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If you love your collection of 3D Blu-ray movies you probably want to make sure that your discs are kept in pristine condition, right? After all, you want to be able to watch your favorite movies for many years to come. Unfortunately, discs deteriorate over time even when they’re not used often so it’s a good idea to think beforehand about making backup copies of your movies. You may think that protected Blu-ray discs cannot be copied but that’s not actually the case. In fact, there are certain utilities designed specifically for that very purpose.
In this article we’re going to discuss one such piece of software called DVDFab Blu-ray Copy that can do all that along with so much more. Among other things, this software allows you to copy 3D Blu-ray content from a physical disc to digital format or create backups of the original source by burning it onto a blank disc. The tool can also be used to convert said content to something called SBS 3D, which is a nice feature that we’re going to talk about in a bit more detail later on. For now, let’s take a look at how the software actually works.
If you don’t already have the software, now would be a good time to grab it. Simply visit the official website and download the DVDFab 11 software suite to get started. The software comes with a free 30-day trial so you don’t have to worry about having it to buy it immediately. However, we recommend upgrading to the Paid version if you want to take advantage of all its features for the long run. You can read more about the various versions of the Blu-ray Copy software on its product page. In any case, let’s get back to the task at hand and show you how to copy 3D Blu-ray to SBS 3D.
Once you have installed the software, open it and select the Copy module from the top menu. Next, you’ll need to select a Copy Mode by clicking on the little button found in the upper left corner of the UI. Upon clicking said button you will notice several different options. We’re going to very briefly touch upon each of them in a moment but for now just know that you won’t need to worry about all of the modes if all you want to do is copy a 3D Blu-ray to SBS 3D. You’ll actually only need to pick between three of them.
This first mode can be used to copy all the contents of the disc, including the movie itself along with things such as behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, commentaries, and whatever other extras might be available. The Full Disc mode can be used to copy 3D Blu-ray movies to SBS 3D.
This mode is useful when you only want to copy the main movie and skip all the other extras mentioned a bit earlier. The Main Movie mode can also be used to copy 3D Blu-ray to SBS 3D.
Customize is a self-explanatory mode that’s usually used to make certain adjustments to the video before processing it. Among other things, this includes creating custom menus. Customize is the best mode to use if you only want to copy certain titles and differs from Main Movie in the sense that it lets you select more than one title at a time. Customize is the third mode that lets you copy 3D Blu-ray to SBS 3D.
The Split mode currently only works with DVDs so you don’t have to worry about it in this situation.
True to its name, this mode can be used to merge multiple Blu-rays or multiple titles from various discs into a singular file or folder. You probably don’t need to worry about this mode either in this situation but it’s good to know what it does for future reference.
This is the mod you’ll want to use when you’re looking to create copies of Blu-ray discs that you can then store locally in digital format or burn onto blank new discs. Clone/Burn creates 1:1 copies of the original source so you can’t use it to convert 3D Blu-ray movies to SBS 3D.
Now that you have selected the mode, it’s time to load the source. There are a couple of ways of doing this. First, if you want to copy a physical disc all you really need to do is insert into your optical drive and the software will do the rest for you. If you’re working with a digital source instead of a physical one, you can either use the “Add/+” buttons or drag and drop the source inside the main UI to achieve the same results.
The Advanced Settings menu is where you’ll want to go in order to copy 3D Blu-ray content to SBS 3D. This menu can be accessed by clicking the little wrench icon highlighted in the image below. The menu is split into three difference sections – Output, How to Copy Blu-ray 3D, and Blu-ray Settings. The first section includes a menu that allows you to select the output disc format. BD50 or BD25 for example. Here is where you can also rename the volume label to something else if you’re not happy with the original name.
The next section is the one that interests us the most for the purpose of this article. DVDFab 11 is a very efficient and intuitive piece of software so it won’t make you jump through hoops or ask you to play around with difficult to understand settings. Instead, the process is quite simple and only requires that you pick one the three options depending on what you want achieve.
