Some DVD info

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#1

Hey all, I just bought me a NEC 3540A thanks to reading the reviews on cdfreaks, great site by the way. I figured copy accuracy was paramount and it swayed my decision from getting a BENQ or LG even though those were rated good as well. I have read some points on DVD- and DVD+ format and chose to go with the DVD+ format. That being said, I’m looking to copy some DVD movies for backup purposes. I have read some guides and it looks like to do a 1:1 copy I need a ‘dual layer’ disc with a dvd decrypter of some sort. Once I have the information extracted from DVD with the decryptor, then I can use practically any program to burn the disc right? I know there are programs that will do all of that in one, but what would you guys recommend? I was thinking of getting Clone DVD. Any opinions on that software?

On a second note, I have read that Taiyo Yuden are probably the best brand DVD recordable to get. So in determining TY, I look on the package and if it says ‘made in Japan’ then it is most likely TY right?


#2

On the first point , because of the current high cost of dual layer media most people rip & compress the movies to fit a 4.3gb DVD. Who really needs extras , subtitles, numerous foreign languages etc on a backup.

There tend to be 2 options for this.

  1. Use DVD Decrypter (www.afterdawn.com) to rip to HD & then use DVD Shrink (same source) to compress to fit single layer DVD.
  2. Use Anydvd to remove copy protection and CloneDVD2 to rip/compress movie.

With DVD Decrypter not being developed further then AnyDVD is probably a pre-requisite anyway, although some recommend the free DVD43.

There’s very little to choose between CloneDVD2 & DVD Shrink except that Shrink is free.

If you really want 1:1 then AnyDVD & Shrink/CloneDVD2 is still a good way to go as not all movies can fit on dual layer anyway without something being removed.


#3

As for media, go for Verbatim 16x, FujiFilm Made in Japan, or Taiyo Yuden. Not all Made in Japan is Taiyo Yuden, but as a general rule all Made in Japan is better than other media.


#4

Ok, well lets say if I burned just the menu system, dolby, dts, and then movie track, would that fit on a 4.3gb more than likely deleting the extras, foreign languages, and warnings?

By the way, NewEgg.com is running Verbatim DL for 3/$13. If you buy 3 sets you get $15 rebate which drives the price down to $2.67/disc. The best deal I have seen so far on the net. Expensive still but more reasonable if you ask me.


#5

Very few movies will fit onto a single layer DVD-R without any compression even when only selecting the movie and normal Dolby track - toss in the menus and DTS and you would be way over.

Using AnyDVD and CloneDVD2, I have had good results even down at 60% quality. (viewed on a Sony 32in widescreen TV) Why is 100% so important?