I realize this thread was posted almost four years ago but upon a Google search, I found this thread and I have almost the exact same problem. Hopefully somebody will be able to help.
Some of my fiancÃ©e's cousins' family home movies are on a DVD-R. He would like to copy the movie to a computer then make more DVDs with these family movies. The DVD-R was originally created with a VHS-to-DVD recorder/converter. I have a Mac. I have no problem playing the movies with my DVD Player software when one of the discs is inserted. But when I copy the DVD to my computer, I get a folder image (instead of a DVD disc image) called SONATA_VOLUME with two folders in it: VIDEO_RM and VIDEO_TS. Each contain several files with various file extensions, and I can't do anything with the individual files. I can't even tell where, in all this gobledegook of files, the actual "movie" exists that somehow my DVD Player knows how to play, but it is obviously interpreting all the files together somehow. I can't actually watch the movies except when one of the discs is actually inserted in the computer.
So, is there a way that I can successfully transfer these movies to my computer and actually be able to watch the movies without the disc inserted?
I am actually thinking that possibly if I were to just burn the SONATA_VOLUME folder to a blank DVD, it might actually result in a successful movie copy, kind of as if my computer is the middle-man, but the movies only actually play on a disc. This idea is something my brain conjured-up; I have no idea if this would be true.
Anyway, can anybody help? Thanks!