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AnyDVD HD Settings Explained

As per a reader’s request, I have put together this explanatory list of the different settings of AnyDVD HD. I tried to cover every single setting that I could think of, so peruse and learn something!

Feel free to leave a comment, and let me know if it helped you!

If you desire a better look at each screenshot, just give it a click and it should sharpen up nicely for you.

Status Window:

AnyDVD Main Status Window

This window describes all available drives installed on your system, and any information about a disk in that drive.

Video DVD:

AnyDVD Video DVD Settings


Remove annoying adverts and trailers

Pretty much does what it says. Instead of being forced to watch trailers and any other video clips that a production studio wants, you can enable this option to skip to the main content.  Where you jump to in the content is governed by the two sub-options, with the option to jump straight to the main movie, or the main menu. Choose whichever you desire, or disable if you don’t care.

Show Dialog to set Video DVD settings for each individual drive

This allows you to set specific settings on a per-drive basis. Essentially, every time you insert a new disk, a dialog box will appear, asking if you want to change any specific settings. I usually leave this off.

Video DVD – Settings

AnyDVD Video DVD Settings

-Default Region

This drop down box is used to set your base region code. It’s normally best to leave it set for your current region (ex. I live in the US, so I set it to region 1). You can usually leave this at default.

-Feature Removal

This is a handy area to remove all manners of “features” (read: copy protection) from your disks. The standard is to leave all of these at default.

  1. Software Region Code: Removes the software region code from the disk
  2. Hardware Region Code: Forces your drive to possess a specific drive region.
  3. Region Code Scripts: Removes any nasty region code scripts from your disk
  4. Analog Protection System: Removes the most basic form of copy protection, Macrovision Protection. This was originally found on VHS tapes.
  5. Prohibited User Operations: Removes PUO’s. Basically, all of those annoying “features” that prevent you from skipping the previews straight to the menu when you press the “Next” button on your controller. Usually, when these are still on the disk, when you try to do something that your disk “prohibits”, you will receive an icon in the corner of your screen that looks like anything from a hand to stop sign. I really like this feature, as it lets me skip right to where I want to go, no need to wait.
  6. PC-Friendly (Autorun on Video-DVD): This prevents your disk from installing any software when you first insert it into your PC. Very nice feature.
  7. Copy Protection based on unreadable Sectors: Removes protection such as Sony’s ARccOS protection, which inserts a number of what are called “dummy sectors” onto your disk. These sectors choke up older disk rippers, like DVD Decrypter for example.
-AI Scanner

This drop down offers 3 different modes of operation. Essentially, the AI Scanner acts as a form of “smart decryption”. What it does is analyze your disk for any abnormalities, possible structure protection, etc. If it finds any, it does it’s best to clean it up. Leave it at default.

Video DVD – Subtitles

AnyDVD Video DVD Subtitle Settings

-Subtitle Transparency

Does exactly what it says. Essentially, it allows you to modify the direct subtitle transparency on the fly. Why you would want to do this, I don’t know, but it’s there if you want it.

Video DVD – CSS Keys

AnyDVD Video CSS Keys Archive

-CSS Key Archive

This is a bit of an older feature. Essentially, instead of decrypting your disk’s CSS keys every time you play a disk, it stores each key on a per-disk basis. This allows for a faster lookup, but again, it’s an older feature. All modern computers can handle the decryption in a few seconds, so you won’t even notice the difference in time. I suggest you leave it off, as it’s just unnecessary.

Video HD DVD

AnyDVD Video HD DVD Settings


This section is the main guts for settings that deal with decrypting HD DVDs. Yes, it’s a dead format, but some of us jumped on the bandwagon fast, and got us some cheap disks,  so we need something to decrypt ‘em! Anyways, here is what each setting does.

