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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback System
I conducted a test today and to my astonishment it worked! I'm running 10.2.4 on a 12" PowerBook with a SuperDrive. I put a DVD into my PowerBook (I used 2001: A Space Odyssey). Once mounted, I closed DVD Player and opened Disk Copy. I created a Disk Image on the desktop of the DVD (DVD/CD Master, No Encryption). I then ejected the DVD, then double clicked the Disk Image to mount it.

I opened DVD Player and it plays!

So now i have six movies on my FireWire External drive that I can watch anywhere and it seems to use a lot less battery than running them from the DVD disk. I got through 2½ films on one charge!

[robg adds: I haven't tested this, but intend to this weekend - it seems like a great way to travel without having to carry DVD cases around in my travel bag! If someone can verify that it works, please post a comment...]
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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: VEGx on Apr 04, '03 10:44:05AM

In case this fails to work you can always just copy the files [use DVDBackup] and play as VIDEO_TS folder.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: gruntathome on May 08, '04 02:37:49PM

Ok, I've got a problem and I'm not sure what to do. I used OS Ex and made a disk image of a 6.11Gb DVD, (extention: .img). I want to put it onto a disc but I don't know how. I thought I could convert it into a .mov and Toast it. But that takes a lot of memory, and time. I also would like to keep the original Menu. Any ideas?



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: seven5 on Apr 04, '03 11:01:59AM

If the DMCA didn't block DeCSS then you could have even more movies. But no, we're not allowed to rip our own personal dvd's that we bought. Using divx the movies get down to 600 megs rather than 6-7 gigs. Not that the DMCA stops me from doing this with my disks :)



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: wesley_willis on Oct 11, '03 11:00:43PM

If you have a damaged or scratched DVD you can also use this method to help make a backup copy. By making a Disk image and then mounting it you can then use DVD Backup or 0SEX to extract stubborn .vob files that won't copy normally in 0SEX or DVD Backup.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: mbanks on Apr 04, '03 11:22:38AM
I've been using 42 for a while to do just this (rip to DIvX). Works very well. (If you use it, send Kai $$ :) )

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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: timbloom on Apr 04, '03 12:25:48PM

fourtytwo is a great program, I vouch for it too. VERY easy to use, and works wonders for people that know nothing about backing up DVD's. As I am a college student and do not keep most of my movies laying out because they either get stolen or severely messed up, and my ibook plugs into the TV, these are great ways to manage my movies without having to gamble with the original.



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woo-hoo for Forty-Two!
Authored by: mikerose on Apr 07, '03 03:59:23PM

I'm one for two with forty-two (ripping to DivX Medium) -- Spinal Tap went fine & resulted in a 680 MB DivX file which looks pretty good. Stop Making Sense only gave me one song out of the movie, oddly. I'm going to try some of the kiddie DVDs (Elmo, Barney) which always seem to get banged up in transit.

Certainly takes up less room than just copying the Video_TS folders! I'm not sure what to say to the people who are complaining about forty-two being complicated. It seems to me to be an excellent example of SBT engineering and very easy to use.

(SBT = single button technology) :-)

--M.



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one thing I forgot -- VLC
Authored by: mikerose on Apr 07, '03 04:01:08PM

Don't forget to use Videolan.org's superb player VLC to view your DivX files.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: eagle on Apr 04, '03 12:16:44PM

Yes this is an excellent feature. Supposedly this is done this way so that
movie producers (who often use DVD Studio Pro) can test their DVD
images without making coasters out of DVD discs.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: mcmac on Apr 04, '03 12:21:20PM

I tried this and got error message 22. Either I did something wrong or your disk was not encoded.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: macemoneta on Apr 04, '03 01:32:01PM

You can use mencoder, which is part of mplayer to encode the DVD to any format that mplayer supports (mpeg, divx). It take about as long to encode the movie as it does to play it (depending on the machine you're encode with, of course :-), and the quality is nearly identical to the original DVD.

You can fit DOZENS of movies on your HD (about 15 movies per 10GB). It really is great for travel.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: Ladd Morse on Apr 04, '03 03:00:54PM

I couldn't get this to work.

I made the disk image per instructions, unmounted the DVD, mounted the disk image and then fired up DVD Player. I couldn't figure out any way to get it to play the DVD.

