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The Ultimate DVD backup resource thread

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The purpose of this thread is to make the backup process as easy as possible. If you are having problems with a specific movie chances are you will find a link to a thread where the problem with making a backup are solved. In order to increase your chance of success please keep your programs up to date. This thread will also contain links to guides to help you through the backup process and links to the software that you will need to backup your movies.

Some of the programs included in this thread are no longer being developed, but in most cases can still be effective. This threads resources will continue to grow as new programs, copy protection schemes and solutions are introduced. Please contact a staff member with links to any programs or links that I may have left out so that we can keep this thread updated to provide an effective resource for our users.

Please don't use this as a discussion thread. Instead use it to post updated links so that they can be inserted into the relevant location.

NOTE: This thread contains links to both freeware and paid for programs. Afterdawn is not asking you to make any purchases. In most cases the end result can be achieved with either freeware or pay for programs and the links are included for your convenience...the choice is yours whether or not to go the freeware route or put up additional money to accomplish your task.


Rippers -
Encoders -
Transcoders -
Burning Tools -
Misc. tools -
Guides -
The movies (solutions)-
Misc. Discussions ~
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Rippers/Decrypters: These tools are listed in no particular order, but concerning freeware vs. payware they are listed in my preference of usefulness, effectiveness and also popularity on this forum. This is just my opinion and the points of efficiency and effectiveness should be based on your personal beliefs so take it for what it's worth.

DVDFab HD Decrypter (free) -

DVDFab HD Decrypter is a simple version of DVDFab Platinum. It copies entire DVD movie to hard disk, and removes all the protections (CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs and Sony ARccOS) while copying. It also comes with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support (Removes AACS).

AnyDVD ($$$) -
AnyDVD is a Windows-based driver that works automatically in the background to unprotect encrypted movie DVDs. AnyDVD works best with CloneDVD and CloneDVD mobile

AnyDVD HD ($$$) -
AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support and many more additional features.

RipIt4Me (free) -
RipIt4Me is a freeware utility that helps you backup your copy protected DVDs. Recently released DVDs are now very often equipped with stronger copy protections - such as ARccOS and RipGuard DVD. Programs like DVD Shrink or DVD Decrypter cannot handle these types of discs. RipIt4Me is fully automated and the wizard will guide you through all the necessary steps involved. If you prefer, there is also a true "1-Click" mode that will perform all the involved steps automatically for you. Development stopped April 1 2007.

DVD Region+CSS Free ($$$) -
DVD Region+CSS Free and DVDIdle allows you to watch and copy DVD from any region on all DVD drives. It also removes DVD encryption. DVDIdle, same features as DVD Region Free but it also extend the lifetime of your DVD drive by up to 800 percent by using Smart Read-ahead Cache.

DVD Decrypter (free) -
One of the best DVDDecrypter tool, it enables you to decrypt and copy DVDs to your HD. Demultiplex DVD to separate audio, video and subtitle streams. It can also make DVD images and burn DVD and CD images. No longer developed, use DVDFab Decrypter or AnyDVD if you get any ripping problems.
DVD43 (free) -

DVD43Free is a small, free tool that integrates into Windows XP/2000 and overrides DVD-Video copy-protection and DVD Region limitations.

Transcoders: Some freeware and some not. Most of the products that are not free do carry a trial period for you to try before your buy.

DVD Shrink -
DVD Shrink is a versatile freeware tool for fitting a DVD-Video disc on a single DVDR disc.

DVD Shrink is capable of both re-authoring and re-encoding the movie. It features an intuitive user interface which makes it easy to choose what to keep, and what to lose.

DVD Shrinks allow the user to select compression level for each video track separately to obtain the desired disc size (which is usually below 4.38GB). The software is capable of producing either an ISO image of the ripped DVD, or a VIDEO_TS folder for further processing, viewing or burning.

DVDFab ($$$) -
DVDFab Platinum is the most powerful and flexible DVD copying/burning software. With 8 copy modes, you can back up any DVD to DVDR in just a few clicks.
DVDFab Platinum is brand new, is completely rewritten, is based on more than 6 years of DVD copy software development.

CloneDVD ($$$) -
CloneDVD 2 copies movies to create unparalleled picture quality DVD backups, whether it’s the main title you’re copying or the complete DVD. CloneDVD will compress long footage at high speed to the highest of quality using specialised transcoding technology, allowing you to select your audio and language settings and also the final target size. Easy for even the novice user, CloneDVD’s intuitive Filmstrip assistant guides you through all the available configuration settings, allowing you to choose which chapters to include and offering the option to trim individual chapters.

