How to Add Copy Protection to a DVD

By Alex Smith

Professionally made DVDs employ a number of sophisticated anti-copy protections. The only true way to add copy protection is to have your disc produced by one of these companies. If you are burning a disc yourself, there are two measures you can put in place using DVD Studio Pro (MAC or PC version). These measures are not perfect and can be bypassed, but they will dissuade at least some people who would otherwise copy your files.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD Studio Pro

Macrovision

Step 1

Load your video in DVD Studio Pro.

Step 2

Switch to a Graphical View.

Step 3

Click on a video track.

Step 4

Turn on Macrovision and select a type from the following list:Type 1 - Automatic Gain ControlType 2 - Automatic Gain Control and 2-line colorstripeType 3 - Automatic Gain Control and 4-line colorstripe

Step 5

Repeat this process for every track on the DVD.

Step 6

Burn the DVD.

CSS

Step 1

Load your video into DVD Studio Pro.

Step 2

Switch to Graphical View.

Step 3

Click in the gray area to deselect all titles.

Step 4

Navigate to the General section of the Property Inspector.

Step 5

Click the CSS pop-up menu and select On.

Step 6

Repeat this process for every track on the DVD.

Step 7

Burn the DVD.

Tips & Warnings

  • Macrovision is a process that prevents analog copying, achieved by hooking up a VCR or other recording device to the DVD player. It causes the Auto Gain Control on the recorder to constantly brighten the image, then darken it, then brighten it, then darken it. The resulting image is very unpleasant (if not impossible) to watch.
  • CSS stands for Content Scrambling System. It scrambles the video signal in a way that makes copies unwatchable. Unfortunately, even a beginner with Internet access could bypass it very easily.

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