The best options are listed in order: 1. The best way to rip using Anydvd is to use Clonedvd2 (if you want video files and not a sector 1:1 rip). You select "dvd +/- R DL" near the quality bar in Clonedvd, and choose "dvd files" as the output method, if you wish to use another program to transcode or encode. You can then import those files into another program if you wish. If you can't or are not willing to do Step 1, this is how you rip using Anydvd: 2. You don't need to rip at all and can just directly import the disc directly into whatever burning application you want, provided a)Anydvd is running in the background and b)the dvd does not contain structural protection. You don't necessarily need to rip first at all. Not having to rip first is one major advantage of using Anydvd. If the original disc contains structural protection, however, you may need to do step #3, depending on the program that you want to use. 3. If you can't get what you want using #1 and #2 first, then you right click on the fox icon on your system tray, and select "rip video-dvd to hard disk"--but only if methods 1 and 2 fail first. For more information click this please "184.108.40.206 2007 05 02 - New (DVD): AnyDVD ripper rewritten from scratch. It is no longer based on FixVTS code but on the powerful copy engine of CloneDVD2, licensed from Elaborate Bytes AG. If you want more control (stream selection, main movie only selection, ...) we recommend elby CloneDVD2 available at http://www.slysoft.com" Question: When should I use "rip to image"? Answer a) With dvds, probably never b) If you just want to mount an .iso in Virtual Clonedrive, and watch the movie, then "rip to image" is probably fine. The resulting rip from dvds containing structural protection when using "rip to image" may not be compliant with a lot of third party programs. So "rip to video-dvd to hardisk" is preferable. click http://forum.slysoft.com/showthread.php?t=3992. For Blu-rays it doesn't mattter. For dvds, it can matter (a lot). "Rip to image" should typically not be used with dvds; that feature was implemented mostly for Blu-ray and HD-DVD users. And it's no coincidence that Blu-rays and HD-DVDs do not contain structural protection. Question: O.k., but I want to create an .iso, and you're telling me not to use "rip to image". What should I do instead? Answer Use Clonedvd to create an .iso. Clonedvd rips faster, and you can remove unwanted material before ripping. Also, when you create .isos with Clonedvd, you can be assured structural protection is completely removed with dvds; this is preferable to using "rip to image" in Anydvd with dvds. Clonedvd makes a lot more sense to use with dvds than using Anydvd to rip in those instances, especially if you want to produce output that is complaint with a lot of third party programs. Alternatively, use "rip video-dvd to harddisk", and then use a third party program to create an .iso from the files you just ripped to your hard drive. Please note that this sticky does not apply to the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray ripper option in Anydvd HD, which you should be using for those respective formats.