Old 15-11-2005   #1
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How to tell if copy-protected?

Hi all,

Is there a quick was of knowing if a movie DVD is copy-protected? I'm trying to back up a few of my own, but Nero Express 6 (which came with my DVD burner) tells me "Simulation is not possible with the current media" (I was using "simulation mode" before actually burning anything).

So I'd like to find out whether the DVD is copy-protected (in which case I'll leave it alone), or if the blank media is the problem (I tried DVD-R and DVD+R on a DVD+- R/RW), or if Nero is not supposed to be used to back up a movie DVD (only data DVD's).

Any program that would analize my DVD and tell me if it is copy protected? (no need to know what protection at this point).

Thanks in advance,

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Old 15-11-2005   #2
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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

Get a copy of DVDDecrytper that will tell you what kind of protection you have on the disc. DVD Decrypter will also create a copy free image on your hard drive, then you can use nero to burn the DVD.

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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

They're ALL copy protected. Seriously.

Virtually ALL discs (although some haven't, of late) have CSS encryption on them.

New releases from Sony or its subsidiaries have Arccos.

Many discs from all vendors now have RCE, but that's pretty trivial.

There aren't any other forms of copy protection currently being marketed, except a couple of "very similar to arccos but not from sony and only used on one or two discs" things.
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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

Agree. I would be surprised if you have any discs that are not protected. The easiest thing to do for DVD copies is to use the following software (the FREE solution)

- DVD Decrypter
- DVD Shrink

DVD Decrypter (Freeware)
Decrypter will allow you to bring in a DVD and create a DVD on your hard drive (with Video_TS and Audio_TS directories). This DVD will be copy free as decrypter will remove all the CSS and macrovision copy protection.

DVD Shrink (Freeware)DVD Shrink will allow you to compres larger DVD's to fit in a single DVD+R disc along with removing certain features and languages off the disc. You can also use DVD Shrink to burn your disc, it actually uses the Nero burning engine to burn the disc.

Both of these packages are free and work on a lot of DVD's, however if you are serious at DVD copies I would look into DVDFAB or AnyDVD for your copies. Both of these packages have a demo version so you can try them. The big deal is that both of these programs are updated all the time for newer copy protection schemes. If you buy one of these packages you get free lifetime updates.

Here are the links for the FREE tools

DVD Shrink

DVD Decrypter
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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

Before you open DVD Decrypter, can't you open DVD Shrink first and find out
if the movie copy protected during the Analsying phase?

Also, I thought DVD Decrypter would warn you of possible copy protection as
soon as you select Mode>ISO>Read. I mean, before you actually click on the Green button to start decrypting.

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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

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Get a copy of DVDDecrytper that will tell you what kind of protection you have on the disc. DVD Decrypter will also create a copy free image on your hard drive, then you can use nero to burn the DVD.
Thanks for the info. Do I need to create the DVD image to know if there is a copy protection, or will DVD Decrypter tell me, before the "decrypting/creating image" process, whether there is a protection on that DVD?

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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

@ rgpg,

Place the Commercial DVD Movie Title in your computer DVD device, open DVD Decrypter, point DVD Decrypter to the Commercial DVD Movie Title VIDEO_TS folder and DVD Decrypter will reveal if the Commercial DVD Movie Title contains any copy protection scheme. There is no need to copy the Commercial DVD Movie Title to your computer to reveal if the Commercial DVD Movie Title contains any copy protection scheme.

I doubt if you will ever find any Commercial DVD Movie Title that does not contain any copy protection scheme of some type.

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Re: How to tell if copy-protected?

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I doubt if you will ever find any Commercial DVD Movie Title that does not contain any copy protection scheme of some type.
Oz release of Bowling for Columbine has no copy protection (but I doubt that there are very many others).
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