How do I put a DVD on hard drive

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  1. timmyb macrumors 6502

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    I own a large number of DVDs and have heard that playing them drains the battery considerably, (plus they have to be carried around.) Is there a way to copy the films on the the hard drive so I can play them without the disc and if so, how large are the files?
    Forgot to add, can this be done with games?
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    I believe you can pretty much just copy the VIDEO_TS folder onto the HD, but that will be quite large. You can use a free application called Mac the Ripper that can streamline the process.

    DVD Player can then just open the VIDEO_TS folder to play the movie.
     
  3. timmyb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How large would the file for an average length film be?
     
  4. buryyourbrideau macrumors 65816

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    definetly larger than 4gb, prob around 7 or 8

    thats what about all of mine have been :(
     
  5. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    Copying the VIDEO_TS folder to your HDD will work unless the DVD is copy-protected. In this case, you'll need to use MacTheRipper or similar.

    Single-layer discs are usually around 4GB, whereas double-layer discs are around 8GB. Double-layer discs are more common now, especially for mainstream releases.

    You can also use HandBrake to convert your DVD to mp4, avi, etc. This will result in a smaller file size (at the expense of image quality), depending on the bitrate you specify.
     
  6. emw macrumors G4

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    Plus, when copying directly you get all of the crap you don't really want on your hard drive - previews, special features, etc. MacTheRipper will take all of that out for you.
     
  7. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

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    MacTheRipper CAN take that stuff out, but you can also choose to backup the whole disc. When I make backup copies of my movies I use MacTheRipper in combination with DVD2One X in order to fit them onto one single layer dvd. This app shrinks the size of a VIDEO_TS folder down to just over 4 GB, and even if you're not going to be burning a dvd it would still save you quite a bit of space on your hard drive.
    Actually commercially released dvds are for the large majority dual layer, and always have been. I have a dvd player I bought in 1998 that plays dual layer discs because thats what commercial dvds are. Thats also the reason you have to compress the ripped VIDEO_TS folder to get it to fit on a DVD-R.
     
  8. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    I own a significant number of commercially available single-layer (DVD5) DVDs that were store-purchased. I even have a few Criterion discs that are single-layer. I guess you're referring to DVDs produced by the major studios.
     
  9. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

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    OR just press option and drag the dvd disk to the hard disk. it will copy the entire dvd in there.
     
  10. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    Use mac the ripper, it's fast and easy. Once it's on the machine, open dvd player, then select file open browse for the video ts folder that was put on the hard drive and there ya go!
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I'll submit my vote for MacTheRipper as well. That and Handbrake work like a charm for me. Along with DVD2OneX and Toast Titanium, there isn't anything I can't do! :cool:
     
  12. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Have not used MacTheRipper or Handbrake. Will have to give them a gander. Thanks.

    I use DVDBackup.

    Then DVD2OneX -- Great program.

    Then Toast.

    These three have served my backup needs very well.

    Sushi
     
  13. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    Does anyone have any experience using mac the ripper and then Roxio Popcorn? I saw popcorn and saw it as maybe an easy way to do it.

    Ed
     
  14. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yes, give MacTheRipper and Handbrake a try, they're excellent apps (depending on what you need to do of course!) - and they're free! :cool:

    Oh, and good to see you on the Forums sushi, haven't seen you around for a while (maybe it's just me?)
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    From what I've heard, Popcorn serves the same purpose as Toast, it's just more specialized, so there shouldn't be any problems with using it instead, and if anything, it might be easier to use. Never used it though myself, so don't quote me on that. ;)
     
  16. arogge macrumors 65816

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    Note that the DVD Player in OS 10.4, v.4.6, insists on the directory containing the VOB files being named VIDEO_TS, or else it claims that the media type isn't supported. It's another one of those useless error messages. The DVD Player in OS 10.3 can read the VOB files regardless of the directory name.
     
  17. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Will do.

    Just been very busy with work so I can only pop in once in a while for a short time.

    See you on the boards.

    Sushi
     
  18. neocell macrumors 65816

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    I've used Popcorn a couple of times and I was not impressed with the compression quality (video was quite pixelated) vs when I did the same movies with DVD2oneX (1.4.1). So there's different algorithms, I like what DVD2oneX offers, I guess just try them out and see which one you like the best.
     
  19. Lucky8 macrumors regular

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    What about Handbrake?
    Is the compression quality better than Popcorn?
     

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