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15 Oct 2008 Howto copy a DVD-9 (dual-layer) movie in linux (fast)

More and more people are getting dual-layer DVD-burners and don’t want to compromise quality by shrinking the movie down to DVD-5 (singel-layer) copies. This howto will show you how to make a 1:1 (unshrinked and unencrypted) ISO-image of an encrypted DVD-9 movie in linux using the commandline.

Prerequisites (these are likeley available in your distros repositories/packet-manager..)

    vobcopyCopy the structures and files of a DVD to hardisk Homepage
    mkisofsCreate ISO9660/Joliet/HFS ISO images from filesystem Homepage

Note: vobcopy is dependant on libdvdread and libdvdcss for copying encrypted disks to HD.

Copy DVD to HD
Mount your dvd to your filesystem and run vobcopy.

Note: This example assumes that your DVD-reader is accessible through /dev/dvd and that you mount it to /mnt/dvd. The actual device name for your system may differ!

# mount /dev/dvd /mnt/dvd
# vobcopy -v -m -i /mnt/dvd

Make sure you start vobcopy from a place in the filesystem where you have enough free space.

Make an ISO-image of the extracted files

# mkisofs -v -dvd-video -o ../MOVIE_NAME.iso .

You should now have a MOVIE_NAME.iso image that is ready to burn with your favourite burning tool – offcourse you will need a dual-layer burner and a DVD+R DL disc to go :)

Tip: If you need DVD-9 to DVD-5 copies (like DVDshrink does), I recommend k9copy Homepage

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07 May 2007 Dump/image CDROM to ISO file

To create an ISO image from your CD/DVD, place the media in your drive but do not mount it. If it automounts, unmount it.

# dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/path/til/ISO-fil

To make an ISO image from files on your hard drive, create a directory which holds the files you want. Then use the mkisofs command

# mkisofs -o outputfile.iso /my/folder/

The resultfile is called outputfile.iso witch contains all the files in the /my/folder/ folder.

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16 Apr 2007 Create ISO file with mkisofs

The AUDIO_TS/ and VIDEO_TS/ directories are required by the dvd video standard, and contain all of the menus and video that will be used when you put this dvd into your home dvd player.

# mkisofs -dvd-video -udf -o dvd.iso dvd_fs

This will create the iso image dvd.iso that you can burn to a real dvd with dvdrecord

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