DVD copying

So, here it is – my first new post of 2008.

There are 2 ways you can look at the information here: 1) the breaking of media protection is necessary for consumer rights such as backing up and the ability to play on a medium of choice, or 2) it’s plane piracy and it’s bad.

I’m not going to tell you what this should be about. It’s to do what you think it is about. For what it’s worth, I definitely condone profiting from piracy.

Despite owning a DVD-RW drive in my computer, I never entertained the fact of copying. I had no reason to and the seemingly hard protection layered onto titles put me off the idea even more.

But copy protection seems to have been easily broken – for standard DVDs at least. It’s easy for consumers (in this case Windows PC ones) to implement, and bar the expense of a drive and blank media, the software is free.

The two pieces of software I’ve toyed with are DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink. The first piece of software is only needed if you don’t have burning software that supports DVD video burning (i.e. Nero Express) and want a faster and more efficient to-disk rip than in the latter. Guides are available such as this to hold your hand the first time or so.

DVD Decrypter can be used as the only program if you’re ripping/copying single layer DVD 5 (maybe called this because the content totals less than 5gb, or 4.5bg to be exact) discs. Shrink will be needed if you want to, well shrink, dual layer titles to fit on a standard DVDR. Shrinking can be achieved by compression and/or the removing of unessential materials. On an example I tried, shrinking worked on compression only, and still there was no real startling difference in quality from the original.

You can copy your CDs easily (well, most of them), so don’t fear about tackling these thicker discs. You’ve bought the item, so it’s up to you what you do with them within normal social reason.

Also, if you want to rip files into computer playable video formats, try VLC. It’s a multi platform, multi media format player (yes, you Mac and Linuxers too) that can also ‘stream and save’ what it sees quite effectively, via a number of different codecs.

So, that’s that.


One Comment

  1. Hello and happy New Year!
    Thanks for the info. I usually watch films and tv shows etc.. by going to
    where there are many sites where you can find most things and throw your tv set out of the window in a rock’n’roll way but if I need to copy a dvd this is interesting info!
    Of course I ever start selling my own dvds and risk losing an income I could rant and rave about the injustice of it then but we are living in a digital age.. Copying is innevitable to a certain extent if it’s limited to personal use then I think it’s ok but if it’s to steal and make lots of money out of someone else’s work then I think it’s not ok.
    Anyway I just wanted to say hello!
    Love and peace

    Cheers for that link and Happy ’08 to you too. 😉 Sharing is a natural thing, so it seems like overkill to bring out the tanks for introducing something to a friend who wouldn’t have bought it anyway. Furthermore, if the art is good there shouldn’t be a worry as I often bought CDs of albums people gave me copied cassettes of that I liked. I wouldn’t have otherwise.


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