How Would I backup a DVD?
To start off, to reassure anyone that thinks the answer to this question will be used for illegal purposes, it is strictly for backing up and archiving DVD's.
I wanted to use my computer's DVD burner/player to Rip movies (on DVD) and back them up. These movies are the type that have been playing in theaters, and have come out on DVD. I have just installed my DVD drive, and as far as I've been able to tell, these types of DVD's are heavily encrypted to stop people from reproducing them for illegal purposes.
First, How would I backup a DVD on my computer? I searched around a little bit, and read up on encodings and file containers. I wanted to rip a dvd to my hard drive using DVD decrypter, and then use DVD shrink to encode the .vob files with H.26 encoding, in .avi file format. How Would I do this? Using this method, will I be able to watch the .avi file in windows media player? What are the ideal/optimal settings for a finished .AVI file Around 1 GB in size? Will this playback smoothly?
*I think that H.26 is the best encoding. Am I correct?
**Is AVI the best file container, or would you recommend a different one?
***Is it possible to acheive my goals as stated above with DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink?
****How Large will the .AVI file be after I rip and transcode it?
Secondly, If I wanted to burn an EXACT Copy of the original DVD (with chapters, a play menu, special features, etc) that will play in my DVD Player EXACTLY as the original DVD had, How would I do this? Can I acheive this using DVD Decrypter, or will I need to use a different tool?
*I had wanted to burn the exact copy on a blank DVD-R with 4.7 GB of space. Is this what I need/should be using?
All help is appreciated, but please do not post an answer if you are unsure or speculating.
from Nameless New Jersey.
In Short, I am looking for a comprehensive tutorial on how to backup a DVD in an optimized and compressed format (Details above) on my hard drive, and how to make an exact copy of a DVD on a blank DVD-R (Details above) using DVD Decryptor and DVD Shrink.
(This Post has been taken from my "Yahoo! Answers" Question. I don't think I will find much help there, considering how specifici my question is, so I moved it here.)
original location - http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081214162150AAqlmO3
If I get the answers I need, I will compile the information into a full start to finish tutorial, including screenshots of each step. At that time, I will ask/recommend the tutorial be stickied.
Thanks for reading!