Next-gen DVD defeated with Print Screen

Written by Wil Harris

July 8, 2006 | 09:50

Tags: #aacs #ct #dvd #hack #hd-dvd #next-gen #rip

Companies: #blu-ray

German chip magazine c't has discovered an easy way to rip Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies - the Print Screen button.

Software such as WinDVD, which allows the playback of next-gen DVD content with its latest versions, allows the capture of screens at full, digital resolution. If you pressed Print Screen enough times per second, you could capture every frame of the film, then re-assemble it into a movie.

Of course, this is a rather laborious way of ripping a DVD, and people almost certainly won't bother, even though it's possible to automate the whole process. But it does show that sometimes, it's easy to overlook the simple stuff.

Apparently, drive creators are already looking at ways to patch this problem. The 'great' thing about next-gen DVD is that updates to the DRM system can be forced to your player over the internet, and if you don't update the DRM, your drive will fall over on you. Nice, huh?

Let us know how your PrintScreen RSI is going over in the forums.
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