How to burn Blu-ray discs on Ubuntu and derivatives using K3b?


Nowadays The use of Blu-ray disc drives are usually not that popular anymore to what they were at the time in a few years.

With the advent of Blu-ray and your players of these discs, large-format screens began to become popular And even though they had too high prices in their time, the reality is that today their prices for these devices are already more accessible.

Blu-ray discs, known simply as BD (in English: Blu-ray Disc), they are a new generation optical disc format, developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), used for high definition (HD), 3D and UltraHD video and with greater high-density data storage capacity than DVD.

Unlike the CD / DVD that we normally know, Blu-ray discs are 12 cm in diameter, just like CDs and DVDs.

These save 25GB per layerTherefore, Sony and Panasonic have developed a new evaluation index (i-MLSE) that would allow the amount of stored data to be expanded by 33%, 1 from 25 to 33,4 GB per layer.

To burn discs of this type we can make use of K3b which is an excellent free disk burning utility for KDE, but it can run on any Linux distribution with the appropriate packages installed.

About K3B

K3b it is very simple to use, but at the same time powerful utility and it is capable of handling CD, DVD with operations such as recording, rewriting, erasing, copying, etc.

K3b Features

  • Record, rewrite, erase, copy
  • Support CD, Audio CD, Data CD, DVD, Blue-ray discs
  • Rip discs
  • ISO image support
  • Multisession
  • Video CD and authorship

K3b allows, among other things, the creation of data compact discs (CDs), audio CD creation, Video CD creation (using the GNU VCDImager tool), exact CD copy (clone copy), DVD burning data and DVD Video creation It also has options to rip CD / DVD

K3b It is programmed in C ++ and uses the Qt library.

K3b received strong support from Mandriva, who helped in the development, porting this application to Qt4, as it was quite late in this process, compared to other KDE Extragear applications.8

K3b use cdrecord package to burn Blu-ray discs. cdrecord is a suite of programs that helps to burn CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray media.

Before proceeding to the installation method, it is important that you make the mention that Blue-ray discs cannot be burned with a conventional CD / DVD burner.

This is due at first because the lasers that occupy these readers are red and for the reading and recording of Blue-rays it is necessary to occupy a blue optical lens.

So you must have the right hardware for it.

How to install K3B on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and derivatives?


K3b is a quite popular application, that even though it is not installed natively within Ubuntu, some of its derivatives or systems based on it usually include the application by default.

To install K3b on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 18.04, 18.10, Linux Mint 18/19 and the different Ubuntu-based distributions We must execute the commands below the terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:brandonsnider/cdrtools
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install k3b cdda2wav cdrecord mkisofs smake

K3b Settings for Blu-ray Mediums

After installation, you need to open the K3b application, next, they must insert the Blu-ray media into their burner.

From the menu, go to Settings> Configure K3b> Advanced. Make sure the Advanced GUI items are checked.

Go to the Programs tab in the same configuration window and make sure cdrecord is listed and selected.

While recording, in the project window, make sure to select cdrecord as the writing medium and click Record.

This will allow you to burn blu-ray discs on Ubuntu / Linux using K3b using the above method.

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