Need suggestions to repair corrupt DVD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ski2moro, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. ski2moro macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    A friend gave me a home movie on single layer DVD (not commercial or copy protected) that I am trying to repair for them. It runs 19 minutes and freezes on her PC. I can get it to run all the way through on my MPB. I wanted to burn a new copy for her to see if it was the disk or something on her PC. There are no obvious scratches or marks on the physical DVD.

    I tried to disk copy it with Toast 8. I got the message (twice) that it couldn't compress the data, although I did not have compression checked. I am in the process of using Toast's Disk Recovery to see if that will work.

    I need some other suggestions. I have MTR and Handbrake and iLife 09, if something in there will work. I also have EyeTV and I was thinking that if I could get it to run on a standalone DVD into the EyeTV, I could get it into my MBP and delete the corrupt sections of the movie. I also have Bootcamp with XP on my MBP if there is a magic program on the PC that will work.

    This home movie is of sentimental importance to the family, and any suggestions to help me are appreciated.
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    If you can play it all the way through on your MBP, why not just use MTR and then burn a new DVD with the rip?

    If you want to edit it, the easiest way is to rip it then convert it to something in Handbrake, then edit it in iMovie or whatever. This will degrade the quality a bit though (re-compression) so try to avoid this if possible.
  3. ski2moro thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Most of the movie was made indoors and is really grainy to begin with. You are right, I don't want to degrade it any more if I can help it.

    Disk Recover is still running. I'll try MTR next.

  4. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    Perhaps you had "Use Fit-to-DVD video compression" checked. If so, try un-checking it.
  5. ski2moro thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Thanks for trying, but I tried it with Fit to DVD checked and unchecked.

    MTR won't even start on the disk.

    Now, iDVD shows "Skipping bad sectors" while it's playing.

    Toast's Disk Recover just hangs 3/4 of the way into track 1.

    I'm out of ideas.
  6. treehorn macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2007
    What's the physical condition of the disc itself? Is it dirty or scratched? if it is, try cleaning it and even try one of those disc 'rebuffers' to polish out the scratches. Sounds like you're at last ditch effort mode...

    If you have Cinematize, try extracting the streams (not converting them to Quicktime - just save them as separate streams that you drag into IDVD or DVDSP and re-author)
  7. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    It plays the whole movie fine? if your in real trouble you can use something to grab the screen image (the program is escaping my mind) Then just crop and burn the new video. Something is better then nothing...
  8. lostless macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    If its non copy protected, yuo can just drag and drop the videoTS folder to your hard drive. From there you can use Toast and use the burn DVD from Video TS folder.

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