Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
In this tip , I will show you how to backup your DVD's to your computer
or to burn them to another disc using DVD Shrink. This is very useful
if you have DVD's that YOU OWN but don't want the original to get
damaged or if you would like to watch it on your PC.
Note that it is illegal to copy any DVD if your do not own the original. (Check your country's copyright laws)
Firstly , you will need the program. CLICK HERE to go to the download site.
For the program's main page CLICK HERE
DVD Shrink is freeware but if you want , you may make a donation which will help with the upkeep of the program by clicking HERE.
Once downloaded , insert your DVD into the DVD drive of your computer and open the program. Now click on the Open Disc icon and select the DVD you inserted into the drive from the drop down menu.
In my case , I will be using a an original disc of a popular series. Press okay once you have selected the disc you want to backup. The disc will now be analyzed which should not take more than 5min.
Once complete , the program will display the basic layout of the DVD.
Here , you can choose to remove certian objects from the DVD to save space. Most comercial DVD's are written on single sided double layer DVD9 discs which can hold 8GB of video. You will probably want to write it to a normal 4.7Gb single sided single layer disc. For this to be possible , the quality of the video must be reduced. Thus , the more extra's you can remove , the more space will be available for video leading to better video quality. The program automatically adjusts the video to fit onto a 4.7 Gb disc.
For instance on the disc I have inserted , I decided to remove the director's comments as well as the Norwegian Subtitles to save space. It's never really necessary to remove the subtitles as they occupy very little space anyways.
It's also not necessary to have more than one sound track on the disc. If you are going to be playing your DVD on your 5.1 sound system , there is no use for the 2.1 sound and you may remove it.
The aim is to get the compression ratio as big as possible as this will govern the quality of the backup.
You can also edit the the movie in re author mode which can save much more space on the disc , but I will be demonstrating this in another tip to keep this one as simple as possible.
Once you are done unchecking unnecessary extra's on the disc , select the backup button.
You will not get the backup dialog screen. Here you may choose how the disc is backed up and where the backup is stored. I prefer backing up to a ISO image file as I can either watch it on my PC using a virtual DVD drive like Deamon Tools Lite or write it to a disc later using most burning software. If you are using Nero burning software , you will be able to burn the disc directly from the following screen under the format options.
Just below the "Backup Target" format , you may select where on your computer the file should be stored.
When your done , select OK and the backup will start. This should take anywhere from 30min to 2h depending on the quality of the rip and the length of the video.
Uncheck the "enable video preview" button to speed up the ripping process.
You may burn this image with most burning software or on Windows Vista or later , simply double click on the image to burn it with the Windows Built in burner.
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