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can't burn Copy Protected DVDs

June 19, 2005 at 15:51:23
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 / 512mb

I just bought a Memorex DVD burner to back up all my DVDs that I have bought over the last few years. It won't burn the DVDs because it says that the Discs are copy protected. Did I waste my money on a DVD burner, or is there still some way to burn my DVDs?



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#1
June 19, 2005 at 16:03:42

of course you cant! unless you have the DVD X Copy series which was made by studio 321, but now their company is out of business because its illegal. Though my grandpa does still have them. Sorry, no DVD backups for you.


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#2
June 19, 2005 at 16:08:40

Copy protection is to prevent Disc piracy. The technologies used are Content Scrambling System (CSS) which scrambles the audio/video data on a DVD-Video disc and Analogue Copy Protection (ACP) which completely distorts or prevents copying by DVD recorders
If you make Home Video DVD disc, your Memorex burner may have no problem to make duplicates:-)
M

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#3
June 19, 2005 at 16:09:49

I do see devices at stores that do allow you to do so. I don't recall their price tag but if I had to guess it may have been between $40 and $70 US.

Waste of money? No, not at all as DVD burners are good for many things besides making copies of DVDs (legal or otherwise).

Bryan


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#4
June 19, 2005 at 16:12:20

My grandpa has the DVD X Copy Gold,Xpress, and Platinum, but he bought them while they were still legal, but dont worry he does no selling or redistributing of the DVD backups of the movies HE OWNS, after he burns them. I used it once to burn a copy of my Gilmore Girls seasons and I eventually ended up losing the disc so it was for good use.

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#5
June 19, 2005 at 16:13:25

http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/121948.html

Read the third post. Google that program.

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#6
June 19, 2005 at 16:15:19

try to download dvd shrink to use for backing up dvds you own.

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#7
June 19, 2005 at 16:15:50

i think ICopyDVDS will allow you to burn copyrighted DVDs. I saw it at target the other day. I think its ICopyDVDS2.

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#8
June 19, 2005 at 16:19:33

My grandpa also has DVD Shrink but it compresses it and saves it to your hard drive, but Nero or Roxio will not allow burning of it(even after its on the HD)because the copy right codes still apply, and DVD X Copy copies directly from the disc. So what Im getting at is, DVD Shrink only compresses, not burns.

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#9
June 19, 2005 at 16:31:28

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_rippers/dvd_decrypter.cfm

You can easily make back-ups of your dvd's with DVD Decrypter. I would advise you download this now; I'm not going into details, just download it now as it won't be around much longer. It is also free.
It removes all types of CSS encryption methods; not positive about the newest kind that Sony has just implemented though...

While your at the addy above, you might also search around for DVD Shrink too. The two go hand-in-hand.
Shrink will compress the material down and allow most dvd's be fitted onto a 4.7 GB disk. You can also omit the extra's such as the director's commentary or foreign languages which take up quite some room.
DVD Shrink is also free too.

I don't know what model Memorex you have, so if yours is a dual layer and if you have the $$$$, you could also consider the newer dual layer media too. They are still quite expensive, though.

Happy burning... burn baby, burn....

~Tommyo


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#10
June 19, 2005 at 16:45:56

Seems like everyone has heard about Sony making CDs and DVDs that wont allow copyrighted DVDs or downloaded music. Sony will just lose business because no one will buy them and go with the other brand, but eventually someone will break the code.

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#11
June 19, 2005 at 17:03:52

Kyle said:
"My grandpa also has DVD Shrink but it compresses it and saves it to your hard drive, but Nero or Roxio will not allow burning of it(even after its on the HD)because the copy right codes still apply, and DVD X Copy copies directly from the disc. So what Im getting at is, DVD Shrink only compresses, not burns."

Kyle, you are way off. With DVDShrink you have the option of backing up the entire disk or just the parts you want (i.e. stripping out the menus and other stuff except the movie). And, it DOES remove the copy protection. Also, if you have Nero installed you can have DVDShrink automatically burn the disk as well.

Also, any DVD backup software will have to re-encode the video if you want it to fit on a standard recordable DVD. Most comercial DVDs are dual layer. You could back up to a dual-layer, recordable DVD but the discs are so expensive that it would be cheaper to buy a 2nd copy of your DVDs. Note that some movies will fit on a single layer disk if you are only backing up the movie and not all the extra stuff.


