Burning DVD onto computer

My laptop came with a DVD burner on it, but I’m not sure how to really burn a DVD. It has Toshiba DVD Movie Factory on it, but it doesn’t seem to want to burn the DVD onto my computer. Am I missing something?

I want to be able to copy the DVD onto my computer, then burn it onto another DVD so I can watch the copy and not mess up my original DVD.

Thanks for the help.

For commercial movie DVD’s you will need a decrypting program to remove the copy protection and copy the movie to your hard drive. A very good one is DVDFab HD Decrypter, http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm. There is an excellent subforum for DVDFab here at CDFreaks with lots of information and helpful people. Once you have the movie decrypted and on your hard drive you will need to burn it to a DVD. I know nothing about the Toshiba DVD Movie Factory, but a very good free burning program is Imgburn, http://www.imgburn.com/. There is also a subforum for Imgburn here.

You are totally the bomb! Thank you so much for your help. I’ve heard of something aout a decrypter, but I wasn’t sure what that was or where to look.

Thanks again.

Another thing to consider is the size of the decrypted movie on your hard drive. Most movies will be too large to fit on a single layer DVD and dual layer (DL) disk are quite a bit more expensive. If you want to burn to a single layer disk you will need to “shrink” the movie. One program to do this is DVDShrink, http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_shrink.cfm. Another one is DVDRebuilder, http://dvd-rb.dvd2go.org/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=14. Shrink is a ‘transcoder’ and Rebuilder is an ‘encoder’, Shrink will be faster but Rebuilder will give better quality. If you want an all-in-one program then the pay version of DVDFab is what you should try. There is a 30 day free trial so you can decide if it meets your needs before you buy it…

So your options are: Decrypt to your hard drive, shrink the movie to fit a single layer DVD or not shrink and use a dual layer DVD, then burn the movie with whatever burning program you choose or the all-in-one approach using DVDFab to decrypt, shrink, and burn.

Thank you. I’ve made a document with all of these tidbits so I might be ablet o figure out how to do it, next time I get ready to burn a DVD.

I am so glad I found this site.

This could be an option. Posts #67 t0 #74, but please also read Post #77 & #78.