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Fairmount has been acquired by DVDSuki Software and has been merged into Mac DVDRipper Pro.

Fairmount is a free open-source companion to the VideoLAN Client to make encrypted DVDs readable by any application.

Fairmount is a free tool which allows on-the-fly decryption of DVD content for convenient access. Fairmount does not perform the actual decryption, it simply forwards the data to VLC Media Player, which is used for the decryption. Hence, VLC Media Player must be installed for Fairmount to work.

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Features better error reporting when no adequate version of VLC Media Player is found.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

*Previously available here

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Max66 Member IconReview+15
Max66
+1

After Metakine stopped development, a fork was created and is still active. The latest version is 1.1.3 and can be found here: http://freecode.com/projects/fairmount

I would suggest to update this page with the new developer link and version information.

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Version 1.1
Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
+3

The MU download, "*Previously available here", which points at the MetaKine site, does NOT contain Fairmount.

Fairmount 2.0 beta is not to be found anywhere. That's gone for good.

However, Fairmount 1.1 is still available here:

http://download.cnet.com/FairMount/3000-2139_4-97114.html

Also, using the original source code, someone compiled a slightly tweaked version and posted it here:

https://github.com/pmetzger/Fairmount/

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Version 1.1
Slavek Member IconReview+6
Slavek
+0

Really FAIR!

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Version 1.1
PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
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It used to be that Fairmount required you to have a version of VLC with the same processor architecture as Fairmount (in terms of 32-bit or 64-bit). I remember a couple of times in the past year or so that a new version of Fairmount refused to work because my version of VLC was 64-bit and Fairmount was only 32-bit (I was using the nightly beta builds of VLC at the time). But now that the REGULAR version of VLC is 64-bit, Fairmount 1.1 (which is still 32-bit) doesn't complain at all.

Could it be that Fairmount didn't really need VLC to have the same architecture, and that it no longer complains about the discrepancy because its developer simply hasn't yet rewritten Fairmount and DVDRemaster in 64-bits, and he doesn't want to be hassled about it?

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Version 1.1
Swyatt2170
+0

Not wishing to contradict a previous comment about the 32-bit Fairmount working with 64-bit VLC, however as a current VLC 64-bit user, I attempted to install Fairmount and on running the application it would not execute as it could not find the 32-bit VLC. It prompted to install or find the 32-bit version and would not let me continue otherwise.

I did not want to mess around with VLC versions, so I decided to abandon Fairmount, however I am wondering whether the user who made the previous comment had both versions running on their Mac without realising? Or perhaps had VLC 32-bit and Fairmount 32-bit running prior to upgrading to VLC 64-bit?

I await Fairmount 64-bit.

R33c3 Member IconReview+66
R33c3
+0

Great App!

I had some issues but it was VLC's fault. I used CleanApp to get rid of VLC completely, then I reinstalled it. The update is good fixes some issues with new copy protection. The only problem with this program is, that it isn't that fast. Buts its free so.

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Version 1.1
Macsweep Member IconComment+66
Macsweep
+0

It has in the past worked like a charm. Now some of the new DVDs it chokes on before it even gets started. I updated to the latest VLC too, but it was still a no-go.

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Version 1.0.6
Anndra Member IconReview+8
Anndra
+3

Sneaky. You have to download their commercial software to get the free stuff? I'm not happy with that.

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Version 1.0.6
Misha
+24

Why, what's the big deal? You'd still need to download a file. Still need to trash the DMG when you're done with it. It's not like you need to give up your personal information or credit card to get the download. 2 stars because they're trying to promote their software which pays their bills so they can also create software they give to you for free? Hmm.

Ben-Marko
+4

Misha, Anndra's point was pretty obvious. She doesn't want to download anything but the software that is listed. Not anything else, which is what this does. Not a huge request, the developer can still make a profit off of their commercial software through another listing/link. Anndra only wanted to know why she had to download two different applications when the listing was clearly for only one. That is all.

Ploinkr Member IconComment+25
Ploinkr
+7

Hey, I see you're in Montreal; do the name & icon have anything to do with... Fairmount Bagel?

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Version 1.0.6
Abrasif (Developer)
+8

Exactly, glad you got the joke =P

R33c3 Member IconComment+66
R33c3
+2

Fails on new DVD's. I tried this on the new stuff, it worked on some, but failed on others. Ive been using this program since 1.0.2 Ripit seems a better option im afraid to say but yeah. This program needs to be updated more reguarly.

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Version 1.0.4
Bucho
+1

I'm just wondering what version of VLC you have installed (as Fairmount depends on VLC to do the actual decrypting)?

R33c3
+0

The newest version...

Vlc even had problems playing Bolt at one stage for me... And I do recall it being a beta... but I'm not sure. Anyway, MacDVDRipper Pro seams to do the same job for $10. If anyone has any troubles, go for that.

Cheers,

Reece

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+3

A JEWEL !

Do not click on Macupdate's "download now" link. Instead of downloading, it starts reading the complete source of the .dmg, thus forcing you to quit Macupdate

Do not try neither to use the mouse's right button for a "download link target", because it will fail looking for an unexpected https linking

The only way I found to download FairMount was using a download manager after copying macupdate's "download now" link.

The name of the app (Fairmount) is also confusing, because the download link refers to "DVDRemaster" instead of "Fairmount". Actually both apps are downloaded together, as fairmount will use DVDRemaster in the background.

After all these irritating download procedures, the simpleness and efficiency of Fairmount is magic. In less than 5 seconds, Fairmount replaces the original DVD with another volume where a perfectly uncrypted copy of the film is available. Then, it can be used for anything (copying to HD, size reduction with a specific software, burning this copy if a second DVD peripheral is connected).
A remarkable gain in time and convenience.

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Version 1.0.4
MacUpdate-Lon
+3

Just checked the download link here at MU from my location on the Pacific coast of Mexico using a MBP running 10.5.7 using Safari 4.0.2 (5530.19) and it worked fine.

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Version 1.1
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Version 1.1
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Downloads 60,100
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License Free
Date 10 May 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free