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post #1 of 3 Old 09-15-2013, 02:14 PM - Thread Starter
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DVD shrink 3.2 (free open source ) is a very good one step solution I usually archive in DVD9 (uncompressed ) sometimes DVD 5 (compressed ) you can do .iso if you like. have done that also. If it reads the file it's one of best has decent options also it so far has read almost everything http://www.dvdshrink.org/

I use DVD9 or for HDD storage or DL DVD sometime .ISO for HDD storage also DVD 5 for some storage and SL DVD all the players and media browsers can read these
not sure about iTunes probably not. you can burn DVD9 direct to to DL DVD and DVD5 to SL DVD . as well as view them from your HDD in your media browser player

DVD fab 9 (trial version) has excellent decrypter that never expires **** this is the big HDCP DRM hammer !
Will read some DVD/BD that DVD Shrink can not read .
Lots of features and benefits all avail for short time on free trial good to keep after the decryption feature does not expirev !
would probably purchase paid version if I did not have open source tools.

DVD Decrypter (free) self explanatory very good for works on some modern & older HDCP . decrypts only must use with Handbrake or other file converter/burner .
http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ ( old schol) does not read through newer HDCP or DRM )

HandBrake (free) old school file converter one of the best slow but lots of options for quality .The Mac daddy of file converters Think of it as
LAME encoder but for DVD/BD ( old school) does not read through any HDCP or DRM ) you will need another decrypter for that first.
http://handbrake.fr/ Big daddy of open source file converters lots of options even Apple TV and mobiles. .

Image burn ( free ) explanatory think of it as exact copy for media and data
"ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!" http://www.imgburn.com/

DVD Smith ( Free) Only used it once minimalist user interface
"DVDSmith - Ultimate Solutions for backing up your DVD & Blu-ray investment on Windows and Mac"

AVS thread with more good suggestions and commentary

I've tried a lot of free trials and read some web postings so far at least for me these seem to work well . others have recommended these as well
this is a pretty good Free toolkit and will get the job done.

***** Most other free trials are hobbled won't read all the chapters unless you buy paid versions and ofc ALSO expire .

AVS Members please feel free to add your choices (paid or free)
+ ofc your comments are welcome and in fact encouraged
Edited by tubetwister - 9/15/13 at 2:26pm

Re posted from http://www.avsforum.com/t/1490780/free-dvd-back-up-file-converter-tool-kit-avs-members-please-add-your-dvd-bd-software-choices-and-comments
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I would add MakeMKV. Still free while in Beta, but well worth the $50 or so for a lifetime.

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I use DVDFab as well (it runs on Linux with Wine), but AnyDVD and MakeMKV are also popular here. None are free, although as said MakeMKV has a free beta and a decrypter step in in DVDFab is always available.

A good toolkit should also have (all free):

  • tsMuxeR (mainly for demuxing, but it will create M2TS, AVCHD and Blu-ray structures also)
  • BDSup2Sub (converts Blu-ray PGS/SUP subtitles to hidef VOBSUB)
  • mkvmerge (creates, splits apart, and edits MKV containers)
  • vlc (a software player for testing your results)
  • mediainfo (for displaying file attributes)


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