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Copy Blu-ray to MKV for using Kodi on Open Hour

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If you have high demand on subtitle while ripping Blu-ray to Open Hour Chameleon, just choose to copy Blu-ray to MKV. For 3D Blu-ray, if you need to add external .srt subtitle, ripping Blu-ray to 3D MKV SBS cause Kodi support that on Open Hour. Kodi 3D SBS works with readable subtitle provided the MKV being tag with correct SBS or TAB info but Auto switching TV to 3D not yet supported in Kodi. User will need to change their TV to 3D mode themselves at this moment. As for forced subtitle, tested MKV can support on Open Hour. 


To put it simple, ripping Blu-ray to MKV for using Kodi on Open Hour, you won’t meet subtitle trouble. So the question is how to decrypt Blu-ray to MKV for Open Hour playing using Kodi? Now it is the job of Blu-ray Ripper. A Blu-ray Ripper the difference from Blu-ray Copier> can make backup copies of your Blu-ray discs. Once the disc has been copied over to your hard drive, Blu-ray ripper software has the ability to convert the data to another file format like MKV.

Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows/Mac is exactly top Blu-ray Ripper to help you convert Blu-ray to MKV for Open Hour playing via Kodi. It is easy to use and can keep the original video quality in the Blu-ray ripping process. It can transcode Blu-ray to 720P MKV, 1080P MKV, 2160P MKV (Open Hour supports H.265 HEVC and H.264 3840X2160) and lossless MKV with multi-track subtitle and audio tracks (Note: Multi-Channels Decoding not supported in Open Hour).

You can choose SD MKV from “Common Video” and “HD MKV” in “HD Video”, “Lossless MKV” in “Lossless Video” is not suggested. Once you defined output MKV format, you can open “Settings” window to custom video size, bitrate, codec, frame rate and audio codec, channel, bitrate, sample rate. Then you don’t need to worry your MKV files can’t supported by Open Hour if you reset the MKV video parameters according to the requirement of Kodi and OHC. Read Pavtube ByteCopy review.

Free download and install:

Other Download:
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-ByteCopy/3000-7970_4-76158512.html

How to Rip Blu-ray to MKV for Using on Kodi via Open Hour

Step 1: Import Blu-ray movies

Run the app and insert Blu-ray to Blu-ray drive. Click “File” to load the Blu-ray movies to the Blu-ray ripper. Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray ISO and DVD disc, DVD folder and DVD IFO/ISO are all supported.

1. You can add more than one Blu-ray movies at a time for its batch conversion function.

2. If you need to play movies on Open Hour with forced subtitle, you can tick forced subtitle box below the chapter list.

Step 2: Choose MKV to output

Click “Format”, you can choose the desired format in “Common Video” or “HD Video” profiles. Here we selected HD MKV for Open Hour using.

1.To reset video parameters, click “Settings”. A new window will pop up where you can adjust the video/audio parameters.

2.To add external subtitle to Blu-ray movie, open “Video Editor” window, click the “Subtitle” bar and check “Enable”, then you will be able to browse and add subtitles that you have saved on local computer to the Blu-ray movies.

Step 3: Convert Blu-ray to MKV for OHC

Click the convert button and start converting Blu-ray to MKV for Kodi and Open Hour. Once the conversion finished, you can get the ripped MKV video in output folder as you wanted.

You can store your MKV files from Blu-ray discs to external hard drive or USB 3.0 Flash Drive. When you need to play them, just insert it to the USB port. Or you can choose to put the Blu-ray movies to NAS then view the movie off of a NAS using Kodi on OpenHour.


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Can OHC play 3D Blu-ray ISO with no audio mess up

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Many people choose to created ISO image files from 3D Blu-ray discs to preserve their Blu-ray collection. However, you can’t simply copy 3D Blu-ray ISO files to your OHC and play the contents on TV. Some users are stuck on “3D Blu-ray ISO Playing No Audio on OHC Issue”. Fortunately, there are always solutions there. This article will guide you through how to rip 3D BD ISO to MKV/MP4 files so that you can enjoy them via OHC on TV more conveniently.

