Yet another backing up DVDs question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TechnoPagan, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. TechnoPagan macrumors regular

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    I want to make a hard copy backup copy of one of my DVDs (basically put it on a DVD-R). I scratched the original DVD, but was able to make a back-up with Mac the Ripper. Now I have the Video-TS and Audio_TS files and it seems to play perfectly on my computer. Next comes the hard part: burning it to a playable DVD.

    Do I need Toast? Or is there some other program that I could use?

    And if I get do end up needing to get Toast, is Toast Titanium sufficient, or would I need to purchase the Toast Titanium with Go-DVD! edition?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    edited to add: computer specs would probably help

    Macbook Pro 17" or a iMac G4 with DVD Studio Pro installed
    (I have not yet upgraded the DVDSP for the Intel/Universal yet--so it's only running on the iMac)
     
  2. slagonnee macrumors member

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    Depending on if you want or need to compress the VIDEO_TS folder i.e. it is larger than 4.37GB or you don't want to burn it to a dual layer disc, you'll need a compression program like DVD2OneX before you burn it.

    Toast Titanium 7 will also compress and burn the disc at the same time, whereas using DVD2OneX or a similar program will require you to compress first then burn in Toast. Other threads (and my own personal experience) have favored DVD2OneX as gives it a better final product in terms of less noticeable compression flaws.

    I'm not familiar with the "Go! DVD" edition of Toast (couldn't find it on Roxio's website - the US one at least) - but Toast 7 Titanium has the compression features if you need or want them, along with the disc burning aspects.

    All you need to do is make a folder - with the name all in caps and underscores as spaces e.g. TEST_DVD - drag your VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders into the new folder, then select Data >DVD-ROM (UDF), drag/select your new TEST_DVD folder in there and burn away.

    Or if you need to compress: Video > DVD-Video from VIDEO_TS > select your VIDEO_TS folder and burn away.

    Also if you don't need to compress, you can burn using Disk Utility (am running a test now...)
     
  3. TechnoPagan thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Video_TS file is 4.11G, so there's no need for compression. I can burn it onto a single DVD without a problem, but the DVD won't play on the DVD player. I can open the Video_TS file through DVD player and it plays swell--no skips, no scratches, even the subtitles still work.

    The file lists 13 .bup, .ifo, and .vob files. It totally looks like it should be a working DVD.

    I did try burning both files directly to the DVD. That didn't work. Then I created a .dmg (with the Video_TS file) and tried burning that through Disc Utility, but the DVD player rejected it as well.

    To be honest, I'd rather not buy Toast if I can get away with it. $80 to recover a single DVD is pretty pricey.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    Did you perchance make the DMG in ISO or HFS format? If so it won't work in a DVD Player. Make sure you make a UDF image, and it should be fine.

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  5. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    Try This:
    DVD Imager
    you need to create compatible Image File from the the Video_TS
     
  6. TechnoPagan thread starter macrumors regular

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    I haven't a clue. I found some directions on line that literally read:
    Then I tried to burn the DVD from the .dmg using Disk Utility. As far as I recall, there were no ISO or HFS or UDF options.

    gman71882, I'm trying your suggestion now.
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    Done that way the image will be HFS+ by default.

    If the other suggestion doesn't work (sounds useful, one for the memory files...) create a new folder that includes your VIDEO_TS and an empty AUDIO_TS folder open up Disk Utility and Create New Image from Folder. Select CD/DVD master from the image type.

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  8. TechnoPagan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, gman71882, your suggestion, while brilliant in its own way, gave me a black and white copy of the movie--I'm a spoiled child, aren't I. Yet it plays on the tabletop DVD player, so I'm not completely complaining. Weirdly enough, it does play in color on the laptop.

    I'm going to start over from scratch with MTR and try balamw's suggestion next.

    Thanks for your help! i truly appreciate it!
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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  10. TechnoPagan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow--you're right. I didn't even consider that. Anyways, I'm trying the Handbrake suggestion from the thread you linked. Thanks for the help!
     

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