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Here we briefly show
you how to backup a DVD
to a (re)writeable DVD.
For this article, written by Harry de Vries,
we need at least DVD2One, Nero and
DVD2One is very small and very fast, but does
not support the ripping of a DVD nor the writing of a DVD. It
takes about half an hour to convert a DVD!
DVD2One can be found at the DVD2One
homepage. There is a trial version.
Note: Don't forget to read the disclaimer!
This article is intended for making backups of DVD's you OWN!
by: Harry de Vries
Burning a DVD to a writebale DVD
For starters, we need : Smartripper or
DVD decrypter (to copy a DVD to harddisk), DVD2ONE and Nero
Both DVD2One and Nero,
are available as a Trial version. SmartRipper can be downloaded from
Note: It is recommended to
use 2 empty directories. 1 for Smartripper (to dump
the ripped DVD in) and 1 for DVD2ONE for storing the
converted DVD files. This will save you a lot of confusion when burning
First we do need to rip the DVD to harddisk.
We will use Smartripper for this purpose. An alternative description
on how to use can be found on the SmartRipper
More recent versions of DVD2One (v1.1.1 seems to work
OK) do not always to need the SmartRipper process.
Play the DVD for a bit with PowerDVD or WinDVD, and continue with the conversion
process. In case the SmartRipper proces is needed, DVD2One will bring this
to your attention by an "DVD is encrypted" error.
Tip: For the DVD to "unlock" it
can be helpfull to play the DVD for a bit using PowerDVD or WinDVD!
After inserting the DVD in your DVD-player, start Smartripper.
Smartripper will analyze the disc:
SmartRipper: Analyze the DVD
In the next screen on the right, you can select either
to rip the movie only (Movie),
or all files (Files).
SmartRipper: What are we going
We select movie here, since we want
to rip only the movie.
Verify these settings below (click "Settings")
as they seem to work very well:
SmartRipper: Settings "File/Backup"
SmartRipper: Settings "Movie"
At the bottom of the SmartRipper window we can set
a target folder. Once you have done that, click Start and
SmartRipper starts ripping the required file(s). This takes 30 to 60
Converting the movie
Now we will need DVD2One to reduce the size of the
This is needed as most movies are app. 7 Gb large (stored on a so called
DVD-9 which uses two layers to store the movie, with
a maximum size of 9 Gb!). Our (re)writeable DVD (DVD-5)
can only hold 4,7 Gb! So the original size will not fit on these puppies.
After starting DVD2One you will see this screen (version
DVD2One: Start screen
Optionally choose a language (lower left corner) and
click "Next" to continue.
DVD2One: Choose Source and Destination
Since we focus on copying only the movie,
at the "Source" field, select the folder you
used with SmartRipper for dumping the files. Use "Destination" for
dumping the results.
Note: if you did not use SmartRipper for ripping the
files to harddisk, the choose the DVD-Rom drive (folder VIDEO_TS) as
Do not change the "DVD±R(W)" value!!
Note: You can also rip the
entire DVD (have SmartRipper rip ALL files). In that
case choose at "Copy Mode" the option "Full
Disk". I personally don't recommend doing so, as menu's
and extras take additional space on your DVD, meaning that the movie
will have less space on the disc, which will show in the quality later
In the now appearing screen we must select a title.
Select the largest (time wise) title - When using "Movie" with SmartRipper,
you normally will see only 1 title.
DVD2One: Select title
If more than one title shows, then select the largest
In this screen we can select audio track(s) and subtitle(s).
DVD2One: Select Audio Track(s)
Now click "Start" and DVD2ONE will
start converting the movie file.
DVD2One: Conversion takes about
Burn DVD with Nero Burning rom
Nero usually starts either with the "New
compilation" window or the wizard.
DVD2One: the "New Compilation" of Nero
DVD2One: The Nero wizard
If neither appear, select "New" for the "File"
Using the Nero wizard: in the
first screen select DVD,
in second screen select compile new CD,
in the third screen select other CD types and in the
last screen select Video
In the New compilation window,
select on the leftside DVD-video (in the upper left
corner select DVD and not CD)
and click New on the rightside.
On the rightside an Windows Explorer kind-a screen
appears. On the leftside, you will see a DVD compilation, showing audio_TS and Video_TS.
DVD2One: The Nero screen
With the file-explorer on the right, browse to
the folder where DVD2ONE dumped the converted DVD
files and drag them to video_TS.
There should be at least one 1 IFO,
1 BUP and 1 VOB file in the Video_TS folder
(it can also be more than 1).
Now click the burn button (don't forget to insert
an empty DVD in the DVD-writer) and after about an hour, you DVD is
The result DVD will be playable in most DVD players, and includes the same
audio quality as the original DVD.