It is a great way to use the Open Hour Chameleon Player for streaming the hottest movies, TV shows, music and more on smart TV through connecting to your high-speed Internet service. RK3288 players, like Cloud Media’s Open Hour Chameleon, are in Alpha for 3D support. After testing, we found most of the AVI, MKV, FLV, VOB/IFO, BDMV/BD ISO, FLV and MP4 videos in my library could play fine, except for 3D Blu-ray ISO. If you’re looking for 3D Blu-ray ISO entertainment on TV via Open Hour Chameleon with no audio mess up, you can rip the movies and TV episodes from ISO to a Open Hour Chameleon readable file like H.264 video in an mp4 or mkv container.

To accomplish the task, what you need is an intuitive tool that can rip 3D Blu-ray ISO files for OHC. There’s kinds of different ISO ripping software with a variety of different options out there that can extract digital contents from 3D Blu-ray ISO and convert to a format recognized by OHC with 3D effect preserving. The software today we’ll use called Pavtube ByteCopy – a great tool that features a modern and highly intuitive interface and is available for Windows and Mac OS X (ByteCopy for Mac Version).

The process also involves getting around the protection and converting the Blu-ray/DVD content to a video file that Open Hour Chameleon supports well. The program also gives you options to compress the video to reduce its file size, change the resolution to fit any screen and more! (Read review)

Free download and install Pavtube ByteCopy:


Other Download:

– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy/

– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-ByteCopy/3000-7970_4-76158512.html

How to Convert ISO to Open Hour Chameleon Compatible Formats

Step 1: Run the ISO to Open Hour Chameleon Converter and click “Load file(s) > Load IFO/ISO” to select and load the ISO image files to the program.

Step 2: Click Format bar to select a proper format like MP4 from “Common Video” or “HD Video” profile, which can be viewed on Open Hour Chameleon perfectly. Or you can directly choose a format from “TVS” for playing on your corresponding TV via OHC.

Tip: Before start the ISO conversion for Open Hour Chameleon, you can click the Settings icon and adjust the video size, video bitrate, codec, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc parameters, so that you can get a decent video on your OHC. However, I recommend you leave the default selections since most of the work is done for you.

Step 3: When everything is OK, hit the big “Convert” button to start the ISO to Open Hour Chameleon conversion. That’s it! Time to have a coffee. After the conversion, you can stream the converted files onto your Open Hour Chameleon via the HDMI or SD card and then play it back on TV through OHC. Now the “3D Blu-ray ISO Playing No Audio on OHC” issue at Open Hour Forum can be fixed:

hi guys,
today I purchased OHC very good device, just playing 3d bluray iso ” boxtroll ” movie,with no audio, can some one help how to fix it?

thanks in advance..


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Convert VC1 to H.264 for playback on Open Hour Chameleon

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Some video fans might want to play VC1 files on Open Hour Chameleon. However, they need to convert VC1 to H.264 first. Before discussing how to convert VC1 files to play on Open Hour Chameleon, we’d like to introduce what VC1 and Open Hour Chameleon are since some users might not know it well.

About VC1

VC-1, which was initially developed as a proprietary video format by Microsoft. It is today a supported standard found in Blu-ray Discs, Windows Media, Microsoft’s Silverlight framework, Slingbox, and the now-discontinued HD DVD.

About Open Hour Chameleon

A positive first step for this premium Android-based TV streamer, with a polished hardware specification inside and out, and vast app support courtesy of the Google Play Store. It’s not yet the finished article though, with DTS & Dolby audio support in particular an issue. But the Chameleon has an abundance of potential and with the right focus, could be a fantastic media and gaming partner for your big screen.

Symptoms in Playing VC1 on Open Hour Chameleon

I’m just trying to get my head around the 23 976 issue: So far I have found that all of my 23 976 files play fine when the codec is H 264. However when playing remuxed VC1 files at 23 976 is when I experience slow play and tons of dropped frames. Is this the issue that others are experiencing with 23 976 or is my situation unique? Why VC1 files will not play on Open Hour Chameleon smoothly? 

