7 Replies to “How To Copy A Commercial DVD”

  1. The link you provide shows up blank through FireFox, so the answer is no, that’s not how I do it. But when I want to make a backup copy of a DVD, I generally following this DVD Shrink guide. I have yet to find anything that works better than DVD Shrink (and it’s free). Applications that claim to make perfect copies of DVDs are lying. It is impossible to make an exact copy of a 8GB DVD on to a 4GB DVD-R. Though if your standard is VHS, you probably won’t notice the difference. I prefer my DVD-R copies over my regular DVDs anyway, because I remove all the menus, the FBI warning and all the other junk. All I want is the movie (and sometimes the commentary track), and that’s all I copy. The movie actually plays the seconds it’s inserted into the DVD player. Nice.

  2. Using a 1.83 GHz AMD processor and 500mb of RAM, converting a 23-minute DVD into a 400mb AVI took several hours (I wasn’t taking track, but it more than couple hours). A full movie would probably take all day, and you wouldn’t be able to do too much else because video encoding pushes most CPUs to the brink.

    If you really wanted to make a back-up copy of a DVD, you’d never convert it to AVIs. AVIs are fine for PC monitors, but are pretty dismal when viewed on a TV screen. These AVIs make illegal distrubution over Torrents fastier and easier, but the quality of these files once converted back to DVD is nowhere comparable to original or what you’d get from a DVD Shrink backup. DVD Shrink makes excellent copies which you can either leave on your hard drive or burn to a DVD-R.

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