On the weekend Anji and I purchased a LG DVD recorder. We had several reasons for wanting one:
- It's cool
- So we can make family movie DVDs featuring our daughter
- So I can backup my favorite DVDs to keep with my laptop (I don't want to carry around the originals in case I damage them)
I specifically wanted to copy DVD-5 and DVD-9 DVD's to a blank DVD-R. This is really easy for the DVD-5 DVD's but for the double layer ones, not so much. I came across a solution involving ripping the DVD to HDD, recompressing it to fit on 4.7GB, building an ISO and burning it and it actually works. Here is a copy of the instructions and software I finally found that worked (all free stuff).
I wonder how long until we have something similar for Linux. As it is I can burn DVD images using cdrecord-dvdpro, and I believe transcode can do the compression scaling stuff but I have no idea how to put all this together to seemlessly convert DVDs (if you know please let me know) with the menus and whatnot intact.