View Full Version : Need help - can't copy my own DVD

Andrew Khalil
March 29th, 2006, 04:59 PM
Hey everyone,
I really need help. About a year ago, I made a DVD of a production and I was able to make several copies of it using a duplicator and everything was great.
Now, I'm trying to use the same duplicator and I can't make any copies of it - the duplicator gives me an error halfway through the copy process and I don't know why - the DVD plays fine and looks great on a DVD player or computer.
This DVD was made before I switched from PC to Mac so now I don't have the original files or DVD project, I only have the final DVD.
Does anyone know what I can do or if there's a program for Mac that can do this?


John C. Chu
March 29th, 2006, 05:21 PM
Unless the disc is encrypted...just use the Disc Utility Program in your Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility Program.

Then select the DVD---new image---CD/DVD master then copy it to your hard drive.

Afterwards--you have image of the DVD and you can burn as many copies as you need.

Damian Clarke
March 29th, 2006, 06:03 PM
Ah , this sounds familiar due to personal experience. Yes, your DVD will probably play fine in your dvd player to the television but once it comes to copying those bits 1 to 1 you might get some kind of 'cyclic redundancy error' or some likewise rubbish that makes you wana tear your hair out.
Despite all the hype, DVD's can degrade over time too and PC drives seem very sensitive in picking up all the flaws on a disc that might make them unreadable.
If you used cheap blank media this could be a culprit, though that's not really definitive, since I've had the same thing happen on good media using reliable dye. I have two suggestions which might work:
1. Try the disc in other PC dvd drives from a different manufacturer and try to copy it. Try as many as you have access too.
If this fails:
2. Get a program off the net called 'DVD Decrypter'. No we won't be doing any illegal ripping, but this program offers the ability to read your disc at a slower speed and can sometimes work its way (albeit verrry slowly) through some disc errors.

Edit: Sorry, I'm half drunk at this time so I forgot your using a Mac. Not sure whether DVD Decrypter is available for the Mac. Doh!

Adam Terry
March 30th, 2006, 08:45 AM
Hey, I had the same problem. I had backup copies of weddings and wehn customers ordered new copies, just pop it in and burn it, right? WRONG!
I messed with it every which way from sideways for a week and wound up having to re-author the whole dvd session and re render the whole damn thing and burn a new copy....BUT.....depending on what kind of budget or add this to your wish list...I just bought a LACIE DupliDisc DVD 121

I got mine for around $260 so shop before you buy. It is frickin awesome. Not only is it stand alone with source drive and a write drive so its not chewing up my RAM while making copies so I can actually work while burning discs on the side, but you just put two discs in and hit enter and it burns a full 4.7G in under 10 minutes. So just thought I would share my experience and how pleased I am with this investment.

Good luck.

Andrew Khalil
March 30th, 2006, 10:03 AM
I'll try the disc tools thing as soon as I can get the disc back from a friend who said he'd try it. I did try a standalone duplicator and it kept giving me errors, so I don't think that'll help.
thanks for all the suggestions