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March 16, 2011 12:56 PM   Subscribe

I need step-by-step instructions for "How to Burn and/or Copy a DVD for Dummies." Emphasis on the Dummies aspect. Details inside.

Hello, people who know more about computers than I do. Here's the sitch:

I have several yoga DVDs that I own. I would like to do two things:

1. Somehow copy the DVD content onto my laptop so I can watch them while traveling without carrying the disks with me. (This is more important to me than #2.)

2. Make a DVD copy of each disk so I can put the originals away in a safe place, so they don't get all scratched up.

How can I do this? Googling leads me to eHow and other skanky sites telling me to download software that I've never heard of. I trust the great people of Ask Metafilter more.

My technology: I have a PowerBook G4. I have an external DVD burner.

Additional caveat: I really, really barely know what I'm doing when it comes to computers, so I need this all explained in a very simplistic way.

posted by BlahLaLa to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
What you're asking for is of... questionable legality. Copying DVDs at all is arguably piracy, and though there's a good argument that your intended uses are fair use, media companies are totally not okay with that. So the reason you're getting directed to sketchy websites is that the main reason people do this stuff is indisputably illegal.


That being said, it looks like Handbrake is your best option. Their user manual is pretty detailed.
posted by valkyryn at 1:17 PM on March 16, 2011

I've used Rip It before to Compress a dvd to a file I can watch on my computer. Handbrake works pretty well too.

I've also used Burn to burn DVDs, but I'm not sure how it handles shrinking of dvd9 videos.

If you just want to accomplish your first item stick with Handbrake, or Rip It.
posted by backwards guitar at 1:22 PM on March 16, 2011

What version of OS X do you have: Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4), Leopard (10.5)? For a PowerBook you will have to get one of the older versions of Handbrake, and they are system version specific. Handbrake itself is very easy to use...navigating through the older version downloads on their website will be the most confusing part of the process, probably.
posted by bcwinters at 1:53 PM on March 16, 2011

Response by poster: I have 10.5. So I can use the current version of Handbrake?
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:27 PM on March 16, 2011

You will need to download the "HandBrake-0.9.4-MacOSX.5_GUI_ppc.dmg " version from here.

In addition, you will need to download VLC Version 1.1.7 for PPC, and install it in /Applications. (HandBrake does not have any DVD decryption code built in. It relies on VLC to do the DVD decryption).
posted by 1970s Antihero at 2:52 PM on March 16, 2011

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