Current Release

For DVDR Duplication: v26.12
For DVD Replication with CSS: v27.5

Apply for Patronus Software: info@fortiumtech.com

How it Works

Anti-Rip Protection

Patronus DVD video anti-rip copy protection helps content owners sell more discs by reliably preventing unauthorized copying from common ripping programs without affecting playback. Patronus is widely used by the major film studios for Academy and BAFTA award pre-release screeners; MOD in home entertainment; fitness, sports and training companies; memory and funeral homes; videographers and many more.

Copy Control

Patronus is a passive anti-rip solution that encapsulates image 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 casual copying. 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.

 Complex Content

Menus, special features, extras including dual layer content is protected by the passive technology of Patronus, which ensures no changes are made to the original video files. Patronus provides an ideal solution for consumer 'download-to-own' and in-store 'on demand' manufacturing.

Patronus Software Pricing

Independent Purchases

Patronus for home users, videographers or customers that require no more than 100 credits.

DVDR Starter Pack

First time purchase requires a starter pack which includes:

  • 125 Credits (Protected Burns)
  • Copy Protection Software

£150.00

Duplication - Repeat Purchases

  • 100 Credits (Protected Burns)

£50.00

DVDR Starter Pack

First time purchase requires a starter pack which includes:

  • 125 Credits (Protected Burns)
  • Copy Protection Software

183,00 €

Duplication - Repeat Purchases

  • 100 Credits (Protected Burns)

60,00 €

DVDR Starter Pack

First time purchase requires a starter pack which includes:

  • 125 Credits (Protected Burns)
  • Copy Protection Software

$226.50

Duplication - Repeat Purchases

  • 100 Credits (Protected Burns)

$75.50

Trade Purchases

Patronus for duplication/replication plants that require at least 500 credits.

DVDR Starter Pack

First time purchase requires a starter pack which includes:

  • 500 Credits (Protected Burns)
  • Copy Protection Software

£475.00

Duplication - Repeat Purchases

Credits Rate Discount Price
500 £0.48 4% £240.00
1,000 £0.45 10% £450.00
2,500 £0.40 20% £1,000.00
5,000 £0.33 33% £1,650.00

Note: Trade purchasers are free to set pricing levels to its customers but is subject to the minimum pricing levels as stated in the EULA that are payable to Fortium. The EULA is obtained after creating an online account or you may email sales for a copy.

DVDR Starter Pack

First time purchase requires a starter pack which includes:

  • 500 Credits (Protected Burns)
  • Copy Protection Software

579,50 €

Duplication - Repeat Purchases

Credits Rate Discount Price
500 0,59 € 2% 295,00 €
1,000 0,55 € 8% 550,00 €
2,500 0,49 19% 1 225,00 €
5,000 0,40 € 33% 2 000,00 €

Note: Trade purchasers are free to set pricing levels to its customers but is subject to the minimum pricing levels as stated in the EULA that are payable to Fortium. The EULA is obtained after creating an online account or you may email sales for a copy.

DVDR Starter Pack

First time purchase requires a starter pack which includes:

  • 500 Credits (Protected Burns)
  • Copy Protection Software

$717.25

Duplication - Repeat Purchases

Credits Rate Discount Price
500 $0.72 4% $360.00
1,000 $0.68 10% $680.00
2,500 $0.60 20% $1,500.00
5,000 $0.50 33% $2,500.00

Note: Trade purchasers are free to set pricing levels to its customers but is subject to the minimum pricing levels as stated in the EULA that are payable to Fortium. The EULA is obtained after creating an online account or you may email sales for a copy.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

What is Patronus?

Fortium's proprietary DVD anti rip copy protection technology helps content owners protect their digital assets. Patronus software provides a reliable anti rip solution whether protecting DVD videos, movies on demand (MOD), premium, corporate or other commercial and sensitive DVD content.

How Does it Work?

Patronus is a passive anti-rip solution that encapsulates image 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 casual copying. Copy controlled discs have full DVD player playability matching that of unprotectedDVDRs. Menus, special features and extras are unaffected and remain as the original.

How do I apply Patronus to DVDs?