  1. Enable HD DVD support: Pretty self explanatory.
  2. Remove first play title from HD DVD: Basically, jumps right to your main content (usually the main menu or main movie). The first play title means a video clip that plays once, during the first time you have ever played the disk.
  3. Remove user prohibitions from HD DVD: Exactly like the Prohibited User Operations above, but with respect to HD DVD’s.
  4. Remove parental restrictions from HD DVD: Remove’s any parental protection from a disk. You can use this if you don’t care about your kids seeing the disk, or if you don’t have kids. Some people may want to disable this feature.
  5. Remove highest XPL file (New Universal titles with PowerDVD Ultra): A quick fix for a couple of problematic disks put out by Universal when they are played with PowerDVD Ultra.
  6. Remove all menus from HD DVD (Studio Canal titles with PowerDVD Ultra): Another quick fix for some Studio Canal Disks and PowerDVD Ultra.

Governs where on your computer you want to store any of the excess files and scripts that can be left over from a rip. You can either delete everything when you are done, or just leave it at default.

Video Blu-ray

AnyDVD Blu-ray Settings


The main Blu-ray section of AnyDVD. Basically, controls all protocol for the decryption of Blu-ray disks. Go here if you ever want to change anything that corresponds to the decryption of your Blu-ray disks.

  1. Enable Blu-ray support: Again, pretty self explanatory.
  2. Prohibited User Operations: Same principals as corresponding DVD and HD DVD settings.
  3. Removing anoying adverts and trailers: I’ll give you one guess.
  4. Disable BD-Live: This little feature turns off Blu-ray’s “Live” feature. Basically the “Live” feature is equivalent to jacking into the internet with your Blu-ray player and downloading “additional content”. Use if you want to.
-Blu-ray Disk Region

Removes Blu-ray’s equivalent of DVD’s Region Code Encoding. This is normally used for ripping disks that are from other regions (ex. You bought a disk from over seas), and can be used at your discretion.

Audio CD

AnyDVD Audio CD Settings

This is a nice, but little known/used feature of AnyDVD. Basically, it removes what little copy protection it can from any audio CD’s that you insert into your computer while AnyDVD is running. Useful for some new releases from Sony BMG and others.


AnyDVD Drive Settings

A handy little section to control several aspects of your disks, such as speed and which drives to enable decryption on.


Enables you to govern the speed in which you rip specific types of disks. In the old days, when drives were still expensive, this feature was handy, as you could throttle the speed of your rips. This throttling enable you to conserve power and extend the life of your drive. Nowadays, with drives so cheap, it’s a little pointless. Use it if you want.

Drives – Selection

AnyDVD Drives Selection

Pretty simple, just check the box next to which ever drive you want to allow AnyDVD to handle.

Program Settings

AnyDVD Program Settings Window

This section details the settings for the overall running of AnyDVD itself.

  1. Enable AnyDVD: I’ll give you two guesses!
  2. Autostart: If checked, the program runs on Windows startup.
  3. Safe Mode: According to Slysoft, this activates a “high compatibility” mode. Enable this if your computer behaves strange upon the installation of AnyDVD.
  4. Hide Icon: Hides the AnyDVD fox icon in the lower right of your screen. This is NOT recommended, but you can check it if you want.
  5. Automatically check for new AnyDVD version: Again, self explanatory. AnyDVD connects through the internet to Slysoft’s servers and checks if there is a newer version available or not.
  6. Show information window for new media: If enabled, when a disk is inserted, AnyDVD brings up an information window concerning the details of this disk, and how files were modified to remove any copy protection.
  7. Show Balloon Tip while AnyDVD is scanning disks: When checked, a little Balloon Tip pops up in the bottom right corner of your screen, saying that it is “Analyzing the disk!” and other useful information.
  8. Disable power saving while using AnyDVD ripper: Prevents your computer from entering standby while ripping a disk. Which is a real PITA when it happens, by the way.

Program Settings – External Program

AnyDVD External Program Settings

Kind of an interesting feature, but AnyDVD can start programs or run scripts when a disk is inserted into your drive. Useful if you want to change the refresh rate of your monitor automatically for example.

