A lot of people reading this forum are currently using software like DVD Fab, DVD NextCopy, Ideal Ripper or Any DVD to make backups of their purchased media. These require frequent updates (and usually a subscription) to keep up with the constantly changing DRM techniques used by the studios. I suggest a different approach to preserving and making your media available. I’ve been using a screen recording program called Action! to backup my media and am pleased with the results. Here’s a short video demonstrating what is possible with this software: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STCKwxzL3VM&feature=youtu.be . Here’s the MediaInfo for that file:
General Complete name : I:\DeskTop\Desktop 9-29-2012 3-17-47 PM.mp4 Format : MPEG-4 Format profile : Base Media / Version 1 Codec ID : mp41 File size : 799 MiB Duration : 4mn 50s Overall bit rate mode : Variable Overall bit rate : 23.0 Mbps Encoded date : UTC 2012-09-29 22:27:13 Tagged date : UTC 2012-09-29 22:27:13 Video ID : 1 Format : AVC Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec Format profile : High@L4.2 Format settings, CABAC : Yes Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames Muxing mode : Container profile=Baseline@3.0 Codec ID : avc1 Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding Duration : 4mn 50s Bit rate mode : Variable Bit rate : 22.9 Mbps Maximum bit rate : 59.7 Mbps Width : 1 920 pixels Height : 1 080 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate mode : Constant Frame rate : 60.000 fps Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Progressive Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.184 Stream size : 794 MiB (99%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2012-09-29 22:27:13 Tagged date : UTC 2012-09-29 22:27:13 Audio ID : 2 Format : AAC Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec Format profile : LC Codec ID : 40 Duration : 4mn 50s Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 128 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Channel positions : Front: L R Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz Compression mode : Lossy Stream size : 4.44 MiB (1%) Language : English Encoded date : UTC 2012-09-29 22:27:13 Tagged date : UTC 2012-09-29 22:27:13
There is quite a bit of flexibility in the Video modes, including presets for a number of devices. The Audio, however, seems limited to AAC 2 or 5.1 channel with no option to select bitrate. It will record the output of almost any media player (Windows Media Center in full screen mode is one exception) and doesn’t circumvent copy protection to do so. It is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get method so if you need to make adjustments to the source video (change the brightness or gamma for instance) you can make these adjustments in the player software. The same goes for the audio track.
Obviously you can’t produce a one-to-one copy with this method but I believe the results are pretty good. I mean, after all, how many of us collected our movies on VHS at one point?