Record your DVDs on your computer.
Recording DVDs to your computer can be a great way to not only have all your favorite movies located in one place and ready to play at anytime, but it also is a great way to ensure that you have a copy of your movies if they were ever to get lost. The downside of recording and storing your movies on your computer is that they take up a lot of space on your computer and can make it run slower. But if you have the RAM and the extra gigabits, there’s no reason not to record your DVDs onto your computer.
Recording Your DVDS onto Your Computer
1. Download a free DVD recording program. Try programs like Final Burner Free, AmoK CD/DVD Burning, and DVD Shrink. DVD Shrink has the added bonus of shrinking down the size of your DVD files as well. Make sure you download from a trusted site.
2. Insert your DVD into your computer’s DVD player and let it load on your computer. Open up your DVD copier, and then go to “File,” then “Open,” and select your DVD. When you go into your DVD file folder, open the “Video_TS” file. This is where the DVD is located.
3. Select the “Analysis” button if it doesn’t pop up automatically. This lets the recorder ‘read’ what is on the DVD. After the analysis is through, you may have the option of copying the full movie or only selecting certain parts. For example, you may want to get rid of special features and subtitles to help save space. If you have the option, you can also select “Automatic Compression,” which determines the best way to save space with this copy of the DVD.
4. Copy your DVD by going to the “Backup DVD” tab, or “Copy DVD” tab, or whatever function your DVD copier has. Select the directory you want your DVD copied to (e.g. C:WindowsMyMovies). Select the “Create Video_TS” and “Audio_TS Subfolders” button. If you have the option, you can go to the “Quality Setting” button to select the highest quality for the best picture. The higher the quality though, the larger the file size and the longer it takes to copy.
5. Select “OK” and go to “Encode Video” or “Write Video,” or “Copy Video” (determining on what your DVD copier has) and select OK. Depending on the speed of your computer and how large the file is, this may take awhile. While copying the DVD, it’s best not to use the computer so that it doesn’t interrupt the encoding process. When the DVD has finished copying, take it out of your computer, and then find the file on your computer and play it in a program that plays DVD files to make sure it copied correctly.