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My search for a program comparable to the Windows' application DVD Decrypter is finally complete. If you've ever wanted to create an ISO of a DVD -- in order to keep all of the menus, special features, language options, etc. of an encrypted DVD intact -- I've got a straightforward solution:
  1. Download and run the (free and open source) Fairmount from Metakine Inc.
  2. Insert the DVD into your computer; in a few moments Fairmount will 'ghost' a decrypted image of your DVD.
  3. Run Disk Utility and select this new image from the left hand panel (it will look something like disk3).
  4. Select Images » Convert... in Disk Utility's menu.
  5. Name your file, select a location, and use 'DVD/CD Master' for the image format; click Save.
Once Disk Utility is finished, you'll have an exact copy of your DVD which can be mounted for future use by a program like DVD Player or Handbrake. If you would like to share the image with another operating system, simply change the extension from .cdr to .iso.

[robg adds: Fairmount is bundled with a download of Metakine's DVDRemaster product; it works fine without DVDRemaster, though. Note that you'll need to have VLC installed in order for Fairmount to work. I tested with a DVD of ours, and this process worked as described.]
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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: llee on Apr 07, '10 08:46:52AM
I recently updated an Applescript droplet to do this. It has support for BP Progress Bar. I listed Leopard or Snow Leopard as requirements, but I think it may work with Tiger, too.
Edited on Apr 07, '10 08:48:00AM by llee


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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 07, '10 01:17:14PM

The command-line that your script is running does not make a copy of the DVD's filesystem, but instead takes all the files contained in the DVD and repackages them into a new filesystem, i.e. it is not actually making a perfect clone of the original DVD.

The correct command-line should be

hdiutil create -srcdevice /dev/disk3 -format UDTO nameYourDiskImage
where the number following /dev/disk# can be determined (by a human) by running
df
beforehand. The code will generate the file nameYourDiskImage.cdr, which is actually a standard ISO disk image and so its extension can be safely renamed.

Just like the hint explains, this command can also be used with FairMount to remove the encryption in the original DVD



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: llee on Apr 07, '10 07:02:35PM

I think the "-srcdevice" method does work too, but the "makehybrid -udf" also lets you create a burnable DVD disk image from a VIDEO_TS folder's enclosing folder, the contained VIDEO_TS folder of which you can create using a variety of ways. Is the .cdr image file as portable as the .iso image file? Can you copy it to a PC and use a Windows DVD burning solution to make a video DVD the way you can with the .iso image file? Maybe you can, I just haven't tried it.



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: daybrother on Apr 07, '10 08:52:32AM
Thanks for this. A couple of years ago I started using a HD media server to watch most of my movies and to keep space down, I sometimes convert the DVDs to another format. I was just about to delete Fairmount because I downloaded it once and couldn't remember why or how it worked. I've always used Mac the Ripper though it hasn't always worked successfully. OT: Just curious; Why am I getting a notice that "New users' comments are held for human review to prevent comment spam."? I've been posting here for years.

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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: sjk on Apr 07, '10 03:37:05PM
I've always used Mac the Ripper though it hasn't always worked successfully.
Which version? MTR 4 has worked flawlessly for me and supports ISO image output. I had more failures when testing Fairmount relatively recently, especially with newer titles.

There are too many variables to claim any single ripping software/method is clearly superior for everyone. What works reliably for some people will find a way to fail for others. When one app fails it's convenient to have others to try.

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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: chabig on Apr 07, '10 08:55:51AM

As far as I can tell there is nothing special about an ISO. Mac The Ripper and RipIt both create copies of the DVD with all menus and special features intact.



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: DJMac317 on Apr 07, '10 10:33:21AM

I've been using ZippyRippy for a while now, it will create an .iso of the DVD and convert for iPod, iPhone, iPad and so forth. It will also get info from IMDB. It's only $5.99 and I got it from http://www.zippyrippy.com



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: BlackjackJoe on Apr 07, '10 11:59:31AM

The last MacHeist bundle included RipIt. Works like a charm.



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: vocaro on Apr 07, '10 08:48:13PM

Just wanted to second chabig's comment. If you're looking for a way to rip an encrypted DVD while preserving the menus, special features, etc., both MacTheRipper and RipIt do this. And they're far more straightforward than this tip -- just one click. They aren't free, though.



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: bluef15h on Apr 08, '10 01:28:48AM

another way is to startup the dvdplayer app that's bundled by default and once the dvd is running, close dvdplayer and use disk utility to save the .iso or .cdr.



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: shoarthing on Apr 08, '10 02:12:55AM

Very out-of-date advice: Fairmount is specifically useless against Sony's ARccOS protection.
http://www.metakine.com/products/fairmount/faq.html#faq1

ARccOS is said to protect 'over 380 million DVDs' of 'over 2500 titles'
http://www.arccos.com/opencms/opencms/sites/eu/en/Products/Copy_Control_Solutions/ARccOS.html

Fairmount is OK to rely on for old DVD5s; but anyone unwilling to waste 15 minutes per failed rip & intending to backup their present-day encrypted DVD9 is best advised to invest in MacDVDRipper Pro [competent: roughly equivalent to Winworld's DVDFabDecrypter] or Ripit [just about adequate].

Mactheripper is unreliable [if free] & expensive & unreliable if bought for the $50 sought by its developer for a running beta.



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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: Cerberus on Apr 08, '10 06:55:36AM
To be clear, this will make a COMPLETE 1:1 and still ENCRYPTED copy of that DVD. There is NOTHING in diskutil that will decrypt the DSS encryption. This is the reason that when you put that data back into a DVD it plays without any trouble.

To be clear, if you take that reburnt DVD and you use a tool such as Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr) to convert the movie portions to some other format: on a Mac it can use VLC to 'decrypt' the video stream before conversion, but if you do the same thing on a PC it cannot as the linking and decryption tools were removed from Handbrake and as such it will complain that 'the disk is still encrypted, please decrypt' first. Handbrake cannot convert an ENCRYPTED DVD due to DSS rules which are enforced by the DMCA.

IANAL, but remember: decrypting a DVD is still illegal even if it is as a backup/archive copy. The DMCA states you cannot legally circumvent an ENCRYPTION for ANY REASON, even if you are legally entitled to the data BENEATH that encryption.

The reason this works on a Mac is that Diskutil does not remove DSS, but still allows for backups and restoration of that backed up data. This is the best of both worlds. AFAIK *nix and (I know) Windows cannot do this.

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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: dlinksv on Apr 10, '10 06:18:06PM
@Cerberus Please read step 1. This will create an unencrypted dvd because of Fairmount. Please at least read down to step 1 and 2 before commenting.

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Extract a complete ISO from an encrypted DVD
Authored by: robertcoogan on Apr 13, '10 10:40:02AM

I just tried to rip an ARccOS DVD with Fairmount, it did not work at all. MTR 3.0 will though, it is slow but it produces a quality rip.



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50GB DVDs
Authored by: SOX on Apr 13, '10 02:27:30PM

The new wrinkle in DVD protection is to store the DVD files in a hard linked fashion so a 4 to 8GB Dvd appears to have 50GB worth of Data. Fairmount does not seem to deal with this. Neither does MTR 2.6. when you make backup copies directly you get 50GB of real hard disk space occupied because they don't preserve the hardlinking but just copy each file.

Do any programs deal with this and copy a DVD to 4 to 8 GB in size preserving the links?



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