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Help copying a DVD
I have home made DVDs - not commercial, not CSS protected, etc - and I just want to copy them. There is a DVD drive in my laptop and I have an external DVD-R drive. Laptop is running XP Home. I just want to copy the DVD in the DVD drive to a DVD-R in the DVD-R drive. I don't need ripping software, shrinking software, etc. So I'm just looking for the easiest way to tell Windows to copy A to B (Or, rather D: to G:). I have both InterVideo WinDVD Creator and MuVee AutoProducer DVD Edition on the laptop - both they're both designed for importing video files and then converting them for DVD, and they don't seem to grok reading *from* a DVD as the source. So they're no help.

Now, I could play the DVDs in one player and re-record them on my TiVo/DVD-R deck, but that'd be silly - and have quality loss. :-)

So, a free solution would be nice, but I'm willing to pay a reasonable price for the functionality. Google hasn't been much help because any searches on DVD copying return a bazillion hits on ripping commercial DVDs.


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tarzxf From: tarzxf Date: August 27th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
While DVD-shrink mainly does ripping, it can also do what you need. All you need is dvd-shrink and a trial version of nero (it uses the nero libs to burn)
From: ninjarat Date: August 27th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The easiest way is simply to make an ISO type image file and burn that to the blank media. Nero should be able to do both and has a 30 day trial. If for some reason Nero cannot make the image file then try DVD Decrypter which is also free though a little difficult to find because of DMCA-style cease and desist orders.
reddragdiva From: reddragdiva Date: August 28th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Indeed. Or dd if=/dev/whatever1 of=/dev/whatever2 or the moral equivalent.
From: ninjarat Date: August 28th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
dd won't work. It doesn't write the necessary lead-in and lead-out bits. It also does not throttle the output stream to the capability of the media. It's fine for making the image but you need to use a specific DVD writing tool to write it. Yeah, DVD-R is a righteous PITA.
sweh From: sweh Date: August 28th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
All the video, menu, options etc are in the video_ts directory of the original DVD. Since it's not copy protected, you should just be able to read it as a file system.

If you have DVD burning software (eg nero) then "create video dvd" and in the video_ts folder it presents copy in the stuff from the original DVD.
robotech_master From: robotech_master Date: August 28th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, that should work.

If it doesn't, DVDShrink is good for copying both commercial discs and home-made discs.
blarglefiend From: blarglefiend Date: August 28th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
OK, absolute simplest way to do this: download a copy of DVD Decrypter. As the name implies it's usually used for defanging CSS, but it'll create an ISO image of the DVD, and it'll burn an ISO image to a DVD too. The reason this is better than using Nero if you don't already have Nero is that it's a tiny download and it doesn't install boatloads of crap.

If you wanted to do this on Linux you could dd from the device to make an image, and then use cdrecord or whatever to burn it to a blank.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 28th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Thanks. I found a copy and it seems to do just what I want. I make an ISO from one disc, then burn the ISO to another.
From: ninjarat Date: August 28th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hey, awesome. I'd forgotten that DVD Decrypter has a burn mode.
starjewel From: starjewel Date: August 28th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I thought Nero could do this for you... get a trial version and give it a shot?
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From: ninjarat Date: August 28th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Just use dd to make ISO images, as previously suggested (dd if=/dev/cdrom of=dvd.iso).

cdrtools (2.0 and up) and dvd+rw-tools will be able to correctly write out images to DVD media. Any applications that wrap around either of these utilities should work just fine.