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StarForce Audio/Video

StarForce Audio/Video

StarForce Audio/Video solution is designed to protect audio files (mp3, ogg, wma, wav, etc.) and video files (avi, mpg, wmv, etc.) intended for playback on personal computers and dvd-video files intended for playback on multimedia devices (players) against copying, illegal distribution and unauthorized use.

StarForce Audio/Video is recommended for protecting the following audio/video materials:

  • educational/training audio and video courses;
  • training materials in DVD-Video format;
  • recorded live trainings and seminars, etc.;
  • audiobooks;
  • advertising, scientific and educational videos;
  • recordings of corporate events (festivals, awards, ceremonies and other corporate activities);
  • movies in DVD-Video format;
  • and any other multimedia content.

StarForce Audio/Video provides protection against the following threats

  • industrial and home copying;
  • illegal distribution;
  • leaks of confidential information/intellectual property.

You can protect your multimedia files any time you like from your workplace over the Internet.

Protection methods

  1. Do-it-yourself: protection of audiovisual materials through the website, without the need to send your materials to us (with PC binding only). Click here to find the prices.

  2. Protection with an opportunity to customize user interface (you may need skills in programming). Submit a request for testing.

  3. Protection and customization by StarForce staff. Submit a request for testing.

StarForce Audio/Video binding objects

A binding object is necessary to neutralize the possibility to copy the file and opening it on other devices. Read more about how it works here.

Binding Object How It Works Use
Optical media (disc) Protected audio and video files can be opened only if the original licensed disc is present (constantly or periodically, defined by the security settings) in the drive or in the device that plays DVD-discs present. Successful disk check is required at the first opening. This binding method provides easy file distribution on optical media (CD/DVD/CD-R/DVD-R).
Personal computer (PC) Protected files can be played only on personal computers. To play the protected file for the first time, it's required to activate it with a serial number (activation is possible over the Internet, by SMS, phone, or email). The file becomes bound to the personal computer after activation and its further use is possible only on this machine. This binding method allows you to distribute files on any media and over the Internet. The protected file can be uploaded on a public site for everybody to download, but to start watching or listening, a user needs to purchase a serial number.
Local/Remote server Every time you launch the protected file, it sends a request to a local or a remote server to check the license restrictions of a serial number. This binding method is suitable for corporate use, when you want to provide access to protected materials from a large number of computers with minimal effort for set up.
protection via the website Fully automated protection of audiovisual materials via the website any time you need.
customer’s side Protection is performed on the customer’s side.
High degree of protection High degree of protection for your intellectual property to be provided by the market leader.
digital watermarks An option to add digital watermarks to protect copyright, including serial numbers, a text or a picture.
duplication and screen capturing Protection of video against duplication and screen capturing using home and professional tools.
distribution on any media and over the Internet Protected files can be distributed without any restrictions on any media and over the Internet.
customize player GUI Ability to customize player GUI.
StarForce DRM system Reliable StarForce DRM system to manage serial number’s parameters.
Statistics reports Statistics reports for marketing analysis and sales forecasting.
GUI GUI can include documents, programs and links.
advertising messages and questions An option to place advertising messages and questions into the video player.
flexible binding Reliable and flexible binding of protected files to optical disc, personal computer or server.
updates and new features StarForce Technologies constantly issues updates and adds new features for StarForce Audio/Video.

Multimedia materials are becoming an integral part of education. The StarForce Audio/Video solution helps to securely protect audio and video files, as well as track the spread of the protected product in real time.

Protection of training audio/video courses

Many publishers use optical and digital media to distribute commercial and non-commercial educational courses. Such products can be available in audio or video formats and should be protected from copying to prevent piracy.

Case Study

Practiсum Group specializes in training and qualification upgrades for sales staff. Within educational courses, trainings and lessons can be available in video format. Such materials have commercial value and should be distributed among the company's customers only.

To protect video materials, the company uses StarForce Audio/Video product to insure the safety of educational technologies and methods against illegal distribution, as well as keeping the profits.

Protection of internal corporate materials

Many companies create their materials not for sale, but for internal use. They may include the company’s intellectual property or commercial secrets. Such materials are typically intended for internal staff or for partners, current and potential customers. To protect this kind of videos against copying and unauthorized use, we recommend to use StarForce Audio/Video solution.

Case Study

The Railway Training Center creates video courses to improve the skills of its own staff. Although there is a law to protect the contents of the discs, but the company decided to select a technical solution to protect their sensitive video against copying, hacking and unauthorized use of information.

They chose StarForce Audio/Video solution because it is easy to use, it has a digital watermark option and StarForce support team provides first class service. The full text of The Railway Training Center’s testimonial.

