How to Decrypt Protected DVDs and Rip Them Easily

When more and more TV shows and movies are moved to online streaming platforms for playing back online, you must also want to convert those DVDs to digital formats for watching without using a DVD drive. But as we know, almost all commercial DVDs are region-locked or under some DRM protection. Therefore, when we are finding a DVD ripper to rip DVD to video files, we also need to pay attention to the fact that whether it can help decrypt protected DVDs. From this point, this article will introduce VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper, the best software for you to rip protected DVDs easily.

After the copy protection is removed, transferring the DVD movie to a common media device for playback will become much convenient.


1. Best DVD Decryption Software to Manage Your DVDs in Digital Format

VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper is a nice option for ripping all kinds of DVDs, including homemade and commercial discs. This makes this software available to meet more people's needs, no matter for ripping-free or protected DVDs. Except for DVDs, VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper can also perform with high-quality performance to rip Blu-ray discs. By installing VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper, you actually get both DVD ripper and Blu-ray ripper at once.

VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper Features

  • Supports more than 300 output video/audio formats to save DVD videos

  • Speeds up the ripping process to 6X faster

  • Saves the ripped videos at 1:1 original quality, including 1080p and 4K

  • Offers user-friendly UI so that people can rip DVDs easily

  • Edits ID3 tags of ripped videos for easier management

  • Compresses video files for saving storage space

To conclude simply, VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper is a reliable tool for desktop (Windows and Mac) users to rip any type of DVD with very easy steps but high-quality outputs. For protected and free DVDs, the software is able to handle the conversion process easily.

2. How to Decrypt DVD Disc Easily (Windows and Mac Compatible)

VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper makes its DVD ripping process to be simple enough so that every user is able to learn using it quickly. This tutorial will teach you how to decrypt DVD discs with VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.


The Windows version of VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper released a new version which has big changes compared with the old version. That means the interface and some operations of Windows and Mac will be slightly different.

Step 1. Import the Protected DVD to the Program

After adding a DVD disc to your computer's DVD drive, launch VideoByte DVD Ripper. On its main interface, click "Load DVD > Load DVD Disc" to import your DVD contents. If you got a whole DVD file, just select "Load DVD Folder" to import the whole folder. When loading the DVD, the program will need an internet connection to decrypt DVD copy protection.

Step 1. Load Blu-ray/DVD Disc/Folder

Step 2. Select Audio Track

After loading the DVD disc and importing the video to the software, you can select the audio track and subtitle you want to rip with the video.

Choose Audio Track

Step 3. Choose an Output Format for DVD Decryption

Click the "Rip All to" section and select the format you want from the drop-down list. You can choose almost all the common video/audio formats like MP3, MOV, MP4, MKV, AVI depending on your actual needs.

Choose Output Format

Step 4. Decrypt Protected DVD

After selecting the output format, simply click the "Rip All" and VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper will start to decrypt the protected DVD and save the video in your selected output format.

Step 3. Click "Rip All" to Start Ripping DVD/Blu-ray Disc

When the DVD is decrypted, you can view the output videos locally in the output folder and then enjoy the flexible playback without using a DVD drive anymore.


Remember not to rip copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and we suggest referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

3. How to Rip Unprotected DVD with Handbrake for Free

Speaking of free DVD decrypter for Mac/Windows, you shall never miss Handbrake. As a popular free and open-source transcoder, it is highly compatible with Linux, Windows and Mac users. Although almost all DVDs you buy in the stores are well-encrypted, you can use Handbrake to unprotect homemade DVDs within a few steps.

Step 1. Install Handbrake and click “Source” to import your DVD.

HandBrake Blu-ray

Step 2. Click “Browse” and choose your destination to save your decrypted DVD files.

Step 3. When it comes to output settings, you could see that it provides many preset options for you, including Apple device, Normal and so on. Just choose the output format you prefer. Generally, you are recommended to choose MKV/MP4 as they are supported by almost all popular DVD players.

Step 4. Click “Start” to start ripping unprotected DVD with Handbrake.

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If you are also wondering how to use Handbrake to rip Blu-ray, then you can turn to [HandBrake Tutorial] How to Rip Blu-ray with HandBrake

4. Extra Readings: DVD Encryption Explained

This part is going to introduce the DVD encryption types that may have been added to protect the commercial DVD discs today. The popular technologies used to encrypt DVDs include Content Scrambling System (CSS), Sony ARccOS Protection, and DVD Region Code.

What Is Content Scrambling System (CSS)?

CSS is a kind of digital data encryption method used for protecting reading media files directly from a DVD disc without using a unlock key. Generally, people need a 5-byte or 40-byte key to unlock the content. But for players like consoles from Sony, Toshiba, and other consumer electronics vendors, as well as software providers for PCs like VideoByte and ATI DVD will provide the unlock key directly to unlock the DVD disc. That's how VideoByte software reads and rips the protected DVD and Blu-ray Discs.

Sony ARccOS Protection

This protection method is not to add a key that requires people to enter for unlocking the decrypted DVD. The locked DVD protected by Sony ARccOS Protection will be added corrupted sectors in areas so that when some normal players or ripping software try to read or decrypt the DVD content, errors will be triggered, this the content can be protected.

DVD Region Code

DVD Region Code is also a popular-used way to encrypt DVD discs. By adding the region number to the DVD discs for restricting, only when the DVD player's configuration flag is able to match the region number with the locked DVD disc, the media can be played.


All in all, VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper is a great choice for us to decrypt or rip different kinds of protected DVD for easy watching or backup. Also, if you want to make the videos can be played like online streaming content, the powerful VideoByte BD-DVD Ripper is able to help. Give a try and enjoy your DVD movies with it!

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