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RipIt4Me Version 1.6.7.0 FAQ


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  1. When to use Wizard mode and 1-Click mode?
  2. What options should I have checked?
  3. Do I need to do the cleanup?
  4. Should I always run FixVTS - even if it opens up in DVD Shrink?
  5. Does the automatic updater update all involved programs?
  6. Is RipIt4Me available in other languages?
  7. RipIt4Me doesn't automatically pick up my DVD drive.
  8. I can't get the program to work or I get odd results in DVD Shrink
  9. Do I need to use this program on all my DVDs?
  10. What logs are created and where are they by default?
  11. Can I do the cleanup without having to re-rip the DVD?
  12. I get a "couldn't create target rip directory" message.
  13. Warning about AnyDVD, DVD Region+CSS Free or DVD43 running in the background.
  14. I put the DVD in the drive and it starts to play. I can't rip it.
  15. How do you rip using the PSL file created from RipIt4Me?
  16. How can I change the folder where my logs are saved?
  17. My drive slows down after reading bad sectors and the rip takes a long time. What can I do?
  18. How should I rip Episodic DVDs?
  19. I have Remove tiny cells on. Why do some tiny cells remain at the start of the movie except in movie only mode?
  20. I get a funny message about missing important menus. What should I do?
  21. I get the ERROR: Video_ts.ifo declares X VTS, and I'm finding only Y on the disc". What should I do?
  22. I get a "Report Key - Title Key (#)" error when I rip. What should I do?
  23. What programs can conflict with RipIt4Me?
  24. What "hidden" settings are there and what do they do?
  25. Why does RipIt4Me sometimes open DVD Decrypter and rip part of the DVD at the start?
  26. What's this setting about bypassing annoying PGCs about?
  27. I've heard that RipIt4Me temporarily changes some of my DVD Decrypter settings. Which ones?
  28. How do I run RipIt4Me under Linux?
  29. I get EAccessViolation errors when running DVD Decrypter. What can I do?
  30. RipIt4Me doesn't recognise my drive or I get Can't read sector 16 errors. What can I do?

 
  1. When to use Wizard mode and 1-Click mode?

    If you want to have more control over the process, use Wizard mode. The outcome will be identical to 1-Click mode so long as you use the same settings but it does add flexibility.

     
  2. What options should I have checked?

    You can find a discussion on what the various options do in section 3 of the RipIt4Me guide. The default settings should work very well on all DVDs.

     
  3. Do I do need to do the cleanup?

    If you know for sure that the DVD is not ARccOS or Ripguard protected, you can skip this step. However, for ARccOS or RipGuard protected DVDs, you should definitely perform it to enable the DVD to open properly in DVD Shrink.

    This step is usually very fast and can also mark for removal, unwanted and uneeded video, as well as giving you valuable information about the quality of the rip.

     
  4. Should I always run FixVTS - even if it opens up in DVD Shrink?

    If you can open the DVD in DVD Shrink and you can't see any odd issues such as a major part of the DVD being in the "Unreferenced Material" section of DVD Shrink, there is no need to run FixVTS.

    If you uncheck the option to always run FixVTS on the full DVD, this will speed up the running of FixVTS considerably.

     
  5. Does the automatic updater update all involved programs?

    Yes, you will be notified when there is an update for RipIt4Me or FixVTS.

    DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink are no longer updated.

     
  6. Is RipIt4Me available in other languages?

    RipIt4Me is currently available in English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japansese, Spanish and Swedish. We hope there will be translations of other languages shortly. Get your foreign language strings on the strings page.

    For further information, see here.

     
  7. RipIt4Me doesn't automatically pick up my DVD drive.
     
    • Check that another program is not locking your drive.
    • Try to see if you can see the inserted DVD in Windows Explorer.


     
  8. I can't get the program to work or I get odd results in DVD Shrink

    First, ensure all required programs (RipIt4Me, DVD Decrypter and FixVTS) are installed correctly and the paths point to their "EXE" files in RipIt4Me's preferences.

    If everything is installed correctly and things are still not working, start a thread in the RipIt4Me forum and post as much information as possible about your problem. Include (as a zipped attachment) the folder of your rip in your "Application Data\RipIt4Me" folder. This will be easily identified by the name of the DVD and you simply need to zip the folder to include:

    • Full DVD Decrypter log
    • RipIt4Me log
    • Debug log.txt file
    • FinalPSL file
    • ButtonInfo.txt file
    • Original IFOs sub-folder
    • Ripped IFOs sub-folder

    On occasions, RipIt4Me might crash. In this case, a debugging log is created called DebugLog.txt, which is contained in the "Application Data\RipIt4Me" folder.

