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Old Jan 07, 2002, 02:54 PM
scoobydooby2002 scoobydooby2002 is offline
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Is it possible yet to make DVD backups on a Mac?

I would also like to create VCDs of my DVDs. Is that possible?
Old Jan 08, 2002, 05:23 AM
yoshi yoshi is offline
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It is possible to create DVD backups on macs. silly question but have you got a DVDR drive. if not you'll need one, and not a superdrive like the ones that are in the topend G4's cause they only burn CD's. Toast should burn the DVD's but I haven't tried personally. If Toast doesn't the drive should come with something that does. Make sure it's a firewire DVDR drive too cause DVD isn't that great on USB

Old Jan 08, 2002, 06:53 AM
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Default Re: DVD backups on a Mac?

[i]Originally posted by scoobydooby2002 [/i]
[B]Is it possible yet to make DVD backups on a Mac?

I would also like to create VCDs of my DVDs. Is that possible? [/B]
Sengimage posted this info on the old board it works well he's da man:

Hey buddy. For a straight DVD movie rip follow these instructions.

You'll be more successful ripping a DVD in classic mode.

You'll need some tools that are available for free over the net.....

DVDextractor 0.9b, MAC3dec, MPEG append.

You'll need to buy or already have the following...

a tool from Apple...DVD Studio Pro.

And Toast Titanium 5.0.2.

1. 1. when you insert the DVD you can do a 'Get Info' on it to see it's size...
If the size is 4.5GB or under you can go to the file menu in DVD extractor
and choose 'Save Image...', then select the DVD from desktop (navigate to
it) then choose the destination to where you will save it to, and hit
okay... You will have a Toast image of the entire DVD to double click and

2. If the DVD that you inserted is more than 4.5GBs then the next thing to
do is check the 'tracks'. The largest track is the entire movie... sound
tracks, video, & credits. If the 'Track' is around 5.5GB, then just select
all of the check boxes to the right except 'other' and 'merge' boxes. then
grab the 'Track' and drag it to the destination. The reason I say 5.5 is
because the 'track' will contain all of the sound tracks... commentary,
other languages, etc. but only the movie clip and base AC3 audio is needed... So you will have to get rid
of the others and keep the audio for the movie... Sometimes you get surround
sound, and stereo audio with one track.. the surround sound will be at least
double the size of the regular stereo. It will also extract some .spc files
which are nothing and can get trashed. Once you have extracted the .m2v file
and at least the first audio file (which will usually contain 00 in its
name, as opposed to 01, 02 that the others will have)... You then open up
DVD Studio Pro and import those two files I mentioned earlier. Once you have
them imported, you drag the .m2v file to the window above it... then drag
the audio (.ac3) file to the "track" file that was create when you drug the
.m2v file up... then click the background of dvd sp (outside the little
"track" box) then look to the right, then in the "startup options" click the
pull down and select the .m2v file. Once you do this you can look up and see
the space bar at the top of dvd sp, this will tell you if the dvd will be
too big or just right to burn. if the bar stays in the gray, then you're
cool, if it turns red, then you're over the size. Now you can click the
"preview" button and you can preview the movie how it will come out...
Sometimes you will not be able to preview the video, meaning you will look
and the counter at the top and see it go from 00:00:00 to --:--:-- and then
back like it's in a loop... if this happens you will need the MPEG append app... just drag and drop the .m2v file over it, and when it's
finished you can take that file and import it back into DVD sp and be able
to view it... also if when you go to import the audio you can't see the file to import it with DVD studio Pro, but you know it's there then it'll need to be fixed with MAC3dec, open up the app goto file > fix > select the audio file and wait, when it's done re-import into DVD SP. (If the audio is ahead of the video and is not in sync then you will need to start over and extract the information by scenes and omit the beginning intro filler scenes ie; tri-star or universal openers , select the same options as before ,but also select "Merge" test in DVD SP or repeat omitting more filler scenes in the beginning until the audio is in sync with the video then re-import.) Once you see that the audio and video are in sync you can hit
the square stop button, go to the file menu and select "build disc" and
there you go... once this is finished you can then take the Video_tS folder
and burn it in toast to get your finished DVD... I'm assuming you would know
that procedure, cause if you don't do it right, you could have a $5 coaster
(I did it wrong once).

The whole process takes about 3.5 to 4 hours with no mistakes or need to repair or append files on my MP800 g-4 configured with 1.5gig of ram and 110gb of hard disk, and that's still a long time in my opinion. It can be up to 6 hours if repairs and appends are needed. Leave about 7 gigs free for all this data.
Old Jan 08, 2002, 09:53 AM
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can i create a VCD from files extracted, or from the DVD SP file?
Old Jan 10, 2002, 10:41 AM
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[i]Originally posted by scoobydooby2002 [/i]
[B]can i create a VCD from files extracted, or from the DVD SP file? [/B]
You'll need to convert the extracted data to mpeg1 format and the audio to Aiff in order to do a VCD.

Old Jan 10, 2002, 02:01 PM
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thanks all for the help. I'll give it a try, but I may have more questions later.

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