CSS Protection Removal: How to Remove CSS from DVDs

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:
"I always see CSS when I decrypt a DVD, but what's the purpose of CPPM? I heard it's a 'stronger' method for decrypters?"

The majority of commercial DVDs have CSS protections. Why? What is CSS? How to realize CSS protection removal? The following text will give you all the answers. Just read on!

What Is CSS

CSS here is short for Content Scramble System that is a common encryption scheme used on DVD-Video discs. It can be considered as an advanced regional restriction. The aim is to prevent discs being read, analyzed and copied for illegal purpose. It is similar to other DVD copy protections or digital rights management (DRM) systems like region codes, DVD-Cops, Burst Cutting Area, ProtectDisc Video and LaserLock.

CSS can be applied on a player (hardware) to encrypt the playback protection, a drive to prevent reading disc data or a disc to deny the accessing unless a secret key or authentication is provided.

What Is CSS Protected DVD

A CSS protected DVD is always a commercial DVD that is encrypted with CSS. Specifically, a title key is embedded in small sections of all Packs of the disc.

Remove CSS Protection from DVD

The DVD keeps the encrypted feature and the copyright data. If your CSS-protected DVD is not equal to the DVD-ROM's region, the DVD-ROM cannot read the DVD. If you want to remove the DVD CSS protections and rip the DVD successfully, you need a DVD CSS remover.

Disclaimer: If you want to rip the copy-protected DVD for personal use, you should refer to some laws in your countries and regions.

Which is the Best DVD Ripper for CSS Protection Removal

VideoProc Converter is one of the best tools to deal with CSS-protected and other encrypted DVDs.

It supports both new and old movie DVDs, exercise DVDs, Japan DVDs, game DVDs, music DVDs, animation DVDs and so on without hassle.

Not only a CSS decoder, it is also a beginner-friendly video editing application with DVD ripper, video/audio conversion, resizing, downloading and recording features.

  • It offers up to 47x real-time faster conversion for DVDs and videos.
  • It can rip a DVD to MP4, AVI, MKV, ISO and so on with 420+ ready-made profiles.
  • You can cut, trim, crop, join, subtitle, and rotate your DVDs upon ripping.

How to Remove CSS Protections from DVDs

You can make a CSS protection removal and backup your DVD With VideoProc Converter alone. Just follow the simple instructions as follows.

Step Zero. Install VideoProc Converter.

After downloading VideoProc Converter on your Windows PC or Mac, you need to install it following the wizard.

Download and Install VideoProc

Step 1. Insert your DVD into the drive.

Find your DVD with CSS regional restriction. Insert it into the drive of your computer. And wait for VideoProc Converter to scan and read the DVD information and data. You'll find that the software has no problem recognizing it.

Load DVD to VideoProc

Step 2. Choose a backup mode or format.

After VideoProc Converter loading the DVD, you can choose to either make a 1:1 backup of the original DVD (sector-by-sector), copy the main title only or convert the DVD to MP4, MKV, MPEG, Apple TV, iPhone, Android, YouTube or other formats.

Other tips:

  1. We suggest you check Hardware Acceleration Engine to enable VideoProc Converter make intelligent use of your GPU and CPU.
  2. You can choose any file and folder on your computer or connected HDD to save the output file by setting the Destination Folder.
  3. To get full control of the quality or the file size, you can custom the settings and adjust the details.
Remove CSS Protection by VideoProc

Step 3. Start removing CSS and ripping the DVD.

Once you click RUN button, the software will do CSS protection removal on the background automatically. It will affect the ripping speed. Soon you will get the output video file with no restrictions. You can play back it anywhere.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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