Follow these simple steps and you’ll be ripping and backing up movies like a pro.
This is not an article about the freeware product called DVD-Decrypter which has been around for years. This article expands on what that software offered and offers real methods that can be used today using up to date software. For a guide on how to use the old software please view this page instead. But for those that are interested I’ll do a quick primer about what the software does before I get into the better software rippers of today.
A little History about the original DVD Decrypter
There was a freeware software titled DVD Decrypter 18.104.22.168 that was forced to shut down earlier this year because of the copy protection circumvention that it provided. This was similar to the 321 Studios case of 2005 which forced the makers of DVD X Copy to close it’s doors. Circumventing copy protections has been around since it was first introduced. Many believe that this is in violation of fair rights use and have been searching for ways around it and using a decrypter is the answer to that. But the moral question remains. Should you break the protection just because there is a tools that does so. Personally, it’s a grey area of the law and like it or not rules are established for a reason and in this case it’s all about the money.
What Exactly is the function of a DVD Decrypter?
Put easily it a software application that can create backup disc images of the DVD-Video structure of DVDs. Most importantly it can decrypt CSS protected DVD’s to allow you to access the content to either make a copy or to rip it to your hard drive for access from other software.
Since the freeware product DVD Decrypter is no longer being updated we will complete this guide using the notable 1Click DVD Copy ($59 MSRP) which has been around for years and is still being updated.
Step 1: Download 1Click DVD Copy or Purchase it and install it on your Widows computer.
Step 2: Launch 1Click and enter the DVD of choice for backup.
Step 3: The software will automatically find the DVD and the Start button will become active. If you simply click Start it will use the default options for backup which include:
- Backup quality (in case a 7GB movie needs to fit onto a single layer 4.7GB DVD.
- The temporary destination folder (in case you only have 1 DVD drive)
Step 4: After 1Click reads and copies the DVD it will ask for a blank DVD and open the tray. Simple enter a blank DVD to continue. If you have 2 DVD drives it will copy on the fly and this method is much faster.
Step 5: Enjoy the backup your done!
Remember to Always Have Fun
Really that’s all there is to it for using an up to date DVD-Decrypter software. The old freeware might work on older movies but moving forward you need to make sure that the software you are using stay as up to date as new copy protections come to market. As always make sure you have permission and the laws in your country allow you to make copyies of movie discs. Making your own DVD whether it’s for backup, movies, copies, etc… can be fun. If you have the right tools (software, hardware) it can be an easy experience. We hope this guide helps you out.