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On this page we briefly show you how to copy a DVD to a recordable DVD.

This article, written by Mark Hendrikx , uses for this purpose DVDShrink and Nero. Optionally SmartRipperm but this is not always required as DVDShrink can rip DVD's by itself (decoding).

DVD rom's can be found in a multitude of formats: DVD5 - DVD9 - DVD10 even DVD18. DVD5 & DVD9 are single sided DVDrom's and DVD10&18 are double sided DVDrom's.

At the time of this writing, only DVD5 can be bought by consumers for recording purposes. The capacity is only 4,7GB. An original DVD however, is commonly about 9 Gb in size (DVD9). We now use DVDShrink to downsize the 9 Gb disc to a 4.7 Gb disc.

DVDShrink can be downloaded from the DVDShrink homepage or from the Download page .

Note: Read the disclaimer! You can only duplicate a DVD for backup purposes if you really OWN this DVD!

Duplicate a DVD using DVDShrink and Nero
by: Mark Hendrikx

Duplicating a DVD, What do we need?

For starters we do need : DVDShrink and Nero Burning rom.

A trial version of Nero, can be downloaded for free. DVDShrink can be downloaded from the download page.

Ripping a DVD

Ripping is not needed, as DVDShrink can do that by itself. Incase you run into trouble, consider the alternative approach where we rip the DVD to harddisk first using SmartRipper.

Note: When usign SmartRipper, do not use the "Open disk" button in DVDShrink. Rather use the "Open Files" buttons!

Reducing size of a DVD movie

Insert the original DVD into the DVD-Rom player and start DVDShrink (screenshots are based on version 2.3).

Click"open disk" (Open disc button) and select the drive where the DVD can be found.

DVDShrink: Start screen - The selected DVD is being recognized
DVDShrink: Start screen - The selected DVD is being recognized

Note: if the DVD hasn't been opened before, DVDshrink will take some time to analyze the DVD.

After that the following information will be shown :

DVDShrink: DVD Information
DVDShrink: DVD Information

1. Size of the DVD, here 7,26GB.

2. DVD filestructure and size of the files.

3. Compression level, 1 to 10 and still pictures

I always begin with setting the compression of the folders menu and extra's to the max; level 10. This way, more space is left for the movie (which is the most important part of the DVD anyway).

You will see in the screenshot below that I set the compression of the main movie to level 8 to make it fit a DVD5.

DVDShrink: Compression settings
DVDShrink: Compression settings

We're now ready to rumble,....

Click the "Backup!" ( DVDShrink Backup! button) button. A dialog will ask you where to put the copy.

DVDShrink: Where do you want the re-compressed copy?
DVDShrink: Where do you want the re-compressed copy?

Now click "OK" and DVDshrink will start doing it's thing ....

It strongly depends on your hardware, how long it will take DVDShrink to re-compress.

Burn DVD with Nero Burning rom

Nero usually starts either with the "New compilation" window or the wizard.

DVDShrink: the "New Compilation" of Nero
DVDShrink: the "New Compilation" of Nero

DVDShrink: The Nero wizard
DVDShrink: The Nero wizard

If neither appear, select "New" for the "File" menu.

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 DVD.

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.

DVDShrink: The Nero screen
DVDShrink: The Nero screen

With the file-explorer on the right, browse to the folder where DVDShrink 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 finished.

The result DVD will be playable in most DVD players, and includes the same audio quality as the original DVD.



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