Odds are if you rip your Blu-ray collection (the main movie only) using a tool like Clown_BD you have come across at least several movies where there have been multiple playlists for what appear to all be for the main movie. Typically this will occur when there are multiple languages of the same movie included on the disc, or when there are different versions (such as a theatrical and extended version). In some instances it should be fairly obvious what each playlist is. For example, if you have a movie that has the theatrical release and the extended cut you know that the runtime for the extended cut will be the longer of the two. Another easy way to determine the correct playlist would be to look up the actual movie runtime (whether it be from IMDB or other).
However, there are cases where just looking at the playlist it is extremely difficult to determine the correct playlist unless you want to attempt trial and error. Disney Blu-rays seem to be the most notorious for this. Many of these discs that I have encountered typically have three different versions of the main movie (French, Spanish, and English). The language differences though are not actually the audio track but instead the wording (for example there may be a logo on a door during the movie, and this logo is what changes according to the playlist you choose). So in a case like this, how do you figure out what the correct playlist you want is without ripping each playlist and then watching for those small changes? Well, let’s take a look at one method to sort this out, using my software duo of AnyDVD + Clown_BD:
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Now that we know what m2ts files to key in on, navigate to the files via Windows Explorer (Disc -> BDMV -> Stream) and play each m2ts, looking for what the difference could be.
For 344.m2ts I can see that the word “present” is written in French, so this would indicate that the playlist with this m2ts file (00801.mpls) is the French version of the movie.
For 357.m2ts I can see that the word “present” is written in Spanish, so this would indicate that the playlist with this m2ts file (00802.mpls) is the Spanish version of the movie.
For 320.m2ts I can see that the word “present” is written in English, so this would indicate that the playlist with this m2ts file (00800.mpls) is the English version of the movie.
Well, there you have it. Obviously we are not talking rocket science here, but I have seen enough questions from people asking about multiple playlists that I thought it would be good to put together a quick guide on how to handle.