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Burn a playable DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder
Authored by: mbrowne on Mar 15, '10 05:58:41AM

For me, DVD Imager (http://lonestar.utsa.edu/llee/applescript/dvdimager.html) worked perfectly for many different DVDs until I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Since DVD Imager crashes in SL, I switched to Burn (http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net), but I found that it only worked for *some* DVDs, not all. For some it would complain that "some incompatible files were found...would you like to convert those files to DVD mpg?"

So I gave up on burning DVDs reliably in Mac (for free, anyway, which was my goal) and just burned DVDs using Windows, which I have running in a virtual machine on my Mac. A program called ImgBurn works great. Using VMWare Fusion, I can actually burn DVDs successfully even when the files are located in a Mac folder. The only trick was connecting the drive to the virtual machine (easy), and then enabling DMA on the drive, which is described here - http://communities.vmware.com/message/947050.

If you don't have VMWare Fusion or access to a PC, I bet you could use the free virtualizer called VirtualBox. You would need to somehow get your hands on a copy of Windows that had been activated no less than 6 months ago so you could activate it again. Then, connect your DVD drive to it, follow the same steps to enable DMA on the drive, and it would probably work. You would also need to enable folder sharing. So it's probably not worth the trouble unless you plan on also doing other things in Windows, but it's pretty cool to have.



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Burn a playable DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder
Authored by: llee on Mar 25, '10 10:18:36AM

Here's DVD Imager for Snow Leopard:

http://lonestar.utsa.edu/llee/applescript/DVD_Imager_Snow_Leopard.dmg



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