DVD Smith Movie Backup

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 9, 2008
Updated • Feb 1, 2012
Software, Windows

A good DVD backup application lets you pop in a DVD, press a button and sit back to watch the copying process. DVD Smith Movie Backup is one of those. The free software program can copy entire DVDs or the main movie to the local hard drive.

It can deal with all kind of DVD protections that have been added to make the life of the DVD purchasers miserable while movie pirates enjoy their DVDs without those protections. The process is really that simply as described. Put a DVD into the DVD drive, make up your mind if you want the full DVD or only the main movie and hit the Start button.

Movie Backup deals with and removes DVD protections (CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs and Sony ARccOS) and is compatible with PAL and NTSC DVD-5 and DVD-9 disks.

The only other selection that the user can make is to select the destination folder on his computer. The biggest plus of Movie Backup is its simplicity. It lacks a few features that would have been great, for instance the ability to create a custom DVD or convert the DVD into a compressed format. If you want to copy DVDs to the hard disk however this could be your program.

Update: The movie backup software is now available for Windows and Macintosh computers. Both systems share the same simple process. Users can now select the copy method when copying the full disc or only the main movie to their computer. The default is set to normal, which works best for unencrypted and CSS encrypted movie DVDs. The lowly enhanced and highly enhanced copying method should be selected if the program fails to copy the DVD to the local system.

You also need to make sure that you have enough free space on the hard drive.


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  1. Dave said on May 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    As usual, searching for a term on ghacks leads me to some quality software. This time I searched for “DVD”. Finding software used to take me much longer before I discovered this site.

    I’m curious to see how it copes with the TV series I’m going to throw at it. Does anyone know good software for automatically creating “episode” mpegs from the set of VOB files?

  2. Anonymous said on May 26, 2009 at 1:59 am

    It’s a great software to download DVD movies to the hard disk. It is easy and simple to use. If it can shrink the original download to size of a DVD it would be really great. Shrink is also another great software but what shrink cannot download Smith Movie backup can. For burning I use StarBurn 11 which is also a great software. You can play the burned disk in most DVD player.
    Hopefully these infos are useful

  3. alexa said on March 16, 2009 at 8:19 am

    DVDSmith is easy to use, but it can only copy dvd to hard drive. I prefer using Any DVD Clone to copy dvd to iso and burn to DVD-R.

  4. Rizwan said on August 12, 2008 at 10:31 am

    its so difficult , how can i download this product as u say its free version

  5. HanaDaddy said on August 10, 2008 at 5:29 am

    DVD Shrink is already a popular free DVD copy software that also shrinks the original size to fit into a single DVD.

  6. Patrick Budowski said on August 9, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Will give this a try, as I am tired of Nero.

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