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5 Best AnyDVD Alternatives You Need to Know

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

AnyDVD is a Windows-based program developed by SlySoft Software Company and tailored to remove digital restrictions for DVDs, HD DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. However, following the pressure from decryption licensing outfit AACS LA, SlySoft had shut down its website and ceased sales of AnyDVD in 2016. The nice thing is that SlySoft has renamed to RedFox and AnyDVD continues to work for the decryption of DVDs.

Unfortunately, some limitations like the inability to run on Mac computers, decrypt Disney DVDs make AnyDVD difficult to recommend nowadays. Therefore, we've carefully framed up this roundup of 5 Best AnyDVD Alternatives for your reference. Let's begin!

Disclaimer: We do not advocate ripping copyright-protected discs for any commercial purpose.

 Best AnyDVD Alternatives
Best AnyDVD Alternatives

#1. VideoProc Converter AI

If you're looking for a program that is devoted to defeating DRM schemes, look no further than VideoProc Converter AI. It supports all kinds of DVDs, including DVDs that are protected by Disney Content Scramble System (CSS), DVD Copy Protection, Sony ARccOS Protection, other schemes.

You can 1:1 copy DVDs to ISO image files, which uncompressed copies everything on the discs. Ripping DVDs is also available for MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, etc., and mobile devices like iPhone, Samsung, Huawei, and others.

The cooling thing is that VideoProc Converter AI can back up DVDs in only 5 minutes, because it supports the use of hardware encoders of NVIDIA's NVENC, Intel's Quicksync, and AMD's AMF. More so, you can toggle on the Safe Mode to avoid any conversion or quality error like drop-frame, audio and video out of sync, pixelated images, etc.

Beyond that, the ability to remove forced subtitles, black bars, deinterlace, etc. is also provided.

VideoProc Converter AI - Best AnyDVD Alternative for Decryption of DVDs

  • It's well-supported on Windows and macOS.
  • It supports regional, Disney 99-title, scratched, home-made, etc. DVDs.
  • Digitalize DVDs to ISO, VIDEO_TS folder, MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, etc. without limits.
  • Copy any DVD in 5 minutes with hardware acceleration.
  • Create digital copies from DVDs with the high video quality.
  • You can remove forced subtitles, add subtitles, adjust the video aspect ratio.
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Note: The Windows version now supports AI-powered Super Resolution, Frame Interpolation, and Stabilization to enhance video and image quality. These AI features are not yet available in the Mac version but will be coming soon.

How to Rip Copy-protected DVDs With VideoProc Converter AI

Step 1: Insert Your DVDs and Launch VideoProc Converter AI

Input your Disc into the drive at the get-go. Then, fire up VideoProc Converter AI on your computer and select DVD on the main screen. You will hit the Disc button in the upper area to import your DVD to the software. You're also allowed to import a DVD folder or DVD ISO image from your hard drive.

Step 2: Choose an Output Format

Once your DVD is fully loaded, head to Target Format > DVD Backup, then select an output format and a backup solution you need. Or you can simply choose to copy a part of DVD titles on the main panel. It's recommended to choose the MP4/MOV @H.264 format that is internationally used.

Step 3: Export Your Digital Copies

To guarantee the best video quality and conversion speed, put the checkmarks on Use High Quality Engine, Safe Mode, and Hardware Acceleration Engine. At last, define a location for your output file. Now, click on the RUN button to start copying your DVD. You can find your digital copies at your chosen location as long as the conversion is complete.

Best AnyDVD Alternative - VideoProc
Best AnyDVD Alternative - VideoProc Converter AI

#2. HandBrake

HandBrake is a robust DVD ripper that is flexible and well-supported. By default, you're allowed to rip DVDs, ISO image files, Blu-ray Discs without DRM protection. The downside is that HandBrake does not defeat copy-right protection since the open-source software library – libdvdcss- has been removed from HandBrake.

Actually, there are ways that you can get around. You can use third-party DVD decryption software or install libdvdcss software library on your computer to restore the ability to rip DVDs with digital restriction and convert them for MP4, MOV, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, etc.

Though HandBrake can defeat the CSS scheme with the help of libdvdcss software library, it still does not support the decryption of Sony ARccOS Protection and Disney DVD Copy Protection DVDs.

Open Source DVD Ripper - HandBrake
Open Source AnyDVD Alternative - HandBrake

#4. VLC

VLC is another free and open source AnyDVD alternative that supports the playback and ripping of encrypted DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, CDs, VCDs on Windows, Linux, and macOS with the help of the libdvdcss DVD decryption library.

When it comes to ripping DVDs in VLC, you have a few video settings you can tweak. You're allowed to enable or disable the disc menus, copy a particular DVD title, chapter, audio track, and subtitle track, which is highly customizable.

After that, you will need to choose a type of codec and container format you would like to use to encode your digital copy. By default, VLC will select a format of MP4@H.264@MP3. Of course, you can configure an encoding format by yourself by heading to the Profile section. At last, you need to reset an output directory before you start ripping.

VLC media player
Free and Open Source AnyDVD Alternative - VLC

#3. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a quick and simple solution to rip all sorts of DVDs with DRM protection. It stands out for the ability to decrypt DVDs that are protected by CSS, AACS (2.0), RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney 99-titles DVD, and other digital restriction schemes.

The real benefit that WinX DVD Ripper Platinum has is the Level-3 Hardware Acceleration. It enables you to convert DVD to MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, ISO, VIDEO_TS folder, etc. in a very short time by using Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware encoder. The only downside is that its editing features are quietly limited. To be honest, this limitation isn't a deal-breaker for me.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
AnyDVD Alternative - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

#5. MakeMKV

MakeMKV is a professional commercial DVD and Blu-ray ripper that can run on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Though its user interface may seem to be a bit obsolete, it's a robust ripper that can easily defeat AACS and BD+ encryption schemes without third-party software.

Once your DVD or Blu-ray Disc is imported, it will be ready to grab everything on the disc and store them in an MKV file. All the information will be well-preserved, including audio track, subtitle track, meta-information. Unfortunately, MakeMKV doesn't support hardware acceleration. Therefore, it will take time to rip an entire disc.

 DVD Ripper MakeMKV
Commercial AnyDVD Alternative - MakeMKV


For most, the free and open source HandBrake and VLC can do just fine for ripping DVDs. They can defeat the Content Scramble System (CSS) scheme by using the libdvdcss software. If you want to rip DVDs or ISO files, go for the commercial and professional software like VideoProc Converter AI. If you want to rip digital copies from Blu-ray Discs, you can count on MakeMKV.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the editor-in-chief of Digiarty VideoProc. With over a decade of experience, she specializes in delivering insightful content on AI trends, video/audio editing, conversion, troubleshooting, and software reviews. Her expertise makes her a trusted ally in enhancing users' digital experiences.

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