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Old October 17th, 2005, 03:40 PM   #1
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Backing up the final disc

Hi everyone,
I am looking at archiving a final copy of all of my weddings in case the bride and groom would like another copy later on. Is there a program out there that will allow me to burn the DVD with all of the menus, chapters, and options?

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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:06 PM   #2
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ummm... if you want a playable copy and you've saved the assets and project file, use the same program.

I always burn the assets and project file to DVD-RW. I can restore any video at the project level, any time.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:09 PM   #3
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Hi everyone,
I am looking at archiving a final copy of all of my weddings in case the bride and groom would like another copy later on. Is there a program out there that will allow me to burn the DVD with all of the menus, chapters, and options?

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Im confussed as to what your asking. Are you not simply wanting a copy of the dvd you aurthor for them? If that's the case, just make extra copies for yourself, or am I missing something??
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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:32 PM   #4
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David,
I make a copy of the final DVD for myself and hold on to it. Say the bride wants another copy a year later. I will have erased all of the files off of my harddrive and only have the DVD I kept for myself. The way I would do it now is copy the timeline to tape and re-import it back into my NLE and then remake the dvd using Adobe Encore. Is there a program that will allow me to burn the copy that I have and give that to the couple?

I hope this makes more sense.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:34 PM   #5
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Craig,
Some assets are 22gb in size so I cannot copy them to a disc. A 2hour timeline will be rather large AVI file.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:45 PM   #6
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I make a copy of the final DVD for myself and hold on to it. Say the bride wants another copy a year later. I will have erased all of the files off of my harddrive and only have the DVD I kept for myself. The way I would do it now is copy the timeline to tape and re-import it back into my NLE and then remake the dvd using Adobe Encore. Is there a program that will allow me to burn the copy that I have and give that to the couple?

I hope this makes more sense.

hey Jason,
as long as you didn't add copy protection, any dvd burning program such a nero will make a direct copy for you.
If you did encrypt it, there are many programs that will still copy it for you including free ones such as DVD Shrink
http://www.dvdshrink.org/
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Old October 17th, 2005, 04:53 PM   #7
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DVD Decrypter works nicely for this. It allows you to rip a DVD to your hard drive and then burn that image to a blank DVD.

You can find it here. http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi..._decrypter.cfm
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:02 PM   #8
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or dvd for free ;)

http://www.dvd43.com/
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:06 PM   #9
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Hi David,
I recently borrowed a copy of Nero 6 from another local videographer for this purpose, however, when i chose copy in the menu selection it burned but the dvd is unplayable. I might of done something wrong. Any suggestions?
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:18 PM   #10
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Hey Jason,

did you add copy protection to the original disc?
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:19 PM   #11
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nope just a straight burn wiith Encore
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:26 PM   #12
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copy disc in nero should work without a problem.

try this program
http://www.alcohol-soft.com/

download the 30 day trail. I have had issues burning image files before with nero, but alcohol has never let me down ;)
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:30 PM   #13
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Thanks David,
From one fellow Canuck to another. Those Oilers sure look good this year, real fast..
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Old October 17th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #14
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hope it works..

as far as oilers go...having Pronger and Peca sure doesn't hurt :)
I am going to the game Friday, Colorado is in town, should be good, first game In a Long time :)
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Old October 18th, 2005, 08:28 AM   #15
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Some assets are 22gb in size so I cannot copy them to a disc. A 2hour timeline will be rather large AVI file.
This is one of the follies of letting your DVD authoring software do the compression. Assests I was refering to were the assets after being compressed by a stand alone program. The suggestions you got here as far as duplication programs - will work... but in the big picture, it sounds like you don't have a versitle work flow. Having the compressed assets on a DVD-RW is definately a secure way to go.

A couple years ago, I made a followup call to a customer a few weeks after videos had shipped to get feed back. She said she loved it, all except that I cut the cake-cutting! I could NOT believe I made such an unforgiveable mistake! I always keep the DV tapes around for a few months after delivery so I recaptured the cake cutting, then restored the project from DVD-RW and modified it with an endjump at the right chapter - viola, it was fixed quickly. Without the compressed assets, it would have been much more complicated to fix. There was one other wedding when a guests hairpiece fell off during dancing at the reception (ha ha)... something I did not notice while editing... it was another easy fix.

It's not a bad idea to use a sperate program for compression, not only for workflow reasons but many of them give you more control over the compression & quality.
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