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Jeff Harper November 20th, 2011 01:02 AM

DVD copying
What do you use to copy DVDs? I have Nero, but I hate installing on my PC. I'd like to find a program with a small footprint that can allow me to copy and burn a dvd when I don't have the original DVDA project.

Leslie Wand November 20th, 2011 02:14 AM

Re: DVD copying
i still use dvd shrink - though i'm sure there's literally dozens of other progs...

img burn, burn aware, etc.,

Roy Alexander November 20th, 2011 02:35 AM

Re: DVD copying
I find Ashampoo studio 6 is very good and very quick. It will also copy Blu-ray discs. It's also free. There are many other programmes of course and I have used several.

Jeff Harper November 20th, 2011 04:33 AM

Re: DVD copying
Thanks Leslie and Roy.

Chris Harding November 20th, 2011 04:52 AM

Re: DVD copying
Hi Jeff

If you are actually duplicating an existing DVD then I just copy the Audio_TS and Video_TS folders onto my drive and then burn the new disk with Win7 !! No software required at all!!!

This is assuming you don't need to recompile the DVD's vob files or change menus and suchlike!!


Jeff Harper November 20th, 2011 05:21 AM

Re: DVD copying
Chris, so the menus, everything will be present, just like the original?

Very cool, thanks!

David Jimerson November 20th, 2011 09:13 AM

Re: DVD copying
That may work some of the time (and will probably work when playing from a computer), but it won't work all of the time, and it'll be especially problematic with dual-layer DVDs.

It'll work with a disk image (.iso), but not always with the TS folders.

Tom Hardwick November 20th, 2011 12:38 PM

Re: DVD copying
Jeff - why the hatered of Nero on your PC? I've had this software for ever (or som it seems) and it works all the time, every time.

Jeff Harper November 20th, 2011 03:29 PM

Re: DVD copying
It works fine, but it's invasive. It is also well know for causing conflicts, as it has done for me in the past. While I have learned how to deal with it by disabling the startup of options that I do not want, I prefer programs that are simpler. Imgburn, which I downloaded, is 1.5mb. Nero is relatively huge.

Leslie Wand November 20th, 2011 03:39 PM

Re: DVD copying
jeff, i've had nero 7(. something or other) on my various pc's for years without any problem - but on installing i've only ever let it install burnng rom, none of the other crap....

Garrett Low November 20th, 2011 04:52 PM

Re: DVD copying
If you're going to make an duplicate of an existing disc I use ImageBurn. First Create and image of the disc you want to copy. Then I write the image to the new disc. Exact copy of the disc will be created. It sounds like a lot of work but it is the most reliable method I've found. Either that or I use my stand alone duplicator which does essentially the same thing.


Chris Harding November 20th, 2011 04:54 PM

Re: DVD copying
Hi Jeff

Never attempted it with dual layer DVD's but a standard DVD simply has two folders...I really cannot see why if you copy the folders to your drive and burn more disks it should cause any issues with menus?? You are not changing any file structures at all and the original DVD was probably burnt from the identical folder structure created by your authoring software.

David? I gave up on trying to creat even original DVD's on Dual Layer!! I could never get the menus to work correctly but maybe cos I still use DVD Lab to author??? Besides burning at 1X or 2X was just too frustrating to wait for a burn to end!!!

My favorite Nero 6.66 refuses to run on Win7 64 bit ....does 7 run on Win7 64???? My old workflow was render in Vegas to MPEG2, then use DVD Lab to create the DVD and finally burn with Nero 6....on my newer machine I cannot use Nero so I just use Win7 to do the burn to disk ..and yes it does include the menus and everything. I'm sure I would have a lot of angry brides on my doorstep if it didn't work!!


Andrew Smith November 20th, 2011 09:23 PM

Re: DVD copying
CD Burner XP (see here: CDBurnerXP: Free CD and DVD burning software) works very well for me and is free.

Whilst Nero get the job done, it's a pain to have to fiddle around with. If it's possible to make a disc burning interface more complicated and glitzy ... then the makers of Nero can certainly do it! :-P

To get the job done and move on to the next item in your day, use CDBurnerXP.


David Stoneburner November 21st, 2011 07:09 AM

Re: DVD copying
One thing you could try is Image Burn. It will rip an iso of your DVD and then burn the iso. It is just like the older DVD decrypter software. We use DVD decrypter to make iso to send to our industrial duplication system. It works just fine and for an older program is rock solid.

Richard Davidson November 21st, 2011 07:58 AM

Re: DVD copying
Another vote for ImgBurn, great program, bulletproof. Free too!

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