Copy protecting shows outputted by ProShow

ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer

Unfortunately, ProShow cannot prevent someone from copying your CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs that you output. You can however include some protection that will make it difficult for someone to playback the show when the disc is inserted into their computer and you included the Executable on the disc.

ProShow has two options available that you can use to help with protection.

Limit the number runs or days the client can watch the show

  • Output formats supported – Blu-ray, DVD, Autorun CD, Executable, and Web Show

Prevent the client from playing show when copied from original disc

  • Output formats supported – Autorun CD

Note: Blu-ray and DVD discs being copied and played on a stand alone DVD or Blu-ray players will work and there is no protection available that prevents the client from doing this. For more information on compact disc or DVD protection, click here.


To limit number of days or runs

  1. Select one of the supported publishing formats (Blu-ray, DVD, PC Executable, Autorun CD, or Web Show) from the Publish window.Publish_EXE_copyprotect
  2. Next select the Executable tab from the publish window and locate the section labeled Protection.
  3. Check the box for the type of protection that you would like to add to your output, Days or Runs and type in the value for the number of runs or days that you would like the show to run for.
  4. Type in a Password if you would like provide a way for your client to unlock the show once the limit has been reached.
  5. If you would like the client to get additional info from your website regarding the limit reached protection, include a URL in the Info URL text box.
  6. Additionally, you can add Info Link Text to provide additional info about the URL, so the client understands why they may need to click the link.

That’s it!  Now you are ready to create your show.

Prevent playback of copied Autorun CDAutorunCD_copyprotect

  1. Select Autorun CD from the Publish window.
  2. Now click on the Burning tab in the output window.
  3. Locate the section labeled ‘Copy Protection’ and check the Copy-protect the CD check box.

That’s it! Now you are ready to create your show.

Note: Keep in mind that this copy protection type will not prevent clients from copying the disc, but it does prevent them from viewing the show when played from the copied Autorun CD.