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How to Remove Disney Protections and Rip Disney DVDs

Learn about Disney X-project copy protection, how to remove the 99-title DRM, and rip Disney DVDs without errors.

I wanted to back up a Disney DVD I bought to my kid, but unluckily, I failed. Some friends told me that's because this DVD has 99 titles and was protected with Disney's x-project DRM. Can I remove the copy protection? Is there a way to decrypt and rip Disney DVDs?

Running into the same issue with 2 Disney DVDs... Toy Story 4 and Coco. When I rip the Disney DVD to MP4, everything is running great for the first 30-40 mins and then the remaining about 60 minutes, it just repeats about a 5-10 second loop of video. I don't have the same issue with Disney movies from pre-2017. Is there a way to rip newer Disney DVD contents?

If you love watching both live-action and animated films, you probably own a collection of Disney DVDs. What can you do with old Disney DVDs? You might want to rip the Disney DVDs into video files so that you can watch Disney DVD movies on the go and protect your priceless DVDs. Disney DVDs, however, are difficult to rip. No worries. Here we will show you how to rip Disney DVDs on both Mac and Windows.

How to Rip Disney DVDs Free and Easily

WinX DVD Ripper - This free Disney DVD ripper can rip any Disney movie DVD, such as Finding Dory/Nemo, Frozen, Incredibles 2, Coco, Cars 3, Tory Story 4, etc. It can bypass the Disney 99-title and X-project DRM, region code, RCE, UOP, bad sectors, CSS, and almost all copy protection schemes. Easily convert Disney DVDs to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, ISO, and other formats. No quality loss. 5X faster than other ripping tools.

Part 1. What is Disney DRM and why it's so Difficult to Rip Disney DVDs?

DRM is a set of technologies used to control access and prevent unauthorized copying or distribution of digital content. It is commonly used by content providers like Disney to protect their copyrighted materials. Disney uses a specific type of DRM called Disney X-project DRM, which is widely used by publishers such as Disney, Pixar, Paramount, and Warner. In addition to movies and TV shows, this DRM is also used for workout DVDs, AV DVDs, and other specialized types of DVDs.

Generally, Disney DVDs encoded with the X-project DRM will:

  • Disney copy protected DVDs have 99 titles and the DVD movie size is larger than 40 GB.
  • Some DVDs are not playable on your DVD player which is not matching for the protected DVDs.
  • When you use common DVD backup tool to copy Disney protected DVDs, error message pops up or the program crashes.
  • New copy protection prevents DVD from being ripped by general DVD ripper software and the videos converted from DVD will be out of order, scrambled or get stuck in a loop.
  • It may even shorten the life for DVD drive if wrong decoding scheme is misused.

Many DVD rippers can't rip Disney DVDs:

To rip Disney DVDs, DRM removal software is needed to bypass the protection. While there are many free DVD rippers, they may not be the best choices for ripping Disney DVDs. Take HandBrake as an example. While it can handle CSS-encrypted DVDs with the help of libdvdcss, it cannot handle Disney DVDs. When ripping a Disney DVD, it may hang at percentage, fail to load the DVD data and pop up the no valid title found error, or the result a file is only 2 mins long or a continuous loop of the scene at a certain minute mark. In fact, there is no free software that can completely support decrypting Disney copy-protected DVDs, even well-known programs like DVD Cloner, K9Copy, DVD43, and DVD95.

So is there a way to rip Disney DVDs?

Part 2. How to Rip Disney DVDs with a Free Disney DVD Ripper Easily

To effectively remove Disney X-Project DRM and rip Disney encrypted DVDs, try WinX DVD Ripper.

  • It can remove Disney X-Project DRM, CSS, region codes, RCE, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, AACS 2.0, and more.
  • It will rip 99-title Disney DVDs to H.264, MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, ISO, 350+ formats.
  • It supports DVDs from Pixar, Marvel, Lionsgate, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony, and others.
  • It will instantly detect the correct title from 99 fake titles of a Disney DVD, without the need of libdvdcss or 3rd-party decrypters.
  • Keep you away from halfway Disney DVD ripping, incomplete rip issues.

Download this Disney DVD ripper to easily copy classic Disney DVDs for kids. It can flawlessly rip Disney DVDs, such as Up, The Princess and the Frog, Toy Story, Frozen 1/2, Finding Dory, and Alice in Wonderland, as well as the latest Disney releases, such as The Little Mermaid, Elemental, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, etc.

