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:
– 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
Step 2. Set in ImgBurn for Blu-ray ISO creation
Step 3. Start to create Blu-ray ISO image file
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
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.265, M3U8, 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.