Before we talking about something about copying protected DVDs, let’s see what encrypted DVDs mean. An encrypted DVD means a DVD that has been processed using a Content Scrambling System. The Content Scrambling System is a data encryption method used to protect DVDs from illegal copying. The CSS method simply encrypts or scrambles the video data on a DVD so that it can’t be viewed or copied illegally. A DVD-ROM or a DVD player which should be CSS licensed can only play those encrypted DVDs because these players can decrypt those encrypted DVDs. Not all DVD ROMs and players are licensed by CSS. So if you own an encrypted DVD for which you have paid the money, you are allowed to decrypt that DVD and copy encrypted DVDs to a hard drive in form of ISO or a folder. In this article, we will show you how you can do this.

Part 1: How to Copy Encrypted DVD to Hard Drive and Save Them as ISO or DVD Folder

Here we introduce DVDFab DVD Copy which is a DVD copy software that is able to copy protected DVDs. DVDFab DVD Copy not only decrypts the encrypted DVDs but it also lets you save your encrypted DVDs as DVD folders or ISO files. Now these decrypted DVD ISO files and folders can be played on CSS unlicensed DVD ROMs and players. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to copy a protected DVD by removing encryption from the DVD using the DVDFab DVD Copy software.

  • Download and install DVDFab 12 for either Mac or Windows 10/8/7/Vista.

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  • Insert the encrypted DVD into the DVD ROM drive.
  • Launch the program and click the ‘Copy’ tab. The program should automatically load the disc if not then click the big ‘Plus’ button and select the DVD ROM to load the disc.

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  • Now the DVDFab DVD Copy offer six main functions and these are full discs, main movie, split, merge, customize, and clone/burn.

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  • But we will only talk here about the ‘Full Disc’ function because we want to save the entire content of the encrypted DVD as a decrypted ISO or folder on our computer’s hard drive.

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  • So click the ‘Copy Mode Switcher’ button and select ‘Full Disc’. You can click the ‘Output size dropdown menu' to select either ‘DVD5’ or ‘DVD9’ in the ‘Output’.

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  • When you are ready to create ISO from DVD, or create a Folder, click the ‘Save ISO’ or ‘Save Folder’ button and choose the location where you want to save a copy of your encrypted DVD disc.

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  • Finally, click the ‘Start’ button and wait till the process completes. Please note that during the copy process DVDFab automatically removes the DVD encryption and save it as an ISO or a folder.
  • Now this DVD ISO or folder will remain stored on your computer’s hard drive or you can burn them on a blank DVD disc. And can play this decrypted DVD on any DVD ROM or DVD player.

Note: If you want to copy your DVD in a 1:1 lossless ratio then select the ‘Clone/Burn’ function from the ‘Copy Mode Switcher’ and save the DVD as an ISO file.

Another method to copy protected DVDs is to rip encrypted DVDs to digital video formats. DVD ripping simply means converting the DVD video format to other digital video formats. So that we can play those DVD video files on multiple media players. In this part, we are introducing DVDFab DVD Ripper which not only decrypts encrypted DVDs but also lets you rip encrypted DVDs. You can convert (Rip) DVD video format to other common video formats like MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, etc. Here’s a nice tutorial below for this DVD ripper software to convert encrypted DVDs to MP4 or other video formats.

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How to rip a DVD even if it is protected

  • Open the DVDFab 12 program and click the ‘Ripper’ tab.
  • Insert the DVD disc and load it into the program. After you load the disc the following information will appear in the program window. Learn the functions from the image below.
  • Click the ‘Profile Dropdown Menu’ and choose the output video format of your choice. The most popular is MP4 though.

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  • Click the ‘Choose Other Titles’ button and select all the videos on the encrypted DVD. If you don’t do this then only one video will be selected by default. Choosing all titles is necessary if the DVD contains many video files.

Copy Encrypted DVDs

  • Clicking the audio select button will let you select multiple audio languages because most DVDs support multiple audio languages. Here, you are free to select or skip multiple audio streams.

Copy Encrypted DVDs

  • A DVD also may have multiple subtitles. The ‘Subtitle’ option will let you select multiple subtitles and you can also unselect some of them if not required.

Copy Encrypted DVDs

  • In front of every DVD title, you will see the ‘Advanced Settings’ button and the ‘Video Edit’ button. If you click the settings button then you can change the video settings for each title separately like ‘resolution’, ‘video quality’, ‘audio channel output’ etc.

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Copy Encrypted DVDs

  • Click the video edit button to edit the DVD video files and use video editing tools like multiple trims, crop, rotate, watermark, and subtitle.

Copy Encrypted DVDs

  • After editing the videos and applying the settings click the ‘Start’ button to start ripping the encrypted DVD disc.
  • You can find the ripped video files in the ‘DVDFab12’ folder in the ‘Documents’ folder on a Windows PC.


So you now know how to decrypt encrypted DVD discs, and copy and save them as ISO or a folder on your PC’s hard disk. You also learned to rip encrypted DVDs to other video formats that you can save on your hard drive. The interesting thing is that the DVD Copy and DVD ripper from DVDFab Software will automatically remove encryption without letting us know about it. We were only copying and ripping those encrypted DVDs as if they were never encrypted.

Furthermore, if you ever want to enlarge the converted MP4 videos to higher resolution, then you can select the AI relevant conversion profiles from the inbuilt profile library, but that shall involve in another product which is called Enlarger AI that can work alongside DVD Ripper to upscale 480p DVDs to 720p or 1080p videos.