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Windows 7: Create DVD's from SKY+ box / DVD recorder.

26 Oct 2009   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Create DVD's from SKY+ box / DVD recorder.

Hi all
Here's a quick way to copy your Sky + recordings to DVD (and then to computer HDD) in MUCH quicker than Real time.

1) Ensure your DVD recorder can record to DVD RAM (these are still around and re-writeable so you don't need a lot of them).

2) Set your DVD recorder to record in LP that way you can get up to 2 full length movies on the DVD at good enough quality even for a 36 - 40 cm TV. Much better quality as well than DIVX or "Squeeze DVD").

3) set the sky+ box to COPY - select 2 movies and press copy. Set your DVD recorder to record.

This will now copy at High Speed (DVD+RW -RW will copy in Real time - takes a lot longer).

4) Done after about 20 mins

5) now take the DVD to your computer and use UltraISO or equivalent to create an ISO image on a HDD.

(You can then wipe the DVD again for re-use).

6) job done -- on a small 320GB HDD USB I can get approx 75 - 80 movies.
great for library archive.

To play these on a computer just mount the appropriate ISO as a virtual DVD - use UltraISO etc for mounting the iso. Use your DVD playing software as normal to play the disc.

Much better taking a pocket size usb drive for playing movies on a laptop than loads of DVD's - especially when travelling.

If you need to play a particular movie again on a DVD player just re-burn the ISO to a DVD and pop it into your recorder.

Note if you use a DVD+RW to copy the stuff from the SKY+box "Finalize" the disc by creating top level menu before removing from your DVD recorder.

Note the copy from the sky box will be done in "real time" --that's why I chose the DVD-RAM option for this as you can do the whole thing much much faster.

(Same method can be used for copying to DVD and then computer from a Disc based DVD recorder so long as it can write to DVD's as well - Panasonic, LG, Toshiba all write to DVD-RAM as well as other DVD types).

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