Hi everybody! I hope that you will be able to assist me over here! I have posted this message in another forum earlier, but have not yet received any response, this is why I am trying this one now: I have recently managed to get my DVD's backed up by using the following software and the instructions as per AfterDawn: SmartRipper, DVD2AVI, TMPGEnc, and Nero. It is a little frustrating 'cause you have to use all these different tools, but this is not the problem, at least I got the process to work. One or two hitches though: (1) My original DVD has great surround sound, the VCD Backup's not. I have tried two movies that I know has surround sound but I cannot get the surround sound over to the finalised product. The only place where I saw a setting about surround sound, was with DVD2AVI, where I have selected the settings as per the instructions (Audio, Dolby Digital, Decode and Dolby Surround Downmix). I have used all the settings as per the AfterDawn article with the instructions. I will really appreciate your help over here, as I do not want to backup my whole collection with inferiour quality sound. 2) Some movies does not end up in full screen , you get a kind of ''envelope' result at the end (black spaces top and bottom). Can you perhaps assist? My PC spec: Win XP, 2 G P4, 512 RAM, 60 G HDisk. Thanks for your assistance in urgent anticipation!