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Best way to copy a DVD (not a movie)

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by sigma1914, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    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.
  2. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    most DVD programs can copy it.. just tell it you want multiple copies and it won't keep asking for original disk..
  3. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    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.
  4. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
  5. deltafowler

    deltafowler Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Aug 28, 2007
    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.
  6. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    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.
  7. xIsamuTM

    xIsamuTM Icon

    Jul 8, 2008
    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.
  8. deltafowler

    deltafowler Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Aug 28, 2007
    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.
  9. xIsamuTM

    xIsamuTM Icon

    Jul 8, 2008
    really, what do you see being the next big thing in "permanent" data storage by then? (no dr. who references, please)
  10. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    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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