Most the DVD editing / converting tasks begin by ripping the DVD data in your hard disk, for various reasons. For example, DVDs are encrypted and by default most programs do not read these CSS encrypted files. Ripping the DVD files to the hard disk takes care of that and speeds up the process greatly as you only access the DVD once and then read all the data from the hard disk which is of course much faster and reduces the stress on your DVD drive that would have to keep working for many hours in case you were transcoding the DVD to another format.
This is the main DVDFab window. Please note that in the free version only the top two options are available, "Full Disc" and "Main Movie". As you suspect, the first one copies everything the DVD has (including menus, trailer, extras etc) while the second one only rips the movie itself. We will explain both modes. The screenshot above we have selected "Main Movie". Using DVDFab is pretty straightforward, first of all you have to select the DVD drive at the "Source" area and then the folder you want to save the files in at the "Target" field. Afterwards check the title that contains the main movie (the longest one) and remove any audio or subtitles streams you don't like. You are now ready to click on Start and begin ripping the DVD.
The "Full Disc" function is every simpler. You don't have to change any setting at all, just as before select the DVD drive at the "Source" area and then the folder you want to save the files in at the "Target" field. Make sure "Copy DVD-Video" is selected and click Start!
The DVD ripping process that starts when you click the start button can take up to 30 minutes. You can cancel it or pause it at anytime. When it completes you have the DVD in your hard drive and ready to load it in any program you may want to process it with.
There is a small number of DVDs that cannot be copied with DVDFab because they have some form of copy protection other than (or in addition of) CSS. In such cases your best bet is running AnyDVD in the background so that any additional protection gets removed as well.