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Old 03-14-08, 11:01 AM   #1
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DVD peeps - need help!

I've just recieved my DVD Rom drive and installed it a couple nights ago. I guess I didn't realize when I bought it over the internets that it was the OEM version and not the retail version (so nothing came with it, it was only the drive). So no software, etc...

My question is, say I have a DVD I want to make a "backup" of and I don't wanna lay down any cash for burning software... what are some alternative opensource programs to do this with? If nothing, what is a good program I can buy at the store?
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Old 03-14-08, 11:40 AM   #2
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I've just received my DVD Rom drive and installed it a couple nights ago. <snip>

My question is, say I have a DVD I want to make a "backup" of and I don't wanna lay down any cash for burning software... what are some alternative opensource programs to do this with? <snip>
If you have a "DVD ROM" drive, it only reads discs; I assume you really mean you have a DVD burner.

For making DVD backups, DVD Shrink 3.2.0.15 is perhaps the most popular freeware program. It will decrypt the DVD and shrink it to fit on a single-layered DVD-R disc (which is half the capacity of a double-layered DVD that movies come on). Even shrunk down to 50% it looks perfectly fine on a large screen plasma.

I rip DVDs to store them on my network attached storage for instant access, but if I need to burn I use the Nero that came with my computer. I'm sure there is free burning software you can find. Try Download.com.
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Check out this site for a lot of great guides: http://www.videohelp.com

"DVD backup" can mean a lot of things. Straight 1-to-1 copies are boring and takes up a lot of discs. I actually convert my DVDs to 750mb Divx-encoded AVI files and put 6 of them onto a single DVD. I found a batch of double-sided DVD-R discs at CompUSA and I can squeeze 12 movies onto a single disc! The $44 Toshiba DVD-player from Costco can play DIVX/MP3 AVI files just fine.
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If you have a "DVD ROM" drive, it only reads discs; I assume you really mean you have a DVD burner.

For making DVD backups, DVD Shrink 3.2.0.15 is perhaps the most popular freeware program. It will decrypt the DVD and shrink it to fit on a single-layered DVD-R disc (which is half the capacity of a double-layered DVD that movies come on). Even shrunk down to 50% it looks perfectly fine on a large screen plasma.

I rip DVDs to store them on my network attached storage for instant access, but if I need to burn I use the Nero that came with my computer. I'm sure there is free burning software you can find. Try Download.com.
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If you have a "DVD ROM" drive, it only reads discs; I assume you really mean you have a DVD burner.

For making DVD backups, DVD Shrink 3.2.0.15 is perhaps the most popular freeware program. It will decrypt the DVD and shrink it to fit on a single-layered DVD-R disc (which is half the capacity of a double-layered DVD that movies come on). Even shrunk down to 50% it looks perfectly fine on a large screen plasma.

I rip DVDs to store them on my network attached storage for instant access, but if I need to burn I use the Nero that came with my computer. I'm sure there is free burning software you can find. Try Download.com.
Thats what I use. I tried burning to the double layered DVD and got tons of errors.
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