How To Decrypt and Copy / Backup a DVD For Free

Here Comes Another Multi-Part How To!

1) How To Decrypt and Copy / Backup a DVD For Free
2) How To Copy an ISO File to a DVD
3) How to Mount an ISO File for Local Playback
4) How To Strip DVD Movies For Your Zune / Ipod / Iphone

If you own a DVD, you should be able to make a backup copy and you should be able to watch it on the devices you own. Here is one of the easiest ways to do so. It takes several steps but I have assembled all of the software you need in this handy 5 meg zip file: RipIt4Me

In this lesson we are going to make an exact 1-to-1 copy of your DVD. .

Ready? OK.

1) Download the RipIt4Me bundle – Save it to your desktop or wherever you save zip files.

2) Unzip the zip file. You will have 3 items, a READ ME, a “RipIt4MeWithInstaller” folder and a “RipIt4MeWithoutInstaller” folder. Read the READ ME.

3) Create a Folder on your Desktop called “DVDs” or something similar. This is where the working copies of the DVDs will be stored. We will delete them at the end to free up the space.

4) Pop a DVD in your DVD drive and close whatever pop-ups and programs it tries to run. (You can also  hold down the SHIFT key when you insert the DVD. This will tell windows not to run any programs for the DVD.)

5) Open the “RipIt4MeWithoutInstaller” and select RipIt4Me

a) You might get a pop-up saying you have an older version of one of the programs like DVD Decrypter. You can ignore it and everything will work fine, of you can click YES and get the latest version – just replace the file in the “RipIt4MeWithoutInstaller” folder with the newer copy.

b) If RipIt4Me asks for the location of another program point it to the correct one in the “RipIt4MeWithoutInstaller” folder

6) You should now see the RipIt4Me Screen:

There are two ways to proceed, we can do the 1-Click Mode or the Wizard Mode. If you are going to do the 1-Click mode you need to check the settings in advance so click on LOGS/SETTINGS and select PREFERENCES.

We need to tell RipIt4Me where it’s helper programs are.

1) Check “Base path for target rips”
2) Check “Path to Decrypter:”
3) Check “Path to Shrink:”

When I say “Check” I mean click the box with the period in it and tell RipIt4Me where the helper programs are. (They are in the “RipIt4MeWithoutInstaller” folder – Remember?)

Here is a screen-shot of my settings. Note that almost all of the boxes are checked:

So our DVD is in the drive, Settings have been checked, let’s have at it! Click 1-Click Mode.

The program will read the DVD drive and fill in the blanks.

1) Make sure your “Target Directory for DVD files” is correct. (We set this up above as “1) Check “Base path for target rips“)

2) Click “Make DVD jump to menu upon insertion

Here I am backing up a Space 1999 DVD for safe keeping:

Hit Next, You might get a pop-up about virtual player and setup panel – just hit OK:

What the program is doing is telling you that you need to set the language. Assuming you speak English click the “en” in the box on the left and the three option boxes will change to English. The DVD will also be region free! You should only have to do this the first time you run these programs.

Hit OK and DVD Decrypter will fire up.

If you get any weird errors about PSL (Protected Sector List) don’t sweat it. Hit Ok, Yes, etc.

In the worst case it will throw you back to the RipIt4Me menu – Just click the 1 Click Mode button again and DVD Decrypter will work on the second go around. It may or may not auto-run when you get to the screen that looks like this:

You can see the log file in the bottom Window. All the encrypted crap has been detected:

19:25:30 Found 1 DVD±RW!
19:25:34 Protected Sectors List Imported Successfully!
19:25:34 20 areas have been marked as ‘suspect’.
19:25:34 Dummy sectors will be inserted where necessary.

In the top window of the image above, highlighted in blue, you see the .VOB files. The bigger VOBs are the movie parts. The smaller VOBs are menus and previews and special features. Anyway – If DVDDecrypter is waiting – click:

We are now decrypting the DVD and making a copy of the files in a temporary directory. We will still have to take those files and create something watchable. More on that in a moment.

If you got any weird errors up to this point or your laptop tried to hibernate, just (turn off hibernation) start again. Be patient, it will work.  Just reply to any errors you get, go back to the RipIt4Me screen and click 1 -Click Mode. I actually had all that happen to me while writing this. I am using a virgin laptop with Windows XP on it and muttered WTF a few times, but like I said, just reply to any errors you get, go back to the RipIt4Me screen and click 1 -Click Mode again.

When everything is chugging away as it should it will look like this:

Go get a cup of coffee, this will take a few minutes . . .