    If you experience a crash, please re-open RipIt4Me. It will ask you to post the debug log and take you to the RipIt4Me Bug Reports forum where you can do so. Please post the debugging log and the other information set out above as an attachment (zipped).

    For more information on how to find and attach the debug log, see here.

    Please also refer to FAQ 23 for known program conflicts and also try the procedure outlined in FAQ 21.

     

  9. Do I need to use this program on all my DVDs?

    RipIt4Me will not be needed in the following instances:

    • On older DVDs (released 2004 and earlier).
    • If DVD Shrink can open the DVD properly.
    • If DVD Decrypter can rip it without any problems and you are able to open up the files in DVD Shrink.

    Later year's releases of Sony, Disney, ScanBox and other studios' DVDs that are protected with either ARccOS or RipGuard DVD copy protections need to be run through RipIt4Me.

    However, RipIt4Me handles all DVDs, so there will be no problems if you use RipIt4Me on all your DVDs.

     

  10. What logs are created and where are they by default?

    RipIt4Me creates these files:
     
    • ButtonInfo.txt

      Information about the DVD's buttons. A temporary work file used by RipIt4Me.
       
    • DVDDecrypter.log

      The logfile from the rip with DVD Decrypter. It will show you the rip in detail.
       
    • FinalPSLFile.psl

      This is the PSL file that you can use if you want to rip the DVD again without using RipIt4Me. You can simply start DVD Decrypter, import this PSL file, rip the DVD and then run FixVTS on the ripped files. The DVD should then open fine in DVD Shrink (see also FAQ 15).
       
    • FixVTS.log

      Logfile from FixVTS that shows you what was done during the fix process.
       
    • RipIt4Me.log

      The same log as you can see in RipIt4Me's log window during the process. The only difference is that a time stamp is inserted before each task.
       
    • RipIt4Me.psl

      A temporary work file used by RipIt4Me.


    • Original IFOs and Final IFOs

      The IFO files off the DVD and the final IFOs after processing with RipIt4Me.

    When you use the menu option 'Main' → 'Save Logs' the log files will be moved out of the ripping folder and saved in a special folder.

    - For Win XP/NT/2000 - C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Username>\Application Data\RipIt4Me.
    - For Win 95/98/Me/Linux - C:\Windows\Application Data\RipIt4Me.
    The DVD's label will be added at the start of the folder containing the log files.

    Sometimes, a special debugging log is also created. See FAQ 8.

     

  11. Can I do the cleanup without having to re-rip the DVD?

    Yes, you can. This is particularly useful if you have had a crash in Step 3b after the rip has completed or you have ripped the DVD with all options off.

    • First, go to Preferences and untick "Empty directory before rip"
    • Ensure your original DVD is in the drive and the logs are in the ripped folder.
    • Start RipIt4Me in Wizard Mode.
    • Press 'Next' and answer 'Yes' when you are asked if you wish to overwrite your files.
    • Press the "Skip" button twice to move to Step 3b (IFO Cleanup). Perform that function and the rest of the steps in Wizard Mode.

  12. This method will not work if you select 1-Click Mode.

    Remember to re-enable your preferences once this is complete.

     
  13. I get a "couldn't create target rip directory" message.

    You can get this error message if you try to create two sub-folders in your "Target" field. RipIt4Me can only create 1 new subfolder at a time.

    Example:

    • OK - If you have already created a folder named C:\DVDs (for example) on your hard drive, and you enter "C:\DVDs\New Rip" in the Target box, there will be no problem since only one new folder is being created.

    • No good - If the C:\DVDs folder is not already created on your hard drive and you enter "C:\DVDs\New Rip", the error message will appear since you are trying to create a sub-folder of a new sub-folder.

     
  14. Warning about AnyDVD, DVD Region+CSS Free or DVD43 running in the background.

    If you have AnyDVD, DVD Region+CSS Free or DVD43 running at the same time as you use RipIt4Me, you will see a warning message:



    If you click "Yes", the program in question will be closed down and you can continue with RipIt4Me. If you select "No" the final result with RipIt4Me will most likely be corrupt.

     
  15. I put the DVD in the drive and it starts to play. I can't rip it.

    Always start RipIt4Me before putting the DVD in the drive. RipIt4Me will trap any autoplay that might be on the DVD.

     
  16. How do you rip using the PSL file created from RipIt4Me?

    RipIt4Me creates a PSL file that you can use to rip the DVD even without using RipIt4Me.

    Start DVD Decrypter and insert the DVD in your reader. Then select "File" → "Protected Sectors List" → "Import..." in the menu bar of DVD Decrypter.



