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Is there a program that can make DVD copies for free?
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Jim Hillier
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March 26, 2009 - 9:24 pm
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Yep, that's what I thought Dave...thanks for confirming it. So in precis; any free (older) versions of DVDFab would be pretty useless for most of the newer DVD's, the commercial (latest) version does work a treat though....if you are prepared to fork out the $$$.

Just to help clarify and finish off; I am assuming the payment would be one off (lifetime)? The updates to support latest DVD copy protections are free and automatic? But what about a brand new version....free, discounted upgrade, fresh full purchase???

For anyone interested, the people at DVDFab are currently offering 20% off (until 29th March): [url=http://esd.element5.com/product.html?productid=300101281&cookies=1&affiliateid=200036005:16d7jrh3]http://www.dvdfab.com/[/url:16d7jrh3]

cheers....JIM

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March 30, 2009 - 4:13 pm
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on a slightly related note, I'm looking for a good program to rip DVD movies to DIVx for storage on my media center box.

Any thoughts?

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March 30, 2009 - 5:34 pm
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Hey Ziggie - Don't know of any [b:crsc0haa]free[/b:crsc0haa]ware rippers which will do that, i.e. rip direct from DVD to DivX format. You may have to look at doing it in two steps;
1) Rip DVD to HDD using DVDShrink.
2) Use one of the popular freeware converters to convert from DVD to DivX format....e.g. Super, MediaCoder, FormatFactory.

Maybe someone else has heard of or knows of a good freebie....wouldn't be holding my breath though!

For best free video converters, have a look [url=http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-audio-video-format-conversion-program.htm:crsc0haa]Here.[/url:crsc0haa]

cheers....JIM

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March 30, 2009 - 8:21 pm
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I know Jim will have my hide for this Ziggie, but DVDFab! Decryption, copy, and convert to xvid, divx, mp3, avi, and other formats. All in one package that works and does quality conversions.

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MediaCoder is another Freeware (though donations are asked) program which converts from/to different etc...
It does take some tinkering, 'cause you have lots of setting, which you can alter. Sticking with the defaults often works too, Mindblower!

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April 1, 2009 - 10:31 pm
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I'm not opposed to paying for something if it does the job, and if DVDFab will do it in one go then it sounds like it would be worth it.

Thanks!

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DVDFab currently offers a 30 day trial. It is fully functional. Older versions may be freeware, but they will not be able to decrypt the latest movies (say 2 or 3 years?).

Free DVD was once called DVDFab Decrypter and will only copy DVDs with analog encryption. So again, nothing newer than 2 or 3 years.[/quote:4zlg4781]

Dave, put DVDFab down now, and step slowly away from the software, Dave. No one will get hurt, I promise.

You all have covered the OP's request very well...Jimbo, you rock! Another burner is Infra Recorder, also very useful.
http://sourceforge.net/project.....arecorder/

hth
Ron

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April 11, 2009 - 8:52 am
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Dave, put DVDFab down now, and step slowly away from the software, Dave. No one will get hurt, I promise.
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You're killin' me Elmer!

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Dave and others....DVDFab does have a [b:25gzyiha]Free Version[/b:25gzyiha] and it was just updated on 4/17/2009. It took me forever to find the page where you can download the Free Version which is now called DVDFab HD Decrypter 5.2.5.0.

So, I'll make it easy on you...just go to my Free Software Page and look in the first box:

[url:25gzyiha]http://biggeekdaddy.com/links.html[/url:25gzyiha]

When you launch the program choose "Start DVDFab HD Decrypter"
Then you can choose either Full Disc or Main Movie
After DVDFab has done it's work I point DVD Shrink towards the DVDFab folder where the movie has been decrypted then burn my DVD with Nero.

Hope that helps some of you that like DVDFab...it's the best Free Decrypter I've used.

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May 5, 2009 - 9:28 pm
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Thanks for that BGD....Interestingly, nowhere on the site page you linked to is there any mention of it being free!

cheers.....JIM

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ozbloke....can't tell if you're referring to my page at BGD.com or the DVDFab page. On my page the page title is Free Software and my link says this:
DVDFab HD Decrypter and Free DVD - Both of these are awesome Free Programs

So, I'm hoping you're referring to the DVDFab page. If you look closely at that page you'll see that right above the picture of DVDFab Platinum it says Free Stuff. That's the only reference and one reason the page was so hard to find on DVDFab's site. My guess is they still wanted to provide some Free Version but make it not so obvious that everyone would use it instead of buying the full version.

Even once you download and install it's still not obvious how to use the Free Version so I'm guessing their sales of the Platinum and Gold Versions increased once they did this.

Cheers!

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May 6, 2009 - 6:26 pm
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Hey BGD - I [i:1o9ya69i]was[/i:1o9ya69i] referring to the DVDFab page. Just went back there and saw the reference to 'Free Stuff' at the top of the page....don't know how I missed it in the first place, sorry about that.

Similar confusion reigns across the major freeware/shareware sites, most only list the 'Shareware' version. As you say, keep publicity to a minimum and, hopefully, many will end up parting with some of their hard earned $$$.

cheers....JIM

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i wouild reccomend ASHAMPOO version 6, never let me down. for the burning, dont use the newer version (9) as it takes sooooooooo long to burn, dont know how with it being newer.

and yeah dvd shrink is the program to use for the other point.

dodester

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Hey Dodester - Did you see my post about the new free version of Nero? It does not come with all the bloat and just includes the various burning functions:
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=337

Best thing is it auto syncs with DVDShrink.

I have never tried the Ashampoo burning software but have heard good things about it, which you have just confirmed......thanks.

cheers mate...JIM

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Thanks for sharing tip!

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