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Best 4 Ways to Rip a Copyright Protected DVD on Windows 11/10/8/7 in 2023

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Are you frustrated with copy-protected DVDs purchased from stores? Want to keep your precious rare DVDs safe and easily digitize them for flexible playback on your iPhone, iPad, computer, TV, Android device, and more? Planning to watch them offline during a business trip but struggling with copy protection? We've got you covered!

In this post, we'll guide you on how to rip any protected DVDs on Windows 10 and other platforms. But before we dive in, it's essential to understand some general knowledge about DVD copy protections. Say goodbye to the hassle of copy-protected DVDs and unlock the potential of your DVD collection with our expert tips and tricks!

What Are Common DVD Copy Protection Schemes

Rip a copy-protected DVD

DVD copy protection refers to methods that are applied to DVDs for preventing DVDs from being copied, duplicated, or even played back on some devices.

Most commercial DVDs are restricted with DVD region codes, Content Scramble System (CSS), etc. Movie DVDs are commonly protected with Analog Protection System (APS), Sony ARccOS Protection, Playlist Obfuscation, and DVD Disc Corruption. And there also comes with Burst Cutting Area, DVD-Cops, ProtectDISC Software, ProtectDISC Video, DRMs, and more copy protections.

There are many DVD rippers, including paid and free ones. Honestly, freeware does not cover all needs and has some defects, such as complicated operation, slow conversion, and insufficiency in supporting different DVD copy protections. To bypass the DVD copy protection schemes, you have to rely on professional DVD rippers. Check the table below and choose the DVD ripper you like to copy the protected DVDs.

Compare the Best 4 DVD Rippers for Copy-protected DVDs

Software Name Supported OS Pros Cons

VideoProc Converter

Rating by OneHourProfessor: 4.8

Windows, macOS

  For all types of copy-protected DVDs

  Super-fast, full GPU-accelerated, high-quality, 420+ outputs, customizable

  Full featured and professional

  Also able to convert, compress, edit, download, record, and fix media files

  Lifetime free updates to support new DVDs and technical support service

  Does not have Linux and mobile versions


Rating by TechRadar: 4

Windows, macOS, Linux

  Free and open-source

  Well supports common DVDs

  Has to work with libdvdcss-2.dll to rip a copy-protected DVD

  Only rips certain types of DVDs

  Sometimes logs errors when opening VIDEO_TS

  Not beginner-friendly yet has no technical support

VLC media player

Rating by Amazon: 3.8

Main desktop, mobile, Pad, and TV platforms

  Free and open-source

  Play, stream, convert, compress

  Powerful decoding and encoding

  Slow in converting a DVD

  Fails to convert some strictly protected DVDs

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Rating by TopTenReviews: 4.5

Windows, macOS

  Specializes in DVD ripping

  Supports GPU acceleration

  Plenty of output profiles

  Not run on Linux and mobiles

  Cannot rip Blu-rays and CDs

  Limited editing features

How to Rip a Copy-Protected DVD with VideoProc Converter

Compared with HandBrake, VideoProc Converter can deal with all types of copy-protected DVDs alone, without the help of some other tools. The built-in DVD backup engine makes it easy to read the buffer decoded by players and save it into digital files of movies, TV series, workouts, music videos, new releases, and that are produced from different countries. You can choose to copy the protected DVDs to hard drive as ISO, MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, MP3, and many other formats.

  • An all-in-one video software: DVD/video/audio conversion, compression, edits, downloads and recording.
  • Well support Disney DVDs, Sony ARccOS, CSS, UOPs and more advanced techs.
  • Output DVDs to any popular video/device format without extra settings.
  • Intelligent Hardware Acceleration. Up to 47x real-time faster speed.
  • Different output formats meet different needs: lossless copy, fast backup, or high compression.
DVD Feature of VideoProc Converter

Step 1. Download and install.

Click the button above to download VideoProc Converter. Install and open it without any hassle.

Interface of VideoProc

Step 2. Insert and load DVD.

Insert your protected DVD in your drive. Click DVD to open the DVD module. And select DVD Disc to read the DVD information.

