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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 11:07 AM   #1
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hi all,

a friend has had some old home movies transferred to a playable DVD. he's asked me if i can make a bunch of copies for him to distribute to his family members.

i just copied over everything on his master to my drive, and then made a copy via toast. the finished copy doesn't play as it should. actually, it doesn't play at all.

so what is the proper way to copy this DVD? i'm not interested in pirateing movies. this is about making copies of a legitimate DVD movie. any help appreciated.

thanks!
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 11:43 AM   #2
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To copy DVDs, I use two bits of free software (both available on Versiontracker) plus one system utility.

First, I rip them to the HD with DVD Backup 1.2. (Now up to 1.3.)

Then, I create a disc image with DVD Imager (which is an Applescript droplet that creates a correctly formatted .dmg file).

Finally, and this is critical, do not mount that disc image. In 10.3, open Disk Utility. If your disc image does not appear, drag it into the left-hand column. Select it. Click the Burn icon or select the Burn Image menu item.

The resulting disc should play in commercial players (though a few do not accept burned discs at all).

There are probably a number of other ways to do this, but this one works for me. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 12:20 PM   #3
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iMatt, thanks for your quick response. i am trying your method now...i'll post how it goes. thanks again.
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 12:21 PM   #4
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I backup DVD's like this..


Rip DVD using MactheRipper

Compress using DVD2ONEX

Burn using Toast, burn as a Data (DVD-ROM UDF)

All discs so far working perfect on stand-alone dvd players!
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 12:41 PM   #5
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thanks to you as well lind. if iMatt's method doesn't work for some reason, i'm sure yours will. my guy will be happy, and so will his family. thanks guys!
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 12:51 PM   #6
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The easyist way is to go to copy in toast 6. insert original disk, hit record, and it copies files to your HDD, and then it will ask you to insert a blank, do that, and wait for the burn. insert newly made disk into the DVD player of your choice.

If the media is already on your HDD, in toast, under advance, click on DVD-rom. drag desired files to toast, and burn.

The other suggestions seem to be good for backing up other DVD's. But for your "OWN" orignals, this should work.

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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 12:53 PM   #7
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I think the above methods aren't exactly what you're looking for. Those are more about copying commercial DVDs and making backup copies, which is allowed under the personal use rights.

I assume that the guy made the home movie dvd himself or had somebody do it with out adding CSS encryption or region encoding. So you don't need to use dvdbackup or mactheripper.

And you don't need to use dvd2onex to compress it since it is most likely only a Single Layer 4.36 GB disc.

If you have toast all you need to do is use the disc copy feature. In toast 6 at the top of the main window is a copy tab select that. then select read from your dvd drive (this is when you put the original DVD into your drive). Then just click copy and toast will start to work its magic. It will copy the stuff to your hard-drive and then it will eject and ask for a blank dvd, put it in and burning will start. And then presto, you have a copy of your DVD movie. Sans the extra steps

If you have a 2 DVD drives, and one of them writes DVDs as well. You can speed up the process by skipping the copy to hard-drive step. And toast will just copy straight from one DVD to another

edit: looks like scootsandludes beat me to the punch
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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 01:27 PM   #8
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I think the above methods aren't exactly what you're looking for. Those are more about copying commercial DVDs and making backup copies, which is allowed under the personal use rights.

True, but my method is also about (a) not having Toast and (b) wanting a foolproof free method to get the result I want (since I'm not technically inclined enough to understand all the niceties of encoding methods peculiar to DVDs). I can see no reason why it shouldn't work for a homemade DVD, since that will also have a VIDEO_TS folder and all the rest of it (minus, as you say, things like region coding or Macrovision).

Of course, if you do have Toast and a more straightforward method, more power to you!

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Old Dec 4th, 2004, 02:06 PM   #9
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iMatt, i tried your method first. everything worked fine until i got to DVD Imager. it keeps telling me to drag the files onto the application (DVD Imager) icon, and when i do it (supposedly) it just keeps telling me to do the same thing over and over.

here's the image:


i drop on the big icon at the top to no avail.


so then i tried lindmar's advice. mactheripper looks cool. too bad it crashes every time i hit "go". wierd. i'm running osx10.3.5 on a single g5.

now i'm using toast and things appear to be going normally. i haven't finished the copy yet, so we'll see how it plays in various players, if it plays at all.

i'd love to use either lindmar's or iMatt's app suggestions in the future though. what do you guys think about the problems i'm having?
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DVD Imager only works properly if the folder you drop on it is named VIDEO_TS. (You'll either have to rename the folder extracted with DVD Backup, or look within that folder for VIDEO_TS.) Give it a try and let us know if it works.

I hope the Toast method works for you in the meantime -- it sounds simpler, all things considered.
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