Wednesday, September 13, 2006

DVD Copying - The basics [1/2]

DVD Copying - The basics

Thought this might help any beginner wanting to make a DVD copy

DVD Copying - The basics [1/2]: "What’s on a DVD?

If you have purchased a DVD that you want to copy, you can put it in your DVD-ROM drive to check out its contents. On the disc you will find several folders with files in it. Normally you should always see a VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder. The AUDIO_TS folder is used to store DVD Audio, the VIDEO_TS to store DVD Movies.

We will be focusing on a movie DVD, so we’ll enter the VIDEO_TS folder. In this folder you will find .VOB .BUP and .IFO files. The VOB file contains the actual movie files. This is a MPEG-2 encoded file. Simplfied is MPEG-2 is a method of compression for movies, just like MP3 files are compress audio. The file contains also audio, normally this should also be a compressed format. Mainly it is an improved form of MP3, named AC-3. Besides that contain the .VOB files the subtitles and multiple camera angles.

The .IFO files are the information files, used by your DVD playing device. It gives the DVD player information on what .VOB files to load and when. E.g. when to start a new chapter. The .BUP files are simply a backup of the IFO files and generally have no use, they will only be used when an .IFO files become unreadable somehow."

Friday, September 08, 2006

What is DVD Media - and Why Should You Care?

by Robert Barnard

DVD media is important knowledge for you to consider when you're burning DVD's for your own use. Your choice of media should be dictated by what kind of hardware you're using, and your application - in other words, how you'll be using it. Keep in mind we're talking Blank Media - what you'll be recording on.

DVD media comes in formats ranging from DVD-R to DVD+R to DVD +R DL, DVD-RW, DVD +RW, DVD-RAM, as well as others, but those are the most common and widely used. What's the difference? There is an amazing amount of difference between these different forms of media. For example - DVD-R is a one-use only recordable DVD, meaning you can record to it once only. The DVD-R media is used to master DVD videos and DVD-ROM discs. (In other words the studio puts the master copies of their movies on this type of media.)

DVD-RW (notice the "-" sign) has a "rewritable" format that allows you to rewrite or reuse the disc more than once. It has a capacity of 4.7 GB.

DVD+R (notice the "+" sign) signifies a DVD Recordable format - but it can only be used once and then the data becomes permanent - meaning you can't record over it a second time.

DVD+R Dual/Double DL Layer - this form of DVD Media has the ability to be "double stacked" so to speak, meaning these discs can hold up to 8.5 GB of data - double the single capacity of 4.7 GB. This increased capacity will allow you to record up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video or 16 hours of VHS or 120 hours of MP3 audio. It also can be used more than once - meaning you can record over and over again.

The next consideration is what is the surface type of the DVD media you're using. It's important because it tells you what kind of printer you should be using to process your DVD copies. In this instance, your choices are: Matte Finish, Silver Matte, Shiny Silver, Inkjet Printable, Thermal Printable and Hub Printable and no stack ring Matte Finish.

Matte Finish is simply a dull finish on a pre-coated surface - that doesn't show or reflect fingerprints; while Silver Matter is the same as Matte Finish - just silver colored. Shiny Silver has a shiny white reflective surface that just looks cool. Inkjet Printable means the DVD can be printed on using any inkjet printer that can load and print CD's or DVD's. Thermal Printable means the surface of the DVD can be printed using a high-end thermal printer that heats the data into dots and impresses them on a heat-sensitive surface. Hub Printable means you can print data all the way to the center hub of the disc.

The final consideration when choosing DVD media is the speed of the media. This means the speed up to which the DVD media can be burned. For example - media typically comes in speeds of 1X, 2X, 4X, 8X and 16X - so a DVD with a speed of 8X means that DVD can be burned at all speeds up to 8X - you simply choose the speed you want, depending on your DVD burner and how fast you want to transfer the data.

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Robert Barnard: Is the Co-Founder & CTO of and is the one who does all of the Podcast's. He's been involved with computers since the early 80's and has worked for a handful of big companies dating back to the early 90's and has been self-employed for 8 years. He holds / has held many international industry certifications in the computer industry from CompTIA A+ to Microsoft Certified Professional & Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Copy DVD Movie

Copy DVD Movie

Copy DVD To DVD by Jimmy Sturo

A DVD is normally protected by a code called the CSS encryption. However, the code has been cracked and can be circumvented by numerous software applications. Most of these applications are based on the DeCss software that is illegal in many countries. Removing the protection and getting the movie stored in a hard drive is usually called ripping. Presently, there are many applications available on the market that can successfully rip and burn (copy) a DVD. Splitting and shrinking are the two other options.

Shrinking data is perhaps the most widely used alternative. There are many software programs that can compress data from the original DVD and fit it into a DVD recordable. They are also known as transcoders, encoders or compressor engines. This software can compress data in a way that makes it impossible to decipher whether the DVD copy is actually, a replica or the original. Movie compression is an arduous task for the average PC. With a standard system, compression can take about two hours.

There are other software programs capable of splitting a DVD movie into two or more discs. The disadvantage with these methods is that the user has to continuously change discs while viewing a movie. It is essential to know if the DVD player can play the copied DVD, and whether the DVD is recorded on DVD-R (W) or DVD+R (W) media. A normal home user can create DVD back up in this manner. However, for the advanced user, it is better to research information on the subject and by the best software available.

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Copy DVD Movie

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