Source: forum.openhourlab.com

Why Can’t Play VC1 on Open Hour Chameleon?

Open Hour Chameleon supports

Video Format:


Video Codec

HEVC, HEVC 4K 10 Bit, H.264, H.265, MVC, AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, XVID, DIVX, WMV9, VC-1, H.264/x.264, CVD 1.0/2.0, SVCD, AVS, MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V), MPEG1 / 2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB), MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS), AVI, ASF, WMV , Matroska (MKV), MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4.

Audio Format/Codec



Though VC1 is listed as Open Hour Chameleon supported video code, it is particular about what audio and video codec inside in the video container. Open Hour Chameleon only supports playing WMV/MKV with VC1 video codec and AC3/DTS/AAC audio codec. Open Hour Chameleon VC1 issues are also affected by video resolution, frame rate, bitrates and etc. When you play VC1-encoded Blu-ray on Open Hour Chameleon over a network connection, the video may not be played smoothly.

How to Fix Open Hour Chameleon Won’t Play VC1 problem?

To successfully play all kinds of videos with VC1 codec on Open Hour Chameleon whatever via micro SD card, USB flash drive or DLNA, a recommended solution is to convert Open Hour Chameleon unsupported VC1 to Open Hour Chameleon more supported H.264 codec.

During the experiment, we tried several different Blu-ray ripping tools and found that tools like MeGUI, Handbrake, and BD Rebuilder struggle with the VC-1 video files, reporting that conversion will take over three days for a 2 hour movie. So, is there something to do with the VC-1 codec smoothly with the best resulted video? Fortunately, when we tired Pavtube ByteCopy, it works with the VC-1 encoded Blu-ray perfectly.

Overall, it facilitates removing region code and ripping the content of any VC-1 encoded Blu-rays (encrypted or not encrypted) to Open Hour playable H.264 MP4, MKV, AVI, etc. in several clicks with original wonderful quality and keep 5.1 channels.
Moreover, it supports Blu-ray disc decryption (crack AACS, BD+, region code, copyright protection) and lists the titles/chapters when loading Blu-ray disc. And it is easy enough to backup Blu-ray without protection and copy Blu-ray to MKV with lossless video output and multiple audio & subtitle & chapter markers with 7.1 sound preserving. This following text will take this program for example to introduce the steps to convert and rip VC1 Blu-ray to H.264 for Open Hour Chameleon. If you wanna process VC1 Blu-ray on Mac OS X (El Capitan inlcuded), please turn to ByteCopy for Mac.

Please download the VC1 Blu-ray to Open Hour Chameleon on PC or Mac (100% free and clean).

Free download and install Pavtube ByteCopy:


Other Download:

– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy/

– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-ByteCopy/3000-7970_4-76158512.html

Tutorial to rip Blu-ray VC1 to H.264 for Open Hour Chameleon

1. Run the VC-1 Blu-ray Ripper and import VC-1 encoded Blu-ray content. Soon after loading, you will find all titles and chapters for the Blu-ray disc. You can select preferred subtitles and audio track.

2. Click Format bar and select output format. To convert BD VC-1 to H.264 MP4, MKV, AVI, you can select from “HD Video” profile.

Tip: If you wanna play the output videos on certain devices, a better choice is selecting the preset for device like TV as the output format in the output box.

3. This VC-1 Converter for VC-1 encodedalso allows you to customize video and audio parameters via clicking Settings button. The adjustable settings include codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, audio channel.

4. When all the settings are ready, hit the Convert button to start ripping Blu-ray VC1 to H.264 for VC-1 encoded. Once the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to find the final output video for streaming to TV effortlessly. If you want to take advantage of the latest and greatest features delivered by HDMI 2.0, you’ll need to pick up an additional cable. Enjoy your VC1 files via Open Hour Chameleon on big screen at ease!

