Now that the PS3 can run full-blown Linux OS distributions like Yellow Dog Linux, Fedora Core (video), and others, users have found that ripping an exact copy of a Blu-ray movie (as well as PS3 games) is as easy as typing in the following command in the Terminal to create an ISO image: dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/blu-raymovie.iso . Of course, once you’ve created the file, you can then burn a Blu-ray disc of the ISO image (if you have an external Blu-ray burner handy) or (most likely the case) just play the movie back from a hard drive or attached storage (via Gizmodo, PS3NEWS). Ahhhh, the beauty of having full access to hack your system (more details on the dd command).
* Disclaimer: It’s not clear if the ISO image is playable through the PS3 interface or through Linux via a media player application.
* Note: Creating ISO images of Blu-ray or HD DVD discs can be done on any PC equipped with a Blu-ray or HD DVD drive as well – theoretically. I know for a fact, though, that it will work on Linux desktop PCs because no software / hardware security checks are in place.
UPDATE: Another alternative, if you’re running Windows, is picking up a copy of Slysoft AnyDVD HD — rips Blu-ray and HD DVD movies and creates a version that doesn’t require a HDCP compatible monitor for playback!
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