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How to Rip Copy Protected DVD and Remove Encryptions

How to rip copyrighted DVD to hard drive on PC and Mac?

Many people have big DVD collections and most of these DVDs are copyrighted. The best way to prevent these valued DVDs from any damages or loss is to keep them well on PC or Mac hard drive. But there are two problems when ripping copy protected DVDs.

Is it legal to rip commerial DVDs with DVD ripper?
A: Generally, ripping protected DVD to video formats stored on your own computer should not be a problem as long as you own the original. But making them available for sharing may be illegal, depending on the country you live in.

What software supports even the latest copy encrypted movie DVDs? HandBrake?
A: Sadly, HandBrake can't backup any encrypted DVDs either on Windows or Mac OS. But you can download the following DVD ripping software to rip copy-protected DVDs.

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Whatever Protected DVD You Have, Rip It Now!

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - Rip DVDs with any protections, including DVD regions, 99 titles, fake titles, bad sectors, CSS, etc. Constantly upgrade to support the latest DVD copy protections. The Safe Mode is able to solve most ripping errors that occur when you use other tools to rip strictly-protected DVDs. Stable and Fast!

DVD Copy Protections are Making Problems

DVDs bought from stores are protected by various schemes based on different studios. You can see a full list of DVD protections on Wiki if you're interested. Here you need to know is, copy protections are making prolems for common rippers. Let's see some common ones.

• Region codes:
-- Region codes are used to prevent DVDs from one area to be played on other areas. That's to say, your computer, DVD player, and consoles' DVD drive can play local DVDs only. There are 1-6 regions, and there is a post provides detailed info about region coded DVDs. When users convert DVD from one region to another, they will need some strong programs, instead of old software like DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink.

• CSS:
-- CSS (Content Scramble System) is a very common protection on commercial DVDs. It uses a slew of keys to deliver the protected content to authenticated devices. Most DVD rippers, including freeware, can remove CSS. For example, with the help of libdvdcss, Handbrake is able to handle DVDs with CSS algorithm.

• Sony ARccOS:
-- As the name suggests, ARccOS is a kind of DRM used on Sony DVDs. ARccOS intentedly creates bad sectors among the good ones in a DVD, which makes it confusing for ripping software. Most of the DVD rippers on the market won't recognize a DVD with fake/corrupted sectors, or even they start the rip, the output file ha corrupted files and won't play normally.

• Disney DRM:
-- Disney X-Project DRM is sued by Disney, Warner, and Paramount studios. This DRM mixes the correct title among 99 titles to confuse the software. It has been the main culprit for common DVD ripper not working errors, for example, Handbrake no title found, wrong DVD title, MBs of output file, etc.

Is There Any Software that Can Rip Protected DVDs?

Then what program can rip copy-protected DVDs, especially at this time when new copy protection technologies are widely used in movies/DVDs released by Hollywood and other companies? Popular movie DVDs like Venom, First Man, Black Panther, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Thor: Ragnarok, Coco, Dunkirk, Transformers, Zootopia and many other are well protected with the latest copy protection. It is difficult to copy and rip DVD to hard disk as common videos.

The commonly used DVD ripping software which declares to be fully compatible with protected DVD is no longer be able to hold water. They can not rip the latest encrypted DVD. The output videos are either out of order or mixed-up. The constant crashes are more common in the ripping process, including the famous free dvd converter - HandBrake. The best HandBrake alternative for future use, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is highly recommended for Windows 10 and previous.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - the Best Protected DVD Ripper Software

The DVD ripping software developed by Digiarty Software is tested and proved to one of the handful DVD ripping software which supports ripping the DVDs of the newest copy protections and encrpytion technology.

* It updates weekly to remove copy protections from DVDs, including region codes, CSS, Disney DRM, Sony ARccOS, and more.
* Since Version 8.0, it has supported even the complicated workout/exercise DVDs, TV series DVDs and DVDs with 99 titles.
* It will also digitizing DVDs to MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, MPEG, 3GP, popular video/audio formats, and Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes, Apple TV, Samsung, Xbox, Surface, Windows phones, Zune, Amazon, Lenovo, etc.
* It supports multi-core CPU and Intel QSV, AMD, and NVIDIA NVENC based hardware acceleration makes it the fastest DVD ripping software.
* Besides these basic functions, it also has advanced function such as clip video segment, adjusting parameter settings, and so on.

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How to Backup Copy Protected DVD Movies

1. Download WinX DVD Ripper Windows Version or Mac version.

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2. Record the DVD Title Number: play the movie with DVD player software. When it comes to the movie (main content), please check and record the title number. In most cases, WinX can auto detect the correct main title. If it fails, this method can help you find the right one to rip.

Tips: Here we took ripping the protected DVD movie Up for instance. From our test and customers' feedback when backing up DVD Up, you may try title 31 first. If it doesn't work, you need to find the title number by playing it because the title number changes in different DVD version.

Step 1 - Import the Source DVD
Launch DVD Ripper software, load DVD movie from DVD driver by clicking "DVD Disc" icon, from existing ISO file by clicking "ISO Image" or from DVD folder by clicking "Folder".

Step 2 - Select Output Profile
Select the output format as you wish, and you can decrypt copy protected DVDs to hard drive in the "PC General Video" profile, like DVD to MP4, DVD to Chromcast, DVD to AVI, DVD to WMV, DVD to MPEG, DVD to iPod, DVD to iPhone. At the "DVD Backup" output profile category, you can clone DVD to ISO Image, or copy DVD main/full title with original video audio quality.

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Step 3 - Select the Destination Folder
"Browse" to choose the output folder to save your converted DVD video file.

Step 4 - Rip and Backup Copy Protected DVD
"RUN" botton to start copy protected DVD ripping. You can view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime.

Note: Up to 350+ devices are sorted into output profiles: DVD Backup Profile, Device Profile (including Apple/Android/Microsoft/Sony and other devices), Web Video Profile and Common Video/Music Profile. You can select to rip copy protected/copyrighted DVD to any of them at will.

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  1. By clicking Option button, you can choose Audio Language, change Output Folder and Snapshot Folder.
  2. By clicking Edit in the Title line, you can choose the subtitle, crop/expand videos and trim videos if you need.
  3. By clicking the settings icon on the top of the DVD info, you can define video and audio parameters to customize video quality, like resolution, and rate, etc.
  4. Select "Use High Quality Engine" for better image quality.
  5. Take full use of "CPU Core Use" (up to 8).

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.


Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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