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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 02:37 
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Not putting you down or anything, just using your experience as an example. Why would you want to make a DVD once your digital? I can only think of one reason. To give someone else a copy with inferior technology so they can watch it on an old set top DVD box. Otherwise, once your digital and on a hard drive, your home free. Never need another DVD.

You say, " I've copied some LaserDiscs to the computer (via an analog to digital FireWire converter). " I take it you we're unsuccessful with this method otherwise why copy to a DVD recorder?

Yes, authoring can be tricky when using different systems for copy. Best to stick with the PC only DVD recorder. I never liked the DVD recorder stand alones, for many reasons, biggest is choice of quality settings for recording.


I was very successful from using my FireWire converter to the computer. But I was trying different ways to copy content. At this time I had my old iMac which didn't have too much hard drive space free. Importing the digital video to iMovie and then exporting a QuickTime video file would take over 5 hours for a 2 hour film. So it wasn't worth it to me. That's why I tried my DVD Recorder, I was trying to make a backup of a disc. Turned out pretty well for what it was.

However I did author a DVD from my iMac so I can give someone a copy to share once, and that worked out pretty well. The raw formatted digital video file on my Mac was well over 20GB in size, my friend didn't care about quality, he just wanted to see the content. So in this case a DVD was just fine. And it compressed very well and it was pretty good. I mean my LD I was copying from had some laser rot. So at the very least I wanted a personal digital copy of it, even if it wasn't the best quality. Now with the Star Wars Blu-Ray set with this content it's not as useful to have but still... (This was the Making of Star Wars LD disc I was copying)

As for the Star Wars LaserDisc extras (from the Definitive Collection) I copied them with my new iMac (with plenty of hard drive space) into iMovie for editing and rearranging via my FireWire converter. Then for sharing I exported a QuickTime file for and burned a data DVD to give to a co-worker. I do understand how making a DVD of a digital file degrades the quality. But in my case it was easy to burn a DVD to share the content. It's not like I deleted my digital master files. That would be just silly! :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 03:00 
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Your talking about compression (DVD or mpeg 2 codec). Actually the laserdisc analogue quality when comparing to digital quality works well with the MPEG 2 codec. The problem is usually in how you handle the sound (quality). The lossless file is overkill but works nicely for any mastering alterations. Another good way to send someone a DVD file is to send them a USB hard drive key. Just so they send it back. If it's alot of data, I use an internal hard drive without an enclosure.

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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 03:07 
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elviscaprice wrote:
Your talking about compression (DVD or mpeg 2 codec). Actually the laserdisc analogue quality when comparing to digital quality works well with the MPEG 2 codec. The problem is usually in how you handle the sound (quality). The lossless file is overkill but works nicely for any mastering alterations. Another good way to send someone a DVD file is to send them a USB hard drive key. Just so they send it back. If it's alot of data, I use an internal hard drive without an enclosure.

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Well my original intent was not to rip LDs perfectly, I do realize the way I was doing things was no where near perfect. I'm sorry if I was giving the impression of that, I didn't intend to. But for my situation and needs it worked out okay. But of course for anything I'd like to make a nice copy of I'd take care to save the original format. Yes USB drives (even some flash drives these days) are a great way of transferring larger files. I recently got a 16GB USB drive for under $20, great little thing to have to transfer a good amount of data (if you don't mind waiting a bit). :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 03:24 
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Sorry, I went over the top, have to much time on my hands. LOL, yeah those keys are nice.
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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 03:30 
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elviscaprice wrote:
Sorry, I went over the top, have to much time on my hands. LOL, yeah those keys are nice.
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Oh don't worry about it. :lol: Yeah those USB flash drives are great. I still remember buying my first 128 MB one... thankfully they've gone down in price and up in capacity!
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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 03:39 
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I just keep my dvd quality at 2 hours. It looks fine. Normal dvd is 4 hours isnt it? Regardless, looks and sounds find on my computer.
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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 03:46 
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I just keep my dvd quality at 2 hours. It looks fine. Normal dvd is 4 hours isnt it? Regardless, looks and sounds find on my computer.


Yeah from my tests the 2 hour mode worked pretty well in most cases. It was hard to tell the difference from the 1 hour mode, at least on my DVD recorder it was. :)
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 Post subject: Re: Ripping movies to the computer
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2011, 05:12 
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Most LDs are under 2 hours. I have a 1 1/2 hour mode as well that I want to try. I figure at 2 hours you get as good as you can almost. Plus, it gives me a backup copy incase something happens.
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