Hey everyone! I have been doing a ton of research and trying to understand movie encryption standards with CSS, AACS 1.0,2.0, and 2.1 and the different programs to break them. I have a small collection of about 200 DVD/BluRay/4k BluRay (I guess everyone refers to these as UHD?) discs that I want to make a digital backup of. Some of these discs have signs of wear and tear (scratches) so getting these backed up digitally I thought would be good for the future. I have read a lot about different programs and it seems AnyDVD HD is considered the best in the game. I also see MakeMKV has a ton of info in their forums as well, like about BluRay drives. I took some of the MakeMKV forum's advice and bought an LG WH16NS60. After ordering it I got excited about unlocking the read speed of the drive via LibreDrive (see https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=22221&sid=0392185ffe6069b48fb94e422df4598a) and hurriedly flashed 1.02MK firmware using the patched LG flasher. It worked successfully. I then downloaded AnyDVD HD and started the trial. I saw the two options for ripping to image and to folder. I have tried both and folder does produce a smaller overall size, however having I would prefer to use the image option. I started ripping the discs to image files and did encounter one disc that could not be decrypted fully because region was not set, so I set the drive to the US. With all that backstory, I am turning to you guys for advice. My goals are to produce original quality backups of my media. I am thinking these backups should be unencrypted? I also would like to remux these into an MKV using MakeMKV to have the main film in one file as I am looking into using Plex and streaming from my PC to Apple TV. In addition to the random questions above, specifically: 1. For each DVD/BluRay/UHD what is the best method to backup these discs and keep the original quality? 2. What are the advantages of each Image vs. Folder backup? 3. Why is using Image backup bad on DVDs? 4. What is the difference in creating a protected vs. unprotected backup for later use? (Because AnyDVD HD/MakeMKV can deal with the encryption anyway) 5. Is there a better way I should be ripping these to ISO? (I saw a post describing ImgBurn) 6. Is flashing the 1.02MK firmware going to be a problem with AnyDVD HD? 7. Is there any way to get the features of LibreDrive while also using AnyDVD HD? (specifically the faster drive speeds) 8. I ripped a DVD to an image file and then loaded it into MakeMKV. I then started another instance of MakeMKV and loaded the disc directly after closing AnyDVD. The results were identical? Thank you! And awesome job creating such an easy to use program!