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How to rip CSS-protected DVD to AVI format for DVD backup?

First of all, to rip CSS-protected DVD to AVI format is possible with DVD decrypter program, but is confined to legal use of the DVD only. CSS-protection measure has long been the practice for preventing commercial DVDs from being copied to hard disk or cloned to reproduction. But we are allowed to use DVD decrypter to clone our expensive store bought CSS-protected DVD for DVD backup. As for DVD backup, it only makes sense to rip DVD to a format with DVD-like quality, smaller size and high portability. So this is why we are going to rip DVD to AVI format for the best DVD backup effort.
Normally, we need a DVD decrypter and a DVD converter to accomplish the task. But now we have an integrated program with comprehensible interface. It is called Leawo DVD Ripper.
Leawo DVD Ripper is highly compatible with any CSS-protected DVD. CSS-protected DVD will be recognized and automatically decrypted without our interference. So let’s focus on how to rip DVD to AVI format in high quality, that is, DVD-like quality, smaller size and high portability.
Here is the Download link to the software. Need more checkups, please visit the DVD Ripper’s page.
This is a very comprehensible DVD decrypter/ripper program. Feed the CSS-protected DVD in the DVD-ROM drive and use the "Load DVD" function on the program main interface. Then you will see the complete titles and chapters rolled out on the list more or less like the screenshot below.
Click open the "Profile" dropdown box, navigate to "Common Video" to make a choice on AVI profiles. We are going to use "Xvid Movie (*.avi)" profile, for the DVD-like picture quality and excellent sound quality. Based on MPEG-4 compression, it can guarantee the best ratio of quality to file size. As Xvid is an open-source codec, Xvid encoded AVI video is highly portable to be played on other PC easily.
Then click "Settings" to open codec control. You will see a list of codec parameters: Video Codec, Quality, Bit Rate, Video Size, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio, etc.
There are quite a number of parameters set to "auto". It means to program will conduct the Xvid encoding with optimal settings. For beginners, this is a very handy design. But for veterans, it might not be enough to meet your picky demands. So let’s explore the optimal settings for ourselves and gain a better understanding of how the DVD to Xvid AVI conversion works. I am going to manifest the difference among the settings of Bit Rate, the key factor which influences the video quality and file size, by a field-test experiment. Feel compelled to follow me?
In this experiment, I will rip a 9 second segment of DVD to Xvid AVI in different Bit Rate settings. It is a repetitive action and I think it makes more sense to jump to the conclusion now.
It is all right if this conclusive data table confuses you. It got me, too, in some senses. LOL. What is behind these data is an equation: File Size = (Video Bit Rate + Audio Bit Rate) * duration /8. If you are perceptive, you would notice this is not an accurate equation and there is small discrepancy between the custom video Bit Rate and the actual video Bit Rate. It is because the Video Bit Rate is vibrant but constant. The actual Video Bit Rate reflects the average of Video Bit Rate. The longer duration of the video is converted, the more approximate the actual Video Bit Rate is to the custom Video Bit Rate.
Take a 2 hour DVD movie for example, you can be assured to count on the custom Video Bit Rate, say 600, with 128kbps Audio Bit Rate to come up with a 650MB AVI video. ((600+128)*7200/8=655200) By doing this, you have reduced the 4GB DVD movie to 1/6 in size!
Of course, DVD backup won’t be a valuable one if it doesn’t have DVD-like picture quality. Take a look at the comparison of the screenshots from 600Kbps Video Bit Rate setting, Low Profile, Medium Profile and High Profile.
Click the links to view the screenshots in full size 720*406.

600Kbps and Low Profile have just been crossed off because of interior picture quality, while Medium Profile and High Profile are almost the same. If you take the 1.5 times file size multiplication lightly, High Quality Profile is your best choice. Otherwise, Medium Profile is the optimal choice for ripping DVD to Xvid AVI format for DVD backup, with good balance of video quality and file size.
In conclusion, rip CSS-protected DVD to Xvid format with Medium Profile in Leawo DVD Ripper is the optimal choice for DVD backup. However, this article encourages you to look deeper into the video conversion and use the DVD decrypter/ripper program well. It gives you a picture of how picture quality is in connection with Video Bit Rate. Try to experiment with any Bit Rate setting you want, then you can get the most desirable DVD backup copy of your CSS-protected DVD!

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DVD Ripping


This is a two part process...
You'll need DVD Decryptor (freeware) and AutoGK (also freeware).
In DVD Decryptor you'll be ripping the DVD movie to an IFO file.
Once that is complete load AutoGK, select the IFO file you just created (it will automatically get the .vob's you just created) select a destination defualt an audio track (usually movies have more than one audio track) and file size and let it go. Depending on the movie it should take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

The other program you can use after DVD Decryptor is Any Video Converter (also freeware). Instead of selecting the ifo file, select all the .vob files and then right click on the files and select "merge" (make sure they are in the correct order).

This program is a lot faster than autoGK BUT if your DVD has multiple audio tracks, it may not get the right one during conversion.

I believe you can get everything at www.filehippo.com

Hope this helps

Apr 29, 2009 | Trekstor 88570 MovieStation maxi t.u 1TB...

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Cannot play my dvd,s in my geoghraphic region of the world.


There are a couple ways to go about changing your region on your DVD player. First is this program:
DVD Region+CSS Free - Watch & Copy Any DVD!
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DVD Region+CSS Free enables you to watch and copy any region-coded/CSS-encrypted DVD movies on any DVD drive! It fully supports region-protected (RPC2) DVD drives, and does not require any firmware modifications. It will even work if you have used up your region counter and can no longer change the DVD drive's region.

DVD Region+CSS Free works automatically in the background to make a DVD appear region code free and unprotected to any DVD player and DVD copy software. With the help of DVD Region+CSS Free, you can watch any region coded DVD movies with a software DVD player like PowerDVD or WinDVD! With DVD Region+CSS Free's help, DVD copy software (such as DVDFab, DVD X Copy, InterVideo DVD Copy, etc.) is able to copy DVD's which are CSS protected!

New Feature: DVD Region+CSS Free decrypts not just DVD's, it now allows you also to play, copy and rip protected Audio CD's!
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SECONDLY, You can enter a code on the player that will set it to a certain region. You can find your code at this website: http://www.dvdcodes.net
If it is not on this list, you can also try this site for more codes: http://www.dvd.reviewer.co.uk/info/multiregion/hackable.asp

This site will give you instructions on how to enter the hack code depending on your brand name player: http://www.dvd365.net/?hacks/pacific.htm

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How do I rip a dvd to my computer


There are several ways to do this, but you will have to have a DVD-ROM drive.  
Check the drive that you put discs into.  If it reads DVD-ROM or DVD WRITER on it, you can rip DVD's with it.

You will need some software to do it.  I recommend Magic DVD Ripper, though it costs money. See www.magicdvdripper.com .

A free utility I would reccomend, though it is considerably more limited in its features than Magic, is the aptly named Free DVD Ripper. See http://www.freewarezoom.com/archives/free-dvd-ripper for the download.

 The format (the letters on a file name after the dot, written as filename.format - i.e., magicdvdripper.exe, where exe is the format) I recommend you rip the DVD's onto is either MPEG or AVI.  With MPEG very high resolution is possible (in MPEG-4) and also medium resolution (MPEG-2, broadcast quality, or MPEG-1, lowering the quality quite a bit.)  AVI is only Microsoft Windows compatible, and is low quality, but if you plan to view on a portable media player, should suffice.

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