Rip a copy-protected DVD with VideoProc

Step 3. Choose an output format.

Choose among the 420+ output formats according to your needs:

  • For a lossless copy (and not concerned about how large the file is): go to the Backup mode, and you can choose Main Copy, Title Copy, ISO (image file), Video_TS (folder), MKV Copy, or H264 MKV.
  • To save storage space: Go to the Target Format, you can choose General Profiles, TV Video, HD Video, or 4K Video. We recommend converting a DVD to MP4 for great compatibility, high compression rate, and good quality.
  • For playback on a device: Device > Target Format choose iPhone, iPad, Android, PS4/PS5, Xbox, and so on.
  • Convert DVD to audio: You can choose MP3 (general), AAC, WAV, FLAC (lossless), M4R (iPhone ringtone), AC3 (stereo), and so on.
Choose an Output Format in VideoProc

Step 4. Make some more edits and settings if you want.

  • You can select and merge chapters, rotate, change playback speed, fix A/V out-of-sync problem, add some filters, adjust colors, cut, crop, add/choose subtitle and add watermark.
  • You can change codec and resolution, tweak frame rate, bit rate, etc.
  • You can browse to change the Output Folder.

Step 5. Start converting.

Click RUN and start copying the protected DVD on Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 8, or Windows 7.

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How to Rip Protected DVDs with HandBrake

HandBrake is the best free way to rip some DVDs with copy protections, only if you use it in conjunction with libdvdcss.

HandBrake allows you to convert DVDs to MP4, MKV, Android, Apple, Chromecast, Fire TV, Playstation, Roku, Windows Mobile, and Xbox. But if your DVDs are encrypted, you have to install libdvdcss, a free DVD playback library to remove copy protections in DVDs. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download and install HandBrake.

To rip copy-protected DVDs, you need to head to the archive page of HandBrake to download HandBrake 0.9.9 or the earlier version on Windows, macOS (or Linux). Install it.

Note: If you have installed a version newer than 0.9.9, you have to uninstall the version and re-install the older one.

Step 2. Install libdvdcss on your Windows or Mac PC.

If you are a Windows user, you can just download libdvdcss for 32-bit, or download libdvdcss for 64-bit.

If you are on Yosemite (OS X 10.10) or the even older version, you can download libdvdcss file for Mac here.

But if you are using El Caption (OS X 10.11) or newer, you have to take a detour by disabling System Integrity Protection (SIP) first before you can install libdvdcss file successfully:

  1. On your OS X, press Command + Space and find Terminal to launch a command line window.
  2. Type in brew install libdvdcss.
  3. Press Enter and let Homebrew install the libdvdcss file.
  4. Disable SIP on Mac
  5. Restart your computer.

Step 3. Load your protected DVD.

Get your source DVD ready, insert it into your DVD-ROM. Launch HandBrake, choose the DVD location in Source Selection and let the software scan DVD titles in a minute or so.

Load Source DVD to HandBrake

Step 4. Choose something for the output.

Choose a title that you want to rip. Change the Destination if you like. Choose a profile under Output Settings, or under Presets on the right.

Choose an Output Format - HandBrake

Step 5. Try to rip the protected DVD.

After finishing all the necessary settings provided by HandBrake, you are good to go. Hit Start Encode on the upper part and try your luck. On most occasions, it can rip DVDs successfully. But if HandBrake won't rip your DVD, you should go for another method below!

How to Copy a Copy-Protected DVD with VLC media player

VLC media player is a free and open-source software that many people use to play videos, music, and DVDs. It can also convert DVDs, even some copy-protected DVDs. The operation sequence is simple only if you succeed in ripping your DVD. Try your luck with the following steps:

Step 1. Download and install VLC media player.

Go to the official page of VLC to download the program on your computer.

Step 2. Load your source DVD.

Run VLC media player. Click Media on the top left of the interface, choose 'Convert / Save' on the drop-down menu and click on the Disc tab. You can load a DVD, Blu-ray, audio CD, or SVCD/VCD by browsing on your computer. You can also add an ISO file to the File option. But not all DVDs and ISO image files can be recognized and read by VLC.

