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DVD43, a good alternative?

Looking for a alternative to DVDecrypter or the other “pay” decrypting software. I have found a free software alternative that works as good as the other well known decryption software. DVD43 is a decryption utility that runs in the background and decrypts DVDs. DVD43 will unlock your DVD so your copy program can read the contents. Although, DVD43 is only compatible with Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP, and Windows 2000; so this one is for you Microsoft fans. There are alternatives for you who use Linux. Check out DVD43 and tell me what you think in the comments section, and remember this should only be used to “backup” your own DVDs and not for piracy.

DVD43 screenshot

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08/03/2008 - Posted by | backup, Productivity, Random |

11 Comments »

  1. The main reason I have been using DVD43 was to bypass the installation of other software when I wanted to watch a DVD on my PC. I have been playing my DVD with PowerDvd and I resent that the video company wants to arbitrarly install another software on my PC so that I could watch a movie. DVD43 bypasses that process and allows me to read the DVD properly, and use whatever software I want to play it.
    Great software!!!
    Just wish that I could have the same under Linux!!!

    Comment by Joseph | 24/11/2008 | Reply

  2. ok so what are the alternatives for us linux users?????

    Comment by scotty | 19/01/2009 | Reply

    • Can some one convert DVD43 for windows to Ubuntu-linux?
      Come on this is a very good project for a realy good windows/linux person. Who is going to rise to the chalange?

      Comment by Hector Celis | 20/10/2009 | Reply

  3. libdvdcss2

    Comment by andy | 14/02/2009 | Reply

  4. It’s a bit like “how does one prevent viruses on linux” or “How does one replace the distributor cap on a diesel”? It simply does not apply. In the corporate licensed (locked) world, Windows cannot and will not afford the cost of unlocking DVD’s for every potential user and purpose, so it falls to individual applications to decode DVD’s for playing. Much of the cost of PowerDVD and its ilk comes from proprietary CSS libraries that are incorporated into the program itself. Newer DVD’s require installation of a special program to handle this on a disk-specific basis.

    AnyDVD and DVD43 remove CSS protection so that ideally any software package will have access to the contents of any disk. If encryption is updated, only your decryption program needs to be updated, and only a small part of it, not the collection of other programs you’ve got installed already.

    This is clearly the simplest solution, though ultimately expensive and legally muddy. The makers of these programs are daily faced with the decision of paying protection fees to content owners to reassure them that they’re being reimbursed for the possibility of illegal DVD copying, or just ignoring their protecion fees altogether, and risking litigation ala DeCSS.

    Under Windows, Microsoft retains ultimate control, and no one risks going rogue because along with lawsuits, content owners can simply require Microsoft to shut down a particular program in its next Windows Update. Linux has no such central authority. There is, generally speaking, no one to sue, no one to file an injunction against, no one to threaten. Having a centralized decryption library makes the most sense, and is the simplest solution for DVDs.

    libdvdcss accomplishes this, so once it’s installed, it’s as though DVD43 or AnyDVD is always running. By the same token, without libdvdcss, all encrypted dvd’s will appear broken in all programs. We don’t worry about some Hollywood movie conspiracy making a virus to disable libdvdcss, because the thought of allowing anyone else to run our systems, including a virus, is just silly. Additionally, so is the notion of having to install anything proprietary to do anything else.

    Actually, you’ll find Ubuntu a good starting place, if nothing else because there’s a simple how-to for just about everything. And everyone is terribly kind about posting commands to use. They’re governed by a community of people who want you to succeed because they want Ubuntu to succeed, so malicious users are few and far between, and rigorously persecuted.

    The short of it is that if you’ve got linux on your system and want to [make coffee automatically, change the channel on your tv, send an email] there’s a means of doing so and a how-to as well.

    Except for DirectX gaming.

    Comment by labrant | 14/03/2009 | Reply

  5. So what program can I use instead of DVD43?
    Or the people that created DVD43 are going to creat a LinuxDVD43 ???? how about it, step up to the plate.
    I can’t take windows any more, my kids are constantly scrwwing it up ” can’t read hard drive error “

    Comment by Hector Celis | 21/10/2009 | Reply

  6. @ Hector

    Read what labrant wrote, specifically:

    libdvdcss accomplishes this, so once it’s installed, it’s as though DVD43 or AnyDVD is always running. By the same token, without libdvdcss, all encrypted dvd’s will appear broken in all programs. We don’t worry about some Hollywood movie conspiracy making a virus to disable libdvdcss, because the thought of allowing anyone else to run our systems, including a virus, is just silly. Additionally, so is the notion of having to install anything proprietary to do anything else.

    Comment by Dante | 18/12/2009 | Reply

  7. There’s no “program” to install under linux, just go to synaptic, look for libdvdcss (it will find it as libdvdread4) and install the library.
    It will do DVD decryption on the fly.
    It’s just like DVD43 (But without the green face on the system tray)

    Comment by Vladi | 21/12/2009 | Reply

  8. yes, libdvdcss will do DVD decryption on the fly, but No, it is not just like DVD43.

    libdvdcss does *not* allow reading DVDs which do not match the region of the drive. DVD42 does.

    Comment by swell | 22/03/2010 | Reply

  9. “…DVD42 does.”

    Actually, DVD43 🙂

    Comment by swell | 22/03/2010 | Reply

  10. Thanks for all this!

    I installed libdvdread4 and libdlm3 but I still get an error when trying to play a DVD: the error message differs from program to program but it mentions problems reading the data, a possible lack of sufficient rights to access the data. These error messages appear while the players are navigating the dvd menu and try to access a video file upon user command.

    Sandor

    Comment by Schermvlieger | 24/03/2010 | Reply


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