Help backing up DVDs

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  1. someguy macrumors 68020

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    Let me start by saying that I am terrible at keeping CD's and DVD's scratch free. They usually begin to skip and stutter within weeks of buying them. For this reason alone, I'd like to backup some of my favorites.

    I just bought Benchwarmers and used MacTheRipper to rip it to my iMac. (I plan to play the copy from now on to preserve the original.)

    How do I go about getting it on to a DVD so that I can play it in my DVD player?

    Thanks. :)


    P.S. I searched and did not find anything helpful, but then again, I can't search to save my life..
    P.P.S. I'd like to be able to do this without spending any money on software if possible. :)
     
  2. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh, by the way, this will need to be done in 10.3.9, if that matters. My iMac is has the only DVD burner I have access to. :)
     
  3. regan2 macrumors member

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    download handbrake. easy as pie.

     
  4. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I hope so!

    Thanks! :)

    EDIT: Wait, so what exactly does handbrake do?
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Handbrake won't do what you need. Handbrake is for converting DVDs to another file format, usually mpg4.

    What you need is Mac The Ripper, which you already have. Next, depending on your hardware and the size of the ripped DVD, you could need Toast, DVD2OneX, and/or DVD Imager.

    Here's a breakdown.

    If the DVD you're backing up is 4.3GB or smaller, all you really need is DVD Imager (shareware) to turn the ripped folder into a DVD image. Then Apple's Disk Utility can burn the image onto a DVD-R.

    If the DVD is larger than 4.3GB and you have a DL burner, then the above applies again, assuming you want to use DL media.

    If you don't have a DL burner and the DVD is >4.3GB, then you'll need to compress the ripped folder with either Toast (or Popcorn) or DVD2OneX. That will compress the ripped folder to 4.3GB and then can be burned to a DVD-R.

    Check out ripdifferent.com for more information.

    ft
     
  6. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! I hope I can get this working. I hate buying DVD's twice. :D
     
  7. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hm. When I insert a blank DVD, nothing happens. The drive makes a kind of bump noise, but nothing else happens. Eventually the disk is ejected on it's own with no message on the screen as to why.

    I can burn CD's fine, and it asks what I want to do when I insert a CD, but not a DVD (and yes, the settings are the same in System Prefs).

    It has a Superdrive, so is it possible that it just doesn't like the disks that I have?

    If it matters, the disks are Philips 16x 4.7GB DVD+R's. Should I have gotten -R's or something?
     
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    Hey, you went offline, so I couldn't send this link. This page from Apple's KB says that the drive only supports – media. I'd try a – disc.
     
  9. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, my power went out for the second time today. Somebody must've hit a transformer or something.

    Thanks, I looked up some info on the web and found the same basic story so.. crap. I just bought a ton of DVD+R's because I'm a jackass and didn't do my homework beforehand. :D
     
  10. CrEsTo macrumors 6502

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    MacTheRipper - Rip
    Dvd2oneX - Compress
    Toast - Burn

    Those are the apps I use
     
  11. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think I'm going to rip with MTR, use DVD Imager to great a disk image, and Disk Utility to write to DVD.

    Any reason why a copy made this way wouldn't play in my DVD player (other than having the wrong damn disk type)? :)
     
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    the only/best way to go
     
  13. ftaok macrumors 601

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    The only reason that wouldn't work is if your DVDs are larger than 4.3GB, assuming that you have a single-layer burner. I do believe that you have a single layer burner as the G4 iMacs only came with SL burners.
     
  14. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    They are 4.7GB disks. Is that alright?
     
  15. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Just to clear up.

    1. A blank DVD will say 4.7GB on the packaging, but it really is 4.3GB. That's all the DVD can hold. This is because of the way a computer understands storage space and the way the marketers advertise. Ever notice the fine print "1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes"? A computer understands 1GB=1024^3. This results to a computer reporting only 93% of the advertised space.

    2. Most commercial DVDs are larger than 4.3GB because they use 2 layers. If you have a Dual Layer burner, you're OK, but I suspect that you have a single layer burner, hence the need for DVD2OneX or Toast 7 to compress the ripped DVD down to 4.3GB.

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  16. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I know this part, but I did not know if there were actually "4.3GB" and "4.7GB" DVD's available. Just trying to make sure I know exactly what to get as I am just now beginning to dabble in the world of DVD's and such (writing to them, that is. I've been watching them for years, obviously ;) ).

    Thanks for the help so far, everyone. :)
     
  17. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    All the DVD's I rip and covert to images total ~7-8GB and my disks are only 4.3 or whatever. How can I get these to fit on the DVD's I have?

    I have ripped just the movie itself (no extras) and brought the file sizes down to around 5GB, but obviously they still won't fit.

    Is there anything I can do? Maybe reduce the quality or something?
     
  18. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    The DVD's you rip are on dual-layer disks, 8.5 GB.

    Use DVD2oneX to compress them.
     
  19. someguy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    How much does that program cost?
     
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    ive ripped a couple dvds and get an error that i have bad sectors... what does this mean?
     
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