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Tips and Issues on Backup Blu-ray and DVD with DVDFab

October 11th, 2011 by DVDFab_Malcolm 110,130 views

If you are the movie fans and would like to backup your favorite Blu-ray and DVDs, or on some occasions you need to backup your DVD or Blu-ray video discs (made by yourself), this article will offer you some tips and other info on blu-ray and DVD backup.

In our daily life, we may need to backup some video or DVD / DVD discs for the storage purpose or some other reason. For example, if you made a DVD Video disc to record an event, it would be better if you have a backup. Just use the backup to play in a DVD or Blu-ray player and keep the original in a proper place.
So the original disc shall not be scratched, several years later, you will find the original disc is new as ever. Or you have just bought a precious music disc or movie disc, just make a backup. Watch the backup with your blu-ray player or other player devices, so that you will keep the original new as ever.

Tips on Blu-ray and DVD Backup:

What do we need to backup Blu-ray and DVD discs?

In order to backup Blu-ray and DVDs, you need the following things:

  1. Original disc ( Blu-ray or DVD Disc you want to backup)
  2. Target disc
  3. Blu-ray or DVD drive
  4. A computer
  5. Blu-ray and

How to backup DVD and Blu-ray discs?

After you finish the installation of DVD and Blu-ray backup software on your computer, DVDFab DVD Copy and Blu-ray Copy, for instance, then check your blu-ray drive or DVD drive to ensure them work properly, then let’s go.

First, start DVDFab and insert your original disc into your Blu-ray or DVD drive.

Install and launch DVDFab, a “Welcome to DVDFab” screen will show. Choose “DVD Copy” option. You can click the check box on the left bottom “Do not show again” to skip this screen in the future and then click “Start DVDFab” on the right bottom.

After you insert your DVD or Blu-ray to the BD or DVD Drive, DVDFab will ask you to set the region code of your discs, select the related region of your country and click OK.

Second, Click DVD Copy or Blu-ray Copy and select the related copy mode.

After click DVD Copy or Blu-ray Copy, you will find several copy modes on the left sidebar including: full disc, main movie, split, clone and so on. They are listed on the left sidebar; you can select anyone according to your needs.

Third, customize your Blu-ray and DVD backup with the common settings.

If you have special needs such as compress the disc or split one disc into several chapters or merge discs, just click the green question mark on the user interface of DVDFab, define the output settings.

In the left navigation bar of the Common Settings window, you can select “General” to set your preferred output directory; you can choose “DVD/Blu-ray” to select the burning engine, and set the write speed and write type if you need. The default settings work just fine for those wanting simple copies; you can go to “DVD Copy or Blu-ray Copy” to specify the default output size and output type.

Note: The “General” option of the Common Settings window also has multiple functions as below for you to choose. After making all the settings we want, just click “OK” to return to the main interface.

Fourth, define the target of your backup

You need to define the target path for your Blu-ray and DVD backup. If you want to copy DVD to your hard drive, click or to select a file folder or ISO file as target. If you want to copy DVD to a blank disc, you should select DVD burner as the destination.

Fifth, click start button to finish the ripping process.

Click the “Start Button” DVDFab will try to rip the Blu-ray and DVD content to your PC drive. This process may take 15-20 minutes or longer.

Last, start to burn your Blu-ray or DVD content to blank discs

After the ripping process is completed, you will be asked to insert a blank disc for burning. Then insert one to start burning process. The burning progress can also be seen.

After some time, a message “Process Completed Successfully” will show, click “OK”. If you are trying to make Blu-ray and DVD backups to ISO, you just need to define the output file type as ISO

Issues on DVD / Blu-ray Backup:

Is it legal to backup Blu-ray or DVD?

This issue has been in argument for many years. In most countries, it’s illegal to circumvent the CSS and AACS in any forms. Thus, Blu-ray and DVD backup would be at a risk of defying the Digital Copyright Act.

