How to Rip a DVD Using AnyDVD

by Contributor

SlySoft's AnyDVD is a handy bit of software that decodes DVD encryption on the fly. By removing CSS and other standard forms of media encryption, AnyDVD makes backing up your DVD collection a breeze. While the program works well with large video editing suites like Nero and Roxio, it can also rip DVDs on its own.

Download and install AnyDVD. Leave all of the default options checked during the installation process.

Check to see if AnyDVD's already running. If it is, there'll be a fox-head icon sitting in the system tray. If it's not, find and click its shortcut in the "Programs" menu of the Start Menu.

Load the DVD you want to rip into your DVD drive. If it's a two-sided disc with a full screen version of the movie on one side and a widescreen version on the other, be sure to orient it properly in the drive so you rip the version you want.

Wait for AnyDVD to recognize the DVD. This shouldn't take longer than 10 seconds.

Right-click the fox-head icon in the system tray. Then, select "Rip Video DVD to Harddisk...".

Choose a destination directory for the ripped video files. If you're ripping a feature film, you'll need over 7GB of space, so make sure your hard drive has room for the movie before proceeding.

Click "Copy DVD" when you're ready to rip the movie.

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