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Question: Software for ripping DVDs

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Question: Software for ripping DVDs

I know nothing about DVDs (I don't even own a VHS recorder or player)
But I have been given two DVDs of an art performance which I ned to copy and burn to backup DVDs
I'm after free software to do a simple DVD ripping operation (if there is such a thing)
Can I use e.g. NTI (as supplied with my lappy) to grab an ISO and then use something like ImgBurn ?
Or is it all a bit more complicated than that?
WMP9 refuses to play them but VLC plays them fine, by the way
any suggestions or advice gratefully received
paul
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Re: Question: Software for ripping DVDs

If there is no copy protection you can use copy disc with your NTI software.
If there is copy protection you'll need DVD decrypter, which can be googled
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Re: Question: Software for ripping DVDs

This all depends whats on the dvd if its a 4 gig dvd then it can be copied without to much trouble. But if its a full DVD ie it has 8 gig then you cant copy it in the normal way (unless you have a 8 gig burner). You have to reduce the size of the disk by compressing it for this you can download FREE DVD Shrink
fromhttp://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_shrink.cfm
This will reduce the 4 gig down to 4 gig to fit on a dvd you may have to delete some of the things on the disk as often they have more than one language so yuo can remove none English languages
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Re: Question: Software for ripping DVDs

There is endless amounts of linux DVD stuff.
For Ubuntu I would recommend k3b for all types of burning - although there's plent of other stuff.
For copying DVD's see dvdshrink.
I don't what puppy can do with Debian-like packages.
I use DeVeDe quite a lot for burning copies of BBC iPlayer downloads to CD's so that I can watch them (in an inferior way) on TV, via my DVD player.

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Re: Question: Software for ripping DVDs

I use XP and Puppy(& other Linuxes) about 70/30 so that's all helpful.
There's no copy protection as it is all non-commercial.
They appear to be 4GB and NTI (copy to disc image option) produces 2x2GB + 1x400K .ncd (their proprietary format) files.
When I've bought some blank DVDs I'll let you know how it's gone.
Paul
[thinks: how did i get to be so old and not know about dvds?]
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Re: Question: Software for ripping DVDs

It's more expensive - but buy DVD R/W so you can redo any mistakes.

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Re: Question: Software for ripping DVDs


If these are recordings you wish to keep for sometime, avoid -RW or +RW discs, they are designed to be able to be wiped. Stick with goog quality -R discs and archiving should not be a problem. Also keep the discs in good cases that seal shut and keep out the light, then keep them in a cupboard too when they are not in use ... light is the enemy here.
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