My kids have put a few of our DVDs through a bit of abuse, and scratches and scuffs are starting to cause problems. For their computer CDs, I’ve made copies of many to avoid this problem and I think I would like do the same with some of our DVDs.
Is there any copy protection that makes this difficult or impossible? Any particular DVD recorder specs that are required?
I could use another DVD drive and would occasionally burn a data DVD, but being able to make redundant discs of our movies would be the feature that would probably close the deal for me.
I have no first-hand experience with it, but I will chime in just long enough to say that I’m absolutely certain that it can be done, without too much effort. I think even a program like Alcohol 120% will make an exact copy of the disc image.
DVD XCopy Xpress is a great program for creating backup DVDs.
Reasonably priced, and with a nice easy one-button interface, it’s made the job of making copies of my baby brother’s large DVD collection so that I can ship the cheap copies over to him while he serves with the 101st Airborne in Iraq and he can watch them without worry of what happens to them.
I echo everything DennyA said, especially the Doom9 endorsement. If the contents of a DVD-9 run over 4.5GB you’ll need to recompress the video streams, take out unwanted extras/audio tracks/subtitles, or both.
DVD Shrink is free and, IMO, better. I’ve never had any problems with DVD Shrink 3.0 beta 5 except for instances where the contents have been above 7GB (too much to recompress). In those instances I’ve been learning how to use the “Big 3” (see Doom9 guides for details).
Just to chip in, current generation DVD burners can only burn single layer discs, around 4.7Gb. Since all but the most basic DVD movies are dual layer 9Gb, you’ll either have to drop extras (such as commentaries, trailers etc.) or compress the video further, or possibly both. So basically, study doom9.
Oh and wouldn’t recommend anybody pay money for DVD copying software, lots of it seem to be rip offs of free software.