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#12
June 19, 2005 at 17:16:04

well since DVDShrink cant burn, we tried it in Nero but it when i tried to drag it into the burn list, it says like and error message about legal stuff.

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#13
June 19, 2005 at 17:32:51

DVD Decrypter along with DVD shrink is the way to go!! Iv'e backed up hundreds of movies with no trouble. You can also get rid of all the previews and the nagging start menu... the show starts as soon as you pop it in the drive.

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#14
June 19, 2005 at 17:40:25

Videohelp.com is a wonderful resource if you're trying to make DVD backups.

As Michael J stated, you won't be able to fit your original dvd on a standard disc. You'll either have to reencode and compress, backup to dual layer (expensive and not all dvd writers support), or split the dvd.

Unfortunately, I've never taken the splitting route, so couldn't help you there. But, as I said, videohelp.com is a great resources. Good luck =)



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#15
June 19, 2005 at 18:12:52

actually, when i used DVD X Copy Xpress, it can fit the whole DVD onto a 4.7 GB disc with no compression involved, and the burned copy looks fantastic.

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#16
June 19, 2005 at 18:34:25


KYLE:

"actually, when i used DVD X Copy Xpress, it can fit the whole DVD onto a 4.7 GB disc with no compression involved, and the burned copy looks fantastic."


Not possible... You CANNOT fit 6 or 7 gigs on a 4.7 disk without reducing the bit rate.

DVD X Copy doesn't tell you but what it does is changes the bit rate to suit the disk you are recording to.

With a store bought DVD you can cut the bit rate in half and not notice much of a change since the recording quality was good to begin with.



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#17
June 19, 2005 at 18:39:17

want a bet? its true. I backed up the entire second season of gilmore girls, i got all of disc 1 on 1 disc, disc 2 on one disc,so on and so forth. the entire season was 6 discs, i ended up with 6 backed up copies.

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#18
June 19, 2005 at 19:08:06

You can do the same thing with any compression program...BY REDUCING THE BIT RATE.

Think about it... why would DVD manufacturing companies waste money on double layer disk (which is what store bought DVD's are) if they could get it all on a 4.7 disk????!!!

I could put a season of gilmore girls on TWO 4.7 disks if I reduce the bit rate enough.

DVD shrink, DVD X Copy... all do the same thing... reduce bit rate to fit the disk.

Sorry, don't mean to burst your bubble, but that's the way it is.


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#19
June 19, 2005 at 19:19:33

Kyle,

Instead of arguing, why don't you read what blackbill posted:

"DVD X Copy doesn't tell you but what it does is changes the bit rate to suit the disk you are recording to."

File size is directly proportional to the bitrate. That is why your 6 Gilmore Girls DVD's would fit on 6 DVD's.

"since DVDShrink cant burn, we tried it in Nero"

If you have Nero installed, you can burn directly from DVDShrink. If you can't, you don't have it configured properly or you have a bad installation.


Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#20
June 19, 2005 at 19:19:59

But i hate the gold version of DVD X Copy, it asks to put it on 2 discs while Xpress can get it all onto one.

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#21
June 19, 2005 at 19:47:15

DVDShrink 3.2
my grandpa did mention burning from DVDShrink once before, but he said that he couldnt remember how to do it after we compressed the second disc in DVDShrink.

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#22
June 19, 2005 at 20:06:47

I've been using DVD Shrink now for a bit over 18mths and have never had any problems with it.DVD Shrink integrates seemlessly with Nero.

It seems to me that Kyle is trying to drag and drop from DVD Shrink into Nero. That won't work at all. If using DVD Shrink, everything is done from within that program. If Nero is configured properly, you NEVER have to launch it.

Lessons learnt the hard way are not easily forgotten.


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#23
June 20, 2005 at 09:51:26

way off there. i go into nero and find the compressed disc file in my computer and try and open it up in nero or roxio but it wont allow me to. it says something about legal junk.

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#24
June 21, 2005 at 02:31:10

http://www.mrbass.org/

for all ..while it lasts, dvd ripping&burning



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