Note: Before streaming, you can backup your 3D Blu-ray in FreeNAS or hard drive first.

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Additional Tip: Comparison of H.264 and VC-1

H.264 and VC-1 are popular video compression standards


VC-1 H.264
Goals Designed to offer very high image quality with excellent compression efficiency Designed to meet a variety of industry needs with many profiles and levels, allowing for varying compression, quality and CPU usage levels, where the lowest level is for portable devices, designed with low CPU usage in mind, while the high levels are designed with very high quality and compression efficiency in mind
Example industry use Supports 4:2:0 compression / color space Supports studio archiving requirements with 4:4:4 color space;separate black and white (BW) video mode
Licensing costs Similar
Documentation Not free. Reference decoder, comes with external documentation. AVC/H264 Licensing costs and terms from MPEG LA. Reference encoder and decoder free as well. Additionally, JVT & M4IF mailing lists are available where one may receive answers on AVC related questions.



All sources for the below information are from the respective specifications listed in the overview section.

Feature VC-1 H.264
Partition sizes 16×16 and 8×8 16×16, 16×8, 8×16, 8×8, 8×4, 4×8, and 4×4
Integer transform 8×8, 4×8, 8×4, and 4×4 4×4; 8×8 available in High Profile only
Frame Used for progressive or interlaced content
Macroblock sizes 16×16 only
Motion vector Two dimensional vector offset from current position to reference frame
Picture A field or frame
Skipped macroblock No data is encoded for macroblock



VC-1 H.264
Bitstream formats single bit stream NAL and byte stream
Bitstream format In advanced profile, each Bitstream Data Unit has its own header.Simple and Main profile provide neither sequence nor entry point headers. SPS (sequence parameter set),PPS (picture parameters set),slice header, macroblock
Deblocking filter In-loop filter and overlap transform In-loop only
CABAC No Only supported in Main and higher profiles
Variable transform size Yes Only in High profile and above
Slice Contiguous (integer number of macroblock rows only) Contiguous or non-contiguous
Sub-pixel interpolation methods bicubic, bilinear 6-tap filter for half pixels; averaging for quarter pixels
Variable Length Coding Yes
B frame used for predicting other pictures Yes

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Get 3D Blu-ray Movies running Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

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Popcorn Hour A-500 PRO is a Networked Media Jukebox designed by and for music and movie lovers. When we press play and watch our movie, we enable ourselves to be taken away to a place that transcends reality. As a die-hard movie fan, there are times when we need to copy and stream 3D Blu-ray discs to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro for either sharing on big screen HDTV or safekeeping. This guide would offer you the detailed solution.

Can Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro play 3D Blu-ray?

The most popular way that allows you to watch 3D Blu-ray disc movie via your HDTV is the 3D Blu-ray player, while Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro is not Blu-ray capable. Take note that only 3D Blu-ray ISO and 3D MKV files are the formats Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro supports.

See what formats Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro can play in the following picture:

Get 3D Blu-ray Movies running on Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

What if playing 3D Blu-ray on TV without Blu-ray player? In order to get 3D Blu-ray Movies running on Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro, we have to rip 3D Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro supported video formats at first. This would not be difficult once you choose the right 3D Blu-ray ripping tool and solution.

Best 3D Blu-ray Ripper and Copy for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

When it comes to 3D Blu-ray ripper, Pavtube ByteCopy is second to none. It is able to remove region code, rip and compress any 2D/3D Blu-rays, DVDs including latest copy-protected BD/DVD discs, folders and ISO files to 2D or 3D MKV with compatible size for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro. Most notably, it offers “Directly Copy for 3D Bluray” option to extract M2TS main title from 3D Blu-ray discs with 3D effect retained. If you like, you can rip 3D Blu-ray to lossless MKV keeping multiple subtitle/audio track and all chapter markers.