The first option, Copy as Blu-ray 3D, will preserve the original format so use this if you want to simply make copies of your discs without changing anything else. Meanwhile, Copy as Blu-ray 2D will remove the 3D layer of the video and will output the content in 2D, just like it says. Finally, the third option is the one you’ll need to use if you want to convert the standard 3D Blu-ray source to Blu-ray SBS 3D.
Meanwhile, the last section of the Advanced Settings menu contains a few more useful options you may need to use. This includes the ability to remove the HD audio if needed or create mini ISO files that can then be mounted with DVDFab Virtual Drive. In addition, here you can also select or remove the individual audio tracks you want to be feature on the output.
Choose titles, chapters, audio tracks and subtitles
If you want to gain access to a few more useful options you can do so by going back to the main UI and choosing the Customize mode. When working with this mode, you can choose to copy only certain titles or chapters, as well as select between any of the available audio tracks and subtitles. Most of these options are also available when working under the Main Movie mode. However, there is one exception. In Main Movie you can only select one title. That’s usually the longest one that contains only the movie itself but you have the option to can pick any other title if you wish to change that.
The Advanced Settings menu for the Customize mode looks a bit different than the other ones and includes an additional section where you can find the Menu Mode. Here, you can select to preserve the original menu, remove it completely or create your own Custom Menu. We won’t go into too much detail regarding this but suffice to say that DVDFab 11 allows you to create gorgeous menus by letting you customize everything ranging from background art and text font to the widgets and more. If you don’t want to fiddle around with these options too much, simply select one the beautiful templates included with the software or click the Download More button to check out some additional ones.
Before you proceed to copy your Blu-ray movies to SBS 3D you may want to pick a different destination folder. When you use the software for the first time you will notice that it automatically picks a default folder or optical drive, which you can view in the lower left corner of the UI. Clicking the little arrow next to it will open up a dropdown menu that gives you access to some additional options. Alternatively, you can also use the nearby icons to save files to ISO image or folder and select any other destination you may want in the process.
With everything set up to copy 3D Blu-ray to SBS 3D, it’s now time to start the process itself. To do this, simply click the green Start button located in the lower right corner of the user interface. Or, click the little arrow next to it if you want to schedule the task for a later time. Once the process is ongoing, you can make use of the three green buttons found in the lower right to pause, cancel or postpone the current task/s for later. Meanwhile, if you look to the lower left corner you will notice a dropdown menu that initially says Do Nothing. You can use this menu to tell the software to hibernate, shut down or exit the program once all current tasks are complete.
We’ve discussed a lot in this article about how to copy Blu-ray movies to SBS 3D but we didn’t really talk about why you may need to do it. So what is the purpose of this feature anyway? Well, compared with standard 3D sources, SBS 3D sources are compatible with more TVs and devices. Moreover, SBS stands for side-by-side and is a type of format that can be used to drastically reduce the size of your backup discs to half or even less in some instances. That can save you quite a bit of money in the long run, especially if you tend to make a lot of backup copies of your movies.
Usually a 3D Blu-ray player is necessary for playing a 3D Blu-ray disc. But for playing a SBS 3D Blu-ray, you don’t even necessarily need a 3D Blu-ray player, and a regular 2D Blu-ray player and a 3D monitor will work just fine.
Hopefully this tutorial gave you a better understanding of how to copy 3D Blu-ray movies to SBS 3D and why this is such a useful thing to know. Although there are some other tools out there that allow you to achieve similar results, none are as efficient and easy to use as DVDFab Blu-ray Copy. This software is the absolute best in its category and, as mentioned earlier, even comes with a free 30-day trial. In other words, you can check it out without spending a penny and experience for yourself everything it has to offer. It’s worth noting, however, that the Trial only allows you to copy up to three discs so you’ll want to upgrade to the Paid version eventually in order to make the most out of it.
For ripping Blu-rays to 3D video formats, please have a look at how to rip 2D/3D Blu-ray to 3D videos.
① Burn Blu-rays to blank discs or copy to HDDs as ISO files/folders
② Offer 5 different copy modes to meet versatile backup needs
③ Support all types of blank discs: BD-R, BD-RE, DVD±R and DVD±RW
④ Copy the Blu-rays in a lossless manner or compress them smaller
⑤ Support GPU hardware acceleration to back up much faster