Nero Recode ($$$) -
Nero Recode is a tool that makes it extremely easy to compress a large DVD movie to fit a standard 4.7GB DVDR disc. Software also allows various other video format conversions, such as AVI, MPEG-4, VOB and MOV formats to a DVD or Nero Digital format.

Nero Recode includes a fast video compression engine for DVDR encoding, but also supports high-quality AVC/H.264 -compatible encoding using its own Nero Digital format.

Software obviously integrates fully with other Nero applications, but the version available here can function also without any other Nero applications installed.

DVD2One ($$$) -
With DVD2one you can make a movie-only or full disk copy of your DVD for personal use on a single DVD-Recordable. Key features include:

~ Unique video compression engine: combines blazing speed with the highest quality.
~ Multi-processor, multi-core and multi-computer (grid) compatible.
~ Process a movie to fit on a single recordable in a matter of 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the speed of your computer).
~ Make a movie-only copy of your DVD. Why waste space and image quality on unnecessary intros, menus and language tracks?
~ Make a full disk copy of your DVD. For those who want to keep those fancy menus and intros.
~ Powerful join mode. Useful for putting multiple episodes of a (tv) series or joining both sides of a flipper on 1 disk.
~ Batchprocessing: Program up to 15 disks to be processed one after another without user intervention.
~ Remaster your CDs on DVD in Super CD quality.
~ Builtin burnengine.
~ Written from scratch, not based on any old code, libraries or existing opensource projects.
~ Both PC Windows and Mac OS-X versions available.

Shrinkto5 (free) -
ShrinkTo5 is the new, powerful and fast DVD copying engine. ShrinkTo5 has been developed as a cross-platform engine available for free for anyone. To ensure a fast spreading to other platforms ShrinkTo5 is distributed as open-source.

ShrinkTo5 can copy movies with an undeniably superior picture quality. No matter if you wish to copy just the main movie or the whole movie DVD, ShrinkTo5 always produces a superb picture quality, since the ShrinkTo5 engine always concentrates on the main movie. No tedious configuration is needed like with other copying tools, ShrinkTo5 will always find the perfect balance automatically.

DVD neXt Copy ($$$) -
The standard version is fast and easy for the whole family to use. It produces perfect audio and video quality copies of all your DVD movies. It also allows the user to customize their copy by choosing what tracks they want to copy or exclude like movie trailers ect... The standard version also includes a project manager and the ability to change the look and feel with skins. This latest version now utilizes FPRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT=" neXt Tech™ error correction technology to ensure the highest level of success copying the latest generation of DVD movies. (Give it a try. If it is not what you are looking for, we have an instant 100% refund.)

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DVD Rebuilder (free) -
DVD Rebuilder is a free tool that allows to shrink a DVD movie into a single DVDR disc, using CCE, CCE Basic, ReJig or QuEnc as an external encoder.

When combined with any version of CCE, the software produces far better video quality than any of the fast one-click tools. However, it is reminded that the software is still in beta phase and can cause problems.

DVD Rebuilder Pro ($$$) -
The highest quality backup method available!!!
Added features and functionality over the free version.

CCE SP ($$$) -
Cinema Craft Encoder SP allows you to directly encode AVI, QuickTime and DV files into DVD or SVCD compliant MPEG-2 streams, or VCD MPEG-1 streams.

CCE is one of the fastest encoders on the market, in addition to which it provides the best quality, too -- you wouldn't expect any less from a software with a price tag of $2,000.00.

This is the trial version. It is limited in the following ways:
1. A logo will be inserted in the encoded stream.
2. Encoder control list cannot be saved or loaded.
3. Framewise setting is not available for Quality setting.

CCE Basic ($$$) -
Cinema Craft Encoder allows you to directly encode AVI, QuickTime and DV files into DVD or SVCD compliant MPEG-2 streams, or VCD MPEG-1 streams.

CCE is one of the fastest encoders on the market, in addition to which it provides the best quality, too. The basic version is somewhat more limited than the SP version, but is also $1900 cheaper.

This is a trial version of the software, and it has the following limitations:
1. A logo will be inserted in the encoded stream.
2. MPEG files longer than 3 minutes cannot be created.
3. This program expires after 30 days from installation date.
CCE SP2 ($$$$) -

CCE-SP2 allows you to directly Encode AVI, QuickTime and DV files
into DVD compliant high-quality MPEG-2 streams.
CCE-SP2 is the ideal tool for creating MPEG-2 streams
for non-liner video editors, 3DCG animators, and game creators.

Procoder ($$$) -
Grass Valley ProCoder 3 software combines speed and flexibility into a streamlined video conversion tool for professionals. Widely acknowledged as the leading software transcoder, ProCoder 3 features extensive input/output options, advanced filtering, batch processing and an easy-to-use interface.

