DVD Burning for Starters

Ok so I’m really new to burning DVDs - I just bought a laptop and was wondering if I buy DVD burning program do I need to also get a DVD ripper? I was thinking I would have to rip the DVDs to my computer first then burn them using a burning program. I was wondering if the DVD burning programs might come with a way to rip them - with just the single dvd drive on the laptop I was thinking I might have to get both the ripping/burning programs…

Any info would be great…Thanks!

Hello bubba09er, welcome to the forums.

It sounds like you want to learn how to back up your dvd movies onto blank dvdr’s. You’ve come to the right place anyway. :slight_smile:

There are only a few dvd ripping programs that are still being updated to deal with new protection schemes as they come out. And there is only one free option that is still updated. It is called DVDFab HD Decrypter. It is the free section within DVDFab and will continue to function as a decryption/ripping program even after the trial for the main part of DVDFab expires.

One problem with ripping and copying dvds is that commercially made movies are usually too large to fit onto a blank, single layer dvdr. Normally you have to either strip out extras, or foreign languages, commentary, etc., or you have to compress them. DVDShrink is a good, free program for compression, and it can even rip and decrypt dvd’s that have simple CSS protection on them. It isn’t effective by itself on many newer movies though. Use it in combination with DVDFab HD Decrypter and you have a free solution that can backup most any dvd you encounter.

You can use a free burning program called ImgBurn to do the actual burning to a disk. So you see, the whole process can still be done using only free tools.

If you’d rather have the process contained within one program, you should look at DVDFab. You’ll need to purchase it after the trial expires, but it can do all of the steps by itself.

Use good media, like Verbatim 16x disks, and don’t burn at the top speed of your dvd burner. Take it down a notch from the highest speed.

There are many guides for ripping and compressing movies, depending on which tool you choose. You can find guides to DVDShrink at www.mrbass.org or www.dvdshrink.info There are guides at the forum for ImgBurn on how to burn dvd-video as well.

If you are a stickler for the very best quality, and don’t want to use compression, you’ll need to rip and then burn to a double layer dvd. In that case, only use Verbatim brand. They are the only reliable double layer dvds widely available. You should know that some dvd drives in laptops are not very good for burning double layer disks though. Especially Matshita brand drives.

So, that should be confusing enough. Let us know if you have more questions.

Just to add an option to the great advice given above. Posts #67 to #74, but please also read Posts #77 & #78.


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