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. (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. I will appreciate your assistance in this regard.