Making a backup copy/rip of your DVD

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Please note: this guide is intended only for people who LEGALLY own the DVD. We do not endorse the illegal copying of DVDs.

I've noticed that there are alot of people here who want to make "backup" copies of DVD's they "own", and we generally get a new thread everytime ;)

So to make things easier:

There are two things you can do to make a copy of a dvd, depending on that, you use either method:

1] If you want to truly make a 1:1 copy of a dvd, i.e. DVD-->DVD then DVDShrink is what you need.

DVD Shrink has been removed for download from the original site, so you need to look for alternate place to download it from:

Download DVD Shrink: http://www.mrbass.org/dvdshrink/ || http://www.dvdr-digest.com/software/software.php?file=dvdshrink
Tutorial: http://www.doom9.org/mpg/dvdshrink31-main.htm
Requirements: DVDShrink, DVD Burning application, DVD Writer/Burner

2] If you want to "rip" the dvd, DVD-->AVI format then the easiest way out there is AutoGK.

Download AutoGK: http://www.autogk.me.uk/ Click Download on the left
Tutorial: on the site itself & included in the AutoGK package
Requirements: The right codecs (for encoding divx/xvid), DVD Decrypter, AutoGK.

Viper007Bond said:
You may also want to check out Handbrake.
For now, DVD Shrink is basically the quickest (under 30mins per dvd) way to make a dvd copy/backup and it retains all the extra material, not just the movie.

Links:

http://www.doom9.org
http://www.rita.lt
http://mirror.edskes.com - This is where I get 1 and only 1 codec pack, K-Lite

Topics here @ Finalgear forums about this very topic:

http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?t=7180
http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?t=6648
http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?t=4925
http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?t=457
 
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To get rid of copy protection, use DVD FAB express, it even gets rid of the latest Sony copy protection, it?s a very basic user interface (copy what ?... where do you want it ?... OK), but it works.

Use this to copy to your HD, then use DVD shrink to compress / re-author if neccesary.
 

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I have to add to this that DVDShrink is fine for DVD5 discs, but for DVD9 rips using DVDShrink, the quality will be very degraded. You can try and not include subs, or additonal audio tracks, but still won't be the same, since DVDShrink will have to compress the data to fit to one DVD5. So either you can get a DVD9 (DVD+R DL) burner, or stick with the lower quality rip. There is another option though, using DVD Decrypter and DVD Rebuilder with CCE (Cinema Craft Encoder). This will render the best quality, but is not for the inexperienced on DVD ripping. There are many guides out there, including doom9, videohelp and others.

Have fun
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Well, of course DVD Shrink reduces the quality, that's the point of the software. Even at 60% I've never received a complaint about the quality...most people can't tell when watching the DVD on their old-ass CRT.
 

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I think for what it does, and adding the price of a DVDR, DVDShrink is worth the loss of quality, DL DVD's are still more than 2x the cost of DVDR's (here at least).
 

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zenkidori said:
hokiethang said:
matt2000 said:
will this software successfully rip PS2 or Xbox DVDs?
We do not support ripping video games... Don't ask.
I'm wondering why the double standard, since game backups fall under fair use as well.
Because I'm in the software industry and can't stand piracy related to software.

Actually its more because modifications to the xbox/ps2 have to be made in order for the backups to work. Those modifications technically would allow piracy. You can play a burned DVD in a regular dvd player, not the same with an xbox/ps2...

We officially do not support the copying of DVDs for reasons other than backup. The case holds true for video games as well, however, 90% of the people looking for ways to copy xbox games, are looking for ways to pirate said games, which I am highly against.
 

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Modifications that void the warranty are not required in many cases, and backups are still allowed under fair use. Besides, even if modifications are required, that's a separate issue entirely from backups and fair use.

So basically what you are saying is that because you are in the industry, you abhor it even tho it may in fact be legal? Just give us the real reason instead of a runaround. You don't allow it because you are personally against it.
 

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zenkidori said:
Modifications that void the warranty are not required in many cases, and backups are still allowed under fair use. Besides, even if modifications are required, that's a separate issue entirely from backups and fair use.

So basically what you are saying is that because you are in the industry, you abhor it even tho it may in fact be legal? Just give us the real reason instead of a runaround. You don't allow it because you are personally against it.
I am standing against it because I do not want to see it.
 

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Windows media player has a rip function and you have to agree to a disclaimer before you use it.
If you have a lot of hard drive space then you can rip the DVD onto the hard drive then you use whatever software you have(sonic is crap for this) to create a media DVD.

To be fair some aritists and actors earn WAY to much money and i can see no problem in cutting down on their incomes a little.
 

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Some yes, but since publishers still earn 80-95% of the earnings, imagine how rich they must be!
 

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This may seem like a dumb or off-topic question, but if I live in the middle of the United States, how would I go about getting legal DVD of the Top Gear series, including the back catalog? I looked on Amazon.com's UK site and all they seem to be carrying are the "Best Of" DVD's. I want to get the everything from Season 1 up to date and I would like to do it legally if that's a possibility.
 
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