It is available to rip and copy 3D Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10, etc. <Read review to learn more functions>

If you’re using a Mac,  ByteCopy for Mac allows you to convert Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro on Mac OS X (including El Capitan and Yosemite). Below will be the step-by-step guide for you.

Free download and install Pavtube ByteCopy:


Other Download:

– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/bytecopy/

– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-ByteCopy/3000-7970_4-76158512.html

Rip and copy 3D Blu-ray for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro streaming

This guide uses ByteCopy (Including Windows 10) screenshots. The way to rip 3D Blu-ray disc to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you’ve downloaded the right version.

Get Prepared

a. Source 3D Blu-ray movies, in either disc, folder or ISO image file.

b. Hard drive with enough space.

c. Blu-ray drive.

d. Pavtube ByteCopy or ByteCopy for Mac.

e. Internet connection (in case of 3D Blu-ray discs being encrypted).

1. Load 3D Blu-ray files

Insert your 3D Blu-ray disc to the Blu-ray Disc drive, then launch ByteCopy and click “File” to choose “Load from disc” to have 3D Blu-ray content imported.

Import Blu-ray into ByteCopy

Tip: Before start ripping 3D Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro, you can choose your wanted subtitle/audio track and forced subtitle before the next step.

2. Choose target format

Option A – Full copy 3D Blu-ray to BDMV for burning for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Click “Copy the entire disc” on the top of the menu to start to entire copy 3D Blu-ray to with original video structure and then create free Blu-ray ISO image to play on Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro since it doesn’t play 3D Blu-ray menu directly.

Option B – Directly backup 3D Blu-ray to M2TS for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

In this way, you only extract the main title from 3D Blu-ray discs without preserving the extra info. You can save lots of storage space by backing 3D Blu-ray to M2TS. Hit “Format” then select “Copy” to choose “Directly Copy for 3D Bluray”.

Option C – Rip 3D Blu-ray to lossless MKV for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Navigate to “Format”>”Multi-track”, and choose “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV(*.mkv)” which means you can make lossless 3D Blu-ray copy with all the chapter markers preserving.

Option D – Convert 3D Blu-ray to 2D/3D MKV for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Click the Format bar and go to the Profile column, choose “MKV(Matroska) Video (*.mkv)” as the output video format in the category of “Common Video”. Or select “3D Video > MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mkv)” with keeping 3D effect from original 3D Blu-ray.

Select video formats in ByteCopy

3. Profile Settings

Click the “Settings” icon, and you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel, etc.

Tip: To keep the 1080p video resolution, you’d set the video size as 1920*1080 to convert 3D Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro for playing keeping 1080p. If you want to compress 3D Blu-rays, you can downscale the video size and video bitrae.

4. Start converting/copying 3D Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Hit the big “Start conversion” button to start the 3D Blu-ray to 2D MKV/3D MKV/M2TS/Muti-track MKV conversion for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro with the ideal 3D Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour Converter utility. After the conversion, get the outputs to stream to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro for TV playback over DLNA for playback at ease. Start enjoying! The viewing experience is simply phenomenal!

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Tip. About 3D Blu-ray movies

Let’s know more about 3D movies. A 3D or 3-D (three-dimensional) film is a motion picture that enhances the illusion of depth perception. Derived from stereoscopic photography, a regular motion picture camera system is used to record the images as seen from two perspectives, and special projection hardware and/or eyewear are used to provide the illusion of depth when viewing the film.

What is Blu-ray 3D?

In December 2009, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) finalized the specification for 3D content on Blu-ray Disc. BD 3D delivers full HD 1080p resolution to each eye, regardless of whether that display uses LCD, plasma, or LED technology. With 3D on Blu-ray, each eye gets its own 1,920×1,080-pixel image. These 2 images are combined into one extra-tall frame.

