How to copy an unencrypted DVD?

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  1. tigers macrumors newbie

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    Just got a new G5 and I'm loving it, however, I'm having a bit of a problem trying to figure out how to copy an unencrypted DVD-Video.

    I thought I could just copy the Video_TS folders and Audio_TS folders to my hard drive, then burn them back to a new DVD-R, but once I do this, my DVD Player (the one attached to my TV) won't recognize the disc.

    I know my DVD player will play recordable DVD's so I don't think that's the problem. I think the problem is the way I've burned the disk. I just used the built in burn tools in Finder to do the burning.

    Is this an area where I'm going to need to purchase Toast if I want to do this? Or is there something I've just done wrong? I know in Windows you have to "close" the CD (not sure of the exact term there) in Nero, but I couldn't find an equivalent command in Finder.

    Thanks for any help you guys can provide.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Toast will definitely work. I don't think you can cobble together free tools for doing it - you can burn it, but, as you found, it won't play.
     
  3. munkle macrumors 68030

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    To extract the DVD use something like Mac the Ripper or DVD Backup.

    To burn the DVD I use Toast but I think you should still be able to burn discs that can be read in commercial DVD players through the Finder, iMovie and iDVD suggests that this shouldn't a problem.
     
  4. eaalthof macrumors newbie

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    Directions for copying DVD

    If it is unencrypted copy the Video_TS folder to your hard drive, use DVD Imager (Freeware on Versiontracker) to make a DVD image of the Video_TS folder. Next use Disk Utility to Burn the image to a DVD.

    This has always worked for me.
    In theory, you should be able to use Disk Utility to make a Master disk image and then burn it. But I have had much less success with this method.
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    iDVD burns them - meaning ones you've composed yourself, not copies of images on your drive, but Disk Utility won't - it'll burn a disk, but it won't be playable. I have numerous coasters as a result of trying. They look the same on the Mac, but not, apparently, to the DVD players.
     
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    I have had no problem using Disk Utility to do this. Apple, IIRC, has instructions in the knowledgebase.

    One caveat, though: I have done this only with DVDs I originally mastered using iDVD (iMovie, etc., stuff). I have no idea if it works with a 3d party DVD.
     

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