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How to Rip Disney DRM-ed DVDs on PC or Mac?

First of all, ensure that you download the right version of WinX DVD Ripper based on the operating system of your computer. Install the Dsiney DVD ripper and close any other potentially conflicting software.

Here we take Windows version as a demonstration. Even if you are an Mac user, you can still follow the steps below because the process of ripping Disney DVDs on Windows and Mac with WinX DVD Ripper are similar.

Step 1. Open the Disney DVD you want to rip.

Start up WinX DVD Ripper, insert your disney DVD in computer DVD-ROM, and click DVD Disc button to load movie. After you open the DVD, the software will begin scanning the contents of the Disney DVD and automatically determine the correct title to extract.

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Step 2. Choose an output profile.

Select any output format you desire on the Output Profile. Your Disney DVD can be converted to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV video file for PC/Mac, to fit Apple/Android/Microsoft/Sony devices or websites, and saved to a music file. If you want to rip your Disney DVD to MP4, you can find this output format at General Profile.

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And, you can make personal settings like selecting several titles and clicking "Merge titles" to combine them into one, trimming video segments, cropping and cutting off unwanted area of the movie, choosing or adding subtitles and setting tags.

Step 3. Start to rip your disney movie DVD.

To initiate the DVD ripping process, simply click the "RUN" button and the Disney DVD ripper will begin its work. You can continue with other tasks while the ripper runs in the background. By supporting advanced hardware acceleration, it can take full advantage of Intel Quick Sync (QSV) and NVidia NVENC to speed the DVD ripping or backup on computer up to 47x real-time faster.

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Watch the YouTube Video Tutorial to Rip Disney Protected DVDs

Note: Ripping commercial DVDs might circumvent the copy-protection system employed on Disney discs, so to some extent it's questionable as to whether the use of this type of software is legal - even if you own the DVD and are ripping it only to watch it in another form. So it is necessary to consult the related laws in your country before ripping protected DVDs and make sure the copy is totally not for commercial use.


1. It's Legal and Safe to Rip Disney DVDs?

It seems that most people want to watch movies free rather than go to cinema. So, they seek for full Disney movie online or movie torrents for downloading patiently. But, you should know the following probable disadvantages along with films online and downloaded from torrents.

  • It is just a trailer video, not full Disney movie.
  • It is too blurred to watch.
  • The virus, Trojan or some malware will be brought to your computer when watching Disney film online or downloading torrents.
  • Disney movies are copyrighted so that you may involve in an infringement issue.

From the above, it is legal and safe to copy a purchased or borrowed Disney DVD on Mac/PC for watching Disney movies if missing its release in theater.

To rip and copy Disney DVDs is very useful for protecting the fragile discs from being scratched and broken adn having a long storage. What's more, the copied movies can be converted to MP4, H264 for playback on iPhone, iPad, Android or other OS devices for your kids to enjoy Disney animation movies/cartoons during journey.

Because of strict encryptions, nearly all open source DVD rippers, for example Handbrake, are unable to copy Disney DVD on Mac/Windows. Even though some rippers can backup Disney DVDs, the video is out of order. So, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, the best Disney DVD ripper for Mac and Windows can copy Disney DVDs for you easily, to ISO image at 1:1 ratio with no effort at all. Also, it can backup main title to a single MPEG2 file and full title to MKV with lossless quality to play Disney cartoons like Big Hero 6 and other Disney movies, like Inside Out, Maleficent, Into The Woods, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day smoothly.

2. Can Handbrake rip Disney DVDs?

No, Handbrake can't rip Disney DVDs or other protected DVDs on its own. You can download libdvdcss to help Handbrake rip DVDs with CSS and region codes. However, even with libdvdcss, Handbrake may have trouble ripping Disney DVDs with 99 titles or 40GB. With Handbrake, you may get scrambled Disney DVD video, not loading errors, or invalid title found.

3. Any other free software to rip Disney DVDs?

As mentioned earlier, it's hard to rip a Disney DVD due to its complicated protection measure. Many famous DVD rippers, such as Handbrake, can't handle the Disney X-project DRM. However, a few DVD rippers offer the ability to rip Disney DVDs. One option is MakeMKV, which can easily convert Disney protected DVDs into MKV files without any loss of quality. However, it's important to note that the legality of ripping protected DVDs varies by country, so make sure to check your local laws before using these software programs.


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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