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  • Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

    I am having a mental block how do you record a DVD to the hard drive on the computer.
    Now make it simple as there are some morons out here in the real world when it comes to computers.

    Tony

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    Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

    I use DVDFAB HD Decrypter

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      Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

      I like "DVD Shrink". It also will compress things enough to fit on a standard DVD+/R disc. But it also happily dump it to your hard drive, uncompressed if you want.

      If you just want a particular track / scene then "DVD Ripper" can do that (e.g. just extract your favorite scenes).

      As an aside, playing movies from your hard drive is FAR more battery efficient then using the CD/DVD drive of a laptop.
      When I travel for work, I usually put 3-4 movies on the HDD and can watch 1 or 2 on a single battery charge. Using the optical drive I can barely finish on movie. The optical drive motors just take so much juice. The HDD is always spinning anyway, reading from it requires only a little more energy.

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        Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

        oops, I made a redundant post about DVDShrink
        In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

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        • #5
          Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

          Thanks for your advice but I didn`t realize you needed a third party program to record a DVD to the hard drive.

          Tony

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          • #6
            Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

            Originally posted by AFM View Post
            Thanks for your advice but I didn`t realize you needed a third party program to record a DVD to the hard drive.

            Tony
            You don't need to any special software per se to record to the hdd. It's juts a copy/paste operation. Some media though, contain anti-piracy functionality and that's when the usual file operations may fail.

            Also, using one of the above titles allows you to compress the video by lowering it's quality, but still keeping is several times better than studio recorded vhs tape.
            In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion.

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            • #7
              Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

              Originally posted by AFM View Post
              Thanks for your advice but I didn`t realize you needed a third party program to record a DVD to the hard drive.

              Tony
              Well technically there is no difference in how you would copy a dvd to a hard drive compared to say a cd-rom. When it comes to a DVD movie or other protected title then it gets a little more difficult. They are encrypted to keep people from copying and pirating them. In that case you need one of the above mentioned programs to break the encryption and copy it.

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              • #8
                Re: Recording from DVD to the Hard Drive

                if your trying to copy footage off a sewer inspection dvd you can copy the .vob files off the dvd and rename them to .mpg They will be huge but they will be digital video files.

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