    Browse to the folder where you have the PSL file that you want to import. The PSL file you should use will be named FinalPSLFile.psl.

    Do not use the file named "RipIt4Me.psl".

    Select the target folder of your rip and then rip the DVD by pressing the start button in DVD Decrypter.

    After the rip, open the files in DVD Shrink. If DVD Shrink generates an error message, run FixVTS on the ripped files and then open the files in DVD Shrink.

     
  17. How can I change the folder where my logs are saved?

    This is a hidden setting in RipIt4Me's INI file. Go to the RipIt4Me sub-folder in Application Data, double click on RipIt4Me.ini and look for the line "DirWhereToSaveLogs=". Enter a path after the "=" sign to change where your logs will be saved. For example, DirWhereToSaveLogs=E:\Saved Logs

    Save your INI file. Future logs will be saved to your chosen folder.


  18. My drive slows down after reading bad sectors and the rip takes a long time. What can I do?

    Some drives (e.g. LG) will slow down after reading a bad sector and not recover to normal ripping speed. This can be frustrating.

    If you experience this, open DVD Decrypter, and click Tools → Settings. On the General tab, place a check mark in "Cycle Tray After Bad Sectors". Click OK.



    Now, when a bad sector is encountered, the drive will open and close. It will re-initialise and once you are through with the bad sectors, it will resume ripping at normal speed.

     
  19. How should I rip Episodic DVDs?

    To be on the safe side, you should rip episodic DVDs in Full DVD or ISO mode (see the warning in step 1).

    In some cases, all the episodes are in a single VTS and ripping in any mode will give you a good rip. If you use Movie Only or Movie+Menus mode, you may run the risk of missing some episodes that might be authored in separate VTSs (in these modes, RipIt4Me will rip only the largest VTS).

    On start up, RipIt4Me will analyse the structure of your DVD and let you know if the episodes are in a single VTS. In this case, it is safe to use any mode.

    However, if you see that the DVD has episodes in different VTSs, be sure to use Full DVD mode.




     
  20. I have Remove tiny cells on. Why do some tiny cells remain at the start of the movie except in movie only mode?

    RipIt4Me will imitate exactly the DVD's navigation in all modes except movie only. This means that we must keep cells where there are cell commands because we need to ensure we are not breaking the navigation. The PGCEdit plugin removes these cells by making a few assumptions.

    For the technically inclined, in addition to the protected cells, RipIt4Me removes tiny cells:

    • That are not played
    • That don't have cell commands
    • Whose cell commands are conditional commands that are never executed
    • Whose cell commands don't do anything

    This ensures that important registers are modified exactly the same way in the rip as they are in the original, which is crucial for a valid rip.

    In movie only mode, we don't care about the DVD's navigation and so we can safely remove all tiny cells and their cell commands.

    In any event, since the original DVD will play with tiny cells, the ripped DVD should also. Users who wish to rip for input to Auto Gordian Knot must therefore use movie only mode.

     
  21. I get a funny message about missing important menus. What should I do?



    You will see this message only if:

    • you are ripping in Movie+menus mode; and
    • the menu to select the movie is contained in the titles domain

    In this case, simply click OK and RipIt4Me will re-rip some of the smaller VOBs in order to find the missing menus. You can also rip the DVD in Full DVD mode, if you wish and then blank the unwanted titles with any popular blanking program such as VobBlanker.

     
  22. I get the ERROR: Video_ts.ifo declares X VTS, and I'm finding only Y on the disc". What should I do?



    This error means RipIt4Me is having difficulty reading your DVD. In this case, you can try the following:

    • Abort the rip
    • Open your RipIt4Me preferences (Logs/Settings → Preferences)
    • Change copy IFOs to either Microsoft API or DVD Decrypter
    • OK and start the rip again



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  24. I get a "Report Key - Title Key (#)" error when I rip. What should I do?

    Sometimes, the following screens will appear (for example, on some versions of the DVD "RV" or "Art School Confidential").



    You should click Cancel. The following message will appear.



    Answer Yes and proceed with your rip.

     
  25. What programs can conflict with RipIt4Me?

    These programs has been known to create problems if you use them at the same time as RipIt4Me:
     
    • Keyboard Express
    • Memory Manager in TuneUp Utilities 2004
    • The CeEkey hotkey utility in Toshiba Satellite laptops
    • There have also been reports that Microsoft's Intellitype 5.0 driver (type32.exe) conflicts. If you are experiencing problems, update to the latest Intellitype driver, which uses itype.exe - see here.

