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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-14-2003, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Dvd X...

Does it have the capability to record orginal DVD's? For instance, if I rented a DVD from Blockbuster or borrowed a friends, could I make a copy of that DVD?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-14-2003, 03:30 PM
 
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most DVD burners only burn 1 layer, most Movie DVD's are 2 layer. That cannot be burned on 1 DVD.

a DVD-R holds 4.7 gig (1 layer)

A movie holds 9.4 gig (dual layer)

So the odds are you will need to rip it, somehow and record just the movie on a DVD.. maybe in a vcd format of svcd format?? not sure if that works on a DVD-r though.. it should.
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Regular DVDr's can hold VCD/SVCD information (preferrably SVCD as it's closer to the actual original DVD resolution, thus looking that much better when being played back). Theoretically, you should be able to put 2 SVCD format movies or 4 VCD format movies on a DVDr, and as long as the burner software supports it, should be playable in your regular DVD player ... but definitely playable on your computer DVD.

As for DVDx, I presume you're talking about the software ... you mean DVDx, or DVD X Copy? DVDx is a stand alone program, that will take the contents of a ripped DVD, and compress it into VCD or SVCD format. Which you'll have to have another program to actually rip the DVD's (such as SmartRip). DVD X Copy is a DVD to DVD copying program.

Though it's illegal as all get out, yes, it can be deployed to copy rented DVD's to either DVDr, or CDr.

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DVD X Copy is a DVD to DVD copying program.
I think it is DVD X Copy. It's the program you can get at Fry's.

So, with this program, I can direct copy from one DVD to another without needing any other software?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2003, 01:23 AM
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That's what the claim is Though I've never used it, so I can't say for sure how well it works ... and / or how easy/difficult it is.

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dont waste your money on DVD Xcopy

there are better tools out there now, the best at the moment is probably DVD2one. Rip your files to HD with DVDDecryptor freeware. Then use DVD2one to extract just the movie data and leave it in a nice 4.3GB package ready to burn to DVD.

The resolution lost is negligible for most movies, however longer 2.5HR + movies may suffer some noticeable resolution degradation.

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