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Windows 7: Re compress DVDs back to a DVD?

26 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Re compress DVDs back to a DVD?

Over the years I have collected quite a few DVDs, I mainly watched them on TV, till I got my ipod, since then I have wanted to watch them on it on the go. Instead of repurchasing the movie off itunes for another $20-30 I made copies of the DVDs. In order to watch my DVDs on my ipod, I would rip the dvd's content and use it to make a video file (I used to just make a video file straight from the DVD, but since I switched to 64 bit I cant find a good program do do this as DVD43, which I originally used, isnt 64bit). Since I started this, a couple of DVDs have gone missing after lending them to friends and one was stood on, my xbox killed another one when it itself died. The video files I made from the DVDs are very low resolution (for ipod), and not suitable for our TV, but I don't want to have to go and buy them again. The files I have extracted from the DVDs have been as big as 37gb total, far to big to just move onto a normal DVD. Is there some kind of software that can re compress this onto a DVD that will work on my TV as if it were the original?


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26 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate

If you have an ISO file, you can use Dvd Shrink. it will shrink the file to fit standard dvd discs 4.3 Gigs, and will play on your tv. heres a link FREE Backup Solution for your DVD movies!
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26 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I don't have any .iso files, it's all video_ts folders and such with many more .vob files and the likes inside.
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26 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

Ah ok, what your gonna wanna do is crate iso files from those folders. a simple way to this is to use imgburn. once you intsall it, (if you dont already have it) load it up. one of the options it gives in the menu is to create images from folders. all you have to do is select the video_TS folder and make an image. when you have your image, shrink i down if its too big. if you dont need to shrink, you can use imgburn to burn the image to a dvd and voila!! you got your DVD. heres a link The Official ImgBurn Website

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26 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

You beauty Thanks a tonne, works like a dream.
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26 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

glad it works. enjoy! if you got more questions keep em coming.
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26 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Kinda asking for the impossible here :P but is it possible to shrink the .iso without loosing on resolution or significant quality?
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26 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomha View Post
Kinda asking for the impossible here :P but is it possible to shrink the .iso without loosing on resolution or significant quality?
Not really. Anytime you shrink a video to a smaller size there always quality loss. How much depends on how much you are compressing it.

What are you trying to do? Copy Dual layer rips to a standard single layer DVD?

One thing you can try, is copy the main movie only, and get rid of extras you do not want.

For example, Lets say one rip is around 6GB in size, requiring a dual layer DVD.

By the time you get rid of all the trailers and menus, and extra audio tracks you may be able to fit the movie on a regular DVD without compressing it at all.

For example, for me I always get rid of all the AC3 tracks that are in Spanish, French etc and just keep the main English one.
Youd be surprised how much room that wil take up.

It will be only the movie itself .. but thats not exactly a bad thing.
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27 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

There are some things that need to be cleared up here:

1. You went to a low resolution file to watch on a portable device. That means going back to a higher quality DVD setting is not going to be possible. Yes, you can convert those files to DVDs, but the quality won't be very good at all, once you actually watch the DVD. It's the same concept behind a photo. If you have a poster-sized high-res photo and you shrink it down to a thumbnail, you can't expect to go back to a poster sized file of the same quality.

2. The most efficient, easiest, and most common method or ripping DVDs is with DVDfab HD Decrypter. It's free, updated often, and works with x64 OSes. I thought DVD43 died out years ago, to be honest.

3. If you have them in .vob files already, in video_ts are ready to burn a DVD. That's a DVD format. There's no need to go to an .iso file first. However, if the size is too large for a DVD, then you aren't uncompressing the files properly.

4. That all being said, you have an Xbox. Is that a 360? If so, just stream the files from your computer. I rip my old DVDs to mp4 files using Handbrake (after ripping with DVDfab). I then put them on my WHS 2011 box and stream them to my TV via the 360. Any Windows 7 computer can do this.
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28 Jan 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

In reply:

1) I take the video files from the dvd in original quality, I hold onto them, and make copies (.m4v as oposed to the whole video_ts folder thing) to play on my ipod, but I still have the original files in original quality.

2) I use DVD Decrypter with Handbreak, I don't think it could be easier

3) DVD decrypter is the one decompressing the files, I have no idea how it is getting the sizes it is, perhaps I will do a comparison of DVD Decrypter vs DVDfab. 1 thing is that I imagine many of the DVDs are on dual layer, while I am trying to fit them on single layer DVDs, still now idea how 1 dual layer dvd stores 40gb of data though =/

4) Our xbox 360 died and took with it one of our dvds. Although streaming is a possibility, the size these massive folders take up on my computer is also an issue, I would like to be able to move them off my computer and onto dvds, new dvds I can use for those I lost, and backups for the ones I still have.
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