To enjoy Blu-ray 3D via your computer, you need:

1. 3D HDTV (with 3D glasses);

2. 3D media player software (like PowerDVD, Total Media Theatre);

a. PowerDVD

PowerDVD is the No. 1 Media Player for playback Blu-ray, 3D Video & HD Movie on Windows platform. Its Unique TrueTheater enhancements let you not only enjoy a vivid 3D movie, but also converts 2D content into 3D, offering a whole new viewing experience for content such as Blu-ray HD movies, slideshows, YouTube videos and more. The depth of the 3D experience can be optimized with easy slider controls to get the best results from your 3D display.

b. Total Media Theatre

Total Media Theatre is another Blu-ray playback software for enjoy Blu-ray as well as 3D movies on your computer. It allows you to play 3D movies and video files including Blu-ray 3D movies. You can create 3D videos in real-time from 2D videos and DVDs via its patent Sim3D technology. So does the 2D image playback. Other feature like adjusting the depth perception to customize your 3D experience is also available. It is the most user-friendly Blu-ray player software as reviewed from a lot of users.

3. Blu-ray drive

4. 3D Blu-ray movies.

What kind of video file is used for 3D Blu-ray?

The Blu-ray Disc Association has chosen the Multiview Video Coding (MVC) codec to store 3D, so that even though it provides a full 1080p frame for each eye, it will only require about 50% more storage space compared to the 2D version, and all 3D discs will be fully backward compatible, in 2D, on existing players.

Do I have to wear glasses? What kind?

The viewer still has to wear polarized glasses, but in Blu-ray 3D, the glasses have LCD active shutters that are synchronized with signals from the TV. The shutters rapidly block the right- and left-eye views alternately so each eye receives the correct image. This technology provides higher resolution than simpler X-Pol glasses because in Active Shutter technology, each eye sees all the lines in the video, whereas in X-Pol each eye sees only half the lines.

Do I need a new screen to watch Blu-ray 3D?

Yes. A BD 3D compatible screen is required to view 3D content. The new screens have higher refresh rates and IR transmitters that work with the Active Shutter glasses. 3D screens can also display 2D content.

Do I need a special Blu-ray Player?

Yes. 3D – compatible Blu-ray Disc players will be marked with the BD 3D logo. These are known as Profile 5 players.

Do I need to shoot stereoscopic video to create Blu-ray 3D?

You can create original content in stereoscopic 3D, or you can add the 3D effect to 2D video by creating an offset image in post production.

How do I author a 3D Blu-ray Disc?

The basic authoring concepts for Blu-ray Disc carry over from 2D to 3D. Sony Creative Software’s DoStudio and Blu-print have support for 3D authoring.

Are Blu-ray Disc menus in 3D?

The BDA defines a specification for 3D menus in HDMV mode and BD-J.

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Rip DVD for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro on Mac OS X El Capitan

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Cloud Media have made available a new addition to their range of media players with the launch of the Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro. Its processor is combined with Mali-400 MP4 graphics and supports HEVC decode. Other features include SD slot and HDMI port (with audio) at up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz with cable to name a few. With this super high resolution, you can watch HD even 4K movies on it. You even can play DVD movies on this Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro. But before this, you should rip DVD to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro supported format on Mac OS X El Capitan.

Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro Supported Media File Formats:

  • Audio: AAC, FLAC, OGG, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, WMA, WMA Pro, MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3, MPEG-4 AAC-LC, MPEG-4 HE-AAC, MPEG-4 BSAC ,LPCM, FLAC, Vorbis, TrueAudio, APE Audio


  • Video: MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V), MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB), MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS), AVI, ASF, WMV, Matroska (MKV), MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4, 3D BD ISO

From the above chart, we figure out that although Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro support support various video format, it can;t play DVD directly. If you want to play DVD on Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro, you should copy DVD to VOB, MKV, MP4, WMV on Mac OS X El Capitan. This need you to ask help for a DVD Ripper.  Handbrake can do this unless your DVD is copy-protected. Otherwise, you should turn to a Mac Handbrake alternative. 

Pavtube BDMagic for Mac is a good choice. It can rip commercial and homemade DVD, DVD Folder, DVD IFO/ISO, even Blu-ray to MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro on Mac OS X El Capitan. It offers two ways to copy DVD, full disc copy and directly copy DVD main title. What’s more, it allows you to adjust video and audio bitrate, size to get better or smaller size video so that you can store more DVD movies on your SD card, HDD or other storage device. 

