UPDATED 12-13-06: PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN 2: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (US, REGION 1) guide. New DVDFAB Decrypter + VobBlanker (or FixVTS) + DVD Shrink + ImgBurn guide (all FREE tools) NOTE: this FREE guide is specifically designed to backup the DVDs that you owned only. Furthermore, it's for "newbies" or those that are interested to use DVDFab Decrypter, VobBlanker or FixVTS + DVD Shrink and ImgBurn. In this guide, you'll learn how to do the following: <> DVDFab Decrypter Installation <> Settings via DVDFab Decrypter <> Ripping the DVD with DVDFab Decrypter <> VobBlanker Installation & Blanking, Deleting or simply Processing the VIDEO_TS.IFO with VobBlanker <> Processing the VOB files or backup with FixVTS <> Transcoding the backup or VIDEO_TS (ripped files) with DVD Shrink <> Burning the ISO image with ImgBurn (The Ultimate Image Burner from Lightning UK) Tools DVDFab Decrypter - http://www.dvdidle.com/free.htm Latest VobBlanker - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?p=898541#post898541 VobBlanker homepage - http://jsoto.posunplugged.com/vobblanker.htm FixVTS - http://download.videohelp.com/FixVTS/ DVD Shrink - http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_shrink.cfm ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/ A big thanks to Fengtao for creating one of the best FREE ripper available to all of us. DVDFab Decrypter is definitely one of the best free ripper beside RipIt4Me (another flawless FREE ripper). NOTE: Before you're going to rip any DVDs/movies or insert any original DVDs into your drive, let's "disable AutoRun" (this is highly recommend) to prevent from getting hijacked by Settec's Alpha-DVD protection. Some DVDs will install bunch of craps into your system without your consent if you have AutoRun turn "On" and it will abort or crash your system when it's transcoding or burning. In addition, it even goes as far as removing your burners, etc. How to Disable Autorun via Win XP Pro (01) click on Start (02) Run, then type regedit then click OK (yes... exactly like this) (03) click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (04) click SYSTEM, then CurrentControlSet (05) click on Services (06) highlight the folder on Cdrom (07) right click on "AutoRun" on the right hand panel (08) then choose Modify and change the Value Data to 0 (zero), click OK (09) now EXIT out from regedit (10) restart your computer/system and you'll be fine, AutoRun has been disabled. STEP 1: DVDFab Decrypter Installation Click on DVDFab Decrypter's setup to install. Click OK Click Next Click Next Click Next Click Next Click Finish STEP 1.2: Settings via DVDFab Decrypter Once you click Finish, DVDFab Decrypter will launch. Now it's time to make a few settings. The choice is yours, you can simply use DVDFab's default settings. Click on Read. I like to set mine to "Enable read-ahead cache, "Ask retry/ignore/abort when reading error" and have them set to 8. However, the choice is yours. NOTE: this is very important; you have to know where you from and specify the original DVD/disc's region code, so DVDFab Decrypter can take care of the job easily. When you're done, click OK at below and EXIT out. STEP 1.3: Ripping the DVD with DVDFab Decrypter Now insert the original DVD (PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN 2: Dead Man's Chest) or any DVD you want to rip into the drive. Once DVDFab Decrypter launched, it should do a quick scanning. The new DVDFab Decrypter has the option to rip the movie/DVD as an ISO image file now. The choice is yours -- I'm more into VIDEO_TS since I like to edit all of my backups via VobBlanker. NOTE: this is if you're going to rip the DVD as an ISO image only. Navigate and locate a Folder from the hard driver for the "ISO Target." "Source" is where the original DVD is located. "Target" is the Folder that DVDFab is going to rip the DVD into. NOTE: this is if you're using/ripping "Main Movie" mode only. Take out all other unwanted "Languages & Subpicture" to gain more quality. When your ready, click START and DVDFab will start to rip the DVD. Relax and sit tight, DVDFab is ripping the DVD/movie now. Again, just relax. DVDFab should be done shortly. NOTE: for those that don't want to use VobBlanker or FixVTS, feel free to skip any of these steps and simply go straight to DVD Shrink (STEP 3). I like to edit all of my backups (blank and delete unwanted junks like "FBI Warnings, Rating Logos, Previews/Trailers/Advertise, etc.") However, I highly recommend you at least process your already ripped files (VOB or VTS) with FixVTS. The choice is yours. STEP 2: VobBlanker Installation Double click to open VobBlanker Now extract VobBlanker to a folder in "hard drive" or "C:\Program Files\" Once you click OK, WinRAR will extract and put VobBlanker to that folder. NOTE: this is just to make a shortcut for VobBlanker only. STEP 2.1: Blanking, Deleting or Processing the VIDEO_TS.IFO through VobBlanker NOTE: If you don't want to use VobBlanker to edit, blank or delete any VTS or PGC, then go straight to STEP 2.2 (FixVTS) to process the already ripped VOB or VTS files. Why we must need it? Because FixVTS will clean and filter out any left over corrupted or tiny unreferenced junks (VTS/Cells/PGCs, etc.) Yes, even the new "God of Ripper" aka RipIt4Me is using FixVTS to process/clean after it's been ripped. Furthermore, AnyDVD (a retail decrypting tool) is using FixVTS or something similar as well. For more info on how to use VobBlanker to Blank, Delete, go here http://download.videohelp.com/jsoto/guides.htm For basic Blanking or Deleting process, go here http://my.afterdawn.com/alkohol/blog_entry.cfm/1481 Input Video