dvdfab_platinum.jpgMany times you have to back up your legally purchased DVDs in order to protect them from being destroyed. Unfortunately most of them are copy protected. And here comes DVDFab Platinum. This program can remove all DVD copy protections, like CSS, CPPM, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs, ARccOS, RipGuard, FluxDVD, CORE X2, etc. and it constantly updates to support latest protection methods.


I have previously published a guide on How to copy a DVD-9 using DVDFAB which was referring to version 3 of this program. Now DVDFAB has released version 5 with new features. In this guide I will show you those DVD to DVD copy modes of DVDFAB Platinum 5. You can download a trial version from here. Install it and let’s start!


 

Once you run the program the following window will appear. Here you can either select to try DVDFAB Platinum, DVDFAB Gold or DVDFab HD Decrypter. Here we will use DVDFab Platinum which is the full feature version. The other two give you les options and copy modes.



Now insert a DVD movie into your DVD Rom tray. This is the main program window. At your left you can see all the available DVD to DVD copy modes which I will present to you one by one.




Full Disk
This mode will just copy your original DVD disk to a new one. All the menus, audio and subtitles will be copied as is. In other words it’s a quick and easy mode. Some features may be inactive depending on the content of the original DVD. First make sure your Target directory (1) has about 10GBytes of free space. Of course you can directly select your DVD-R as Target directory to automatically burn the DVD once it is copied in your Hard Disk. Next select the type of the output DVD disk in which you will copy the movie. Here I have selected a DVD5 disk (2) since this is cheaper than a DVD9. Next to it you will see the amount of the compression (3) that will be applied if the original movie doesn’t fit in a DVD5 disk. When ready click the Start button (4).




The copy process will begin. You can see some information on screen such as how much time is left for the copy task to be completed.. At any time you can Pause the copy to continue it later.



When the copy is completed just press the Finish button.



To learn how to burn the ripped DVD files to a new DVD go to my Write Data part of this guide.

However if you had previously selected your DVD-R as Target once the copy is finished you will be prompted to insert a blank DVD. The burn process will begin automatically as soon as you close the tray.

 

Main Movie
Main movie mode allows you to copy only the main movie part of the DVD along with your preferable audio and subtitles. No extras, introductions and other parts will be copied. This way you can reduce the amount of the compression that has to be applied and therefore improve the quality of the copied movie. The Source (1) can be either a DVD disk or a movie you have ripped using the Full Disk mode (IFO and VOB files). Once again make sure your Target directory (2) has about 10GBytes of free space. Of course you can directly select your DVD-R as Target directory to automatically burn the DVD once it is copied in your Hard Disk. By default DVDFab will select the longest title of the DVD (3). You can use the preview window (4) to make sure this is the one you really want. Next select the Audio (5) and Subtitles (6) you want to copy. The DVD in my example has only one audio and subtitle available but each DVD differs. Finally select the type of the DVD (7) you want to copy the movie to. Once ready press the Next button (8).




In the following window select a name for the output file in the Volume Label box (1) and next click the Start button.


The copy process will begin. You can see some information on screen such as how much time is left for the copy task to be completed.. At any time you can Pause the copy to continue it later.




When the copy is completed just press the Finish button.



To learn how to burn the ripped DVD files to a new DVD go to my Write Data part of this guide.

However if you had previously selected your DVD-R as Target once the copy is finished you will be prompted to insert a blank DVD. The burn process will begin automatically as soon as you close the tray.


DVD Split
This mode allows you to copy all the content of a DVD-9 disk (movie, menus, extra scenes) onto two DVD-5 single layer disks. This means that you preserve 100% the quality of the original movie. DVDFab will automatically choose as split chapter the one that uses the whole space of a DVD-5 and will leave all other chapters for the second DVD-5. if you don’t like the point where the split will fall click on the Split Chapter (1) and choose the one you want. The disk sizes (2) will be updated as you make the changes. You also have the option to choose whether the other content of the DVD will be copied to both or only one of the two DVD-5. Here I have chosen the extra chapters to be copied to both DVD-5 (3). A useful option is to make the Disc 1 or 2 to jump to the title that split as soon as you insert it in the player. To do so tick the Disk 1 and Disk 2 checkboxes (4).




Once you are ready click the Start button. When the copy is completed just press the Finish button.



To learn how to burn the ripped DVD files to a new DVD go to my Write Data part of this guide.

However if you had previously selected your DVD-R as Target once the copy is finished you will be prompted to insert a blank DVD. The burn process will begin automatically as soon as you close the tray.


Customize
Using this mode you can copy exactly the content of the DVD you want. This means you can select only the titles you want (1), the Audio (2) and Subtitles (3). You can also select DVD-5 or DVD-9 (4) as the media on which you will burn the movie. When you have selected everything you want click the Next button.



In this window you can choose to remove menus (1) and choose the order the titles will be played (2). Removing menus gives you some more space for achieving better video quality. Next select a title for the DVD (3) and click the next button.




When the copy is completed just press the Finish button.



To learn how to burn the ripped DVD files to a new DVD go to my Write Data part of this guide.

However if you had previously selected your DVD-R as Target once the copy is finished you will be prompted to insert a blank DVD. The burn process will begin automatically as soon as you close the tray.


Customize Split

Using this mode you can manually split a DVD-9 to two DVD-5. As you can see in the screenshot below DVDFab has selected the 1st Title of the DVD to be copied to the 1st DVD-5 and the extra Titles to be copied to the 2nd DVD (1). However this means that the quality will be reduced to 75%.


