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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