     
  26. What "hidden" settings are there and what do they do?

    The following settings are not accessible in the preferences but can be changed by editing the INI file, which is usually kept in your Application Data\RipIt4Me folder:

    • AutoImportPSL
      This is normally set to 1 (on). Set it to 0 to manually import the PSL file after DVD Decrypter has opened (use File → Protected Sectors List → Import and navigate to RipIt4Me.psl in your ripping folder). This can be useful if the PSL is not importing correctly or your PC is behaving abnormally at the PSL import step (e.g. going into standby or shutting down).

    • DecrypterParsingMode
      This is normally set to 1 (on), which sets on-the-fly patching code to make DVD Decrypter more robust to badly messed up IFOs. Set to 0 to reset to DVD Decrypter's normal behavior (not recommended).

    • DirWhereToSaveLogs
      Set this to any folder on your hard drive if you wish to save the logs other than in the Application Data\RipIt4Me folder. Default is empty, which saves to the normal place. See also FAQ 16.

    • OpenAppFolderWhenUpdating
      Set this to 0 if you do not wish to automatically open the RipIt4Me.exe folder when an update is available. Default = 1 (on)

    • RunDVDShrinkDeepAnalysis
      Set this to 1 to have DVD Shrink automatically run deep analysis after loading from RipIt4Me. Default is off.

    • SaveIFOsWithLogs
      Set this to 0 to not save the IFOs. Default = 1 (on) and is recommended.

    • UseOldCheckCode
      This is no longer used.

  27. Why does RipIt4Me sometimes open DVD Decrypter and rip part of the DVD at the start?

    There are two situations where this can occur:

    • After loading the DVD, RipIt4Me checks to see if all the titlesets are referenced. If it finds a titleset is not referenced, it opens DVD Decrypter and rips VIDEO_TS.VOB to make sure this is the case. If a titleset is not referenced, RipIt4Me doesn't bother to rip it.

      This not only saves ripping time, but also means you don't rip useless titlesets that are potentially full of protected cells.

      This will only occur in Full Disc and Movie + Menus modes.

    • When you are in "DVD Decrypter Mode" (see FAQ 21). In this case, DVD Decrypter is opened and the IFOs are ripped using DVD Decrypter's ripping routines. You are then passed back to RipIt4Me to create the initial PSL and then on to DVD Decrypter again to rip the VOBs.


  28. What's this setting about bypassing annoying PGCs about?

    This is our way to kill playback of junk like FBI warnings. It is an "advanced setting" and is set to "off" by default.

    A PGC is by-passed if:

    • there are no buttons in any cell of the PGC
    • no cell of the PGC has an infinite still time
    • no cell of the PGC has a cell command
    • all the cells of the PGC are less than 30 seconds long
    • the operation to skip forward is prohibited
    • either the call to the root menu or title menu is prohibited


    If all these are true, the PGC is deemed "annoying" and its playback is killed.

    Note that in some cases, menu transitions can be removed and some FBI warnings may not be removed if they don't fall within the criteria.


  29. I've heard that RipIt4Me temporarily changes some of my DVD Decrypter settings. Which ones?

    RipIt4Me operates under the following settings from DVD Decrypter's Tools → Settings menu. Certain DVD Decrypter settings are turned off and are replaced by RipIt4Me's advanced settings whilst RipIt4Me ensures certain other settings are turned on:

    General Tab
    • Remove Macrovision Protection = On
    • Hide Pack Header Warnings = On
    • Removal Method = Normal
    • Display RCE Protection Warning = On

    File Mode Tab
    • File Splitting = By File
    • Ignore Unreferenced VTS Sets = On

    IFO Mode Tab
    • Uncheck suspect cells = On

    CSS Tab
    • Cracking Method = I/O Key Exchange

    I/O Tab
    • Software Read Error Retries = 3
    • Ignore Read Errors = Off

    Device Tab
    • Eject Tray After Read = Off

    Events Tab
    • Check For Program Update = Off
    • Delete Incomplete Files = Ask
    • Save the Log = On
    • Overwrite Existing = On

  30. How do I run RipIt4Me under Linux?

    See this thread. If Linux users have problems, post in the special RipIt4Me For Linux forum
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  32. I get EAccessViolation errors when running DVD Decrypter. What can I do?



    In this case, first make sure you have installed the latest version of RipIt4Me.

    Open DVD Decrypter and from its menu, select Tools → Settings. Turn off "Check for Structure Protection"



    That's it. Just click OK when you encounter this error and the rip will continue normally.


  33. RipIt4Me doesn't recognise my drive or I get Can't read sector 16 errors. What can I do?

    Note: This FAQ is redundant since version 1.6.4.0

    However, if you are still experiencing these errors, please run this utility and report your results to the Forum. Thanks.