Most the DVD editing / converting tasks begin by ripping the DVD data in your hard disk, for various reasons. For example, DVDs are encrypted and by default most programs do not read these CSS encrypted files. Ripping the DVD files to the hard disk takes care of that and speeds up the process greatly as you only access the DVD once and then read all the data from the hard disk which is of course much faster and reduces the stress on your DVD drive that would have to keep working for many hours in case you were transcoding the DVD to another format.

The tool we are going to use the the free DVDFab HD Decrypter, probably the most common choice to rip a DVD since DVD Decrypter's development ceased. You can download it for free from here.

Step 1


This is the main DVDFab window. Please note that in the free version only the top two options are available, "Full Disc" and "Main Movie". As you suspect, the first one copies everything the DVD has (including menus, trailer, extras etc) while the second one only rips the movie itself. We will explain both modes. The screenshot above we have selected "Main Movie". Using DVDFab is pretty straightforward, first of all you have to select the DVD drive at the "Source" area and then the folder you want to save the files in at the "Target" field. Afterwards check the title that contains the main movie (the longest one) and remove any audio or subtitles streams you don't like. You are now ready to click on Start and begin ripping the DVD.

Step 2


The "Full Disc" function is every simpler. You don't have to change any setting at all, just as before select the DVD drive at the "Source" area and then the folder you want to save the files in at the "Target" field. Make sure "Copy DVD-Video" is selected and click Start!

Step 3


The DVD ripping process that starts when you click the start button can take up to 30 minutes. You can cancel it or pause it at anytime. When it completes you have the DVD in your hard drive and ready to load it in any program you may want to process it with.
If you have any problems or questions please use our forums and not the comment form below. Remember that you can download DVDFab HD Decrypter for free from here.


#19 afonic-sp-1549927864 2011-10-01 15:33

do you have the latest version?
#18 simon4linda 2011-10-01 11:37
dvdfab seems unable to open the protected dvd that I want to copy, any help !!!
#17 expert 2010-12-26 01:23
to the guy complaining about copies taking hours: Usb is slow and limited in bandwidth. And if you use a usb dvd and a usb hard drive, its far slower because the interface is sharing the bandwidth between the 2 devices. Use one or the other, definitely NOT both at the same time. If your internal HDD doesn't have enough space I recommend you either get a larger internal hard drive or use an ESATA external hard drive.
+6 #16 aidan 2010-11-01 11:51
i burnt the movie onto my haard drive , and when i play it through my tv it works fine but it isnt full screen , there is a border the whole way round, its done this for every movie ive done so far , PLEASE HELP!!!
+2 #15 cheryls 2009-12-29 00:37
UPDATE- I had the wrong disc in the computer! LOL I had the disc with the extras etc....copied today, AND figured out how to do it only using Decrypter - using DVD to DVD option......... ..guess I was tired yesterday when doing this.

DVD HD Decrypter is only free for a trial period right?
#14 cheryls 2009-12-28 16:36
I used DVD HD Decrypter to copy Main Movie then used DVD Shrink to put The Hangover on a DVD - and it's on the DVD, but all out of order in pieces

anyone know what I did wrong?
-1 #13 Kelsey 2009-12-20 05:35
I have no idea where the DVD is located on the computer (as in, is it under My Documents? My Computer?). I have a DVD inserted in the DVD Writer/CD Writer combo slot, but I don't know how to open it on my computer. I need to know this so I know what to make my source. I can't find it anywhere!
-1 #12 MikeNC 2009-11-07 21:27
DVD taking 3 hours or more......reply............

No wonder, you're hardware is not ideal for video processing. Unless you're talking eSATA on those external connections 3 hours sounds about right for USB. I rip with a i7950 from a SATA DVD to RAID0 drives and it takes 20 mins.
#11 Whisk33 2009-11-06 19:41
Can someone explain to me how to install the DVD HD Decrypter. I keep installing a trial version (blue logo) and not the HD Decrypter (lime green logo) like in the screen shots above. Help.
#10 Fletch 2009-11-03 23:16
Ok let me know if I have it right now. I was thinking this was a direct do it all program but this doesnt make an iso for you and you cant burn from this program...So I have ImgBurn..I go in choose make an iso from file and select the foler of my movie which contains noth the video and audio ts files. I have the program make an iso of those and then use ImgBurner to burn that iso to blank dvd correct??

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