Whenever private copies of lawfully acquired video discs are allowed, be it for backup purposes or for preservation issues, you will still need a tool like DVDFab HD Decrypter to circumvent all the copy protection mechanisms that manufacturers love to put in their DVDs and Blu-ray discs to prevent you from making copies of your own discs.
Part of DVDFab – a comprehensive software tool designed to copy, rip, convert, and create video discs in the most intuitive and simple way – DVDFab HD Decrypter can remove all DVD protections and most of those locking your Blu-ray discs. Thus, it can easily free your DVDs from any CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs, and Sony ARccOS protection, and from all AACS, RC, UOPs and BD-Live locking mechanisms when it comes to Blu-ray discs. This will open the door for the program to copy, clone, rip to disk, and burn your favorite movies and video concerts in a simple and straightforward way. All the protection removal process is completely transparent for the user – all you have to do is insert your disc and select the operation you want to perform with it, and DVDFab will do all the unlocking for you discreetly in the background. In the meantime, it will look for info about your disc on the Web and will offer you to customize the app's theme using the poster of the movie.
Once your disc has been fully decrypted, DVDFab HD Decrypter allows you to make a copy of the full disc (to another disc of the same size or to a smaller one), of the main movie (actually, the longest video stream on the disc, be it a movie or not), to copy selected streams (individual video and audio tracks, subtitles, etc.), to split the disc, to merge videos into one disc, to clone and burn a 1:1 copy of the disc, to compress a Blu-ray disc into a DVD5 or DVD9, and to turn your DVDs into Blu-ray discs.
DVDFab offers a number of other functions and features that are available only during the trial period and that are outside the scope of this review. Once this period expires, only the Copy section of the app – where the decryption functionality resides – will remain accessible and fully functional for ever at no cost for you. If you wish to make use of the Ripper, Converter, and Creator sections of the program (together with other utilities), you’ll need to purchase a license.
DVDFab HD Decrypter is an excellent free utility that all videophiles should have installed on their computer. It takes up very few of your system’s resources and will let you not only make backup copies of your favorite discs, but also to watch them on your PC using your favorite software video player without any zone restriction or any other technical protection measure getting on the way. A caveat, though – as DVDFab itself states, not all TPMs or DRM mechanisms implemented in the newest DVDs and Blu-ray discs can be effectively circumvented.