Step 3. Decide what to rip exactly.

You can choose the title, chapter, audio track, start time, and stop time. Then hit the Convert / Save button and go to the next window.

Rip a Copy-Protected DVD - VLC

Step 4. Choose the output format and destination.

You can make more settings, including Display the output, Deinterlace, Profile, and Destination file. Then hit Start to begin the conversion.

How to Rip a Copy-Protected DVD with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is another solution for converting protected DVDs to MP4 and other formats. It can remove UOP, CSS, RCE, APS, and can handle Disney 99-title DVDs. Besides ripping DVDs, it can copy DVDs to a computer at a 1:1 ratio.

Step 1. Go to download WinX software on its official site. Install and open it.

Interface of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Step 2. Input the source DVD in the DVD-ROM, tap DVD Disc on the top left, and follow the instruction to select the source DVD.

Step 3. After the DVD is loaded, choose an output format under Output Profile.

Step 4. Change the Destination Folder if you need it.

Step 5. Tap RUN and get the job done at a fast speed.

A Legal Warning

Is it legal to back up a copy-protected DVD? Technically no. According to Title 17 of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it is illegal to circumvent "technological protection measures" and rip DVDs protected with Digital Rights Management (DRM). But it is a grey area for ripping DVDs for personal use offline.

According to Fair use, a legal doctrine, it is legal to use copyright-protected works for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, research, and so on without having to get permitted by the copyright owners. And you can refer to Section 107 calls to evaluate the purposes of fair use.

In a word, we do not advocate any commercial use or redistribution of any copyrighted works and suggest you make sure you are not going to share, upload online, or sell them. Please learn about the laws in your regions and countries before making a copy of your own purchased DVDs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ripping Copy-Protected DVDs

1. How to copy a protected DVD to MP4?

The way to convert a protected DVD to MP4 is very easy using VideoProc Converter.

  • Step 1: Download, install, and launch VideoProc Converter on your PC or Mac.
  • Step 2: Insert your protected DVD into your DVD-ROM.
  • Step 3: Choose MP4 in the Target Format as the output format.
  • Step 4: Hit the RUN button to start ripping the copy-protected DVD to MP4.

2. Can VLC rip copy-protected DVDs?

Partly yes. With the installation of libdvdcss in its library, VLC can read and convert some encrypted DVDs. But the process is basically recording the DVD content, instead of the traditional ripping. Besides, not all copy-protected DVDs can be converted by VLC media player.

3. Will Nero rip copy-protected DVDs?

No. Although Nero can copy (burn) a DVD to another DVD, it does not rip a DVD, let alone rip a copy-protected DVD.

4. Can MakeMKV rip copy-protected DVDs?

Yes and no. MakeMKV can read most region-code-protected DVDs but not all kinds of DVDs. Sadly, however, the MakeMKV download page has been removed from Google for Blu-ray copyright issues. To rip a protected Blu-ray or DVD, you need to find a MakeMKV alternative.

5. How do I bypass a copy-protected DVD?

The best way to bypass copy protections of DVDs is to use VideoProc Converter. Follow the steps to copy the copy-protected DVDs to hard drive:

  • Step 1: Download and install VideoProc Converter.
  • Step 2: Insert your DVD into the DVD-ROM of your computer.
  • Step 3: Tap "DVD" on the software interface and go to the DVD section.
  • Step 4: Load the DVD, and choose the output format you need.
  • Step 5: Start to rip the copy-protected DVD.

6. How do I rip a protected DVD to an ISO?

VideoProc Converter allows you to rip a protected DVD to an ISO image file easily and directly.

  • Step 1: Launch VideoProc Converter software on your PC or Mac.
  • Step 2: Insert your source DVD to your drive and load it to the software.
  • Step 3: Let the software check the main DVD title for you.
  • Step 4. Tap "Backup" on the bottom and choose "ISO".
  • Step 5. Start ripping the protected DVD to an ISO image file.

About The Author

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

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