Language Selection

AnyDVD Language Settings

Simple enough. Just select your desired language, and the whole program reconfigures to display everything from program options to balloon tips in your desired language.


AnyDVD License Information

Displays information about AnyDVD, such as the version and the name of it’s creator. It also displays information about your license, which I have bleeped out for obvious reasons.

  • michael

    I have found that working with ny dvd and the complimentary clone dvd 1 and 2 along with the powerful avs conversion kits to be the easiest way so far to burn rip and convert files of any kind to a dvd format ever. and by the way any dvd did at one time have an offer for lifetime updates which i jumpped on in time so im not sure if they will offer that special again but if they do the best deal in town is there and i would suggest to anyone to take it ..thanks for the tutorial but ive found that any dvd was so simple that you really dont need intricate instruction ….my rating 1-10 a perfect ten

  • Adub

    The reason I posted this is because a user asked me too. It is meant to be an informative reference for those who are curious about the variety of options available to them. But yes, I have to agree that AnyDVD is about as easy as it comes to learning how to use it. Very simple, yet powerful. An excellent combination.

  • steve swan

    please can you help me set up to burn blueray movie discs to blank blueray discs got lg writer and any dvd hd what other software do i need to burn them?
    and how do i do it,

    been trying to find out for weeks.

  • Sean Cunningham

    Thanks so much. I have used lots of other ripping/burning programs but because of its Blu-Ray compatibility I wanted to try AndDVD HD to copy my disks to a hard drive (DVDFab doesn’t do that yet.) So I downloaded the program and couldn’t figure out how to start it or what to do. Until I read your overview which was clear and clean. Bottom line: the concept of a program that makes a disk transparent was completely new to me. Duh!

    Oddly I had tried the SlySoft support and forums and couldn’t find the simple overview. I found your tutorial by Googling “how to use anydvd hd” and voila! I can now use the program as easily as other users claim, and I’m happy to purchase the program.

    Again, your instructions are remarkably clear and accessible. I’m very grateful.



  • Adub

    I’m glad that you found the help you needed. Stop by any time!

  • Steve Small

    your site has been very interesting viewing for me, i will check it out again, thankyou for letting me leave feedback and it amazing what is available, many thanks. best wishes and happy new year!

  • Chuck

    Great instuctions, helped me alot. Thanks

  • Buddy Taylor (dont811)

    Adub, You’ve taken me back ‘to school” w/ your carefully worded explanations & explanations including pics. I truly APPRECIATE your time & efforts.
    May I ask…Is there a way to STOP the constant “BUY NOW” popup ?
    If i TRY to use foxkill, will i get torpedoed by SlySoft as the software reports back to base, even tho I unchecked it ??
    I’m still waiting for you to point me in the direction os a URL where i can learn how to backup Sd DVDs on a 25GB BD-R. I’ve got too big a collection to go out & spend a hub-printable DVD on. Even 4 DVDs w/ NO compresssion would be a real victory for me.
    Thanks again for taking the time to post me.
    Sincerely, Buddy 9:30pm

  • Adub

    The way to stop the Buy Now popup is to actually buy the software. I did, and I’ve had no regrets.

    As for your desired guide on how to convert several DVD’s into one BD using multiAVCHD, I don’t think one exists. Yet.

    There are several tutorials available about the general use of multiAVCHD, so you should be able to figure it out yourself.

    However, if you REALLY want me to, and I can prioritize making one and try and get it done this weekend. The thing is, I can’t make any guarantees that I will be able to get it done, as I have midterms, but I think I should be able to get it done.

