Best 3 Ways to Rip a Copyright Protected DVD on Windows 10/8/7

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Most DVDs you purchased from stores are copy protected. You may need to keep your rare DVDs safe. You may need to digitize them for flexible playback on our iPhone, iPad, computer, TV, Android device, etc. Sometimes you'll want to watch them offline during a business trip. But the copy protection makes it almost impossible to make a DVD copy directly.

The post will show you the ropes of ripping any protected DVDs on a PC. But before diving in, you're suggested to know some general knowledge about DVD copy protections.

What Are Common DVD Copy Protection Schemes?

Rip a copy-protected DVD

DVD copy protection refers to methods that are applied on 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.

To bypass the DVD copy protection schemes, you have to rely on professional DVD rippers.

Just a Reminder

According to The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it is illegal to circumvent "technological protection measures". Even ripping protected DVDs you own for personal use offline is a gray area. We suggest you learn about the laws in your regions and countries or and do not redistribute any copyrighted works.

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.

According to The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it is illegal to circumvent "technological protection measures". Even ripping protected DVDs you own for personal use offline is a gray area. We suggest you learn about the laws in your regions and countries or and do not redistribute any copyrighted works.

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. 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 Rip a Copy-Protected DVD with VideoProc

Compared with HandBrake, VideoProc can deal with all types of copy-protected DVDs alone, without the help of some other tools. The built-in DVD decryption engine makes it easy to remove copy protections in DVDs of movies, TV series, workout, music videos, new releases, and that are produced from different countries.

  • An all-in-one video software: DVD ripping, 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.

Step 1. Download and install.

Click the button above to download VideoProc. 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 any of the output formats listed in Target Format. You can convert DVD to MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, ISO, Android, Apple iPhone/iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, Xbox, PSP 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 ripping.

Click RUN and start ripping the protected DVD.

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 following the instruction to select the source DVD disc.

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

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

Settings in WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can VLC rip copy-protected DVDs?

No. VLC is a media player application mainly designed for media playback. You can rip homemade DVDs with VLC, but cannot rip protected DVDs. But please note that VideoLAN includes the installation of libdvdcss in its library.

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 ripping a copy-protected DVD.

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.

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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