Copying VOB Files - Copy Protection Error

This section describes what would happen if you try to copy VOB files from a movie DVD to hard disc.

On a movie DVD disc, movie video segments are stored as VOB files in the VIDEO_TS directory on the disc. So can we copy those VOB files to the hard disc and play them later?

The answer is no. This is because VOB files on most DVD discs are protected some anti-ripping encryptions.

I tried to copy files from a movie DVD "Big Fish" in a command window and got these errors:

C:\>copy D:\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.* C:\temp

d:\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.IFO
d:\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.VOB
Copy Protection Error 
   - The read failed because the sector is encrypted.
d:\VIDEO_TS\VIDEO_TS.BUP
        2 file(s) copied.

C:\>copy d:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_*.* C:\temp

d:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_0.IFO
d:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_0.VOB
Error performing inpage operation.
d:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_1.VOB
Copy Protection Error 
  - The read failed because the sector is encrypted.
d:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_0.BUP
        2 file(s) copied.

Many movie DVD discs use Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption stop anyone rip off (copy) its contents from the DVD disc. However, CSS encryption has been broken. There are many software on the Internet that implement De-CSS algorithm to rip off movie files of DVD discs.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Format

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Players

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Rip Music

 WAV Audio File Format

 MP3, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, Encoding Format

 Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Windows Sound Recorder

 ISO 9660 Standard for Data CD

 Recording Data on CD

 VCD (Video CD) Standard

DVD (Digital Video Disc) Standard Format

 What Is DVD?

 What Is DVD-Video?

 DVD Video (Movie) File Directory Structure

 "Big Fish" - Movie DVD File Directory

 Playing Movie DVD with Windows Media Player

Copying VOB Files - Copy Protection Error

 TOC (Table Of Contents) on CDs

 IsoBuster - A Nice CD GUI Tool

 MPlayer - The Movie Player

 vStrip - Rip and Manipulate DVD VOB Files

 mpgtx - Manipulating MPEG Files

 CD/DVD - File Name Extension and Format Types

 References

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