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Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 20, 2006 11:26PM
Hi,

A friend of my kid's gave him a dvd from a school project. He wants a copy made.

I've tried several diff ways to copy and burn it but it wont play when i go to test it.

It looks likethe original was made in idvd...has the silly theatre curtain thing going on.

I'd like the copy to open automatically like the original etc.

What do I do? It's getting late and I need to do this..thought it would be an in and out thing but as it turns out, im sorta dumb.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 20, 2006 11:36PM
> I'd like the copy to open automatically like the original etc.

Not enough info.

If you launch the DVD Player.app on your computer, will it play the copied DVD?

If the problem is that the DVD Player doesn't automatically run when the disc is inserted, it's a matter of opening your CD & DVD pref's in your System Preferences and changing the settings appropriately.

If the DVD Player won't play the DVD at all then you've probably screwed up the copy.

[Edit]BTW: Telling us HOW you tried to copy the DVD would be nice.

Did you use Toast? Did you use the Disk Utility? Did you make a disk image? Did you just copy the VIDEO_TS folder to your desktop and then burn that back to a blank DVD?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/20/2006 11:38PM by MacMagus.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 20, 2006 11:48PM
I think he's trying to tell us that he would like the DVD to play without the menus

Carm
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 21, 2006 12:04AM
> I think he's trying to tell us that he would like the DVD to play without the menus


If that's the case, he needs Toast 7 or Popcorn to copy the main feature and set it to autoplay.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Carm
Date: March 21, 2006 12:08AM
Couldnt he also use MacTheRipper to copy the main feature?


Carm
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 21, 2006 12:10AM
Yup,

I copied the orginal to my desktop in a new folder and then inserted a blank dvd and moved the folder with the audio and video files onto the blank and clicked burn.

I just want to give it back to the kid so he can pop it in and have play.

The original disk opens with the theatre curtain junk in DVD player as soon as it is recognized in the drive

the thing wont play at all in anything.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 21, 2006 12:15AM
> I copied the orginal to my desktop in a new folder and then
> inserted a blank dvd and moved the folder with the audio and
> video files onto the blank and clicked burn.

When you burn a disc from the Finder, you make a Mac-formatted disc.

You need a UDF formatted disc for it to be recognized in a DVD player.

If you don't have Toast, launch the Disk Utility and use it to make a Disk Image from the original DVD, then find the "Burn..." command under the Images menu and use that to burn a new DVD from the disk image.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: March 21, 2006 01:39AM
"launch the Disk Utility and use it to make a Disk Image from the original DVD, then find the "Burn..." command under the Images menu and use that to burn a new DVD from the disk image"

Almost right.

He needs to make sure he creates the image as a "CD/DVD Master".
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 21, 2006 01:40AM
MacMagus,

Thank you for the specifics...got it working.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 21, 2006 02:42AM
You're welcome, Kraniac. 'Glad you got it working.


> He needs to make sure he creates the image as a "CD/DVD Master".

Unless he's sharing the image with a PC user, there's no special advantage to choosing that format over the standard read/write or compressed options.

Selecting CD/DVD Master just changes the image-type from a .DMG image to a standard .iso format that you can burn from Windows or Linux.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/21/2006 02:43AM by MacMagus.
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: March 21, 2006 10:40AM
MacMagus Wrote:
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> > He needs to make sure he creates the image as
> a "CD/DVD Master".
>
> Unless he's sharing the image with a PC user,
> there's no special advantage to choosing that
> format over the standard read/write or compressed
> options.

Yeah, I guess Apple just put that option there for fun:

[docs.info.apple.com]

(You may want to read the article too, Kraniac.)
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 21, 2006 12:19PM
> Yeah, I guess Apple just put that option there for fun:
[docs.info.apple.com]

Once more for the record: The option is there for a purpose. It's there to allow you to share images with Windows and Linux users. That's its purpose.

I don't know why Apple suggests that you use that option in particular when making a copy of a DVD.

Do you?
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Re: Copying a DVD so it plays when inserted
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: March 21, 2006 04:30PM
MacMagus Wrote:
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> I don't know why Apple suggests that you use that
> option in particular when making a copy of a DVD.

The DVD/CD Master option--and only that option--creates a bit-accurate (i.e. clone), read-only image with no dependencies.
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