Its Windows version is called Pavtube BDMgic, both of which are in the Pavtube Thanksgiving Coupon activity, where you can get Pavtube product at up to 40% off discount. 

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How to Copy DVD for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro on Mac OS X ElCapitan?

Step 1 : Input DVD source video

Instert DVD disc to DVD Drive and run DVD to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro converter. Click “Add Disc” button on this program to import DVD into this app.

Step 2: Choose output format

Here, you have many choices, you can choose MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV in “Common Video” or “HD Video”. Moreover, you can select to directly copy DVD to VOB file for Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro.

Tip: When you choose to copy DVD to MP4, MOV, etc video, you can adjust video/audio parameters in “Settings”. If you plan to directly copy DVD to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro, you won’t be able to reset the video spec.

Step 3: Copy DVD to Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro

Hit on the “Convert” button on software main interface and DVD to VOB/MP4/MOV/MKV conversion begins. After it is done, find the ripped DVD movie in output folder.

For other Popcorn Hour product, like Popcorn Hour A-400, the app is also a good partner to watch DVD, even Blu-ray.

Related Software:
ByteCopy for Windows/Mac – It can rip Blu-ray/DVD to lossless MKV keeping multi-track subtile/audio and all chapter markers.
Pavtube Video COnverter  for Windows/Mac – Function of converting Blu-ray/DVD, 4K/SD/HD video in any format to nearly all popular video format you have ever seen.

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How to Watch Blu-ray on Popcorn Hour A-400 With ISO/M2TS/MKV format?

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The Popcorn Hour A-400 is the first model in a fourth generation of media centres from Syabas. This groundbreaking digital home entertainment devices is opening up a new era of unlimited streaming media possibilities. it has wide range of supported media format so that it makes possible to play Blu-ray on Popcorn Hour A-400. 

Supported Media File Formats:

  • Audio: AAC, FLAC, OGG, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, WMA, WMA Pro, MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3, MPEG-4 AAC-LC, MPEG-4 HE-AAC, MPEG-4 BSAC ,LPCM, FLAC, Vorbis, TrueAudio, APE Audio


  • Video: MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V), MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB), MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS), AVI, ASF, WMV, Matroska (MKV), MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4, 3D BD ISO

As we can seen, even though Popcorn Hour A-400 doesn’t say directly that it supports Blu-ray, but its wide compatibility with video format makes it easy to playback Blu-ray. In the list, Popcorn Hour A-400 can play M2TS,ISO files and AVI, MP4, MKV videos, which means that only if we backup Blu-ray to M2TS or ISO, or MP4, MKV, AVI, H.264 MOV, we can succeed in play Blu-ray on Popcorn Hour A-400. So this article will show you three methods to watch Blu-ray on Popcorn Hour A-400.

Method one: Copy Blu-ray to ISO for watching on Popcorn Hour A-400;
Method two: Backup Blu-ray to M2TS for watching on Popcorn Hour A-400;
Method three: Rip Blu-ray to MKV for watching on Popcorn Hour A-400.

Method one: Copy Blu-ray to ISO to achieve Blu-ray playback on Popcorn Hour A-400

In this way, there will have two parts: Part one, make a full copy of commercial Blu-ray disc to BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders with Blu-ray copy software; Part two, create ISO image file from BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders. 

Part one: make a full copy of Blu-ray disc to BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders

First, you should download a Pavtube BDMagic:


Other Download:
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-ripper/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-BDMagic/3000-7970_4-75922877.html

This Blu-ray Copier can 1:1 backup Blu-ray disc to BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders without any information and video quality loss. It can rip and backup Blu-ray disc of region A/B/C so you don’t worry about Blu-ray region codes here. 