Protection of movies in DVD-Video format


All issued DVD-Video movies are objects of pirate’s attention. Soon after the official release, the movies appear on the Internet in the form of freely downloadable files. To protect movies, StarForce Technologies offers a dedicated solution for DVD-Video discs, suitable for DVD-players and other multimedia devices.

To obtain reliable protection for DVD-Video discs, please contact our Sales Department.

Protection through the website

Our customer enters the web site and follows the instruction. The protected files are available immediately.

Protection with an opportunity to customize GUI

  1. Download and install StarForce Protection Studio and StarForce Media Player (supplied for free).

  2. Integrate the audio and video files into StarForce Media Player.

  3. Insert watermarks in the script of the StarForce Media Player if it is needed.

  4. Set the parameters of protection and binding via StarForce Protection Studio.

  5. Customize the elements of the GUI.

  6. Protect the product.

  7. Prepare distribution package.

  8. Test the protected product.

  9. Start distribution.

You can protect your multimedia files any time you like.

Protection and customization by StarForce staff

StarForce offers the following chargeable services:

StarForce Media Player customization. There are the following options:

  1. Plain customization means using ready-made StarForce templates with logo replacement.

  2. Advanced customization means personal GUI customization.

StarForce Audio/Video supports protection of the following file formats:


  • AVI (.avi)
  • MPEG (.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v; .dat , .m2v)
  • MP4 (.mp4, .m4v)
  • DVD (.vob, .ifo)
  • HD Video (.m2ts, .mts, .tod, .wmv, .mpg, .mov)
  • Flash (.flv, .swf)
  • Matroska (.mkv (video with subtitles and sound), .mka (audio files), and .mks (subtitles))
  • WMV (.wmv)
  • ASF (.asf)
  • 3GPP (.3gp2, .3gpp, .3gp, .3g2)
  • Quick Time (.mov, .qt, .m4v, .mp4)
  • 3GPP (.3gp2, .3gpp, .3gp, .3g2)
  • etc.


  • Dolby Digital (.ac3)
  • FLAC (.flac)
  • AAC (.m4a, .mp4, .m4p, .aac) 
  • MP3 (mp3)
  • Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless (.wma)
  • WAV (.wav)
  • Ogg Vorbis (.ogg)
  • RealAudio (.RA, .RM)
  • MID, MIDI (.mid, .midi)
  • etc.

Protection of CDA files (music CDs) is not supported.

Requirements for protected audio and video files

In case disc binding is being used, the file size should not exceed 2 GB, and in case of binding to computer the file should not be larger than 3.5 GB. If the file size exceeds the specified value, it is necessary to split it into several parts. In this case, the player settings must be changed to enable continuous playback of multiple files as a single file, or an on-screen menu can be created, allowing viewers to select certain files for playback.

Please contact us if you need a consultation from our specialist.

Technical parameters

Protection features

  • Protection of multimedia files against illegal copying and distribution.
  • Protection of unlimited number of files.
  • Protection against capturing the screen by home and professional tools.
  • Protection of updates of an already protected product.
  • Player GUI customization.

Supported video codecs

StarForce Media Player doesn't include codecs required for playback. They should be pre-installed in the system (on the user’s personal computer). At request of the customer, the distribution package can include a set of codecs to be installed if the required codec was not found on the user's device.

DRM features

Licensing options and settings

  • Serial number expiration date.
  • License start date.
  • License activation date (activate no later than …).
  • Periodic license check.
  • Serial number regional settings.
  • Maximum number of runs setting.
  • Continuous run setting.
  • Serial number blacklisting.
  • Maximum number of connected users setting.

Serial number activation/generation statistics

  • By date.
  • By title.
  • By distribution channel.
  • By serial number or batch.
  • Overall statistics.
  • By countries.
  • Diagrams, tables and graphics of activations.

Supported operating systems

  • Windows Vista 32/64-bit
  • Windows 7 32/64-bit
  • Windows 8 32/64-bit
  • Windows 10 32/64-bit
  • Windows Server 32/64-bit

Supported optical storage media

  • StarForce CD-Recordable (680 Mb capacity)
  • StarForce DVD-Recordable (4490 Mb capacity)
  • CD-ROM (700 Mb capacity)
  • DVD-ROM-5 (4,7 Gb capacity) and DVD-ROM-9 (8,5 Gb capacity)

Additional options

  • Adding digital (audio and video) watermarks.
  • Deactivation (unbinding the protected file from one computer to transfer it to another computer).
  • Periodic license check.
  • Serial numbers editing.
  • Periodic disc check.
  • An end-user can create a fully functional backup copy of the protected application (optionally).