I tried "File Menu", "Open VIDEO_TS" file, navigated to the VIDEO_TS folder on the disk image and clicked "Choose". At that point DVD Player froze. The cursor still moved but I couldn't click to another app, nor force quit by any known method. Had to force shut down by holding the power button.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: TerryJ on Apr 04, '03 08:21:59PM

I also have not been able to get this to work. I have tried several times and each time I get a little further along in the copy process only to have it kikc out with an error code 99. If anyone has any luck with this, please let us know!

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Have a great Apple day!



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: readparse on Apr 04, '03 09:44:04PM

You're dadgum right it uses less battery. Doesn't have to spin the disc, which is mechanical and hence uses a lot of power, and it doesn't have to use the laser, which I can only guess uses a lot of power. And in my case, using a disk generates a lot more heat also.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: momerath on Apr 05, '03 08:32:20PM

The laser hardly uses any power at all. Most lasers like the ones in DVD and CD drives run with powers in the milliwatts or microwatts. When you start having lasers with powers in Watts, your laser might burn a hole through the DVD, then the inside of the computer, then the keyboard, and then your hand—which would be funny, but not happy.

So, the laser isn't an issue at all.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: zookie on Apr 04, '03 10:52:06PM

-Tried DiskCopy. When I played it back via mounted disk, it freezes DVD Player.
-42 was a bit too complicted and not enough documentation.
-DVDBackup was simply easy (freeware) and plays back just fine! Has sufficent documentations but didn't need to look it up. Read in readme especially DVDBackup Usage section.

When I have time, I plan on putting the 'backup' on DiskCopy with compression. Do know it'll take a LONG time.

Have an upcoming long flights and looking forward to this without carrying an extra luggage of DVDs. ;)



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DVDBackup worked great
Authored by: wfolta on Apr 05, '03 04:52:02AM

Good recommendation! I've been looking for something like this for the Mac for a while. A nice GUI, and if you want to compress the movie further (say to DivX), you can use something like D-Vision, which provides a nice GUI to ffmpeg.

The final folder is about 7.7 GB in size though Finder is terribly confused and thinks it's only 770 MB. Maybe the new laptop can perform miracles!

The movie plays fine and I can finally have DVD player ready at all times to show off my new 17" laptop's screen, without tying up the drive. (I don't think I'll further compress this showcase movie, lest it not show off the screen.)



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DVDbackup
Authored by: godfatherK on Apr 06, '03 08:10:21PM

Thanks for suggesting DVDbackup. It is exactly what I've been needing especially because the above hint rarely works for me.
It's great to be able to have a backup copy of DVD either on the Mac or on DVD-R media.
However, I wish someone could point me to the right place where I can learn to split DVDs that are too large to fit on one 4.7gb DVD-R media. It's very taxing on the hard drive real estate to keep all the DVD backups on the hard drive. It's more convenient to have the backups on separate DVD-R medias... only if there is an easy way for a clicker like meself.
I've tried fortytwo, ffmpeg, etc. They're still to daunting for my limited skills. Will there ever be DVD-R media larger than 4.7gb? Can we buy/use double-layered DVD-R media?



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: haironfire on Apr 05, '03 12:36:23AM

Successfully created the image file, but it plays poorly. Not worth the 7 GB storage space IMO.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: Mr. X on Apr 05, '03 12:21:23PM

if you wanna travel and cary DVDs around, I would definitely rip them to DivX. use oSex to get the .vob files on your drive and ffmpegX to encode to Dix. The quality stays pretty much the same and it brings the DVDs to 700MB. I travel with bunch of movies on my iPod and still have plenty of room for music :)
I guess MPAA doesn't approve, but I own the DVDs, I own my computer, and I don't care what those technologically challenged people think about it...



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None of these approaches work for me
Authored by: somersam on Apr 05, '03 01:05:49PM
Nothing I try allows me to play Star Trek: First Contact with Apple's DVD Player (version 3.2). The multilingual copyright notices display and then playback just stops. I have tried creating disc images with Toast and Disc Copy, I have tried DVD Backup, I have tried simply copying the VIDEO_TS folder to my hard drive, all without success.