Step 1:  Load Blu-ray movie 

Connect Blu-ray disc driver with your computer, and insert Blu-ray. Launch Pavtube BDMagic on your computer, click “Load Disc” button and directly import source Blu-ray into this app.

Step 2: Make a digital copy of commercial Blu-ray

To make a quick and full copy of source Blu-ray movie, you can click “copy the entire disc” button in the menu bar. In this way, all contents of the Blu-ray disc will be saved to computer hard drive, including the disc menu, video streams, audio tracks, subtitles, commentary, chapter markers, extras, etc. You will get a folder named as Blu-ray movie copied in output folder, and within this folder there are BDMV and CERTIFICATE subfolders included.


Tip: It would take a little longer if this is the first time you load one Blu-ray into Pavtube BDMagic, but it would be faster when it is second or more time.

Part two:  Create Free Blu-ray ISO Image File with ImgBurn

With ImgBurn, you can easily burn BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders to Blu-ray ISO file.

Step 1: Load BDMV and CERTIFICATE folder to ImgBurn

Free download and install ImgBurn, and then choose “Create image from files/folders” button. Browse to the Blu-ray folder or just drag & drop BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders along with any other file into ImgBurn as source.

Step 2. Set in ImgBurn for Blu-ray ISO creation

In “Option” tab on the right size of ImgBurn, set File System to “UDF” and UDF Revison to “2.50”. Switch to Labels tab and type the name of the film in the UDF box. Don’t forget to set output Blu-ray ISO image destination on your computer. Make sure the free space is enough for generated Blu-ray disc ISO image.

Step 3. Start to create Blu-ray ISO image file

Hit on the Build icon and start to create free Blu-ray ISO image file from copied BD folder. After about 10-20 minutes, the creation process will complete.

Now, you get the ISO file from Blu-ray to playback on Popcorn Hour A-400.

Method two: Backup Blu-ray to M2TS for watching on Popcorn Hour A-400

Pavtube BDMagic still can backup Blu-ray to M2TS file with main content, leaving out menus and extras.

Step 1: Load Blu-ray to Pavtube BDMagic

Click “file” to find the “ load from disc” choice to import your BD movie. When you import the source video, the Copy Blu-ray to a File Converter will select the main content to copy automatically.

Step 2: Choose the output format and file

Move mouse down, tap” format” button and there is a bar in which you can hunt the choice of “copy”. Hit it and then “Directly Copy” appears. The next step is to set the output file you want the created video to be saved in . The icon of ”output” will help you accomplish the order.

Step 3: start backup Blu-ray to M2TS

After all your settings, what you need to do in the end is to click the big red “convert” to get the copy process started.

When the process completes, you can find the M2TS file in output folder.

Method three: Rip Blu-ray to MKV for watching on Popcorn Hour A-400

Pavtube BDMagic can not only can rip Blu-ray to Popcorn Hour A-400 in MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, ASF, WMV format, it also allows consumers to change video codec. It offers H.265, H.264 and XviD codec for you to choose for Popcorn Hour A-400. It still could output other popular video and audio format like H.265M3U8, FLV, etc for Quicktime, other portable devices, game consoles, cloud storage and servers.

Step 1: Load Blu-ray files

Insert your Blu-ray disc to the Blu-ray Disc drive, then launch Blu-ray Ripper and click the “Load Disc” button to have the Blu-ray content imported.

Step 2: Choose MKV format for Popcorn Hour A-400

Navigate “Format” > “HD Video” > “HD MKV Video(*.mkv)” to select MKV as the output format.

Tip: From Popcorn Hour A-400 specs, it supports AAC codec and Dolby Digital. So you can open profile settings, choose AAC audio codec and Dolby Digital 5.1 for Popcorn Hour A-400.

Step 3: Start to copy Blu-ray to MKV

After choosing the target output video format, click the big red button on the main interface to start Blu-ray to MKV conversion.

All of the above three methods can help you get Blu-ray playback on Popcorn Hour A-400. But the output format of the third method can give you wide playback choices, like on Plex.

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