There, with that out of the way, let me explain a little about this. You can copy any DVD, and I mean any. It just uses this free software. It is safe to download.
It is nice to have around. I have a ton of movies and made about a billion (not a billion, I'm just making a point :-) copies that I can watch over and over again. That way if something happens to one disk, I still have a backup!!
Now if you are still interested, go to the next step!
One more thing, if you copy a DVD using this Instructable, leave a comment for me and rate it please!
Step 1: Getting the Program
1. DVD burning drive
2. Blank DVDs
3. DVD Shrink
Once you have these things, you can go to the next step.
DVD Shrink is the software program you need. Go here to get it:
You need time because this thing takes some time to decrypt and burn.
This should only take a few minutes to download. When prompted, click save, then save it to the desktop.
When it has finished download, run the wizard to install it then proceed to my next step.
Step 2: Using the Program
At that point you can just hit the Back Up! button and follow the self explanatory steps to burn. Just select your DVD burner drive and look around at the other tabs. Then hit ok. However if you just want the main movie and not all of the other stuff on the DVD, you should proceed to my next step to make just a Reauthored version of it.
I don't use the Full Backup that often, so sorry for the short explanation on it.
Step 3: Using the Program Cont.
Click the Reauthor button. You will see the list of things on the right. If your movie is in the disk drive, it should show up under Devices with Removable Storage. You want to double click on the movie and wait for it to load.
Then you select Title 1, if possible, nothing else. You then have to wait for it to Analise. This usually only takes a couple minutes.
Once that is done on the top left side, you will see your DVD. Near the top right of this box is a picture with two arows facing each other, click this button. This is the start/end frames set button. To reduce burn time and compression, take the bottom bar and slide it left to the start of the credits. This takes the credits out.
A little more about compression. Click the Compression Settings tab now at the top right. Notice the bar at the top. Green means it will fit on the DVD, and red means it won't fit, so if it doesnt fit, take off all languages EXCEPT and english ones. Leave those on or you wont have any audio. Although you can take off all audio EXCEPT number 1, if you choose, but thats what i recommend. Set the compression thing for automatic, and everything should fit on the DVD fine.
Now with that set up, click on the Backup! button. Select the DVD drive to burn with, but leave in the store bought DVD for now! Also make a folder on your desktop to hold temporary burn files. These can be deleted later. Before you burn make sure to select this folder to hold the temporary files. It will spit it out and tell you to put in a blank one when its time to burn. You can select regions to let the DVD play in. I dont plan on taking these out of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, so I only select Region 1. But its up to you. And i always choose Maximun Smoothness in the next tab. I cant stand jittery films, thats why i choose that. Finally you can start the Backup process.
Remember, this will take some time! So be patient!
Once you have burned successfully, you can delete the temporary files.
However if you want to save the DVD to your computer to watch, please go to my next step.
Step 4: Finished!
The DVD should now be completed either way you did it!