Rip, Burn, Copy DVD Movies - the Best, Simplest Way.




This instructable explains how to copy whole DVD movies, including compressing them so they fit on cheaply avaliable 4.7GB blanks.

Software needed: (check out for downloads)
- DVD Shrink
- DVD Decryptor

Hardware needed:
- DVD Movie
- DVD Blank
- Computer, DVD Burner, etc.

This will be the basic instructable, showing how to copy a full disk with some changes to compression of the disk to give best movie quality. If there are enough requests I will write an advanced instructable to show how to copy only the main movie with no menu's or extra's (for large movies to get greater quality).

  • Obviously only copy DVD's that you have rights to copy, copying commercially made movies is a breach of copyright and ILLEGAL!

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Step 1: Overview of DVD Shrink

When you open DVD Shrink this is what your window will look like.

Mouseover the window below to view description of the main screen.

Step 2: Start the Process

Insert your DVD movie into a DVD drive.
Open DVD Shrink.
Click "Open Disk" then select the drive which contains your DVD movie and click OK.

This will bring up the Analysis window, just leave it be, you must finish a simple analysis before you can continue (see second image).

Step 3: Set Compression Values

Once the analysis has finished click on the main menu folder and check out its compression. I like to keep the compression at 80-100%. If the compression is lower than this, then click the menus folder and select custom from the compression pulldown menu.

Drag the "compression slider" down all the way to the left or until the red disapears from the total movie size bar.

Next click on the extras folder and do the same.

This will mean the main movie is at the least compressed and therefore the highest quality.

Step 4: Backup - GO GO GO`

Now click the "Backup" icon on the toolbar, this will bring up the "Backup DVD window".
Select"ISO Image file and burn with DVD decryptor".
Select a folder to put your IMAGE, this is just just for temporary storage until the DVD is burned, it will automatically delete the files when finished.

Click OK to continue.

This will bring up the encoding window, depending on your computer speed, this will take from 10 mins to 30 mins. You can enable or disable the video preview, this does not effect the speed.

Step 5: Burn Image

When the disk has finished encoding DVD Decrypter will automatically open. Remove your DVD movie, insert a blank DVD disk into your DVDRW drive.

Click on the picture of the HDD and DVD on the bottom left, and this will start your DVD burning.

Once the burning image window opens, click the checkbox for "delete the image when done".

Step 6: DONE ! ! !

Enjoy your newly copied DVD movie.



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    88 Discussions


    10 months ago

    Thanks, so instructive! I also have used a DVD ripper- wonderfox dvd ripper before. Based on my experience, this program can easily rip DVD moviesl. I have tried the method you mentioned as well. Both these 2 methods work perfectly.


    2 years ago

    No other features apart from backing up your dvds, many of its competitors offer extensive video editing features and can help you to both download and upload to the net, and convert between a wide variety of forms. I prefer to use Pavtube ByteCopy.

    Angel Kat

    2 years ago

    This is the first time I have encountered a problem with the compression. The bar stays half green and half red. I have tried everything I can but to no avail......please advise!


    3 years ago offer 4 solid DVD/Blu-ray ripping programs i've used and a comparison of their actual
    performances in DVD ripping.

    Angel Kat

    3 years ago

    I was at the last step and a menu popped up that it could not lock the Audio. I have no idea what this means or what is the solution.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This fit my needs exactly. I wanted to make hard disc copies to play on my portable DVD player and this does the trick. I had located DVDShrink somewhere else but was still unsure of how to create the disc for play on the DVD player vs the laptop (I can play the ripped VOB files on my laptop via VLC player but these don't play on the DVD player). This process links the ripping of the files (DVDShrink) to the burning on the final disc (DVD Decrypter) for a relatively seamless procedure. Well done silliou! The only addtl help would be, as the author mentions, how to 'reauthor' to avoid copying the trailers and commentaries. You can see how that's done here:


    4 years ago on Introduction

    For me the best and easiest way to burn movies is by using a software called convertxtodvd. I have no problem converting any format or file (mkv,avi,mp4,mpg and more..) Its perfect for my use. I will soon write instruction here but for the mean time you can checkout my profile. Add me up guys.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Know about DVD Shrink. But what is DVD Decryptor? Seems like an additional DVD ripper or something. I prefer an all-in-one tool, so that I can rip, burn or copy within a one tool. I am using Blu-ray copy (from imElfin), i do not often purchase BD movies, but it supports both DVD and Blu-ray, which is so great. Plus, the copied iso can be converted to mp4 and i don't need a ripper tool. Cheers!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Question: When you copy a DVD.... is the copy you produce the SAME quality as the original, or is it a little less (or a lot less ) quality?


    9 years ago on Step 6

    I followed all of these instructions, but when I play it on the dvd player it doenst read it . The computer doenst read it too. What is happening here and how can I fix it?

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 6

    Did either of you guys try downloading codec up dates for your computers?
    so your computers can read different dvd formats. I'm not saying it will work but you can try it because it worked ofr me...


    Whats a good external DVD burner out there thats relatively inexpensive? Also, since this article was written awhile back, any updates or newer software that should be used, or still DVD Shrink and DVD Decryptor?...Also, is this the same process used if trying to burn Blu-Ray?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    i have dvd fab i use to burn movies on a reg dvd disk . now when doing so it tells me pls insert a double layer media disk . why does it do this now and how can i get it to go back to a reg dvd copy

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    i generally use moviebox to rip dvds. also has a recording and a converting function, i say it's definitely worth looking into it, if you have problems using other products, and this is how it basically works.