Manager (VIDEO_TS.IFO) is the Folder where DVDFab Decrypter ripped into earlier, so use the Browse button to locate the ripped VIDEO_TS folder. Output Folder is going to be the new "Destination/Target Folder," so Browse and locate a new Folder from the hard drive. You can create one manually from the hard drive and point the "Output Folder" to it. Example: BLANKER PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN 2 and a sub VIDEO_TS folder (D:\BLANKER PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN 2\VIDEO_TS) NOTE: for this movie, I have VobBlanker delete and blank out everything, except the Main Movie & Menu. I also edited/deleted some useless menus as well. Once everthing's set, click PROCESS!! VobBlanker will start to "process" it should be done shortly (5 minutes). Now VobBlanker is blanking and processing. That's it!! VobBlanker is done. Now it's time to transcode the movie with DVD Shrink. STEP 2.2: Processing the VOB files with FixVTS For more info on how to use FixVTS, go here http://download.videohelp.com/FixVTS/ NOTE: This is another flawless step if you didn't used VobBlanker. I highly recommend this step because FixVTS will be able to fix the most common error with DVD Shrink like: "DVD Shrink has encountered an error and can not continue." However, the choice is yours -- so feel free to skip this step if you deemed that DVDFab Decrypter has taken care of all the protections and tiny corrupted junks. Open up FixVTS. Since I didn't make a shortcut for FixVTS, I'll have to open from my HD. Once FixVTS is launched, you'll need to navigate to the HD and locate the already ripped VOB & VTS there. Now just drag and drop any VTS or VOB file into FixVTS and start processing. NOTE: You can do either "in place (no backup!)" this will be faster. Or you can "untick" and have FixVTS do a backup for you, once it's done you'll have a brand new Folder called FixVTSBackup. Once you get the new folder from FixVTS, delete the old folder and continue with DVD Shrink using FixVTSBackup's folder. You can use Cleanup! for just the specified VOB or FullDVD for the whole DVD. NOTE: this is for "in place (no backup!)" mode only. This is the backup mode by unticking the "in place (no backup!)" Now FixVTS is cleaning and processing, so relax and it should be done shortly. That's it... FixVTS is done processing/cleaning with the FullDVD. Now it's safe to continue with DVD Shrink. Everything looks good here. NOTE: This is how to open the files from FixVTS when using DVD Shrink via "Open Files." STEP 3: Transcoding the backup or VIDEO_TS (ripped files) with DVD Shrink Now launch DVD Shrink Click on "Open Files" Navigate and locate the VIDEO_TS folder and click OK. DVD Shrink should do a "quick Analysing" now. With 69.6% on Video Quality ratio (meaning there are 30.4% needs to be transcoded), DVD Shrink should be able to produce a good quality backup using "DA + AEC + Max Smooth or Sharp" NOTE: This is if you're going to "Re-author" your backup with just the Main Movie only. Simply drag the Main Movie (Title 1) and drop under "DVD Structure." click on Backup! Click Target Device, then Arrow down and choose your desire "Backup Target". Again, I prefer DVD Shrink to finish the job then create an ISO image to my hard drive instead of "auto-burn" with DVD Decrypter, Nero or ImgBurn. You can have DVD Shrink to "auto-burn" with Nero, DVD Decrypter or ImgBurn. However, you'll need to have them installed on your system in order to use "auto-burn" properly with any of them. The choice is yours. Since I have DVD Shrink to create an ISO image and put into my HD, I'll need to locate my Folder for the "Target" by using the "Browse" button. Click on DVD Region and make sure to make it "Region Free", under "Provider ID," put in anything you desire. Click on Burn Settings and under "Volume Label," type in the name of the movie on it. Click Quality Settings and tick on both "Deep Analysis + AEC + Max Smooth or Sharp". I highly recommend using this Quality option, DVD Shrink will take a little longer, but you'll be more happy with the result (backup). However, the choice is yours. When everything's set, click OK and DVD Shrink will start to transcode. DVD Shrink is Analysing and or progressing it's 1st phase. Now DVD Shrink is on it's 2nd phase, which is actually transcoding. Sit tight and relax, DVD Shrink should be done shortly (depends on your system). That's it... DVD Shrink has successfully transcoded and created an ISO image into my hard drive. Now it's ready for me to burn -- time to fire up ImgBurn. STEP 4: Burning the ISO image with ImgBurn (The Ultimate Image Burner from Lightning UK) Now insert a high quality media into your DVD burner. NOTE: I highly recommend Taiyo Yuden, Verbatim or Hitachi Maxell (Made In Japan) Click on Mode, Write Use the "Folder icon" to navigate and locate the ISO image created by DVD Shrink from the hard drive. Select the "ISO image" and click Open Under "Destination," use the Arrow to select your DVD burner. Make sure a high quality blank is ready inside. Use the Arrow and select your desire burning speed. Click on the Green Arrow to write or burn. Relax, now ImgBurn (The Ultimate Image Burner) is burning. Again, just sit tight. ImgBurn should be done shortly. And presto...!! ImgBurn has successfully burned your backup. Click OK and EXIT out. YES, ImgBurn has successfully "booktyped" my backup into DVD-ROM. Way to go ImgBurn!!! NOTE: In order for ImgBurn to change the "booktype" into DVD-ROM; (1) your drive must support Book Typing. (2) you must use DVD+R, DVD+RW or DVD+R DL media. That's it!!! Now you have successfully ripped, transcoded and backed up your DVD. Best of luck to all and happy burning.