How to Use DVD Decrypter & DVD Shrink Together

by Alexis Lawrence

DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink are programs that work together to create backup discs of your favorite DVDs by ripping the information files from the DVD and burning them to blank discs. DVD Shrink rips ISO files from DVDs and offers many options for altering the compression rate and file size of those files, making it easier to save them on your hard drive or burn those files to disc in another program. DVD Decrypter can read those ISO files and burn them to disc.

Insert the DVD you want to rip into the drive on your computer. Your computer must have a DVD drive to read the files on a DVD. A CD drive will not be adequate.

Rip the files from the DVD. In DVD Shrink, click "Open Disc." The contents of the DVD will appear under "Full Disc Backup" on the left side of the screen.

Change the compression settings for the DVD. Typical blank DVDs are 4.7 GB, but many DVDs on the market today use 8.5 GB. It is possible to make 8.5 GB of information fit onto a 4.7 GB disc by changing the compression. Under "Video," choose "Automatic" from the drop-down menu. This will compress the contents of the DVD so that they are the right size for a 4.7 GB disc.

Click "Backup!" A pop-up menu will bring up several options that can be changed. Under "Select Backup Target," select "ISO Image File." Click "OK."

Burn the ISO image to disc with DVD Decrypter. Under the "Mode" menu in DVD Decrypter, select "ISO: Write." Browse for the ISO file under "Source." The files will populate on the screen. Click the "Write" button, which is the button that shows a hard drive with an arrow pointing to a disc. Burning progress will be monitored in DVD Decrypter, and a pop-up will let you know when burning is complete.

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About the Author

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.