superdrive???

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Wano, Dec 14, 2002.

  1. Wano macrumors 6502

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    I was wondring if the superdrive that comes with the apples allow you to copy a dvd movie?...or are they made so that you can only create your own dvd's and use as storage?
     
  2. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    You can copy DVDs using apps like DVD Backup (available here)

    It's just a normal DVD-RW drive... so you can do anything... but since most Hollywood DVDs are 7 to 8 GB, and you can usually only get 4.7 GB DVD-Rs. And plus, many of the Hollywood DVDs are also double layered, and you can't burn double layers with a Superdrive (or any consumer DVD-R drive for that matter). So it's going to be hard finding a DVD you can burn... but they're there. I've managed to burn about 4 or 5 Hollywood DVDs myself.

    The instuctions on how to burn it correctly come with the app...

    Good luck :D



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  3. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    I don't see why you shouldn't be able to create a disk image of a DVD and write a DVD from that...

    I see it as more of a software issue than a hardware one.
     
  4. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Most Hollywood DVDs come with a special lock called CSS Encryption, and so you can't copy it just like that. That's also why you can't just drag the VIDEO_TS folder out from the DVD and play it. DVD Backup removes the CSS encryption and other pesky stuff like Macrovision.

    I don't think people would make software like DVD Backup if it was that simple.




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  5. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    People make utilities for all kinds of "simple" operations. ;)

    But yeah, I forgot about the encryption on movie DVDs, though they didn't say that's what they would be copying...
     
  6. arn macrumors god

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    Yep - you need special software (DeCSS) to actuallly copy most commercial DVD's. But the biggest hurdle is the inability to burn more than 4.7 GB

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  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    If you made a disc image you'd end up w/much more data than what can fit on a 4.7gig DVD blank.


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  8. benixau macrumors 65816

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    hes right, and wrong.

    it is niether. it is a money issue. we dont have enough money to go buy holywood class burners.

    does DVD backup spit it into 2x4.7GB partitions?? if not how do you do it?
     
  9. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Of course it would...with a dual-layer disc. What about a regular single-layer data DVD? One-to-one ratio...
     
  10. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I don't see why going from a single layer to single layer would be an issue. But with the exception some of the first DVD titles I don't think very many single layer DVDs are released. All of the "extras" take up space. Plus, it wouldn't supprise me if studios intensionally used dual-layerd discs, when a single layer would do, to help prevent piracy.


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