Why would someone want to backup DVDs? The Movie Industry apparently thinks that no one should be able to backup - bought - DVD movies as it is adding copy protection to nearly every movie that gets released on DVD this days.
Not every customer wants to back up DVDs but there are strong arguments for it. Maybe it is because you want to play the DVD in your car or take it with you on holiday and do not want to risk that it gets lost or damaged in the process. Or, maybe you just want to copy it to your computer so that you can watch the movie on it without the need for the DVD.
Please note that it is illegal in some countries to duplicate copy protected DVDs. Rip it 4 Me can bypass many copy protections on DVDs, so make sure you only use it if it is not illegal in your country.
Rip it 4 Me is a frontend for the third party tools DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink adding options to those programs to rip DVD movies even if they are copy protected. The two programs mentioned cannot bypass protections on their own.
You do need one of the two mentioned programs to use Rip it 4 Me. You may also want to install FixVTS which allows you to adjust your DVD files.
The process of backing up a DVD is pretty simple after all the installations have been made (If you don't have DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink installed use the Downloads menu in Rip it 4 Me to do so). Put a DVD into your disk drive and start Rip it 4 Me. Click on Wizard mode or 1-click mode.
You have to make some selections such as selecting a source and target hard drive and the ripping settings which give you the option to backup the full DVD, the movie only, movies and menus only or iso mode. Click on Create PSL file in the next window and rip DVD in the one afterwards.
If everything worked fine DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink will start and state that it has imported the settings successfully. Click on the DVD to Hard Drive symbol in the lower left corner and the process should start. Take a look at the pictured Rip it 4 Me guide if you have further questions or encounter problems.
Update: The program has not been updated since 2007 but it should work just fine with most DVDs anyway.
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