  • Buddy Taylor (dont811)

    12noon 10-9-10
    Adub, I just minutes ago, found your reply. Thank You for taking the time. What a difference 3 days, a lot of sleep & hot coffee can make…for me.
    Regarding AnyDvD & your ”BuyIT”- I went to their URL b-4 searching out & finding sites like your own. $68US in 1 chunk, not to insult their braintrust, is out of my family’s budget. 5 yrs. ago it would have been possible. I’m Not blowing smoke & neither ashamed to admit it. No B.S. here Adub…period. Maybe you’re either unaware of the severe U.S. economy or single & have the where-with-all.
    If & when you have the time & decide to create a tutorial I’m sure the world & everyone who enjoys this hobby will appreciate it. I’m wise enough to know & realize YOUR midterms DO take priority, as they should. So, don’t think I’m in any rush.
    ****I’ve tried to be personable here, even including a friendly offer of a few beers, over the net of course. I never got any response so I guess it’s not appreciated my trying to ‘humannize’ my sometimes anal requests. Oh well, gotta start the chores. Take care.

  • Adub

    Well Buddy, your guide is up ;)

    Oh, and if you want to be notified of replies, simply use the “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” checkbox at the end of each comment form.

    And I’m always open to a beer! Sorry I didn’t respond properly earlier.

  • Buddy Taylor (dont811)

    2 05PM SUNDAY-Adub, Allow me to apologize to YOU. I’ve been reading and trying to be a sponge to all that you offer on this “blog.”
    I admire you for your concise, detailed yet, non-condesending way of teaching–especially this old school (*&^%$#@. Anyway, FYI there is NO little box to ck. so I’d know I got an answer. That much I’ve learned from other user groups I’ve been involved with. I have 4-eyes that only see :
    ‘You are subscribed to this entry. Manage your subscriptions.” I always leave my ‘e’ addy where it asks me to place it.
    Now for the good part: BEERS are always waiting for you-what’s your preferance ?? My wife doesn’t like beer at all & I don’t drink alone-something about the taste always seems to be better in a crowd.
    OK…where’s that long-awaited “guide’ ???
    LOL somehow I missed the URL and/or title ???
    I hope your midterms were not too stressfull. Back in the day, we’d load up on “NoDoze” & pull all-nighters which seemed to only mae me even more tired on testday. So I learned there were better ways–like drumming for 1/2 hr b-4 leaving home which really relaxed me. Well, I wasn’t married then so drumming was all i was able to do…:)

  • Buddy Taylor (dont811)

    P.S. dont811@bellsouth dot net (u know the trick to keep bots from phishing my e-addy) thanks again for your time.

  • Buddy Taylor (dont811)

    Adub–I found the GUIDE–thanks a million. Buddy


    Sat 9:14AM OCT23
    Hi Adub & group, Hope all is going well w/ you all.
    I’ve put trying to make PLAYABLE bd-rS W/ MULTIPLE DVD FILES ON A LONG HOLD. Now, I’ll simply store those DVD movies as DATA files.
    I’m on my 3rd day TRYING to make an HD-DVD of 2012. I’ve done this b-4 correctly. Well, I 1st used ANY-d then made a BD-4 (an all night affair as we all know) awoke yesterday with smiles until the 1 hr. mark–it started pixelating & STOPPING ! It could be the BD-R disk or
    the way I used the software ? So I spent all day yesterday & nite, using FabDVD to make an ISO-this AM I’m using ImgBurn to burn that ISO onto a BD-RW—-AM I DOING the right things so far ????
    If it works–I plan to use BD-REBUILD to take that same ISO file & convert (compact) it to be burned onto a DVD+R.
    Did i choose the wrong DVD ?
    Seemed like the original was giving my Cyberlink ver. 10 FITs as to playing the correct AUDIO–never had that happen.
    ok Thanks for our time & I sinderely hope your mid-terms went well Adap. Sincerely, Buddy

  • Adub

    Well Buddy, I think you have about 8 questions in those couple of sentences.

    First off, ripping with AnyDVD and then using BD Rebuilder to create a BD-5 and burning with IMGBurn should result in a perfect disk. If it is otherwise, try the disk in a different Blu-ray player and see if it pixelates at the same point. If it does, it’s the disk, if not, it’s your player.

    Second, if you want to make a full backup with DVDFAB, you appear to be doing it right. Rip with DVDFAB, and burn with IMGBurn. It’s really pretty simple.