Whether encoding MPEG video for DVD production, producing Windows Media for streaming or transcoding between NTSC and PAL, ProCoder 3 makes video format conversion quick and easy. Encode a single source to multiple targets simultaneously, run multiple conversion jobs back-to-back in batch mode, or use drag-and-drop preset icons to start conversion with a single click.

HC Encoder (free) -
HC is a simple to use MPEG2 video encoder and is meant for creating MPEG2 video streams with a strong focus on DVD-compliancy. Input can be a d2v project or input using Avisynth. HC expects as input YUV-planes (YV12 color space 4:2:0). During the encoding process there are no color plane conversions, the encoder keeps the color planes in YV12 color space.

There's no fancy GUI, the input is controlled by a serie of commands in the file HC.ini. The encoder runs in a command prompt window, during the encoding process information is written in the command window.

Output is a regular m2v file which can be used directly in your favourite authoring program.
AutoQMatEnc(free) -

# Use same ECL Files than CCE SP Trial
# Read any AVS script by using directly avisynth.dll
# Built-In advanced QMatOp technology - Activated by adding adjust_q_matrix=1 in ECL or CCEAQM=1 in the REBUILDER.INI file for DVDRB users. For details about QMatOp go to the forums.
# MultiPass enabled - Above 4 passes is close from useless but can be performed
# Part of CCE Simple Settings (Animation/CG/Natural) taken into account : Recomended for Anime (Aniamtion) and old movies (Natural)
# QMatOp phase not reprocessed but detected if encode cancelled once finished.
# Pass 1 no reprocessed if already done.
# Compatible with RB-Farm when used with DVDRB. (Thank you Danpos for finding/testing it!!!)
# MPEG2 Encoder using a part of libavcodec : libavcodec is released under the LPGP.
SUPER (free) -

SUPER © Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer.
A GUI to FFmpeg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, mppenc,
FFmpeg2theora & the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn.

If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file,
without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need.
It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click.

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Burning Tools:

Imgburn (free) -
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

Nero Burning ROM ($$$) -
Nero Burning ROM is probably the best all-in-one CDR/DVDR application on the market.

DeepBurner Free (free) -
DeepBurner Pro ($$$) -
---comparison--- :

CloneCD ($$$) -

CloneCD is the perfect tool to make backup copies of your music and data CDs, regardless of copy protection. CloneCD's award-winning user interface allows you to copy almost any CD in just a few mouse clicks.

Since the release of 5.0, CloneCD is not only able to copy CDs but also most DVD formats, such as DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R Dual Layer and ram.cfm" class="forum_link" target="_blank">DVD-RAM. The movies are copied 1:1 and therefore not modified (compressed). Note that to copy movie DVDs you also require AnyDVD.

CloneCD also works with other formats such as ISO and UDF files and copies CDs/DVDs with the new SafeDisc 3 Copy Protection System. CloneCD allows you to create perfect 1:1 copies of your valuable original compact discs. Should your copy-protected music CD not play in your car audio, the backup created by CloneCD will.

Slysoft combine knowledge and innovation with many years of experience and direct communication with customers to provide constant improvements, therefore making CloneCD the highest quality copying application around.

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Misc. Tools:

DVD Shrink with Imgburn -

FixVTS (free) -
FixVTS is a very tiny tool that allows you to adjust your DVD files into better DVD compliance, so they can be opened in DVDShrink or VobBlanker. FixVTS does a similar job as what's called an IFOEdit Mock Strip, but only adjust as little information as possible in the VOB and IFO files to allow it to open in a other appication while keeping the DVD as original as possible.

You would use FixVTS if you messed up your DVD, for example by applying the wrong tool, or aborting in the middle of some processing, and the result can no longer be used. Another good use is for DVDs that have been authored with deliberate "errors" in the IFO or VOB files, such that they still play on your player, but won't open in DVD editing tools such as DVDShrink, VobBlanker and others.

VobBlanker (free) -
VobBlanker is a tool that is able to blank, replace, cut and strip VTS video titles. It has some special features like reducing to still (with or without audio) the complete PGCs or single Cells.

VobBlanker needs a unencrypted backup of the DVD to be processed, then it uses the info stored in the IFOs to access the Cells inside the VOBs. When the VIDEO_TS.IFO file is selected, VobBlanker reads automatically all the IFOs in the same folder and stores all the required information into memory. Then you can configure how the DVD is going to be processed, which PGCs are going to be blanked, etc.

PGCEdit (free) -
PgcEdit is a DVD IFO editor designed to allow the modification of the navigation commands and parameters of an already authored DVD structure. It is designed to supplement IfoEdit.