Patronus DVD Copy Protection is applied through our proprietary "Totus" software authoring program, which adds protection to the ISO or DDP image file prior to burning or authoring. Once protected, the ISO files can be processed in the normal way for PC playback, duplicating to DVD or for mastering and manufacturing. We also have another program, called "MultiBurner", that can burn to multiple drives simultaneously that are readable to your PC. 

How effective is it?

Very effective, but it won't prevent ripping in 100% of cases.The goal of Patronus is to make DVD video copying very difficult for the average person, thereby protecting the rights and profits of copyright holders. It is intended as a robust yet transparent anti-rip solution that can significantly help to prevent unauthorized copying of discs. Further, it is an upgradable software solution. New and innovative development continues to ensure that it provides the most reliable, efficient and easy to use anti-rip copy protection solution available.

 

Do protected discs still play properly?

Both extensive internal and external testing is done to ensure playability of Patronus protected discs. We test our discs externally with our partners at Testronic. No version of Patronus is released to the public unless it passes these playability tests, to ensure it works with all DVD playing platforms, and also on Mac and Windows. A full playability test report is sent to customers when setting up with Patronus anti-rip.

Doesn't the protection become outdated?

We have a dedicated team that are developing Patronus constantly, to keep it ahead of the vast amount of ripping programs that are available on the market.

Can a protected disc be copied?

Patronus performs very well against mass market ripping programs. In some circumstances, when it is thought that it has been ripped, it is found upon playback that the disc does not play the entire or part of the copied disc; in reality the copy is not watchable.

Are there upgrades available?

Keeping ahead of the mass ripping technologies out there is an ongoing 'arms race'. Patronus is being continually developed to keep ahead in this race with typically two new versions being developed at any one time. Vigorous testing based on rip ability and playability is the key criteria in the release of any new version to ensure that a high level of customer satisfaction is maintained.

How much piracy is out there? Is it worth protecting my discs?

The problem is widespread. Optical disc piracy, a subset of the overall piracy market, is the illegal manufacturing, sale, distribution or trading of copies of motion pictures in digital disc formats including DVD, DVDR, CD,CD-R and VCD. Over 400 labs for illegal duplication and replication of audiovisual content are discovered every year in the USA. alone. In general, film copyright piracy costs the U.S. economy more than $20 billion a year.

Dongles

Is a Dongle Required?

We use get customers to use blank dongle/USB stick to hold the licences for the software. This dongle we call a Secure Stick. An advantage of this is that you can use more than one workstation to apply protection.

Is a new Dongle required for each purchase?

Not at all. When your Secure Stick is set up with us, we can update it with credits remotely.

How does the Credits system work?

Very simply. On "Totus" you have conversions that allow you protect the source file (an ISO or DDP) and burns (on MultiBurner) that show you how many number of protected ISOs you are allowed to burn to disc.

You can buy credits in bulk to save money and these never expire. All protection upgrades are available free of charge.

Can a Dongle Expire?

Yes - we expire customer dongles every 3 months or so in the majority of cases. This will never reset number of credits, however.

This is to ensure that no customer is using outdated protection software. It also prevents an unauthorized user using the credits if a Secure Stick is lost. We do automate updates for customers about a week before expiry to prevent cases where their software has expired and they need to duplicate discs ASAP.

Testimonial

My colleague George Fretwell of Posh Shed Productions and I wanted to revive our use of Patronus. It was our first use of Patronus for quite a while. Hadeer from Fortium responded quickly and in a most courteous manner. He was able to remotely interrogate George's machine and update the software to, in effect, revive our old licence and put us back in production with Patronus. It was expertly done.

Andrew Blow – Blow By Blow Productions, Lincoln, UK

Independent Reviews & Testing

Patronus Protection Levels

Fortium’s DVD Anti Rip Copy Protection technology is designed with reliable levels of protection from mass market ripping programs. Patronus provides effective speed bump protection from unauthorised casual copying. Patronus software is regularly tested against new and upgraded ripping programs.

Patronus Playability Levels

Patronus protected DVDs have full playability designed to match playability levels of unprotected DVDRs in DVD players. 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.

Independent testing confirms that Patronus protected DVDs play in all DVD players that play DVDRs.