Installation and Configuration
Installation is a breeze, but it will require a reboot after it has completed. Upon restart, you will notice the AnyDVD fox icon appear in your taskbar. In addition to being easily accessible, this also serves to decrypt movies on the fly, in case your display configuration does not meet HDCP approval requirements.
There are two methods for copying Blu-ray movies. One is an image-based rip and the other is a folder based rip. The image-based rip allows the copying of the movie to a single file (with a *.ISO extension) and even allows the user to maintain the copy protection. The majority of consumers will utilize the standard folder copying method which decrypts the disc and copies the identical movie folders to the hard drive. This creates a lot more files, but this method is very common for most movie collection software.
Before you get started copying, you will want to configure the settings within AnyDVD HD to make sure the movies are copied with the exact settings you desire. Right click on the Slysoft fox icon in the tray and select “Settings." From there, click on “Video Blu-ray." Here is where all your tweaks can be made. You obviously want “Enable Blu-ray support" checked as it is by default. For users who hate waiting for the warning screens, which the movie will prevent you from skipping past, you can check the box for “Prohibited User Operations."
“Remove annoying adverts and trailers" will help get you to the movie instantly, so I would enable that as well. The “Disable BD-Live" box will disable this feature of Blu-ray movies and the components required. Since for the most part BD-Live has not been very useful, I would enable this as well. If a movie is released with some interesting BD-Live features, you can always uncheck it.
The final setting is the Disc Region setting. This is a valuable option if you find yourself needing to copy international or foreign movies on a regular basis, for simpler playback. Note, that the majority of these settings, in addition to making your movie the way you want it, will also take up less storage space. This is very important when a Blu-ray movie can be upwards of 40 GIGABYTES! Combine that with making a more efficient version of the movie (no annoying previews!) and you can see why this settings stage is so important.