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Best way to copy a DVD (not a movie)


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#1 OFFLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:09 PM

My dad, a Vietnam war veteran, returned to Vietnam last year. He took many pictures & created a great DVD slideshow set to music with a program called ProShow Gold.
He wants to burn more copies for others. Is there an alternative to the slideshow software to burn more copies? It can be flaky. He succeeded with Roxio, but he has to keep switching discs (only 1 drive). TYIA.
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:13 PM

most DVD programs can copy it.. just tell it you want multiple copies and it won't keep asking for original disk..

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:18 PM

most DVD programs can copy it.. just tell it you want multiple copies and it won't keep asking for original disk..


Right. By telling the computer you want multiple copies, it will keep the image that it copies to the hard drive until you've fed in the same number of blank discs that you told it you needed when you started. No more having to swap in the original to be read each time.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:05 AM

CDBurnerXP can do it, and is very lightweight/easy to use/free:
http://cdburnerxp.se/
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:10 AM

I'd rip the DVD to an ISO image.

This way, he'll have the image on the PC as a backup and it can be used in the future, should more copies be desired, without needing the original DVD again.

Depending on your version of Roxio, you may be able to accomplish the task with their software.
If not, then use the program linked above by Grentz.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:14 AM

I'd rip the DVD to an ISO image.

This way, he'll have the image on the PC as a backup and it can be used in the future, should more copies be desired, without needing the original DVD again.

Depending on your version of Roxio, you may be able to accomplish the task with their software.
If not, then use the program linked above by Grentz.


This is what I did when I made a DVD for my father in-law's family reunion. I made about 20 copies, and then made a master disk image just in case someone else wanted one later on.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 11:47 AM

if you're archiving a video like this (home movies, slide show, etc) is it better to burn the dvd image as a backup, the .iso as raw data, or to compress to an .avi? doing a similar project.
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:03 PM

if you're archiving a video like this (home movies, slide show, etc) is it better to burn the dvd image as a backup, the .iso as raw data, or to compress to an .avi? doing a similar project.


I wouldn't compress the video unless it was necessary.
Either save the parent raw file or do an ISO image.

Of course, the sad reality is that all of these will most likely be obsolete in ten years.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:38 PM

really, what do you see being the next big thing in "permanent" data storage by then? (no dr. who references, please)
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:48 PM

really, what do you see being the next big thing in "permanent" data storage by then? (no dr. who references, please)


I would like to know as well as I have 100's of DVD's as archive for VHS and 8mm home movies, and more to do. Should I wait for something better? :)
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