vobcopy on breezy
ulist at gs1.ubuntuforums.org
Mon Jan 2 23:55:13 UTC 2006
Happy to report Stage 2, namely first-time attempt to copy an
unencrypted DVD9 to DVD5, was uneventfully successful.
For those who come after I'm duty-bound for completeness to describe
the process I used. In no way is this the best way to do it, but it
worked without a hitch and that's all I wanted to prove fto myself.
Steps on this dual-boot HP Pavilion 1.8Ghz notebook 30GB HDD (2002):
- With dual-layer DVD in hand - a live 7980MB two-hour rock concert -
type -cd- in terminal to a large empty directory. Reckoned FAT32
partition with 24.0GB free space on the external FireWire disk drive
would be more than adequate, and it was. 15GB is probably the minimum
I'd want to work with.
- In that empty directory, type -vobcopy -m- as discussed earlier in
this thread. -vobcopy -m- took 50 minutes to copy a mirror image of
this DVD-ROM to external disk.
- Loaded wine (version 0.9.4 wineHQ) to launch DVD Shrink 18.104.22.168 to
get to work on vobcopy's output. In DVD Shrink I'd discarded
everything but the main feature and AC3 English audio to achieve at
least 80% compression. DVD Shrink analysing took 30 minutes, and
encoding another half hour to get an *.iso ready to burn.
- Rather than employ demo neroLINUX used in that Stage 1 to copy a
DVD5 1:1 to a blank DVD5 when K3b failed me each and every time, I
decided to give K3b another chance with this new, shrunken-to-4.4GB
*.iso from original DVD9.
- K3b (version 0.12.7 Using KDE 3.4.3) in Breezy/GNOME Applications
performed flawlessly, breezing through first burn onto a pre-recorded
DVD+RW (K3b asked permission to overwrite it, I said yes) in 17
minutes. I tested it in the living-room DVD Player, great stuff. Then
K3b did another burn that lasted 15 minutes to burn same ISO9660
Image to a blank DVD-R. Both DVDRW/R media used are quality 4x
write-speed media. The end results were as good as the original to my
amateur eye and ear on a stand-alone DVD player.
Only one mishap along the way:
Before vobcopy I'd tried to use wine/DVD Decrypter 22.214.171.124 but
Decrypter died half way through saying wine didn't have enough file
space or something similar. Could it be entire Breezy setup on this
notebook is squeezed into a tiny 8.5GB partition including swap, and
Decrypter just ran out of room to thresh its copying process onto the
external drive? I don't know but DVD Decrypter is my preferred starting
point *Mode > ISO > Read* to copy.
Maybe there's something here to help another DVD-copying newbie.
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