Free software to clone a DVD?

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  1. TDHXXX macrumors regular

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    I have a couple of DVDs that are pretty scratched but still play relatively fine, is there any software out there that I can use to create a copy of them? I only need to do it with just these two so free software would be preferred.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I think both RipIt and Mac DVDRipper Pro give you 5 free rips as a trial
    Or you can try the old version of Mac The Ripper
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you want more information, here is just one of many threads on this topic, found by searching the forum with MRoogle:

    Dvd copy software
     
  4. aicul macrumors 6502a

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    I think handbrake.

    But if you have to pay for dvd-rip software, you may be better off getting a paid numeric copy of the DVD's.

    That's assuming there are really only a few DVD concerned.
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Use Disk Utility to make an image of the DVDs, and then burn another copy.
     
  6. ascarda macrumors newbie

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    I think that he would like to copy dvd movies
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I think there is an important distinction to make here.

    The original poster said he wanted to make a COPY of an existing DVD.

    This is opposed to RIPPING the contents to disk (for viewing from the computer).

    I, too, have run into difficulties in trying to copy DVD's.

    In my case, a friend had some home videos burned to DVD from a non-digital (tape) camcorder. The DVD's had been created by a "standalone" DVD player/burner (that is, they had not been processed via computer first).

    These things are a PAIN to dupe. Not like duping a music or data CD.

    Even without commercial copy protection, I could not use a program like Toast to simply "copy" it -- kept getting errors.

    Is it correct to assume that a video content DVD must be RIPPED to the computer first, and then re-COPIED to a blank disc?

    There have been numerous threads about which DVD copying/ripping software to use, but what I'd like to see is a modest tutorial explaining _how_ a DVD is constructed (file-wise), and the proper steps required to dupe it using any available program.
     
  8. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    You can use disk utility to create an image of the disc. Then it is possible to burn the image to a new disc, i.e. a copy.
     
  9. ascarda macrumors newbie

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    that doesn't work for the copy protection present in a dvd movies.....
     
  10. ascarda macrumors newbie

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    usually a dvd without copy-protection can be cloned by copyng the content of the VIDEOTS folder in a new dvd video disk without ripping the movie or copying the dvd.

    if there's present a copy-protection you must rip the content of the dvd first
     
  11. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    OP didn't mention anything about encryption, regional codes, copy protection so I presumed DVD videos were not commercial discs.
     

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