Using Ripit4me rev. 18.104.22.168 and DVDdecrypter rev. 22.214.171.124 I have backed up many a dvd. The process was fast and simple, and for its time these programmes were state-of-the-art, no doubt about it.
But now, we need some author of those two, or author of dvd playback software, to step up and write new software that is basically emulating a dvd-player running playback software!
Why? Because the Industry has invented the killer app against dvd backup, their latest dvd:s use good old keyboard buffer technology!
The keyboard buffer is basically a round or circular file with no beginning, and no end.
And, now the dvd has the same characteristics.
If you read a dvd the full circle more than 70 GB is stored on it, and now somebody realized that removal of most EOF (end-of-file markers) in dvd-files will cause the above mentioned programmes to read redundant information in order to spend unnecessary time and waste harddisk space. When starting to read a file from file start read will pass over file end because the EOF was not present, and will read the spinning disc until finding EOF in any read sector.
You lose 2+ hours, but the dvd is stored on disc OK. You can watch it, no problem. But you cannot copy 70+ GB to a dvd-5 or dvd-9. I have to bow to the inventor, it is so clever while still so simple.
When a dvd has 100+ files you should get suspicious, still files may claim to have small size. Or, may tell truth that 71,8 GB are stored.
For example, try these babes: 'Powder Blue' or 'Defiance'.
What we need now is a new approach. Read dvd while emulating playback software, In each file, only read the number of images required from that file and save them with trailing EOF in a new file with same name on a hard drive. Repeat until the complete movie has been "played". Now it's a
snap to backup the dvd from the new hdd files.
The 70+ GB copy protection has even spread to Sweden, an obscure Swedish dvd is also causing problems: 'Tur Med VÃ¤dret lgen'.
This is how I see it, will watch your comments with interest.