However, in some countries, the law allows people to make a single backup for the purchased DVD or Blu-ray for the learning and research purpose. While in some other countries, you can freely deal with the things you purchased but you can’t infringe the copy right. That means you backup the Blu-ray and DVD discs then spread them. The law may allow your backup but don’t allow you to spread the backed up content or use the backed up content in commercial occasion.

According to our understanding, you may make single Blu-ray and DVD backup for your purchased discs for the purpose of storage, learning and research. But any form of spreading the backed up content is illegal. Sometimes, you will find it unfair. As you have purchased the Blu-ray or DVD Disc, it means the disc is your own property. You have the right to deal with your own property, right? This will be debated for years and the overall opinion is that you should be able to make a copy as a backup if it’s for personal use only.

The last thing is that if the DVD or Blu-ray is recorded by yourself, for example, you made a Blu-ray or DVD Disc to memorize the happy time or event, it means you have the whole right to the Blu-ray and DVD discs, you can freely copy, rip, convert and backup them.

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    I had the latest Version of Copy BluRay to DVD but had nothing but trouble with it. I have no idea why this was so. Just to make certain it was not my PC that was causing the problems, I re-installed Version 8.1.05 [4/7/2011] and everything is now working perfectly again.

  • http://www.dvdfab.com DVDFab-Johnson

    hello, Ron, would you please describe your problems in detail? and list out the operating process, so that we can easily find out what is the problem.

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    I Downloaded the DvDFab Trial last week and I have tried to backup several disks from my blu-ray collection. I’m having a problem when the program tries to “Open Blu-ray source”. It just gets stuck trying to read the disk. It has read about 25% of the disks I’ve tried. I really want to see if this can be sorted out before buying the full version. It has worked flawlessly on the disks where it gets past opening the source.

  • http://www.dvdfab.com DVDFab-Johnson

    Please try to install DVDFab Qt Beta at
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    For your problems, could you please use other Blu-ray DVDs to see if this is a universal problem, or just for this one?

    DVDFab Blu-ray products need connect Internet to decode AACS and BD+ copy protections, that means you need to have your computer connected to Internet.

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    I backed up a dvd into a file on my pc but when I went to copy file across from pc to a blank disc it doesn’t work. When I copied the dvd in the first instance i used the general copy dvd and selected a location on my pc. I can run it from my pc. is there a way I can copy from the pc to a blank disc or do I have to use the original again?

  • http://www.dvdfab.com DVDFab-Johnson

    I’m sorry to tell you that DVDFab currently does not support the function to copy files to blank dvd discs. You can only backup standard DVD files to your discs.

  • Drillybilly

    I’ve tried to convert a Blu-Ray to DVD with a test version of Fab. It’s was a concert with great sound. But after conversion the sound was terrible. I left the soundtracks untouched but however the programm made it dull and it was only terrible after conversion. Why is this?

  • http://www.dvdfab.com DVDFab-Johnson

    You can follow the steps as below:
    1) Insert the original Blu-ray movie disc into your Blu-ray drive, after analyze, choose the target location as one of your hard disk drive, start to convert.
    2) After finished the copying process, you will get a folder with a movie name on it.
    3) Try this player software: VLC ( http://www.videolan.org/vlc/) to play the entire DVD folder to see the result.

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  • http://www.dvdfab.com DVDFab-Johnson

    Yes, you can use DVDFab since you have a blu-ray drive.

  • Anonymous

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  • http://www.dvdfab.com DVDFab-Johnson

    Of course you can, perhaps you are using the trial version.This watermark is jut a trail version thing, you won’t get that in registered version, please don’t worry about that.
    If you just do full movie/main movie/Clone copy with no video compression implemented then there will not be a watermark. The video must be re-encoded to add this watermark. So, if you copy to the hard drive with Blu-ray Copy/DVD Copy as BD50/DVD9 output size, you won’t get the watermark.

    Which means to continue using the software after the evaluation limit,you won’t get it with free version of DVDFab HD Decrypter either or you can you can order the full version later at http://www.dvdfab.com/order.htm to do what you like.

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    The trail version is only available for 30 days.

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