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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing Apps
Last night, I tried to play a DVD in my Macbook Pro; the movie stalled and then DVD Player quit entirely. When I checked the disc, I found it was scratched.

I discovered that I could still watch the film by ripping the DVD to my hard disk with MacTheRipper, and then viewing the ripped version. I presume the error correction routines are more robust in MTR than they are in DVD Player, and so MTR is better able to scavenge data from scratched disks.

Even better, I was able to start watching the movie before the rip had completed!
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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: 11:11 on Dec 14, '06 10:23:54AM

this actually saved the day for me recently. i was taking a film class where we had to write about a new film every week, so i set up my netflix list in the order of the syllabus. unfortunately, one of the movies wouldn't play in my dvd player, but ripping it to my computer solved the problem (it was a fairly difficult movie to find, so buying it locally or renting from a physical store wasn't an option).



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: beauh on Dec 14, '06 10:35:22AM

Too bad this violates the DMCA and is illegal. :'-(

(FU DMCA)



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: chyna4xena on Dec 14, '06 06:48:06PM

It is simply ridiculous, isn't it? We have fair use rights (in Australia they were recently updated and codified) but it remains illegal to circumvent copy-protection even for fair use! What is the point of giving fair use rights, and then allowing companies to prevent you from accessing them?



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: bill_mcgonigle on Dec 18, '06 12:05:19PM

Mass disobedience is probably the only way to deal with this issue. So, rip, don't admonish.

I had this trick save me from buying yet another copy of Kiki's Delivery Service (which was I buying again, a license or a plastic platter?), which had just one bad scratch in it, but enough to crash both the Apple and a Phillips DVD player. MTR did the trick.

The way forward for avoiding this problem is to do this methodically, storing movies on disk, a DVR or a Video iPod, for instance, and using the originals as backups. I plan to get a Video iPod for our minivan because trying to play a standard DVD with its menu schemes Not Allowed blocks is just dangerous if underway.



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: voiceofra on Dec 15, '06 01:45:27AM

I was able to salvage a seriously scratched DVD of The Big Lebowski (the dude abides, man) this way; it wouldn't play in my girlfriend's DVD player, barely played in mine.
I was amazed at how well MTR did. The reburn only had one 'glitch' in it and luckily it was during a scene transition (fade to black, etc), so it didn't really take away from the viewing experience.



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: el bid on Dec 15, '06 12:36:26PM

The first resort with scratched DVDs or CD should be Brasso.

If the scratches are on the label side ignore the following advice, as there will be actual data loss on the disc.

Usually the scratches are on the non-label side, where they will be distorting the optical pathway to data. The pits storing the data will be unaffected. The solution is to use Brasso on a clean rag to polish the scratches out with small circular movements. I usually dab on the Brasso, let it dry partially, and then polish away, pressing down lightly but firmly. I've found that it isn't usually necessary to polish the scatches to complete invisibility. It seems that the sharp edges of the scratch are the main cause of problem, and once these have been smoothed away the disc should play properly again.

Obviously you'll need to remove all traces of the dried Brasso before reinserting the disc into your machine.




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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: rjbailey on Dec 15, '06 04:03:50PM

Amen. Thanks for reminding me about Brasso. Having heard a similar hint elsewhere, I was trying to remember what cleaner to use on the scratches (hmm... Was it Ajax? Windex? Toothpaste?) when I tried MTR with success.



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Rip scratched DVDs to disk for possible viewing
Authored by: JimMueller on Dec 16, '06 07:31:08PM

A dab of Future acrylic floor polish and a buffing fills in marks on plastic just fine. The modeling community has used this on scratched windshields and airplane canopies since it was first available in the '60s.

I've used it to restore several rental DVDs from GreenCine and RentAnime to playable condition.



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