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Free DVD Ripper for CSS Protection Removal: Rip CSS-Protected DVD

Fail to rip commercial CSS protected DVDs? Try the method below.

"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?"

Why Can't You Copy CSS Protected DVD Content Directly?

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 it was introduced, CSS had been widely employed by DVD producers 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)?'.

Best Free DVD Ripper for CSS Protected DVDs

WinX DVD Ripper - Rip CSS copy protected DVDs for free to MP4, WMV, MOV, iPhone, Android, etc. Besides CSS, it can also unlock other DVD encryptions, such as UOPs, APS, Sony ARccOS, etc.

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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

Part 1. Which Free DVD Ripper Can Defeat CSS Copy Protection?

Since free programs are preferred, we work on three top free DVD rippers with ability to rip and copy CSS protected DVDs.

1. HandBrake

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 first.

2. VidCoder

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 decrypt any movie on DVD with protected by CSS you throw to it. Afterwards, it detects the correct main title automatically, and then copy CSS encrypted DVDs to MP4, MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV, MP3, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android Samsung, HTC, and Sony PSP at super fast speed thanks to Level-3 GPU hardware acceleration technology.

On top of 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.

Part 2. How to Use This Free DVD Ripper to Rip CSS Protection DVDs: 3 Steps (with Picture)?

First of all, download proper version to your computer.
Download WinX Free DVD Ripper for Windows (11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc.)
Download WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free for macOS (Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur 11, 10.15, 10.14, 10.13, etc.)

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 via DVD Disc button.

Step 2. Shift your eyes to "Output Profile" window, and specify one as the output.

Step 3. Hit RUN button if you have nothing to modify (e.g., trim video length or adjust video parameters).

Free DVD Ripper for CSS Copy Protected DVDs

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.

[YouTube Video Tutorial] How to Rip CSS Protected DVDs

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author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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