Free DVD backup software for Windows
DVD Shrink is a free DVD compression and digital backup program available on Windows. DVD Shrink can bypass encrypted DVDs plus save space by compressing the copied data. The new copy is stored on your computer, and with DVD burning software like Nero, you can create physical duplicates. You can also reauthor your DVDs to create compilations or save space by picking the parts you want to keep.
Backup Compress and Reauthor DVDs
DVD Shrink lets you copy any DVD media from your physical discs to a hard drive on your computer or external hard drive and compress the data to save space. With the reauthor feature, you can choose which parts of the DVD to copy. In this way, you can save even more space by only copying the parts you want, or create compilations by taking media from multiple DVDs.
Copied DVD content is saved in .VOB format, which you can then convert to other video formats using DVD Shrink or another video converter like Free Video To Audio Converter.
DVD Shrink also comes with a built-in decryption algorithm to bypass any DVD encryption. Such encryption can prevent you from copying DVD media to your hard drive.
Once you copy the media to your computer, and if you have DVD burning software like Nero, you can create backup DVDs. You can also use other DVD burning programs like Ashampoo, Wondershare DVD Creator, or AVI DVD Burner.
Is DVD Shrink still available?
DVD Shrink is still available for free and works with Windows 10 operating system. While not officially supported, DVD Shrink could run on Windows Vista 7 and Windows 7.
How do I digitize my DVD collection?
DVD Shrink can quickly digitize your DVD collection. First, you just download and install DVD Shrink, and then launch the program. You then insert the DVD you want to copy into your computer's DVD drive and close it.
After that, you click on the Open Disc icon near the top-left side of the program. You select the DVD you want to use in the left pane, and DVD Shrink will start to analyze it over a few minutes. Once the process is finished, you'll see a list of media files available to copy.
In the right pane, you'll see several options. The first lets you pick which video compression ratio to use. Automatic compression will cause DVD Shrink to compress the video, so it fits on a DVD5 disc. You can choose no compression, however, or use a custom ratio by moving the slider.
DVDs often include extra files like audio tracks. Supposing you choose not to copy them, you can untick the box next to the item you don’t want to copy. When you're ready to start the backup process, you just click the 'Backup' icon located in the program's top center, which opens the Backup DVD window.
Now, under 'Select backup target,' you choose your computer's hard drive. Then, under 'Select target folder for DVD output files,' you'll want to click on the output location and then 'OK' to start the copying process. If you want to save the DVD data to a new DVD instead, then you'll have to select 'ISO Image File'. This will create an ISO file you can burn later.
Does DVD Shrink work with Blu-ray?
Yes. Since 2020, DVD Shrink has supported Blu-ray. You can copy media from Blu-ray discs as well as convert files to Blu-ray. The steps for copying a Blu-ray to a computer is the same as digitizing it. If you want to copy the Blue-ray to another DVD, instead of choosing your hard drive as the save location, insert a DVD disc.
Here is the full list of file types the program works with: AVI, MPEG, MPG, VOB, M2TS, MTS, RM, RMVB, VOB, WMV, ASF, FLV, MOV, QT, MP4, MPEG4, OGM, 3GP, ASX, WMA, M1V, and M2V files.
Convert DVDs to a range of formats
Thanks to a new feature that was added at the beginning of 2021, you can now convert video files into a wide range of formats, including mp4 and Avi:
- Quick time
- Windows media
Is it better to put pictures on a CD or DVD?
Saving images to a DVD is better as you can store five times as many images as possible on a CD. Backing up images to a physical disc, whether it's a CD or DVD, is a good idea in case something happens to your digital collection of photos. It also lets you create a copy to share with other people.
Are there any DVD Shrink alternatives?
A popular alternative is DVD Decrypter. Like DVD Shrink, it also has a simple interface to upload DVDs and can reauthor parts of the disc. You can choose to save the media files to your computer's hard drive or rip it to another DVD.
UltraISO has a wide range of features and supports multiple file formats. Due to the complicated interface, though, it may take more time to become familiar with it. Likewise, ImgBurn is also a viable alternative. This program focuses on burning image files to discs, although it has been known to cause problems when burning large video files.
Clever Compression to backup your DVDs
With DVD Shrink, you can save space by compressing your media files when backing them up or by choosing which parts to save if you don't want it all.
It's a useful tool if you like to make compilations as well. Unlike other backup and compression software, DVD Shrink has an easy learning curve thanks to its simple interface and straightforward setup.