This is a guide written for those of you using MacOSX.2.2 or higher and would like to make backup copies of your DVDs. I have tried to write it in a clear and concise way and avoided using jargon wherever possible. Read this manual fully before you start and then have it at hand during the process.
Although there are numerous tools out there for the purpose of backing up DVDs under MacOSX, I have chosen to describe the use of DVD2OneX and Toast Titanium. If you have a copy protected DVD you will need to find software to copy the files to your hard drive first.
Depending where you are in the world, the description given here may vary, simply follow it as described and I am sure you will be a master in no time.
Making copies of DVDs may be illegal in your country and be deemed as an act of piracy. Piracy is illegal, no matter how tempting, just say no.
You will need the following hardware:
- RAM - more than 500Mb ideally.
- G3,G4 or G5 - running Mac OS X v 10.2.2 or later, quicker than 400mHz, otherwise it will take a very very long time.
- HD space - at least 12Gb for the longer movies (see notes for more information).
- Superdrive - can be external as well, which are reasonably inexpensive.
- Blank DVD media - these can be DVD±R(W) depending on the capability of the superdrive you will use and also on the capability of your usual DVD player to watch them. The write once DVD-R are cheaper of course and are choice for making copies. Always make sure they are branded and have the write speed advertised.
And you will need the following software:
- DVD2OneX - shareware program available online.
- Toast 5.2 or higher (6 recommended) - commercial software, again available online.
DVD Ripping Overview
Essentially, making a DVD copy under MacOS X is pretty straightforward. There are 3 basic steps you need to take. First you need to extract the DVD onto your HD using appropriate software for ripping. Second you need to process the extracted DVD files using DVD2OneX so it will fit onto a single side of your DVD media (4.7Gb). Finally you need to burn the processed DVD files onto your blank DVD media using Toast Titanium 6. These steps are detailed below.
Written by: Jolly Ripper