I just downloaded the trial copy of AnyDVD for kicks and tried to make a backup copy of my “The Last Samurai” DVD with CloneDVD. The procedere is exactly the same I successfully did for non-CSS-decrypted movies several times, only with AnyDVD running in the background: Put the original DVD in DVD drive, start CloneDVD, select “Rip main movie only” and there you go. So far, so good.
“The Last Samurai” has parts in it where the actors speak Japanse. During the movie, the viewer sees subtitles with the translation (in my case, German). With my first try to copy “The Last Samurai”, I wasn’t very successful in that point: The subtitles where gone in my copy. As far as I found out now, these subtitles are “forced subtitles” and stored in data stream 0x2C.
Unfortunately (that’s the first point I would like to stress out), CloneDVD does not show the ID of subtitle streams, just the language. For “The Last Samurai”, this means that there are three German subtitle streams and it’s up to the user to guess which is the right one (for forced subtitles is the third one, I found out trial-by-error). This could be improved by elby/SlySoft hint hint ;).
The second point I would like to stress out is that AnyDVD seems to kill forced subtitles during the copy process. Although I told CloneDVD to copy subtitle stream 0x2C, the forced subtitles did NOT appear in the final copy. I guess that AnyDVD’s option “Prohibited user operations” is responsible for that.
I think that this is not very productive - maybe there is a workaround to make forced subtitles work with AnyDVD? Otherwise, this feature should be improved in future versions. Or did I miss something and forced subtitles do generally work with CloneDVD/AnyDVD and I have chosen the wrong parameters? Thanks for any help.