Blank DVDs are available in DVD+R and DVD-R formats. Support for DVD+R varies, but all DVD players can read DVD-R.
Most commercial DVDs are dual-layer, but older consumer burners and media are single-layer. To copy a dual-layer DVD onto a single-layer DVD, the video will need to be compressed. Fortunately, most programs handle this automatically. These programs create a disk image. This is a file that contains all of the data the DVD will need. Once this is created, insert a blank DVD-R, and burn the image.
DVDs can be copied with Handbrake or DVDShrink, both of which are available free:
DVDshrink has more options for copying, while Handbrake can convert video to be played on other formats like portable media players.
Handbrake and DVDShrink are also available for the Mac, or you can use OSX's built-in copying utility:
Insert the DVD and close the DVD player window. Open "Disk Utility" under the utilities menu. On the left you'll see a list of drives: click on the DVD, which will be listed below the DVD drive. For example, if you are burning a disk called "Movie" you will see something like "Pioneer DVD-R," and below that "Movie."
Click on the "New Image" button at the top center of the screen. Select where you want the file to be saved, set encryption to "none," and click OK. A new window will pop up showing the progress of the image creation.
ToVid is similar to Handbrake, with the same ability can create DVD images, as well as convert video to different formats like PAL and NTSC. The output will be an .iso file. DVD video can be converted to other formats using WinFF.
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