Re: copying DVD's
On Sun, 9 Sep 2007 18:50:27 +0100, "Mike James" <email@example.com>
>"Adam Albright" <AA@ABC.net> wrote in message
>> On Sun, 9 Sep 2007 15:40:36 +0100, "Mike James" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>>Although not a Vista user myself, a friend has asked me "How do I copy a
>>>DVD" in Vista ?
>>>The dvd in question is of her Daughters wedding that I took for her and
>>>therefore has no copyright code embedded.
>>>Do you still need 3rd party software to do this (as in NERO), or can it be
>>>done straight from Vista somehow ?
>> It depends on what Vista version you friend has. Only Home Premium and
>> Ultimate support DVD handling features. So unless he has one of those
>> then anything to do with DVD burning would require some third party
>> application in order to get the required MPEG-2 codec.
>Thanks for the swift reply.
>She has Vista Premium, so are you saying that she can copy her own DVD ok ?
>As she's not very up to date with IT, would you mind telling me the basics
>so I can call round and show her please.
Oops.. I misspoke. Any version of Windows should be able to "copy" the
files of a non copyright protected CD or DVD. Just insert it a your
DVD drive and copy the files to your hard drive.
What comes next depends. I have the business version which is minus
the Microsoft DVD features, so I'm in the dark. It would be better to
have somebody that has Home Premium answer so they confirm if or not
DVD Maker which comes with premium can "copy" a DVD as-is. I was
thinking along the lines of copying the files to Movie Maker, then DVD
Maker is suppose to be able to make a DVD from those kind of project
files. So in effect you would be redoing the project, not just
copying. This would work if you're just talking some simple not too
long project with no fancy chapters, etc..
Something like Nero however can take a DVD as is, regardless how
complex it is, chapters and all then it makes a mirror image of the
DVD, so much faster. So it depends also what kind of a "copy" you want
to make and also what you're starting out with.