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Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by FiremanJersey, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. FiremanJersey

    FiremanJersey Member

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    Noob here, I have a question about backing up DVD's.

    I have a DVD for my daughter that I want to back up so I can keep the original safe. I want to use the copy so if it gets ruined I can make another one off the original.

    I have a DVD that I successfully ripped using DVDfab Passkey 8. I now have a 4.25 Gb folder (VIDEO_TS) that contains a couple dozen .BUB's, .IFO's, & VOB's.

    I want to make an exact copy of the DVD onto a blank (4.7Gb) DVD so that it works just like the original, with the original menu's, etc. File size is not an issue right now. I want it to work on almost any DVD player, even older ones that maybe do not handle MP4's, or Dvix, or Xvid, etc.

    What do I need to be able to make this backup?

    I know I can use Handbrake to create MP4's and MKV's to make smaller compressed files of the video so it will take up less space, and fit on a CD, but what I want is the full uncompressed original DVD with the original files. I don't know if Handbrake will do what I want.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    attar Senior member

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    It sounds like the files will fit a standard blank DVD disk.
    Download and run ImgBurn.
    Click 'Write files/folders to disc' and load or drag the VIDEO_TS folder into the window and burn the disk.
     
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    Thanks for the help, I used ImgBurn and it worked. Excellent.

    Now I have a few other Q's. Remember, I am a n00b.

    ImgBurn can make an ISO file out of my VIDEO_TS folder. I read up and an ISO image file contains the entire contents of the VIDEO_TS folder but in one package. I also learned that Windows 8 (my OS is Windows 8) can mount and read ISO's as if it was the original disc. So I am guessing I should go ahead and use ImgBurn to create ISO's of my DVD files?

    Should I do this? Should I keep then in the original VIDEO_TS folder?

    Can a ISO file be reverted back to the VIDEO_TS folder? Is there any reason to ever want to go back?

    Assuming someone has crazy storage space and doesn't want to use Handbrake to create a smaller file, are ISO's the way to go?

    Also, if BluRay discs are ripped, can they also be made into ISO's that can be mounted in Windows 8? Or is BlueRay video a different thing?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    ISO is a container nothing more ,it basically stores multiple files as one large file,so if you open it to look inside you'd see your video_ts folder & inside that you'd see it's contents,to extract the video_ts folder with it's contents you'd use a zip program & extract to wherever you want it placed

    the downside to storing as iso is if you want to place it on a hard drive that's for a xbox or play station as these can only read externals in fat format which can't hold a single file above 4gb in total size so even tho an iso might be 6gb in size the contents would have to be extracted as the files inside are themselves smaller than 4gb at least on sd dvd's

    blu ray is not a movie it is a dvd disc format

    a movie on a blu ray disc would be the same as a normal dvd just in hd instead & much larger,since i haven't done any hd movie rips at a guess you would more than likely find the make up is the same as a sd dvd just bigger with possibly bigger segements of the movie

    edit:
    forgot to mention you'd only see the video_ts folder in the iso if you included it or put more simply ,selected it when creating the iso,the folder named video_ts is irrelavent as the contents is whats read by the media player,the only issue you'll come across when playing hd con tent from a bluray disc is whether your computer supports hd content this requires a dual core cpu or more & an hd graphic card & a reasonable amount of ram
     
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    attar Senior member

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    When you rip a DVD, the software will typically offer to save it in the standard VIDEO_TS folder or as an ISO image file.

    Zipping software (like 7Zip etc) can extract the VIDEO_TS folder from ISO images.
    ImgBurn can burn ISO image files to disk.

    Image files are handy inasmuch as you can keep all the contents under one file name.

    Converting the original source video always means some loss of quality.

    I prefer folders - but that's because my internal inertia objects to going through the extra step involved in mounting the image on a virtual disk (laziness).
     

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