Summary: DVD Shrink is a software program used to make backups of DVD movies. Using DVD Shrink, you can read data from one DVD then write it to a blank DVD or to your hard drive. The copied disc can be played in standalone DVD players or computers that contain a DVD-ROM with the appropriate DVD player software. Part 5 discusses creating disc images from a DVD before applying DVD Shrink.
Note: This tutorial may not be used to illegally reproduce copyrighted materials. American readers should review the Digital Millennium Copyright Act before attempting to circumvent any form of copy protection.
Performing a DVD Backup from a Disc Image
The following steps illustrate how to use DVD Decrypter make an image of a DVD disc then use that image in Daemon Tools. This image can then use that disc to create a full backup in DVD Shrink. It may be necessary to create a disc image before backing up a movie if DVD Shrink cannot read the physical disc due to extra copy protection. Be sure to read the guide on setting up DVD Decrypter and Daemon Tools before attempting to complete the steps listed below.
- Double-Click the desktop DVD Decrypter Logo or select the program from the Start Menu
- Insert the DVD disc in a DVD drive. Click on the drop-box in the “Source” window pane. Select the DVD drive containing the DVD
- Select the menu item File->ISO->Read to trigger ISO Read mode. This mode will read the contents of the DVD disc into a single file
- If you wish to change the destination directory for the ISO file, click on the folder icon in the “Destination” window pane
- If you chose to change directories (see step 4), select a new destination directory and type a name for the ISO in the text box labelled “File Name”. Click on the Ok button.
- Check settings one last time. Click on the main DVD button in the lower left section of the window
- Wait for the progress bar to complete
- Click on the OK button in the pop-up window indicating the DVD has been decrypted and stored on hard-drive
Once the DVD disc image has been created, it can be mounted on a virtual drive using Daemon Tools
- Click on the tray icon and select a virtual drive to open the Daemon Tools dialog
- Select On the ISO image just created and click on the Open button to mount the file to a virtual drive
Now DVD Shrink can be used to shrink the “DVD” mounted on the virtual drive
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – First Considerations
Part 3 – Software Installation
Part 4 – Performing a Regular DVD Backup
Part 5 – Performing a DVD Backup from a Disc Image
Part 5 – Part 6 – What’s Next