DVD-Ranger informed us that they released a pre-release version of their Cinavia removal module CinEx today. The pre-release version is an update to the recently released beta version of CinEx and brings improvements of the audio quality. The company is the first that claims it can actually remove the watermark from the audio stream which means that a backup created with DVD-Ranger and the CinEx module should play in all Blu-ray players.
The company claims that in the pre-release voices of the actors now sound clear and soft and that background music should have more detail. The audio quality improvement should be achieved by refined post-processing algorithms which the developers have given some fancy names. CinEx SolidSync should deal with finding the watermark, CinEx Intelligent Engine should remove the watermark and CinEx Power Post-Processor should recover frequencies that are damaged by Cinavia removal.
Cinavia is a copy protection for Blu-ray that is mandatory on Blu-ray players since 2012. The protection is based on a watermark that is embedded in the audio stream of a Blu-ray movie. Blu-ray players, both hardware and software contain a Cinavia detector that checks for a valid watermark. If not found because e.g. someone tries to playback a backup of a movie, the audio is muted after 20 minutes and a Cinavia message will appear. Recent versions of the protection might also prompt the user to purchase a legitimate version online.
The CinEx module from DVD-Ranger has proven to successfully remove the Cinavia protection but had a major drawback, the audio quality degraded heavily. The company promised that future releases, like this pre-release would improve the audio quality while the Cinavia protection was no longer present on the movie.
The pre-release of the CinEx module can be downloaded from the DVD-Ranger website.