So first select the Title 1 to be copied to Disc2 as well (1), then click on the Title Start/End Settings button (2) and choose the Chapter Range for both Disks. Here as you see I have selected Chapters 1-4 (3) for Disk1 and Chapters 5-9 (4) for Disk2. Now Quality is at 100% for both Disks (5). When you are ready click the Next button.




Click start and the backup process will begin. When the copy is completed just press the Finish button.



To learn how to burn the ripped DVD files to a new DVD go to my Write Data part of this guide.

However if you had previously selected your DVD-R as Target once the copy is finished you will be prompted to insert a blank DVD. The burn process will begin automatically as soon as you close the tray.


Clone Mode
This mode makes perfect bit to bit copies which is ideal for dual layer DVDs or PS2 disks. Copy DVD-Video Data Only (1) will copy only the movie content of your DVD preventing studio supplied players and other files that may be present in the DVD from being copied to your backup DVD. Copy Original IFO files (2) will copy the DVD as it is without removing RC/RCE protection and Prohibited User Operations. This will allow technologies such as Clearplay to function correctly with Cloned discs but will leave the protections and control limits mentioned earlier in place. This box should be left unchecked unless your player and disc support Clearplay and you want this function to operate when the backup is played. Once ready click the Start button.



Write Data

At any time you can burn an existing DVD folder or image that you have in your HDD. Just select the Source (1), choose your DVD writer as Target (2) and click the Start button.



If you liked DVDFab you can download a trial version from here. Enjoy!

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when I insert a Recordable DVD to copy my movie to I get a message saying that I have inserted a single layer disc I need to insert a double layer disc. What does this mean and what do I need to look for when I buy recordable discs?
tcoleman , February 13, 2009
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axel
Just select DVD5, not DVD9, in DVDFab main window. Take a look at the 3rd image of this guide. You will be ok with that. DVD9 is dual layer DVD e.g. it has bigger capacity but it is more expensive.
axel , February 13, 2009
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THank you axel. I love you for making this guide!
fan , March 12, 2009
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axel
You are welcome! I'm glad it helped you. smilies/smiley.gif
axel , March 13, 2009
Joel
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I noticed that you refered to DVD-R, will DVD+R work the same, what is the difference? I also was wondering if you could explain if why I followed your guide exactly and it works perfect on 3 of my settop dvd players but on 1 of them I cant get it to work. It gives me an error telling me that the disk is not initialized and cannot play. any ideas?
Joel , April 18, 2009
Joel
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i also forgot to mention that the Dvd player that I am refering to that is not working on the DVDs that I burn is only a year old and is the newest DVD player in the house. all the older ones that i have work great on the DVDs that I burn using your Guide. Thank You again for your efforts.
Joel , April 19, 2009
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axel
DVD-R and DVD+R are supported from different companies. DVD-R is oldest and for this reason if you have an old DVD player it might work better with DVD-R disks. DVD+R has a more robust error management system than DVD-R which means fewer unusable or damaged dvds.

But you mention that your DVD player is new...

Have you tried a different type of disk?
axel , April 20, 2009
Joel
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I did try different disks because I had read that certain brand disks for some reason don’t work in certain burners because I was having that problem too. I learned through much pain and research that “Verbatim” disks are what works best in my burners. Since I have now solved that problem, they work great but not in the new DVD player which I use the most. Like I said before, all my other DVD players I have work fine. It is a dual deck DVD/VHS recorder/burner Samsung model. The project that I am working on is I am taking 15 years worth of camcorder family videos from different cameras that I had throughout the years and creating DVDs. This machine does this with great ease and provides a nice menu and all that good junk. I found it easier to use this machine than to take on this project using a computer and computer software program because I am not doing the editing thing, just don’t have time for all that until I am retired someday. I just needed a good clean raw footage burned straight to the DVD. The next step in my project was to Rip each DVD and save the Video-TS folders to a 1tb external hard drive that I picked up cheap for backup. After That I wanted to burn from the hard drive from the files that I ripped to hand out copies to family members. Now here is the stumper, I have all of this down to a science except the fact that the machine which made the DVD to begin with, the original DVD that I ripped and then re-burned cannot play the darn thing. Works fine when I play the original DVD that it made just not the copy. If it makes a difference the tools that I am using are: DVDFab5 Platinum to rip and ImgBurn to burn. The next task is to figure out a safe way to compress all the files without any loss and still be able to quickly burn a DVD without a big ordeal of uncompressing and reauthoring and all the stuff that I don’t understand yet. I want to keep the menus in tack and I think that is where my problem is. Hard drives are so cheap now that I might not even worry about the space anymore unless there is a very easy program that will allow me to compress and burn from the compressed folder with no loss in quality and still have use of all my menus. Have any Suggestions? Sorry for the novel here and thanks again for all your help to everyone.
Joel , April 22, 2009
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axel
I see you have done a lot of work Joel!

Have you tried the Clone function of DVDFab? You could avoid the ripping and reauthoring process this way.

Also have you checked if there is a firmware update for your DVD player? It might solve this bug.
axel , April 23, 2009
Joel
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I have used the clone feature and it also did not work for that dvd player. I dont want to rely on that though even if it did work because later on down the road if one of my DVD would fail I want to be able to just burn a new one from my backup file. I will look into a firmware update for the machine. thanks for the suggestion.
Joel , April 23, 2009
Thank You!!
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I am so glad I found this you helped me out so much, I was able to split a dvd9 instead of buying yet more dvds.

Much appreciated.

Lisa
Lisa , November 18, 2010

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