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How to Copy a Protected DVD for Free?

There're some useful programs for you to rip and copy DVDs to play on other devices, such as iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. However, some DVDs are copy protected. Then you may be wonder how to copy copy-protected DVD. Many freewares do not support rip DVD with copy protection. But today we'd like to recommend you the DVD Shrink software. It is a freeware that allows you to copy a protected DVD for free. If you have some copy protected DVDs and want them ripped, then you can get this software and try to rip protected DVD with it.

Steps of Copying a Protected DVD with DVD Shrink

Step 1. Loading Copy Protected DVD

Insert your protected DVD in DVD drive, free download and install the DVD Shrink on computer, and then open it! Click "Open Disc" button to load your copy protected DVD. The DVD movies will be shrunk to suitable quality (via preset compression ratio) with CSS DVD copy protection automatically removed. You can click "Backup! > DVD Region" button to make region free option.

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Step 2. Setting Compression

After the copy protection removed and the files are imported in the program, the DVD structure will show in the left with compression settings on the right. You can customize the ratio in the dropdown list, and drag the slider to adjust the compression ratio so as to reduce DVD movie size.

Step 3. Backup DVDs

Simply click "Backup!" button before you copy DVD movies. In the pop out window, you should pay more attention to the Target Device setting. At this setting, you can choose to copy DVD to Hard Disk Folder or ISO Image File, or directly burn with third-party DVD burning software. After that, click OK!


The freeware is very easy for you to copy copy-protected DVD free. However, you should balance the quality and content as best as possible. If your DVDs are not copy protected, you'd better resort to another DVD Ripper to make things easier. The excellent Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum is an amazing tool for you to convert DVD disc, ISO files, DVD folder, and IFO files to all kinds of audio, video and even image formats for playback on almost at 25 different kinds of media players. You cannot find another better one for you to handle your DVDs like this!

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