DVD Decrypter is a software program which specialised in creating back up disk images of the structure of DVDs. While it was still supported, it was used to create copies of DVDs which were protected by Content Scrambling System, or CSS. It was replaced by a program named ImgBurn, which also incorporates DVD Decrypter’s ability to record images to disc.
One of DVD Decrypter’s functions is to allow a region specific DVD to be made region free. It was developed by Lightning UK! , and operates on Microsoft Windows operating systems. DVD Decrypter is a DVD ripper, and was available free of charge to any users.
The program features the ability to decode DVDs and copy images to other hard disk drives or DVDs, which allows the user to then watch the film or view the image immediately on their personal computer, through a movie player such as Win DVD or Power DVD. The user is also able to burn an entirely new copy of the DVD without any restrictions.
A prominent feature of DVD Decrypter is that the user does not have to manually set up the decrypting of the DVD or even know which restrictions the DVD imposes; DVD Decrypter finds these settings immediately upon the disc being placed in the DVD tray. The software is also able to re-encode the DVD to MPEG1 or DivX, which enables the user to burn a film to a CD as a single file; however, it has been reported that this reduces image quality and sound.
When compared with some of its rivals, DVD Decrypter offers the ability to burn DVDs onto a hard disk drive or a new CD, which many of its newer opponents do not. I think it is fair to say that the fact that DVD Decrypter was halted in its progress abruptly in 2005 has put it at a distinct disadvantage to most of these opponents; however, I believe it can still perform well when held in comparison. For example, most which have been developed more recently offer only the same services as DVD Decrypter does, so it could be a fair assumption that DVD Decrypter was the product of a developer thinking further into the future than others at that time.
In conclusion, I feel that while DVD Decrypter’s development was stopped early in its life, it could well have had a sound future and is, indeed, still a valuable piece of software for copying and burning DVDs and images.
Lightning UK! Created DVD Decrypter in 2005, and updated the software until its final release, at version 126.96.36.199, before replacing it with ImgBurn. The company is little known, however it is clear that they created a unique and useful program in DVD Decrypter. Shortly after its release, in June of 2005, the developer claimed that he had received a ‘Cease and Desist’ letter from developers Macro vision, at which point he ended development of the program in order to comply with this letter, which, he said, was in his best interests.
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