"I have a pile of DVDs that are marked as CSS protected. When I tried to copy the DVDs to my computer hard drive, I was rejected. So my question is what should I do to copy CSS protected DVDs as digital files for storing on my computer. Any software needed?"
To figure out question, you need to be clear on what CSS is.
CSS, standing for Content Scramble System, is a DRM and encryption system utilizing a proprietary 40-bit stream cipher algorithm. Since introduced, CSS is widely employed by DVD producers, being embedded into commercially produced DVD-Video discs to prevent illegal copy of DVD content. Thus, you can't copy CSS protected DVD content to computer directly, unless you have a DVD ripper that can defeat CSS.
For more information about CSS, please refer to 'What Is CSS (in DVD Copy Protection)?'.
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WinX Free DVD Ripper is a handy freeware tool that allows you to rip your DVDs fast and without too much effort. It does a great job. - Comment by Oscar
Considering that free program is much preferred, we work on three top free DVD rippers and hope to pick out one that can rip and copy CSS protected DVDs.
HandBrake is one of the most popular tools for DVD ripping. Can it handle CSS DVDs? As a matter of fact, HandBrake doesn't support any copy-protected DVDs natively. If you insist on using HandBrake, a third-party DVD decrypter is required to remove the DVD copy protection (in this case, CSS) first.
Another top free open source DVD ripper comes to VidCoder. But according to the description on its official site, it can't defeat CSS encryption in many commercial DVDs either.
3. WinX DVD Ripper
Navigating to its product page, we can easily catch the sentence - "it can remove DVD CSS". And by testing, it did work as advertised. It can easily recognize any CSS protected DVD you throw to it, detect the correct main title automatically, and then rip and copy CSS encrypted DVD to MP4, MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP3, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android Samsung, HTC, and Sony PSP at super fast speed thanks to Hyper-threading Technology.
Not limited to CSS protection, this free DVD ripper can also rip DVD protected by UOP, RCE, region code and Sony ARccOS. And the output will be in good order, and in perfect video audio quality.
Next, install it as instructions. When finished, fire up it and process CSS removal and CSS DVD ripping following the 3 simple steps below.
Step 1. Insert the CSS protected DVD into DVD ROM, and load it to the ripper by clicking on DVD Disc button.
Step 2. Shift your eyes to "to xxx" tabs, and specify one (i.e. to MP4) as the output.
Step 3. Hit Start resided in the right bottom of the main user interface, if you have nothing to modify, for example, main title, audio track, subtitle track, and video audio parameters.
Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.
Rip and digitize homemade, scratched, movie DVDs / folder / ISO image and DVDs with 99 titles - the new DRM encryption adopted by Disney and other DVD distributors, bypass DVD CSS, region code, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE, level-3 hardware accelerated.
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Donna Peng has been working as a copywriter in Digiarty Software for many years. She has written loads of articles to help people handle their DVDs, videos and other stuff.