If I should have an irresistable desire to copy a DVD, how would I go about it?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Alan Holmes, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Alan Holmes

    :::Jerry:::: Guest

    Read the OP again, it's bloody obvious what the OP wants to do, why
    phrase the question as it was if it's all legit ?...
    :::Jerry::::, Jul 25, 2005
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  2. CyberLink's PowerProducer makes it that trivial. Pick the files, press
    the button, wait for the DVD to be written.
    Hywel Jenkins, Jul 25, 2005
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  3. Could be purely tongue-in-cheek in the knowledge that someone would do
    exactly as you've done.
    Hywel Jenkins, Jul 25, 2005
  4. Alan Holmes

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Since the BUPs and IFOs provide links and associations with the VOBs
    and various parts of the VOBs, does it automatically select, modify and
    re-link the IFOs, or do you have to do that manually? If manually does
    it tell you how to modify and re-link?
    Tony Morgan, Jul 25, 2005
  5. You don't start with IFOs - just video files, and not necessarily MPEGs.
    It's just a case of picking a menu style (background, layout, and so
    on), choose the movie files you want on the disc, type in the title (if
    you want), and burn the disc. Some hours later, if conversion is
    required, the DVD is done.

    It's a *very* noddy bit of software.
    Hywel Jenkins, Jul 26, 2005
  6. Alan Holmes

    Tony Morgan Guest

    You seem to be missing the OP and the whole context. "Copy a DVD" and
    (later) splitting a DVD (IIRC). You also use the term "video files" and
    then mention MPEGs - but there are no MPEG files (as such) on a DVD.

    AFAIK Power Producer does not handle (as source) the files found on a
    DVD (as I mentioned, BUPs, IFOs and VOBS). So I'll repeat it again -
    splitting a DVD is not a trivial task.
    And therefor very unlikely to handle DVD files with their complex
    linking between files, as source.
    Tony Morgan, Jul 26, 2005
  7. Alan Holmes

    hyweljenkins Guest

    The original post didn't request help on splitting a DVD, nor did the
    original poster. That part of the thread was started by someone else.
    The "whole context" was changed by someone other than the person asking
    the question way in to another thread of this topic.
    hyweljenkins, Jul 26, 2005
  8. Alan Holmes

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Grow up and stop trying to be a smart-arse.

    And after that, have a browse through vcdhelp to see the proportion of
    players that support DVD-R DL there, you never know you might learn
    something - though I doubt it.

    Oh, sorry - I see that you're a hotmail troll - ignore what I've said.
    Tony Morgan, Jul 26, 2005
  9. Alan Holmes

    G Hardy Guest

    So, if I should have this irresistable desire to copy a DVD how would I go
    DVD Decryptor in "file" mode to make a hard drive copy of the VIDEO_TS
    directory sans protection, Nero Recode to make it fit a single-layer DVDR,
    Nero Express to burn it.

    Most commercial DVDs are video encoded at surprisingly low rates. When
    you've discarded all the stuff you're unlikely to use (DTS and commentaries,
    for example) you may find that there's not much of a drop in the video
    bitrate needed to fit on the SL DVDR. Even if you want to keep the extras
    such as the "making of" films, you can sacrifice their video quality, just
    to keep the quality of the feature quite high.

    Note about "Copyright": It's still unlawful under UK law to make duplicates
    for convenience or backup of material you've bought. It is considered "fair
    use" under EU law, and since (wherever they contradict) EU law supersedes UK
    law, you're unlikely to be prosecuted because you'll win on (ultimate)
    appeal. However, in *all* territories that signed up to the Berne
    convention, it's unlawful to make copies of media that someone else has
    bought (without the appropriate releases). This probably includes time
    shifting rentals (where you rent a DVD, copy it, and take it back, and watch
    the copy when it's convenient).

    Note about DL DVDR: It may work, it may not. Try it and see. Bear in mind
    that making a straight DL copy of a decrypted DL commercial disc may
    actually be the reason for incompatibility. It's well known that most
    players struggle with dye-based discs at high bitrates, even single layer.
    If your stream is running anywhere near the sustainable maximum of 9.8mbps
    that may be the cause of the incompatibility. Even though you've the room to
    copy all the streams, it might be worth killing off those streams you don't
    need, or dropping the target size (the only way to reduce the bitrate for DL
    discs in Nero Recode) so that your player can cope.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's something of a moot point. For backing up
    discs you already own (which I'm sure is what you meant), you can get away
    with the cheapest media. Currently, single-layer is 4p/GB while double-layer
    is 30p/GB.
    G Hardy, Jul 27, 2005
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