3 Best Ways to Remove Copy Protection from DVDs Easily
When you have purchased the commercial DVDs, you will find that many of them are protected by region codes or DRM protection. Then, the DVD content can’t be saved to computers for playing back, or even some DVD players would fail to play the DVD movies because of the protection. As a result, people would want to remove copy protection from DVDs and copy DVDs to protection-free discs, folders, or ISO files for saving and playing more flexibly.
So in this article, the 3 best ways to remove DVD protection will be introduced and you can learn how to remove copy protections from DVDs. Both free and paid services are provided. You can continue on reading now.
1. How to Remove DVD Protection with VideoByte DVD Copy
To remove copy protection from DVDs, you need the help from an extra tool, which is a DVD copy software that supports unlocking the DVD protection and copying the content to another DVD disc, folder, or ISO file. In this part, we’d like to introduce the most recommended DVD copy software: VideoByte DVD Copy.
When copying DRM-protected content, please strictly keep it for personal use but not commercial use.
Removing DVD Copy Protection with VideoByte in 3 Steps
You can first check the video tutorial on removing DVD copy protection with VideoByte DVD Copy.
Step 1. Select Load DVD Source
Don’t forget to connect the disc drive and insert the DVD to remove DVD protection. If you want to copy it to another disc, you would also need another disc drive for inputting the blank disc.
Step 2. Choose Output Target and Copy Mode
Step 3. Set Output Options and Copy DVD
2. How to Remove Copy Protection from DVDs with MakeMKV
Another DVD copyright remover we’d like to introduce is MakeMKV, which you may be familiar to. MakeMKV is freeware to copy or rip protected DVD/Blu-rays to MKV format, during which the DVD copy protection is stripped. What’s more, the MKV format can preserve all content in the disc, and you can get the output with most DVD data.
Though MakeMKV is free to do most DVD copy protection removal, you may need to know that it’s not always free. The free version of MakeMKV requires a BETA key, which is updated by the producer. But many users complain that the key sometimes isn’t published on time, and the BETA version expires until you receive the new key. In a word, MakeMKV is still reliable for removing copy protection on DVDs. Just read the following steps:
STEP 1. Launch MakeMKV, and insert the DVD disc you want to remove copy protection. MakeMKV will detect and load your DVD disc.
STEP 2. On the interface, you can see the title list, audio tracks, and subtitles. You can select the content you want to keep, because if you preserve all movie content it may take a long time.
STEP 3. Now you can choose the output folder. After removing DVD copy protection on MakeMKV, you can find the DVD content in the selected folder.
STEP 4. Hit the "Make MKV" icon, and MakeMKV will remove copy protection from DVDs for you.
Tip: MakeMKV only supports MKV output and cannot copy DVD to DVD folder, VIDEO_TS file, or ISO Image file, which is not useful to back up DVD content to a blank DVD like VideoByte DVD Copy. If you have such needs, you can try VideoByte DVD Copy.
3. How to Remove Copy Protection from DVDs with VLC
Note: You can also use VLC to remove copy protection from DVDs, but you need help from the libdvdcss.dll file. If you want to know a more detailed guide, you can check the post: How to Rip Copy-protected DVD with VLC.
Extra Tip: Remove Copy Protection from Blu-ray Easily
The 3 tools mentioned above can handle DVD copy protection, and if you also collect some Blu-ray discs armed with Blu-ray copy protection, you can try another professional program: VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper.
VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper supports multiple Blu-ray protections like AACS, BD+, and Cinavia, so almost all of your Blu-ray discs can be ripped by it. What’s more, after it removes the protection, various output formats can be chosen including MP4, MKV, MOV, etc. and you can enjoy the protection-free Blu-ray movies on any device you like.
Here you can follow the simple image guide to remove copy protection from Blu-ray with VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper:
Know About Basic Knowledge of DVD Copy Protections
DVD region codes
RCE or REA
Disney X-Project DRM
FAQs on DVD Copy Protections
Can copy-protected DVDs be ripped?
How to check if a DVD is copy-protected?