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Old 26th November 2007, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Is there any free software for DVD copying?

I love to use free software, especially because it saves me hundreds of dollars. Here, I am looking for software that can give high conversion speed. Actually, I want to copy some of my some old DVDs. Can anyone suggest me good software?
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Old 26th November 2007, 06:32 PM   #2
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I'm with you. I hate to pay good money for bad software when there's so much good free stuff out there. I am running linux or a couple of my machines and fall back to windows only when I can't find a decent linux app to replace a windoze app. I'm still looking for a decent spice simulator with graphical interface to run under linux. In the meantime, SwitcherCAD runs in windoze. I also need an IDE for PIC microcontrollers that runs under linux.

DVD copying is easy. Look for DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink, ImgBurn. Between the three of them you'll be able to copy and burn just about any DVD video disc.

If you want to make data DVDs, look for InfraRecorder. It will even burn dual layer discs.

When you put data files on DVD or CD, if the file names exceed ISO9660 limits your disc burning software may shorten the file names. You can get around this by using Par2. Assemble your files, run Par2 and save the .par2 file which contains the full length file names. Then burn it all to disc, including the .par2 file. When you want to access the files on the disc, run par2 and it will restore the original filenames.

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Old 27th November 2007, 02:14 AM   #3
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I don't know about speed; I prefer to make exact backup copies, with just the region encoding missing and other user prohibitions missing. There the limiting factor seems to be the read speed of the drive.

DVD Fab HD Decrypter has a perfectly usable basic free version which will rip the main movie or whole disk without reencoding; look carefully at the bottom of the web page for the "free stuff" link. It is frequently updated. Or you can use the full version for a time-limited trial (offers resizing, burning, output to other formats, etc).

I also like ImgBurn... so much that I actually WANTED to pay for it. You can burn regular data disks with it too, as well as various images. It'll do dual-layer disks very nicely. Just make sure you have the latest firmware for the DVD writer, or you may find that some media just won't be usable.

You probably got a copy of Nero with your CD or DVD burner; it's worth keeping around for doing audio CDs, since that's about the only thing ImgBurn won't build and burn.

Verbatim dual-layer disks are supposed to be the best quality, but I've had decent results with other brands. Some big box stores regularly have good sale prices on dual-layer media, down to almost $1/disc, so keep an eye on the ads.
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Old 28th November 2007, 01:23 AM   #4
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Default Re: Is there any free software for DVD copying?

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Yeah! You may like to try 1Click DVD Copy Software Pro,. I recommend this to anyone who wants brilliant output quality. 1Click DVD Copy PRO™ is a fast, easy-to-use, full featured software for copying the latest DVD movies. Hope you will appreciate it. Best of luck!
In what way, shape, or form is this the free software that the OP was requesting? Why would anyone pay money for something like this when there are free alternatives out there as listed in previous posts?

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Old 28th November 2007, 02:28 AM   #5
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I agree with DVD Shrink and Decrypter for copying movies. Here is a link from a goofy pirate guy that walks you through a set-up, best part - free. Haven't tried Imgburn.

http://www.dvdplusvideo.com/petesguide3.html

For files DVD's I find Nero works well.
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Old 29th November 2007, 07:17 PM   #6
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I'm still looking for a decent spice simulator with graphical interface to run under linux. In the meantime, SwitcherCAD runs in windoze.
Not to hijack here, but just an FYI I_F..SwitcherCad runs flawlessly under WinE on my Linux box (Ubuntu distro).

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I just discovered that a couple nights ago. One less reason to use that POS windows!

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Old 4th December 2007, 01:37 AM   #8
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I agree with DVD Shrink and Decrypter for copying movies. Here is a link from a goofy pirate guy that walks you through a set-up, best part - free. Haven't tried Imgburn.

http://www.dvdplusvideo.com/petesguide3.html

For files DVD's I find Nero works well.

imgburn is dvddecryptor reborn with a new name same author
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