Frequently Asked questions about RipGuard-MOD, ACP & CopyBlock
What is the difference between CopyBlock, RipGuard
and ACP Protection?
ACP: This was the first protection technology available and was widely
implimented on VHS to prevent the 'dubbing' of tapes. Once DVD's came
along, it is now used to prevent 'analog' copies of the video being
made from the DVD.
RipGuard: When DVD's started taking over and VHS started
going away, RipGuard was introduced to combat the 'digital' copying
of DVD's, and now it also protects against the 'ripping' of content
from the DVD digitally.
CopyBlock: As things evolve, so does the protection.
CopyBlock now gives you the best of both worlds of protection combined
(RipGuard+ACP) in a single, affordable package.
How does RipGuard-MOD
protect my DVD?
RipGuard-MOD defeats most copiers by neutralizing their tools of choice
and significantly raising the technical bar required for completing
a successful copy. When copiers encounter a RipGuard protected title,
they experience a frustration that rarely occurs when they try to copy
titles protected only with the Content Scrambling System (CSS). This
protection is embedded within the DVD itself and absolutely nothing
is ever installed in the PC or player.
How does ACP
protect my DVD?
ACP encodes the Analog Signal that comes out of the player with a special
sub-signal that is recognized by 99%+ or recording/playback devices
around the world... from DVD Recorders, to VHS Recorders, to Camcorders
and Analog & Digital Capture Cards, which automatically prevents
them from recording the content.
How does CopyBlock
protect my DVD?
CopyBlock is a combination of both RipGuard & ACP combined, providing
comprehensive, all-encompassing protection for your DVD.
Will RipGuard-MOD, ACP or CopyBlock
affect the playback of my DVDR?
No, it will not affect the playback or quality of the content you have
produced. RipGuard-MOD, ACP and CopyBlock combine the best levels of
rip deterrence and Analog Protection with the very highest level of
disc playability. Even a small number of problems with playability can
lead to lost sales, return costs, and brand erosion. For that reason,
RipGuard-MOD, ACP & Copy Block never elevates rip protection over
the customer’s enjoyment of the content. In short, you can expect
the same level of playability on your DVD with or without Copy Protection
How easy is it to add this protection to my
It can be as simple as providing a playable master (copy) of your DVD
to us. Once it is received, it will be processed, protected and ready
for manufacturing within 24 hours.
How can I get you my DVD?
You have the option of either sending us your master, or FTP'ing your
Master directly to us. You can send your master to us through common
shippers such as USPS, FedEx or UPS. If you desire to FTP your DVD Master,
please call, toll-free (877)4My-Video (877.469.8433) for instructions
How much does this cost?
In order for this to be valuable to you and your business it must be
cost-effective. Therefore there are no "additional" costs
for this protection, just a simple, low-cost one-time protection setup
fee which covers the cost of applying this protection to your Master....
and includes the LIFETIME archival of your master. Bottom line, the
cost to put protection on your DVD is likely going to be less than it
would cost for most other Duplicators to make copies of your DVD without
any copy protection at all!
Is RipGuard-MOD, ACP or CopyBlock Protection
able to be circumvented?
If you think of your DVD as your house, it can be said that any house
can be broken into. The difference is that by locking your house, you
greatly reduce the risk of theft.
In the big picture, the value in using RipGuard-MOD,
ACP or CopyBlock is because it diminishes the opportunity to steal,
which is why Hollywood has protected over 200 Million DVDs with RipGuard
in the last 18 months alone.
RipGuard can prevent my DVDs from being ripped,
but what about being recorded into a DVD Recorder or VHS?
That is where Macrovision ACP (Analog Copy Protection) and/or
CopyBlock comes into play. Macrovisions ACP has been an established
technology for more than the last decade and is still employed on virtually
every mainstream Hollywood Title still released today.
ACP can also be employed on your recordable DVD, providing
a comprehensive Analog and Digital Copy Protected Recordable DVD. Please
speak with your nearest manufacturer for more information and pricing.
What about protecting Dual-Layer Recordable
Protecting a Dual Layer Recordable DVDR is possible. There
are some specific steps that must be taken during the output phase from
your Authoring Program to ensure a trouble free protection process.
Please contact Tim Montague, toll-free at (877) 4-MyVideo (877.469.8433)
for technical assistance.