DL = Dual Layer
I will only discuss Sony drives here
- I have become convinced they are simply the best - but will continue to keep
an open mind for competitors, if one gets stellar reviews
First - the Drive
Bad - everyone was excited when the
biggest thing to hit the streets came out, DVD-9 SS, DL (Single-Sided, Dual-Layer) writable
DVD Drives and discs !!! Sony came out with the disastrous DRU-700A.
FEW PLAYERS COULD PLAY THE RESULTING DISCS !!! Also double layer media is
very expensive. In addition, this player boasts an amazing 16x speed - and
no DVD recordable media can handle that.
Good - Sony fixed a lot of the problems and came out
with the DRU-710A, which has received very good reviews.
- WHAT ABOUT COMPATIBILITY?? - I still can't
find much on compatibility with players, though - and that is usually my main
DRU-710A DL DVD Recorder - 8.5 GB Links
Website for the Internal Drive
by PC Magazine and some User
Expensive Media (Ritek) at $8 per disc for a 10-pack
Next - the Software
The Sony drive comes with an
excellent Nero DVD recorder suite. But this section will talk about
copying DVD's that are encrypted, using DVDdecrypter and DVD Shrink.
for a great wealth of knowledge on DL DVD burning
*** see Media FAQ's
DVDdecryptor now supports writing to DVD±R for
single layer DVD-5 discs or DVD+R for dual layer, DVD-9 discs.
now copy dual-sided DVD discs !! This is a major change in DVD copy
capability !!! But read up on this and pay attention to the CAUTION above.
-> DVD-9 (using DVD+R DL, Double layer to Double
***using only DVDdecrypter !!
'Mode' menu, select 'ISO' -> 'Read'.
Put DVD-9 disc
Take note of
the 'Destination' file name.
Click the big
Take the DVD-9
disc out of the drive.
'Mode' menu, select 'ISO' -> 'Write'.
Put a blank double
layer disc in your DVD Writer.
little folder icon - 'Browse for source file' - and select the MDS file
created for you as part of the steps above.
Click the big
DVD-9 -> DVD-5 (Single Side, Single Layer 4.7 GB DVD±R
*** this is a more recent explanation of the same process as
described on the previous page DVD Copy Utilities -
where I describe using DVD Shrink to allow a typical movie, from a DVD-9 DL
disk, to fit on a DVD-5 recordable (4.7 GB) disc. I am including this
explanation, downloaded on 12-2004 from the DVDdecrypter forum, just in case the
latest versions of these tools are different than they used to be.
using only free software
Scope of this guide: To copy any DVD9 to one
DVD±R(W) with all the contents or the 'main movie' only.
*** copies the "movie" only - removes all menus, chapters, special
This method is a bit more complex
(based on hembo's guide from DVDdecryptor forum).
space needed: 20 Gbyte when backing up a movie on 1 DVD9.
Download and install both of the above.
- DVD Decrypter 184.108.40.206
Shink 3.2 (note: if your drive is not NTFS you must use 3.2
Setting up DVD Shrink:
- Click on the Edit menu and then on Preferences...
- In the DVD Shrink Preferences window which opens, click on
the File I/O tab
- As this guide only uses freeware, make sure that the Enable
burning with Nero option is UNCHECKED
- Click the OK button
- Start DVD Decrypter
- Ensure you're in 'File' mode by pressing the 'F' key or selecting it
via the 'Mode' option in the menu at the top
- If, for some reason, all files are not selected, press
<Ctrl-A> to select ALL the files
- Make a note of the destination folder, for example 'C:\NAME_OF_DVD\VIDEO_TS'
- Click the [DVD-image] button to start DVD Decrypter, this
will take anything from 10 minutes and up, depending on your computer
and DVD drive speed
- When it is finished, close DVD Decrypter
- Start DVD Shrink
- Click the [OPEN FILES] button on the main toolbar
- Navigate to C:\NAME_OF_DVD\VIDEO_TS, select
VIDEO_TS.IFO and click [OPEN], this will take a few
minutes while DVD shrink analyzes the DVD.
When the analysis has finished, you will see the entire
structure of the decrypted DVD files.
Jump to step 16 to
backup the entire DVD, (like an episodic or series DVD like Friends or
Simpsons), instead of just the 'main movie', and then adjust the
compression for the extras and menus in order to leave more room for the
- Click the [RE-AUTHOR] button on the main toolbar and the
DVD Browser tab should be active; if not, click on it
- Click and hold on 'Title 1' and drag it to the left-hand
pane, under DVD
- If your movie is greater than 4.35GB then the movie is
automatically compressed as you can see if you click on the
'Compression Settings' tab. Here you can deselect audio tracks
and subtitles you don't want in order to minimize the compression of the
- Insert a blank DVD±R(W) into your DVD-burner
- Click the [BACKUP] button on the main toolbar
- Select ISO Image file and burn with DVD Decrypter as your
- Select an appropriate target file/folder for DVD Shrink to output
to, for example 'C:\NEW_DVD.ISO'
- If your movie is greater than 4.35GB, then you can CHECK the
'Perform deep analysis' option on the Quality Settings tab to enhance
the video quality. If it's not, there's no need to compress and you
can't select that option.
- Click [OK]. If your movie is greater than 4.35GB it will take
about 20 - 40 minutes depending on the length of the movie, and the
complexity of the mpeg. Otherwise it will only take a few minutes.
- Once DVD Shrink has finished reauthoring and/or compressing, DVD
Decrypter will automatically launch and burn the image to DVD without
any user intervention
- When you have checked and are happy with the new DVD, you can delete
the 'C:\NAME_OF_DVD' folder, the 'C:\NEW_DVD' folder (if it exists) and
the 'C:\NAME_OF_DVD.ISO' file