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Pavtube BDMagic 4.8 Review

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PROS / By circumventing copy protections, this program allows you to watch commercial Blu-ray content on your iPad.

CONS / Conversions created for profiles other than the iPad may not sync to your iPad device.

 VERDICT / This is an application that has only minor flaws. It definitely gets the job done as well as or better than all the products on our lineup.

Pavtube BDMagic is an application that allows you to transfer movies, TV shows and other content from your disc to your iPad. The results are high quality without sacrificing any of the quality from the original Blu-ray. This software earns the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award in our side-by-side comparison of the best Blu-ray to iPad converter software.

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  1. Each generation of the iPad has its own optimal video settings.
    More is Better
  2. 2 Pavtube BDMagic
    7
  3. 5
  4. 4
  5. Category Average
    5.00

Conversion

The program itself is extremely easy to use. Loading a Blu-ray disc takes less than a minute and the software has no problem circumventing copy-protection measures on commercial discs. This gives you the ability to rip any Blu-ray movie or TV show in your collection onto your computer. All you have to do is select the content you want, select a conversion profile and hit the start button.

Using an iPad conversion profile, we converted an hour’s worth of Blu-ray content in a little less than two hours. This may seem like a long time, but it's worth the wait for a high-quality result.

This product also has the rest of the conversion attributes we look for in the best Blu-ray to iPad ripper software. You have the ability to retain closed captions for the hearing impaired. However, the subtitles are embedded into video itself and you cannot turn them off.
Additionally, this application enables you to extract audio-only tracks. This is good for users who want to listen to the soundtrack a movie or audio bonus tracks like commentary and interviews.

Output

Like every product on our side-by-side comparison chart, Pavtube BD Magic has a library of conversion profiles. These profiles allow you to optimize your conversion for nearly any device you’re likely to own. There are profiles for seven separate models of the iPad. Only one other product we reviewed has more iPad conversion profiles.

One thing to note is that in order for the converted file to play back on an iPad, you must use one of the conversion profiles for that device. We ran a few customized conversions, including one that would play back on a computer, but we were not able to sync it to our test iPad. When we used the iPad specific conversion profile, we had no problems syncing through iTunes.

The converted video file produced by this Blu-ray ripper is perfectly suited to watch on an iPad. The video and audio are flawless when compared to the original Blu-ray and the same content downloaded from the iTunes store.

Customization

This Blu-ray to iPad software gives you the ability to perform some basic edits to your video before you convert it. Edits can be as simple as trimming or cropping video so you only rip the parts you want and adjusting picture values like contrast and color saturation. These tools involve a bit of a learning curve, but once you get used to how the interface works, you shouldn't have any problems using them.

Every Blu-ray converter program we reviewed contains a library of optimized profiles for a wide variety of devices. Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper has profiles for seven different models of the iPad, so you should be able to find the right profile for the iPad you own. Additionally you can customize your conversion by tweaking more technical video characteristics such as resolution, aspect ratio and bitrate.

Help & Support

Pavtube offers a nearly complete array of customer and technical assistance. If you have a technical problem with this software, they have an informative knowledge base where you can research troubleshooting methods and find tutorials. You can find an answer to most of your questions in the Support Center. You can also reach out to the company via email for sales and technical support. The only thing Pavtube lacks in their customer service offerings is live chat.

Summary

Pavtube BDMagic is an application that has a well-earned place in our review of the best Blu-ray to iPad converter software. It’s an easy-to-use, stable program that gives you a lot of control over your conversion, and the quality of the ripped video is beautiful on an iPad. The flaws in this application are slight and shouldn’t deter you from purchasing it.

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