Among flat-screen TVs as big as a wall and 5.1 audio systems from the exaggerated power , all of us are gradually transforming our living rooms in real movie theaters (or at least wish to do so) . The most passionate among you will probably already have Media Center computer , and using a small box, Media Client , have already opened their staff “multiplex” , with its evening program (Room 1 – living room: “X -men” ; room 2 – “Fast and Furious ” Pirates of the Caribbean ) .
Well ! Accustomed as we are increasingly difficult to detach ourselves from our media universe . And run the risk of withdrawal symptoms when we can not have our handy collection , maybe because we go a few days in the mountains ( where we have a system unsophisticated ) or do not want to risk damaging our precious original DVDs.
Yeah, because with what they cost , a scratch becomes a real problem.
Of course , logically , since we pay the DVD an absurd figure not to support itself, but for the copyright , in the event of damage to the hard disk manufacturers should provide us a copy at cost price : rights author we have already paid , right? Strangely, it does not work this way: if the DVD is damaged , I will have to buy back at full price …
We will spare the other considerations on the topic and move on to propose a method to avoid your DVDs risks related to travel . What are several : from bumps and scratches caused by transport in non-optimal conditions , the deformation for excess heat (try to forget a CD or DVD under the rear window of the car in the summer) and so on. What we propose is obviously to keep the DVD safe at home , on the road and bring the copies. Proceed immediately with a description of the procedures to be adopted.
Remove , squeeze , burn Here, in summary , what we want to do. We want to obtain copies of our DVD , and ensure that these copies occupy as little space as possible to finally record them on a single support convenient and inexpensive enough that they can be replaced without too many sacrifices in case the original is damaged.
The analog copy is permitted, let’s recording of video from the DVD player in the living room on a videotape and then acquiring the tape using a card ( or a box) video capture , such as the recent models that send directly to your computer data stream DivX ( MPEG4) . Pious delete the copy on VHS . If you have permission from the copyright holder (the producer of the film ), you can also skip the intermediate step , by directly connecting the video output of the DVD player box at the entrance of digitization .
Perform this step, you will end up on the PC a copy of the film with a slightly lower quality to the original and a footprint of around 700 Mbytes. Of course, the same results can be achieved much more simply by using one of the many programs that convert DVD to DivX, DivX as VideoDuplicator 2 (produced by BVRP ), it so happens , however, that despite these programs are freely on sale in Italy according to the law can not be used for direct copying from DVD and you must then request permission to do so by the rights holder .
Once the movie you want to make a backup copy of each were recorded in the form of a DivX file of about 700 MB , it’s time to record them on a suitable support . One possibility would be to put each movie on a CD-R.
A better alternative is the DVD -R on single-layer discs are placed on average six films . If you are already planning to squeeze every movie in 670 MB to record 7 movie completely filling the DVD, you say now that you are out of the way : the actual capacity available on a DVD -R is about 4.3 GB, and then six movies leave less than 100 Mbytes free. If you really have a lot of movies , you can consider the double-layer DVD : still cost quite expensive , around 10 € , but over 8.5 Gbytes of space are placed from 10 to 12 films . Two or three disks of this type occupy very little space but are able to store a real video library.
Keep an eye on the various file format for recording on DVD -R, the most widely used program is definitely Black No need to use any sophisticated function : simply drag the files. AVI (one per film) in the program and burn . Just be careful on the recording format .
Roxio Creator copy and backup data on CD / DVD
Normally, DVDs are recorded in UDF format or Joliet format , allowing you to use for each file name up to 255 characters. Unfortunately, many of the readers of DivX malls have problems with these formats , as DivX expect to find only on normal CD -ROM also expect a file name consisting of 8 letters , the point and the suffix AVI, on style of ” Filename.avi . If your reader is able to read formats and more sophisticated, better for you , otherwise , you’ll have to resign yourself to record in ISO 9660 format , compatible MS-DOS. File names will be automatically cut to 8 3 more characters , and it will probably be difficult to trace the actual title of the film: it is a good idea in this case is you, and not the program, choose how to shorten the title to make it compatible with the old convention of 8 characters.
To copy a DVD because you have to connect the analog video out (yellow) and audio out ( red and white ) that found the back of the living-room DVD inputs
related to a digitizer USB or Firewire, as this Plextor PX- M402U ( pictured right ) that encodes directly in DivX . If the video signal is weak or
disturbed may need to insert between the two devices , only the video cable ( yellow plugs ) , a device that clean up the signal (center in the photo.
If your equipment all have the S -VHS , use those instead of the standard video ( yellow coaxial ) to get a better quality
DivX files obtained from the encoding should be recorded on DVD -R with a normal burning program such as Nero Remember to use the ISO 9660 format to ensure maximum compatibility. Note the file ” divxlnch.exe ” and ” autorun.inf” added to obtain the automatic launch and menus