Here's what I've been testing for ripping ISO files with DVD Decrypter and mounting them Daemon Tools. I'll also show how to simplify the mounting process by using a Girder command.
Here's the theory part. I'm using DVD Decrypter to create a file that the PC can see as an exact replica of the info on a DVD. I'm using Daemon Tools to automatically to create a "Virtual" drive on my computer. You can even see it when you click on "My Computer". When I want to play a DVD on the virtual drive I tell Daemon tools to place the file I created with DVD Decrypter in the virtual drive. This fools the computer and the Software DVD player into thinking that a DVD has been inserted and the player automatically starts to play the "virtual" DVD. Does that sort of make sense?
First download and unzip/install Girder, DVD Decrypter and Daemon Tools. For Girder, I selected the "Keyboard" and "UIR/IRman" Hardware plugins. For the other two I didn't change any of the default settings.http://www.girder.nl/http://lightninguk.dns2go.com/http://www.daemon-tools.net/main.htm
Insert a DVD to â€œback-upâ€;) to the hard drive. If your default player starts, close it. Run DVD Decrypter. In the "Source" window select the drive with the DVD. Select "Mode" -> "ISO" -> "Read R". Press the DVD to HD icon to start copying the DVD to the HD. This part takes about 20 minutes on my PC. Without changing the defaults, DVD Decrypter will automatically choose the HD partition with the most space and name the file with the name of the DVD inserted. Of course, it is also possible to select the destination of the output file. You can even choose to rip the DVD to a folder on another drive on a network.
When DVD Decrypter is finished, close the program.
This next step can be automated by using one Girder command, but for now Iâ€™ll explain how you would do it manually. Run Daemon Tools. It should place an icon in your system tray. Right-click the Daemon Tools icon and select "Virtual CD/DVD Rom" -> "Device 0:" -> "Mount image". This opens the Windows open dialog where you can select the .ISO file you just created with DVD Decrypter. On my machine, thats all you have to do. The default player automatically starts the DVD as if it was reading it from the normal DVD-ROM drive. By the way, it doesnâ€™t matter if the ISO file is on your machine or in a folder on a network. Daemon Tools seems to mount it fine. Another way of testing this if your software player doesn't start automatically is to mount the ISO file with Daemon Tools and then open your DVD player and configure your player to select the "virtual drive" as your default drive. Then start playback of the ISO file from the "virtual drive".
Now to eliminate all that stuff in the last paragraph, here's how to set up a command in Girder to automate launching the DVD from the HD. First, open Girder and create a new command. Select the "O.S" tab and choose "Execute". The "File" line wants to have the path to Daemon Tools. You can type this in by hand or use the browse button. The "Step Size" line wants to read -mount 0,"<path of ISO file>" after everything is correctly entered press the "Apply" button.
On my machine the "File" line looks like:
The "Step Size" line looks like this,
when I want to play the Eagles DVD from my HD.
Hint: If your DVD player doesn't start automatically right now, try opening DVD Daemon and select "Unmount All Drives" and then re-try the Girder command. You may need to add a second command line switch in the Girder command to make this work consistantly. One switch to unmount the drive and another to mount the drive and start DVD playback. In Girder, that would only change the â€œStep Sizeâ€ line to â€“unmount 0 -mount 0,"<path of ISO file>"
On my machine, the â€œFileâ€ line remains the same and the new "Step Size" line looks like this,
-unmount 0 -mount 0,"D:EAGLES.ISO"
I know this sounds a bit tricky at first, but once youâ€™ve done the process once its easy to repeat.
1. Rip the DVD to an ISO file with DVD Decrypter.
2. Copy the Girder command and simply change the name of the DVD (or the path to your ISO file) on the â€œStep Sizeâ€ line.
Iâ€™ve been testing this with the TheaterTek player and also PowerDVD 3.0. I should be getting a copy of PowerDVD XP later this week. Iâ€™m running Windows 2000.
Please post any comments or suggestions. Iâ€™m curious how this works for people running other operating systems and using other software DVD players. Also, please post if some discs work fine and others cause problems. Perhaps we can figure out what may be causing problems for some people with some discs.