Ok so we all know pinnacle instant copy is a brilliant proggy (ouputsize prediction aside)
but the one thing about it that really bugs me is its insistence on using the .pdi image format.
how the hell can u view it before burning?
i'll tell you how........
these methods involve converting the pdi images into either an ISO image or Extracting to the VIDEO_TS/AUDIO_TS folders.
Dos based proggys that tie up your computer and take up valuable time.
Then i discovered that the latest version of Alcohol 120% included the ability to burn and mount .pdi images!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh Joy To The world..........
so i got hold of this program and tried it.............
it doesn't freakin work!!!!!!!!!!
i went to there support forums and looked around and other people had posted with the same problem.....(ADR field detection error)
a moderator/beta tester posted back this reply.........
The meaning of supporting pdi-images is that Alcohol supports "good" pdi-images, unfortunately the pdi-images created by InstantCopy/DVD are corrupt (wrong size info in pdi) - so blame Pinnacle, not Alcohol.
doesn't really help me
so i tried DaemonTOOLS mounting software and that never worked either.
so after more searching for information..my good friend the internet lead me to an absolutely brilliant discovery!!!!!!!!!!!!
These are like extra .cue files that contain information about the images......be it ISO, .Gi .IMG .BIN and............ .pdi
so the solution of viewing you completed movie before burning is a very simple and easy one.........
ok so after you have converted your film with instantcopy.......
You should have files like this
2. Open dvddecrypter goto....TOOLS/Create DVD MDS File.
3. Click on "ADD"
4. Then click on the .pdi file for the movie you wish to create a MDS file for.
5. "OK" it.
6. When the next screen pops up just hit "SAVE".
7. You should then have this box......Just "OK" it.
THATS YOUR MDS FILE CREATED IN A NANOSECOND.......A BIT QUICKER THAN "B.K." :evil: :evil: :evil:
NEXT STEP MOUNTING IMAGE FOR VIEWING
For this u will need a "VIRTUAL DRIVE" installed
Either Daemontools, Alcohol 120% or any other virtual drive software.
1. Open "MY COMPUTER"
2. Right-Click on your "VIRTUAL DRIVE"
3. Select "Mount Image"
4. Then "OPEN" and show it the MDS File you wish to mount.
5. BINGO!!!!! your film is now mounted and u can view or burn at your leisure
[b]Thats it........It might seem a bit complicated here coz i wrote this guide for people (n00bs) that might not be that experienced at using images and mounting them ect.
Hope this helps some people and solves the try before you burn debacle that these .pdi images give you a minor headache with.[/b]
NOTE: ................to burn image to DVDR u might need to "UMOUNT IMAGES" before you burn.
p.s. LMK if u have any quezzies or suggestions on improving this method/guide.