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March 8, 2009 7:50 PM   Subscribe

I need to duplicate a short bit of video across an entire DVD. Difficulty - Mac OS X Leopard 10.5, no iDVD.

I have ten minutes of video, copied from VHS to DVD. I need to loop it or duplicate it or something so it fills an entire two hour DVD. I have Mac OS X 10.5; However, I do not have iDVD 08 or 09, and iDVD 06 will not work on this version of OS X. This is something I've never done before and don't expect to again, so spending $99 on iLife 09 isn't an option. How can I accomplish this with free software?
posted by lhauser to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
You could rip the DVD with HandBrake and then drag the video file it generates into Burn so it fills the disc (there's also a loop preference, but I've never tried that). Make sure you set the right region in Burn's preferences too, it's set to PAL by default.
posted by cvp at 8:30 PM on March 8, 2009

Never used it: Liquid CD?
posted by filmgeek at 8:30 PM on March 8, 2009

Doh, I meant to say "then drag the video file it generates into Burn multiple times", in other words so you would have the same file listed repeatedly (and theoretically played repeatedly).
posted by cvp at 8:39 PM on March 8, 2009

Best answer: Do you particularly want to fill the disc, or do you just want endlessly looping video? You could do the latter easily with IFOedit (windows) - insert a post command on the title you want to loop to point back to the start PGC of that title.

From the look of it, you should be able to do the same thing with myDVDEdit (OS X). Roughly the same solution as this example of daisy-chaining videos, except you'd point back to the start PGC of the original title rather than the next title.

Rough workflow:
  1. Rip original DVD to hard disk
  2. Insert post command pointing back to start PGC of title
  3. Burn modified VIDEO_TS folder to new DVD

posted by Pinback at 6:01 AM on March 9, 2009

Response by poster: Thanks, Pinback. Sorry for the delay on the marking as best answer, but it took me some time to get to trying it out, and it worked perfectly. myDVDEdit is incredible software. I learned 100% more than I ever knew about the innards of a DVD just reading the documentation.
posted by lhauser at 11:54 AM on March 18, 2009

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