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DVD Burning for beginners

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by NCFC10, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. NCFC10

    NCFC10 Guest

    As a newbie I am looking for assistance with the DVD burning process. The main objective is to make backup copies of films as the orginals last about 2 days with the kids sticky fingers. Please could you assist with information from the best rewritable disks, through to the best software to use. Please note that I have a Dual-Layer DVD. My Spec is listed below, thanks in advance.
    CD/DVD Rewriter
    CD-RW drive (52x24x52)
    Sony DW-D22A Du al-Layer IDE DVD+/-RW
     
  2. john179

    john179 Active member

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    NCFC10 you need to have a look around the link which is listed below.

    http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/

    There is many good softwares about to back up your movies but i would recomend shrink and dvd dycrpter to start off with.It would be easier if you read some of these great guides which the guys have provided to get people set off.If you then still have problems this is then a good time to ask.

    It's important you look through these guides to get a insight in to how to achieve what you wish to do.You may also want to have a read through some of the threads in the media forum most will recomend Ritek disc's.We all here to help you when you get stuck but you must take the first step by reading these guides.I have read through quite a few myself in the past and they have been put together well.

    Thanks
    John179

     
  3. kchev

    kchev Regular member

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    dvd shrink and dvd decrypter are the only way to go

    [bold]strongly[/bold] recommend
     
  4. donneeo

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    It may be the drive itself. I have the same drive you have and I am going to get rid of it..
     
  5. brobear

    brobear Guest

    donneeo
    No one has a problem other than the one you mentioned. You can send the burner you're unhappy with to me. You could make it a Christmas present. You'd be happy to get rid of it and I'd be happy to get it.

    @NCFC10
    Here is some info on burning DVDs and some of the programs used. Plus there are some things in here you'll need to know.

    Info for beginners: (I'll mention a few popular programs, but there are others of these types.)
    Backing up factory DVD movies has 3 basic steps and a few things to remember. The steps are 1)Decrypt/deCSS; 2)Encode/Transcode (Fit to the target disc, shrink when necessary); and 3)Burn.

    You can have one program that does it all, some programs do a couple of the steps and some only do one step or one step at a time.

    Decrypting can be done with driver type decrypters like AnyDVD or with apps such as DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink.

    DVD Decrypter is used to decrypt and rip files to the (HD) hard drive. If DVD Decrypter is going to be used as a burner, 2 important things have to be remembered.
    1)Use the ISO read mode to decrypt and
    2)the file size has to be below 4.37 (GB) gigabytes.
    If the file is above 4.37GB, DVD Decrypter cannot burn the ISO file to a 4.7GB disc. [Note: 4.7 is a retail designation for a disc; the actual size of a 4.7 disc that a computer reads is 4.37GB.] File size is important to know.

    DVD Shrink can be used to decrypt and rip to the HD. Normally though, Shrink is used to decrypt a disc, using a temporary file, and transcoding the file in preparation to be burned. Nero isn't part of Shrink, but is the default app that Shrink uses to burn automatically. Shrink can also use DVD Decrypter in ISO burn mode and CopytoDVD can also be used. I suggest Nero, as DVD Shrink is already set to use it.

    There are a number of transcoding programs, browsing the forums can get a lot of info on those. It's already been mentioned what they do. Just remember, simply speaking, this step is to prep the file for burning.

    There are a number of apps on the market now. Due to laws, most of the popular recording programs now are trancoding and burning programs. These recording programs have to have a decrypter. With a driver type decrypter the program runs as though it was one of the older ripper programs that did everything. With the manual type decrypters the files are ripped to the HD and the file then has to be opened by the recording program.

    Burner or recording programs are either incorporated into programs or are separate in recording suites. I mentioned Nero as it is a favorite on many forums and a favorite of mine. There are others.
     
  6. bbmayo

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    NCFC10,
    I made this site just for people like you. Check it out :)
    http://home.comcast.net/~bbmayo/

    This should help you out :)

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  7. brobear

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    I recommend anyone seriously getting into backing up DVDs and recording CDs to get Nero Ultra 6.6. It's a complete recording suite and even includes Recode2, a recording app that will encode and burn. It's been upgraded for the newer burners and media as well. The full function trial is 30 days with unlimited downloads. So you can give it a good try out.

    I suggest Nero for use with DVD Shrink as the Nero Burning Rom is the default burner for Shrink. If you don't mess with the settings and have Nero, Shrink will burn automatically using Nero (without altering any settings for the burn). http://www.dvdshrink.info You'll find some good quick start guides for Shrink at this link. They're interactive, so you see what the app looks like, just click the next on the interactive windows. There's even one for DVD Decrypter.

    One of my favorite recording apps is DVD Copy 3 by InterVideo. Great copies and easy to use, this is a recent release and is much better than the DVD Copy 2. It has a 15 day full function trial.

    I'd advise learning with the freeware and trials before making a big purchase. Shrink and Nero work great together.
     
  8. donneeo

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    I went and got myself the Pioeener a08xl drive,the best, makes that dw-d22a look like dodo.
     

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