IFOEdit (free) -
This is one of the must-have tools for all the guys who wish to backup their DVD movies to DVD-R or DVD+RW discs. IFOEdit allows users to parse VOB files, remove and add video/audio/subtitle streams to VOBs, create new IFO files, create DVD images and burn DVD-Rs. All within one little tool. Versions since 0.93 now also include world's first free DVD authoring suite that supports AC3 audio, subtitles and much, much more.

Please note that this version of IFOEdit doesn't work perfectly with Windows XP, so it is strongly recommended to use it with Win2k instead.
DVDReMake Pro ($$$) -
DvdReMake is a DVD editor. With DvdReMake you can easily make a customized backup of your DVD disk or reauthor your disk to add features your authoring software does not support.

DvdReMake makes difficult things look easy. Ever wanted to understand what is on your disk and have a full control of the backup? Then this program is for you, try importing disk into DvdReMake and see for yourself.

DvdReMake has features that make it a very handy tool for editing dvds or making DVD backup:

·Process DVDs with seamless playback and multiple angles
·Remove unwanted buttons from either still or motion menus
·Re-link menu buttons
·Change DVD navigation
·Delete menus for selected language
·Cut out credits or embedded studio logos
·Replace material on the DVD with your own
·Remove warning/rating screens
·Remove menu transitions
·Actually, remove any scene from the disk. No more splitting disks - have what you like on your disk (movie or extra, or even part of this and part of that) with the original menu by simply removing what you don't want to see on the disk.

This demo version is limited and does not have the capability of exporting edited DVD. You can still test all the features of the software and decide if it suits your needs.

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approved by ZoSoIV !!! I have nothing to add lol

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Alright, a stamp of approval.

I'm sure you'll be adding something before long. :)

7thsinger Suspended due non-functional email address
Nice thread LOCO!

I'll have to bookmark this one too!

Just one question, how come SawIV isn't on the movies list. :) Just kidding!

2 Very Big Thumbs Wayyyyyy UPPPPPP !!!!!!!!!!

(but only if I get a new Loco doll)

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition

Wow, this might be the best thread ever! Informative and easy to read, god willing, this will cut down on useless threads. This is going in my signature so all the newbies can learn!

Latest AnyDVD to rip > VOBB to blank the unwanted on a DVD > Shrink to compress > ImgBurn to burn = Never starting a thread asking how to backup a movie
Originally posted by Mr_Pink:
Wow, this might be the best thread ever! Informative and easy to read, god willing, this will cut down on useless threads. This is going in my signature so all the newbies can learn!

Pray to God that the n00bs can read !

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition

Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Just one question, how come SawIV isn't on the movies list. :) Just kidding!
I was actually going to go back through the forums and hunt up threads for the past movies that people had difficulty with, but all the Saw's and Lords of Dogtown's etc. should be old news by now and easily defeated simply by making sure the current software is up to date. So I'll just add links to movies from here forward. :)

Thanks to everyone else.

7thsinger Suspended due non-functional email address
I had to ask. :D

I have Vista-- I hate it-- I have downloaded every file in this thread for the last 5 days and nothing works
dvd shrink says I need an ASPI initialized and I can not get any of the others Any DVD / DVD Fab or image burn to do anything.
I am truly ready to throw the computer out the window-- can anyone help me.
I am trying to copy the movie Winds of War and have only one dvd spot
Try running your programs in computability mode. I'm also using Vista and have no problems with the above mentioned programs.

I think you have the term for "transcoder" and "encoder" tools messed up in your posts. You're missing QuEnc and AutoQMatEnc.

hmm, DvdReMake (Pro) does not qualify to be in your list!?
Please contact a staff member with links to any programs or links that I may have left out so that we can keep this thread updated to provide an effective resource for our users.
QuEnc is included in the installation for DVDRB.

Added: AutoQMatEnc & DVDRemake Pro links and descriptions.

4saken Suspended due non-functional email address
Originally posted by iluvendo:
Originally posted by Mr_Pink:
Wow, this might be the best thread ever! Informative and easy to read, god willing, this will cut down on useless threads. This is going in my signature so all the newbies can learn!
I agree 1000%, we just need one of these on the MAC side of the house!
I must have missed your reference to CloneCD (my favorite for full backups to DL media) in your listings......

Thanks Bilbo, CloneCD added.

7thsinger Suspended due non-functional email address
NOW it's the Ultimate Backup Resource. ;)

This is undoubtably the most concise and complete listings to date of useful programs and help sites for backing up one's DVDs/CDs that I have seen. Thanks for the "One Stop Shopping"......

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