After reading back through several pages of threads I think my head has finally exploded with the kazillions of programs suggested to copy DVD's. It seems that different pieces of software will do different things and it is basically a case of matching up your preferences with the right program.
Basically I am trying to back up my DVD's by ripping the movie to my Hard drive and then burning it to DVD disc.
Ideally I would like to rip the film to a file extension that will be compatable with DVD decryptor and will burn to disc using that program.
Also I am looking to burn to single layer 4.7GB discs and NOT dual layer.
I would like to make an EXACT copy of my DVD's (including menus, chapters, extras etc) where possible.
I have read that there will be a distinct shift in the quality of the image if I attempt to fit it onto a single layer 4.7GB disc If this is likely to happen, is there a program where I can select certain parts of the film to rip (ie the movie and one extra) to keep the quality. OR is there a program that someone knows of where it is possible to shrink the file size without loosing too much quality.
The films I will be backing up are your run of the mill DVD's with a few extras (creep and wrong turn to name a couple), NOT epics like Titanic or Lord of The Rings which have masses of extras based on the creation of the film.
With this in mind how much data is likely to be stored on these discs? As if it is likely to be under 4.7GB in he first place, then all this stressing about shrinking and loosing quality is giving me needless high blood pressure.
Thank you in advance for any help given