Introduction
How to backup a DVD with all of the menus and extras intact
How to Re-Author a DVD (remove unwanted material)

I have also created a couple of visual tutorials to accompany these guides:

Introduction

Due to some legal issues, the authors of DVD shrink aren’t allowed to offer the program for download from their website! You can however try an alternative download.

DVDShrink is a fantastic Freeware application. It can take a DVD of any size and shrink it to fit on a standard 4.5GB disc. It also allows you to edit out all of the menus and foreign languages, which gives more room to the film itself (and therefore less compression is needed).

DVDShrink also allows you to save the output as an .iso image, or as VIDEO_TS / AUDIO_TS folders. The .iso images can be used in something like Fairuse to easily convert the output into an .avi file. It’s also very handy if you have a DVD which contains episodes of a series, as you can make an .iso out of every episode and then get Fairuse to convert each episode into an .avi.

Below are two guides for backing-up your DVDs using DVDShrink. One guide explains how to backup a DVD including menus and extras, the second guide explains how to remove any unwanted material.

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How to backup a DVD with all of the menus and extras intact

1. First of all, open DVDShrink and navigate File > Open Disc [note: If you have DVD files on your Hard-Drive, then select Open Files]
2. Now select the drive which contains your DVD from the drop down.
3. This is the main screen for backing up a full disc, including all of the menus and extras.
4. You can now choose to remove various audio streams or subtitles by pressing the Compression tab and un-ticking the unwanted items.
5. Once you have removed any unwanted audio or subtitles press Backup! on the top menu.
6. You are now presented with the Burn Settings screen. There are four tabs along the top:

Target Device

  • Burn directly to DVD by chosing a DVD drive from the drop-down
  • Create an .iso image on your hard drive
  • Create VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders on your hard drive which contain DVD structured files (.vob)
  • If you are not burning to disc, choose the files end location by clicking [Browse]
  • If you are burning to disc you have the option to use DVD Decrypter for the burn, if you have it installed

DVD Region

  • You can change the DVD Region here – also allows you to choose Region Free

Backup Options

  • Perform deep analysis… – this is a slower conversion, but will result in better quality
  • Run backup in low priority… – this uses less system resources when converting, but again it will be slower as a result [note: you can only select Perform deep analysis… when the backup needs to be compressed]

Burn Settings

  • You can change the name of the backup here if you wish

6. Once you have selected the appropriate settings just hit [OK] to begin the backup

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How to Re-Author a DVD using DVDShrink

1. First of all, open DVDShrink and navigate File > Open Disc [note: If you have DVD files on your Hard-Drive, then select Open Files]
2. Now select the drive which contains your DVD from the drop down.
3. This is the main screen for backing up a full disc, including all of the menus and extras. To re-author the DVD hit Re-Author on the top menu.
4. This is the main Re-Author screen. You select which parts you want to keep by dragging them from the right hand window to the top left hand window [note: You can preview any part by highlighting it and pressing the play icon on the bottom left window]
5. You can now choose to remove various audio streams or subtitles by pressing the Compression tab.
6. Once you have chosen the parts you want to keep and have removed any unwanted audio or subtitles press Backup! on the top menu.
7. You are now presented with the Burn Settings screen. There are four tabs along the top:

Target Device

  • Burn directly to DVD by chosing a DVD drive from the drop-down
  • Create an .iso image on your hard drive
  • Create VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders on your hard drive which contain DVD structured files (.vob)
  • If you are not burning to disc, choose the files end location by clicking [Browse]
  • If you are burning to disc you have the option to use DVD Decrypter for the burn, if you have it installed

DVD Region

  • You can change the DVD Region here – also allows you to choose Region Free

Backup Options

  • Perform deep analysis… – this is a slower conversion, but will result in better quality
  • Run backup in low priority… – this uses less system resources when converting, but again it will be slower as a result [note: you can only select Peform deep analysis… when the backup needs to be compressed]

Burn Settings

  • You can change the name of the backup here if you wish

7. Once you have selected the appropriate settings just hit [OK] to begin the backup.

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