How to Back Up a DVD, Part II.

A few months ago, I found a tutorial on how to back up a DVD and posted it here on VO. However, a few developments make that tutorial obsolete. Recently, my boss asked me to teach him how to back up a dvd. New encryption techniques have made the previous method obsolete, so here is my updated tutorial:

Here is my tutorial. First, you need the following programs:

1. Rip.� First, download Ripit4me. Install Ripit4me, then go into the menu. There is a “Downloads” menu linking you to the support programs that Ripit4me relies on (FixVTS, etc). Download all necessary programs and you are all set in terms of software.

As you may know, older dvds are dvd-5 (aka single layer, 4.7gb) and newer dvds are dvd-9 (aka 8.5gb, dual layer). This allows newer dvds to have much more information on them. You can shrink dvds with DVD Shrink, which automatically degrades the image quality to compress the whole dual layer dvd onto a single layer disc. Or, you can select what features you want to cut out of the dvd to improve the image quality of the main feature (such as removing extras, alternative audio tracks, and previews, etc). Alternatively, you could buy more expensive dual layer discs and simply do a 1:1 flawless digital transfer. I buy my discs from Meritline, and I think they offer the best prices on a general basis (though other places have better deals from time to time). For single layer discs, I use Ritek G05 inkjet printable DVDs. They make faster ones too, but they are pricier and I don�t have that fast of a computer. If I was going to go dual layer, and I didn�t care about labels, I would buy the Verbatims (though they are pricey, at 3.50 a disc). I’ve never tried the Ritek’s for dual layer but I’ve heard they have problems. Those discs are only $1.60 a disc though – you may want to try out a small batch if you are going the dual layer route.

The best place to learn about ripping dvds is Another great visual tutorial is at Also, Ripit4Me’s guide is pretty good. If you are going to use Ripit4Me (which I recommend, at first, since it is pretty simple and integrates all the other programs, make sure you are aware of whether or not it is going to force DVDshrink to compress the video. There is no point in buying dual layer discs if DVD shrink is just going to shrink it down to one layer (and it does this by default, so you need to go in there and make sure it is set to rip with no compression.)

2. Image and Burn. ImgTool integrates with DVDDecrypter to create an image of the folder you created and burn the disc.� Load ImgTool, browse for the directory you created by hitting the folder button on the upper right hand side (Ripit4Me uusually rips to C:\”Name of DVD”) then hit the disk button and imgtool will automatically create an output file (usually DVDNAME.iso) then hit image.� If you’ve properly integrated DVDDecrypter, it should automatically load and burn the disc.
There you have it!

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