Once DVD Decrypter finishes, RipIt4Me will start cleaning up the VOB files and making final preparations:

What we have accomplished up to this point is to break any encryption that was on the DVD and make copies of the files that make up the DVD to our hard drive. But those files alone can’t really be read by anything. We want to “recompile” all this separate files back into a single file – an ISO.

Ok, I’m Lying – VLC player will play them. But the files are huge and have ugly names:

Let’s finish making our disk image, our ISO file.

When DVD Decrypter is finished DVD Shrink will start up, scan the video and open up this window:

Select BACKUP!, then change the Select Backup Target to ISO Image File and select where you would like to save the ISO image file to. Like So:

The program was a little uncooperative here when I tried to save the ISO to my desktop so I selected MY DOCUMENTS. I’ll just move it later.

You will now see your DVD’s video playing in fast motion:

Once you are done,

  1. Close down any programs we used.
  2. Delete the temporary DVD files from your hard drive.
  3. Locate the ISO image file.

That ISO image file is a direct 1-to-1 back up of your DVD. Store it somewhere safe on your hard drive.

How to restore or copy the ISO file to something watchable will be addressed in . . .

2) How To Copy an ISO File to a DVD
3) How to Mount an ISO File for Local Playback

This procedure takes a while the first time, but print these directions out and follow along. I haven’t met a DVD yet that I couldn’t back up this way. You’ll get the hang of it and be backing up your Sigmund and The Sea Monsters DVDs in no time.

Did you notice we never discussed the “RipIt4MeWithInstaller”folder? Same programs, the difference was way back in Step 2 – Read the Read Me file.

Problems? Questions? Suggestions? Please leave ’em in the comments!

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19 Responses to How To Decrypt and Copy / Backup a DVD For Free

  1. GiuseppeFargo says:

    Very nice and easy. Will try this out tonight on a few movies I cannot lose.

  2. uk vps says:

    How long is the encoding part meant to take.

  3. Encoding speed will vary based on your computer speed – but under 30 minutes

  4. blog says:

    I would only recommend this for the DVDs the kids watch. This way when the grape jelly encrusted DVD copy is used as frisbee you haven t lost twenty bucks for Elmo.

  5. propecia says:

    this was really helpful, thanks for sharing.

  6. Georgia S says:

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  7. alli says:

    Thank you so much! you rock! ^-~

  8. shawn says:

    I had to wipe my computer unexpectently and well when all said and done i was able to add decrypeter back on to my comptuer, but when i did that i didnt know what setting to have them on to do the job i needed it to do…so i had a had time burning movies cuz it kept saying there was not enought space on the disc to burn…so after finding this software on the internet it allowed me to do what i need to do to get these moives burned so i had back ups for the kids…cuz you know how they treat things…lol anyway i just want to say thank you for the oppertunity to have a software that helped me out soo much…thank you

  9. jess says:

    im gettin a rip seams to have been aborted rip it for me cannot continue any suggestions

  10. kim says:

    Can you do this same process with a CD exam review. It is an interactive CD where you answer questions for a mock exam?

  11. jxb1015 says:

    I am having a problem that when I play the dvd's they freeze up a lot.

  12. Matthew says:

    dvd shrink only gets 76-91% done and then says out of memory (not true I have 1Tb HD and 6 gig of memory any ideas?

  13. That ISO image file is a direct 1-to-1 back up of your DVD. Store it somewhere safe on your hard drive.

  14. anyway i just want to say thank you for the oppertunity to have a

  15. Iraqi Dinar says:

    I had to wipe my computer unexpectently and well when all said and done i was able to add decrypeter back on to my comptuer, but when i did that i didnt know what setting to have them on to do the job i needed it to do…so i had a had time burning movies cuz it kept saying there was not enought space on the disc to burn…so after finding this software on the internet it allowed me to do what i need to do to get these moives burned so i had back ups for the kids…cuz you know how they treat things…lol anyway i just want to say thank you for the oppertunity to have a software that helped me out soo much…thank you

  16. simon says:

    I/O Error!
    Device [1:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-5260S 1.00 (E:) (ATA)
    ScsiStatus: 0x02
    Interpretation: Check Condition

    CDB A4 00 00 29 0E D0 00 00 00 0C C4 00
    Interpretation Report Key – Title Key (3)

    Sense Area: F0 00 03 00 29 0E D0 0A 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    Interpretation: Unrecovered Read Error

  17. simon says:

    everytime i get the above message around 75%, cannot think what is going wrong.. 🙁

  18. iqmango says:

    You can actually try some other dvd burner or copier.

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