    Third, I don’t know why you want to go from ISO to BD Rebuilder, but yeah it should work. Keep in mind that you will have to mount your ISO image in order for BD Rebuilder to read the BD structure properly.

    Fourth, yes, if your original disk is glitching, or providing problems of any kind, then deal with that first, as any child of that disk will have similar problems.


    Adub, It’s remarkable, truly remarkable the QUALITY of a BD-DVD !!
    WE r sharing a GREAT secret my new friend(s). As for the .ISO I could get no program to mount,nor, use it so 12+ hrs. went to the trash. Why DVDFab is so damn slow, I’ll nver know–and I have it ‘mated’ with CUDA video speeder-upper w/ my 512MB Nvidia Video card.
    The past month was spent ‘aquirring’ potential Christmas & Holiday presents . I gave up trying to fit readable DVD movies (5 usually) on a BD-R disk.
    FYI: I tried having BD-rebuilder make 2-passes—MAN that tookjust under 13 hrs. on my quad-4…& to see my CPU near 98+%…man that had me really worried. I’m doing ONE PASS–and they look mighty fine. i.e. 2012; Indiana jones-Temple of Doon–oh yea, TROY & Alexander revisited-just like in the movies.
    Thanks for your help. I hope you don;t mind me coming back ??
    Ciao 4-now, Buddy

  • jeannette smith

    How do I get this program to play a torrent that wont play as it is HD?Simple, please.

  • Richard

    Hi Jeanette.

    AnyDVD won’t ‘play’ anything. It’s a decrypter.

    Tell us exactly what you’re trying to do.

  • Adub

    Indeed, Richard is correct. You question makes no sense jeannette. Just because a video is HD doesn’t mean it won’t play, and AnyDVD HD is a decrypter, not a player.

  • Langley

    I downloaded the free trial to make sure it works before I buy it, which is what I plan to do if it actually works. I loaded the DVD I want to burn into my computer. Below is what the status showed, but I’m not sure what happens next, because there was no prompt for the DVD burn. So, I tried to copy the DVD–thinking perhaps the copyright protection has been deleted, but it was not. please help. I am actually trying to make a copy of this dvd and others so my students can view class videos more conveniently from the course blackboard website. Some of them have second and third jobs and they just don’t have the time to go to an on campus viewing center. Also, I tried to buy download copies of these — basically non popular movies, but could not, or I would have paid.
    Please help.
    Here’s what I got:
    Summary for drive D: (AnyDVD
    HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH70N A101 010630101WB6K65846
    Drive (Hardware) Region: 0 (not set!)

    Current profile: DVD-ROM
    Media is a DVD.
    Booktype: dvd-rom (version 1), Layers: 1
    Total size: 1894369 sectors (3699 MBytes)

    Video DVD (or CD) label: THE_MIDDLE_PASSAGE
    Media is CSS protected!
    Media is locked to region(s): 1!
    Video Standard: NTSC

    AI scan forced, heuristic scan detected no protection!
    Using local database!
    Removing annoying menu and intro/outro clips!
    Removed 2 annoying menu clips!
    Found & removed structural copy protection!
    RCE protection not found.
    UDF filesystem patched!
    Autorun not found on Video DVD.
    Removed CSS copy protection!

  • Adub

    I don’t see your problem. AnyDVD shows that it has successfully removed your DVD’s CSS protection. If you are having troubles copying the DVD, then something must be wrong with your technique.

    When you say ” I tried to copy the DVD–thinking perhaps the copyright protection has been deleted, but it was not”, I have no idea what you have done. AnyDVD is just a ripping program. It does not do any burning whatsoever. If you want to rip the disk, I suggest that you actually do so by following the guide I wrote for this very purpose here :

    If you want to burn it again, I suggest you use IMGBurn (which is free by the way). There is not much more help I can offer because you have not told me much more than that it failed for you.

  • Mad Tom Vane

    I liked the bit about the CSS Key Archive. Didn’t realize that it was so worthless.