If you have ever tried to copy or rip a DVD title and failed because it was copyright protected, come join the club. I tried this on every DVD I purchased just in case it works. I prefer to buy DVDs of my favorite movies but also prefer to make a copy to another normal DVD or onto my computer’s hard disk for viewing. The original DVD is more like a collector’s item for me and I would like to save it safe.
While I was looking around for some assistance in this regard, I bumped into this awesome freeware software. I haven’t tried it yet but reviews on the web say lot of good things about this utility. So I wanted to share it with you all. I might try this in the next week or so but if you get your hands on it before I do, please add a comment and let me know your experience.
DVD Shrink is the utility that allows you to break the copyright protection and therefore make copies. A few noteworthy points of this software:
- DVD Shrink does not burn DVDs! The output from DVD Shrink is saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn to a DVD-R using separate burning software, such as the software provided with your DVD-R drive. (DVD Shrink will also burn your backup DVD, if you have installed the latest version of Nero).
- Some DVDs cannot be copied at all, and some can be copied but cannot be played. DVD Shrink overcomes copyright protection with built-in decryption algorithms. This is the feature that actually ‘opens’ the disk for copying.
- Original DVDs are normally Disk 9 type (9.5 GB). So even if the DVD can be ripped, file size is too large and cannot be copied to a single normal DVD (DVD 5 or the 4.7 GB disks we use). This software compresses the ripped file to less than 4.7 GB! Happy backups!
- DVD Shrink is FREE!
One step further:
IF the DVD Shrink software is unable to break the protection and copy the file, you can try this additional tool. This software only ‘opens’ the protection as soon as the disk is inserted in the drive. You can then use the DVD Shrink to do the job or any other favorite software you prefer.
DVD43 is a free DVD decrypter that runs in the background and decrypts DVDs on the fly. It will decrypt (unlock) a movie DVD so that your copy program can read it.