DVD43 is no longer being updated, I believe, so I have had to move on to other things. I used to use AnyDVD but for me, recent versions seem to cause system problems and I have moved on to another app that someone here told me about.
Here is a blurb I hope is helpful. I have been posting it maybe too much, but it really does work and people seem to be able to benefit from the info, so I feel it would be good to keep posting.
I like to rip existing DVD’s to the hard drive for processing. It’s faster, especially if you do a bit of multi-scenario testing such as mixing and matching different clips, tweaking settings, re-authoring, etc.
I used to use DVD Decrypter all by itself to rip these to disk. Unfortunately, due to legal pressure, development on that excellent FREE app was halted, but the final version - 184.108.40.206 - can be downloaded from a variety of places, including this site here:
So, in order to allow DVD Decrypter to handle the latest copy protections, there is a FREE front-end called RipIt4Me. When executed, it will walk you through the backup process, either via a multi-step Wizard or a 1-Click option. The RipIt4Me program can be downloaded here:
RipIt4Me needs one more FREE app called FixVTS in order to complete its magic. It is located here:
So, to backup a protected disk that you own:
- Download these 3 FREE applications to your hard drive
- Install DVD Decrypter on your system
- Copy the RIPIT4ME executable to your DVD Decrypter installation directory
- Copy the FIXVTS executable to your DVD Decrypter installation directory
- Create a single shortcut to the RIPIT4ME executable
- Place that shortcut where you wish to run it from (quicklaunch, desktop, etc.)
- Execute the RIPIT4ME shortcut and follow the prompts until the process is finished
Once your disk is ripped to the hard drive, you can process it with a ton of different apps. I still use DVD Shrink, which is an excellent FREE app that is especially good at Re-Authoring. While the app development was stopped (also due to legal pressure related to the copy protection code), it is still fully capable of processing your ripped, unprotected content like that created with the process above. The last version of DVD Shrink was 220.127.116.11 and can be downloaded from a wide variety of sites including this one:
There are a few other FREE programs for helping to rip your disks to the hard drive for processing, including DVDFab Decrypter standard, which can be downloaded from here, among other sites:
The only key features lacking in the legendary apps DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink seem to be related to decrypting the latest copy protections, and these other FREE apps, RipIt4Me and DVDFab Decrypter, would appear to fill that gap nicely and are still in active development. All you need to do is take the time to download the apps you are interested in, investing a few minutes installing them, and you should be good to go.
Good luck and happy archiving.