

The main program window for Bluray-to-DVD.

Once you have loaded your Blu-ray, you should see a window like the one below, with the main movie playlist and stream selections off to the right.

The main window showing the just-loaded Bluray and its attributes.

Selecting your Streams

Now comes the opportunity to select your desired audio and subtitle streams for your output DVD. To do this, simply select which streams you want from the dropdown menu like I do below.

You can select more than one audio stream. Just keep selecting your individual streams and you will see them add up as you go along.

The audio track selection to be used in the final DVD.

Same thing for you subtitle streams. As you can see, I have chosen not to have any subtitles in my output, but it will be different from disk to disk and person to person.

Selecting the subtitle tracks found in the Bluray.

When you are finished click the big Next Step button at the bottom of the window.

Edit your Encoder Settings

Now it is time to edit your encoding settings for your DVD output. I have highlighted the important ones below. Pretty much everything else you can leave at default.

As you can see, I set my output screen format to NTSC 16/9. This is what most of you will be choosing, unless you live in a PAL country (such as somewhere in Europe).

The frame format for the output DVD.

I also set my Video Quality to Best Quality because who doesn’t love high quality conversions?

Last, but not least you can choose to either burn the final result, or keep it on your hard drive for later. Since I was just doing a quick test, I opted to keep the output files on my harddrive.

You can see their location under the little field called Output Folder (which I half cutoff, sorry).

Feel free to mess with the DVD Menu settings if you need/want to, but they can be safely left at default if you don’t care.

The conversion settings for Bluray to DVD conversion.

Begin the Encoding Process

Once again, click the Next Step button and the encoding process will begin. Your encoding progress will be shown in a window like the one below.

When everything has finished, you can either burn your brand new DVD or watch it on your hard drive, it’s your choice!

The encoding progress screen.

Conclusion

So, all in all VSO’s Bluray-to-DVD application is a pretty straight forward program, with just enough options for those of you who like to convert between formats or edit audio/subtitle streams. I personally have been impressed with the quality when I honestly wasn’t expecting to be. Check it out, you just might like it.


  • Richard

    Interesting. I had wondered about this software. I spotted it the other day while updating ConvertXtoDVD. However, I didn’t think you were a fan of ‘paid’ solutions?

  • Roodbaard

    Indeed, great programm to make nice DVD’s form a BluRay or AVCHD (m2TS)!

    The only problem I found is that subs are regonized in the programm, in the specs of VLCPlayer but do not showup…..so NO subs, even if you give the commands for it in VLCPlayer and or your TV…..they are there, but do not show up.

    I have given that problem to VSO in mail and they will check ( I hope).

  • http://adubvideo.net Adub

    Generally, you are correct Richard. I have found that overall most freeware applications are good enough or just plain fantastic.

    But, remember I’m also a fan of AnyDVD HD. I believe that paid apps have their place, just as free apps do.

    Bluray to DVD is nice because it’s straight forward. I know that I have done previous “Bluray to DVD” tutorials (I apologize if it is getting repetitive) but you will notice that there are far less steps using VSO’s software.

    If you are worried that I have “sold out”, I haven’t. I was not paid to write this tutorial. VSO approached me and asked if I would mind writing guides for them. I found Bluray to DVD interesting, and so I wrote a guide. Yes, I am a member of their affiliate program, but I have to pay for this site somehow!

  • http://adubvideo.net Adub

    @Roodbaard

    Huh, I hadn’t noticed that. I’ll test my stored output at home and see if I have any issues.

  • Richard

    Hey, no problem Adub! I wasn’t worried you had sold out and certainly wasn’t suggesting you’d been paid.

    If I ever do get around to buying that BD RW I have my eye on I’d almost certainly get this software. ConvertXtoDVD is such a great tool, I’d imagine this is just as good.

  • Roodbaard

    Hai Adub,

    Could you find out about the subs issue?

    Or no time yet?

    I have tried several times to find a solution, but cannot.

    I do not get an answer anymore from Cedric of VSO, maybe also not find the solution for it!

    thanks for responses,

    Roodbaard
    Netherlands

  • http://adubvideo.net Adub

    Ah!

    No, sorry I haven’t managed to yet. That is my fault. It’s on the top of my TODO list now.

  • http://adubvideo.net Adub

    Okay, just ran a quick test Roodbaard.

    I can convert subtitles just fine with the latest version of Bluray to DVD. Try updating if you are still having issues.