What is Patronus?
Patronus is a
proprietary DVD copy control technology which helps videographers, photographers
and media creators protect their digital assets on DVD and increase their return
Patronus is a passive anti-rip solution that encapsulates data files on a DVD
disc causing access to the content by common ripping programs to be controlled.
The original media content is not modified and play-back quality remains
unaffected. This is achieved by introducing copy control encapsulation in areas
of the disc that are not read by DVD players during playback. Copy controlled
discs are designed to provide effective speed bump protection from unauthorised
Copy controlled discs have full DVD player playability matching that of
unprotected DVDRs. Menus, special features and extras are unaffected and remain
as the original.
Will it protect my DVDs 100% of the time?
Patronus is all
about risk mitigation - helping you to make the percentage loss as small as
possible to increase your chances of profit.
Patronus will defeat the casual disc copier who is using common disc ripping
programs - and is regularly updated to defeat new ripping programs when they are
discovered. Patronus therefore protects your content against all but the most
determined and skilled DVD hackers.
How easy is it to use?
Patronus is extremely easy to use
- and is applied using the Origo software program. When you create a DVD using
your normal DVD authoring program the final stage will give you the option of
either burning it to a blank DVD disk or creating an 'Image File' or 'ISO' file.
To add Patronus protection you simply import these ISO files into the Origo
program, state how many copies you require (and yes - it can drive a specially
configured duplication tower - see below) - and then hit 'GO!'.
New Patronus Users - what will you need?
When you first
sign up to Patronus you will need the Origo software and a special dongle which
is included in the Starter-Pack. The initial set-up fee is £150 plus VAT - which
includes 125 Burn-credits.
What are 'Burns'
time you create a Patronus-encoded copy (a 'Burn') the software will deduct one
unit from your remaining number of Burns. The unit cost of each Burn
is £0.50 excluding VAT.
How do I top-up my Patronus burns?
Again, we have kept
this as simple as possible. Simply add the Top-up package/s to your shopping
basket and you will be sent an email with a top-up code and instructions.
Can I use it with my dumb DVD duplication
No, you will not be able to copy a Patronus protected disc on
your DVD duplication tower - which we think is a positive thing! You can buy
specially configured towers to enable you to burn multiple Patronus DVDs at once
(example - www.rip-stop.co.uk), or follow the simple guide to building
your own Patronus Duplication Tower detailed in the article attached to the
bottom of this page.
Can I use it on a Mac?
Patronus is a PC-based program,
but it will work OSx by using VMware Fusion (http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/)
with Windows XP installed as a Guest operating system.
Before purchasing your
Software, Dongle and Event Packs, you must first agree to the terms within the
standard Patronus Agreement. You will be asked to confirm your
acceptance to this as part of the online payment