Macintosh OS/copying a dvd


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Jeff, I have a DVD that has a copy of a video made of a ballet piece that my daughter performed.  I want to make a copy of it.  When I insert the dvd a desk image comes up and when I open the file the attached files show up:

I have: iMovie, iDVD, disk utility.
Thanks, Ron


What you're looking at is the structure that makes a DVD work.

(It's inside a folder called VIDEO_TS right?)

DVDs are MPEG2 streams that have been "authored" for playback in hardware players.

The Video_TS.IFO is an information file - about the DVD, with a BUP(backup) file in case it gets damaged.
The .VOBs - Video OBjects are the different menus and video streams on the DVD itself.

To duplicate this, the easiest way, will be to create an image of the DVD and then duplicate it, using Disk Utility. You won't need iMovie or iDVD unless you intend to edit her performance.

Here are three (similar) tutorials. They may have a menu or choice that's a little different for the disk utility for 10.6...but it shouldn't be significantly different.

They're all the same general idea.
Image the DVD via Disk Utility.
Burn the Image to a DVD Master format.

Let me know if you run into problems,

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QUESTION: thanks Jeffl.  Used disc utility and it worked.  I am trying to load the file into imovie to do some editing but having figured out how to do it.  Can you advise?  Ron


Ah, that's why I asked.

Not great news here.

So, the long and the short of it, is that iMovie can only edit certain types of video and VOB (Video Objects) that are in the MPEG2 format (all dvds) isn't one of them.

You'll have to convert it to something *your* version of iMovie can use.  You're currently 4+ years old for OSX - making searching and finding something even harder.

Take a look at this:

Basically, after you buy the Apple MPEG2 playback codec, you can use MPEG Streamclip to take your video to iMovie and edit.

You might also want to read this:

It may be possible for Handbrake (free DVD ripper) to convert to MPEG-4 (type h.264) will work in iMovie - and maybe not directly (it may need to convert it again!)  I can't tell, because I don't have your version of iMovie any more.  

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I can comfortably answer most basic/advanced questions regarding Macintosh hardware and software - nowadays only OSX. In fact, if it's prior to 10.3, there's a good chance I'll reject your question. Forget OS9 stuff - Igave up OS 9 ten years ago). Please do not ask me about OS9. My particular specialties are in Video editing/DVD authoring. I am a certified trainer in the "pro apps" (Final Cut, DVDSP, Soundtrack, Motion). I have been using Macs since 1985.


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