I can use VLC to play the movie from hard drive, but playback stutters too much on my 12" Aluminum PowerBook, even dropping the resolution to 800x600 (which allows Apple's DVD Player to play smoothly on the PowerBook's nVidia graphics hardware).

I suspect there's something at the end of the copyright notices that causing playback to stop in Apple's DVD Player; VLC skips those notices.

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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: toddsnc on Apr 05, '03 01:41:16PM

I may be missing something, but recent versions of DVD Player can open VIDEO_TS folders directly; I currently simply copy that folder from the DVD to a suitably-named folder on my drive. (DVD Player will *only* look for folders called VIDEO_TS.) Creating disk images (for this purpose) doesn't seem to have any benefits as they don't save space, plus they take a *lot* longer to create than simply copying. I've not had any problems with playback either do to encoding or quality issues. So if the disk image method has advantages over copying the folder I would be glad to hear. (I am not talking about ripping DVDs to an alternate format such as divx, which is really another topic altogether.) Cheers!



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: bader on Apr 05, '03 03:59:56PM

I tried this and I got audio, but no video.

I just stare at the copywright screen.

Any ideas?



Thanks

bob



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Error 22 fix, but bad image
Authored by: avramd on Apr 05, '03 11:04:31PM

To those of you getting error 22, you don't have enough disk space. It appears you need twice as much space as there is data on the DVD, b/c for whatever reason, the image creation is a two step process. The folder copy wouldn't have this problem, but I haven't tried it yet.

Hower, while dvdplayer did recognize an open the video_ts folder, the onlything that played correctly for me was (coincidentally) the FBI warning. The rest gave me dark and garbled video, although the audio sounded fine.

This was done on a blue 400 Mhz G3. Not sure if that's relevant.



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Error 22 fix, but bad image
Authored by: Paul Burney on Apr 06, '03 06:48:12PM

You can use the "New Image From Device" option, rather than folder or disk. That way the image isn't created twice.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: monsterjimmy on Apr 06, '03 01:15:21AM

You can also use Toast to create a disk image. The best thing about the image is you can fast forward through the copyright crap. One question. Does the imaging effect the region locking on the drive?



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Use DVD Backup!
Authored by: funwithstuff on Apr 07, '03 06:23:24AM
This approach will only work on DVDs that don't use CSS encoding. Since most discs do, just copying won't often work.

As someone posted above, just use DVD Backup, from the Mac DVD Resource download page.

DVD Backup has options to remove region coding and CSS encryption, and you can play the resulting folder with DVD Player or VLC. 42 will do similar things, but DVD Backup is easier for simple time-shifting.

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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: afsimola on Apr 07, '03 09:54:44PM

when u first opened disk copy did u select new image from device or new image from folder/volume. i selected device and it created an image. i opened it and it mounted but when i launched apple\'s dvd player everything was distorted. please tell me what u did exactly.



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: jamieph on Jul 15, '05 02:54:42PM

I use HandBrake (Find it on VT or MU.) to rip my DVDs to MP4 format. I like it because you can set it to rip a certain quality or to a target size. I set my target size to 700MB every time so I can burn each movie to a CD and have a backup. I usually let it run overnight because it takes a long time. It has a pause/resume function, but I have had hit and miss success with that at best.

Cheers!
Jamie pH



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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: piaofei on Nov 15, '09 11:03:15PM
In fact, you can choose to backup your DVD movies to .dvdmedia (Note: .dvdmedia is a DVD Player media file, which can be played by Apple DVD Player directly).
Software that can help you backup DVD to .dvdmedia file is DVD Backup for Mac.
Free try it now, you may love it.

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Create disk images from DVD movies for longer playback
Authored by: everkleer80 on Nov 16, '09 08:34:02AM

Just to add to this comment, the dvdmedia 'file' is actually a folder that contains the VIDEO_TS folder and has a .dvdmedia extension. IE. If you have ripped a DVD and gotten a VIDEO_TS folder, then if you add ".dvdmedia" to the folder containing the VIDEO_TS folder (not to the VIDEO_TS folder itself) then the OS will show the folder as a package/file that will open in DVD Player. Conversely, if you have a .dvdmedia file and remove the extension then it will display as a folder. (While it still has a .dvdmedia extension you can right/ctrl click it and choose Show Package Contents to see the folder contents.)



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