Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to doverrog)
I you want it all, open disk utiliity and select the DVD drive. Click +New image at the top and save the drive as a dwg file. You can make that into an iso quite easily. As Klaus1 said, if you just want a single file, drag the file to the desktop
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 4:41 AM (in response to ssls6)
Thanks but I revealed the folder inside the DVD and tried to dragit to the external drive and it just springs back.
I then opened disc utility, selected Superdrive. There doesn't seem to be an option to change the file into an iso (I'm afraid I don't understand the term). The image format offers me read-only, compressed, read/write or DVD/CD Master. I've tried all 4 and get an error message -61 which seems to mean it doesn't like the dmg fomat?
This is the error message I get
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 5:19 AM (in response to Klaus1)
Thanks Klaus 1.
I realise that my Seagate Back Up drive needs to be configured for Mac. I've gone into Time Machine and it is now able to copy the file by the method you suggested, drag and drop the file.
It's underway as we speak.
So next step will be to connect the Seagate drive to my TV and see if I can play my home movie. Fingers crossed.
My idea is to copy my home movie dvds accross to the Seagate drive and have that plugged into the tv so we can chose a home movie to view whenever we want without having to dig out the dvd and without running the risk of damaging the dvd and losing the content.
I will let you know.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 5:20 AM (in response to Klaus1)
Save it to the desktop. Then once there, then try to move it to the drive.
To Duplicate a CD or DVD - Open "Disk Utility" on the computer, found by clicking finder in the dock, selecting applications then the utilities folder. You should see Disk Utility in the utilities folder. When disk utility is open, you will see the words "disk utility" beside the apple, at the end of this top menu bar, you should see "help". Click on "help" and select "disk utility help". In the window that opens, search out the words "duplicate CD or DVD" in the top right search engine of this window.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 6:52 AM (in response to KarenSelena)
Slow progress. The file copies accross to the external drive but the tv won't display it. It seems the file type is being changed. By using Get Into I can see that the file on the dvd-r is in Universal Disk Format (UDF) but when copied accross to the external hard drive it changes.
This is the list, now from my trash, of the files I've copied so far onto the external hard drive. The tv powers up the external hard drive from the tv USB conector but just displays "No signal".
I'm now trying copying from the DVD-r into iMovie and then by using Share exporting to the external hard drive. A long process showing around 2 hours in time remaining and, as yet, the external drive hasn't started up.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 7:07 AM (in response to doverrog)
A video DVD is not the same as a data DVD. You can't copy the individual files or folders on the DVD to a HD and expect a DVD player to play the copy.
I image it will be the same with the TV it will not recognize what you are copying to your HD. Without knowing the TV and what formats it is looking for, etc there is no way to advise you as the method to use for this.
I can say there are basically two options
1: you keep the video DVD as a video DVD even when you copy it to the HD. This usually involves winding up with a .img file. A .img file is like a package of the audio and video files that make up the video DVD.
2: would be to rip the DVD using software that takes the video DVD and turns the video into data files that a computer a (and some TV's and DVD players) can deal with.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
The movie project is still copying into the external hard drive so I don't know yet what it will end up as.
If it fails, how do I copy it as .img file?
Or taking your second option, what software would I use to turn the video file on the dvd into a type of data file you describe?
I have got Toast Titanium 10 which offers some options but I can't see one which might do what you suggest.
The TV I'm using is a Sony KDL40W5500 LCD TV with what looks like a standard USB port.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to doverrog)
I'm not sure it pays to continue with any of this until you know what format the TV is looking for when a disk is plugged into the USB port. Until you know that you're just guessing and likely wasting your time.
There should be something in the use manual you got with the TV as for what formats it will play or look online.
Once you know the format then you can figure out what you need to do to the DVD's to get to that format.
One other thing if the DVD's in question are commercial and it turns out you need to rip them then that cannot be discussed here as the hosts don;t allow conversations about DVD ripping here because of legal concerns.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
I've just found this from the Sony site -
It seems as though the TV will only read MPEG1 and the files going onto the external hard drive are either .mov or MPEG4 so it seems the tv is simply too old to read them. I play the dvd-rs via my dvd recorder/player which can obviously read them ok in the universal format. I just don't seem to able to copy that format though.
The dvd recordings are my own Home Movies so no copywrite issues.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2013 4:34 AM (in response to doverrog)
Managed to get home movie to show on the TV by reconfiguring the external drive to MSDOS FAT, however the picture isn't full screen and the tv says that screen formatting is not available when inputting via USB.
I've started another thread about MSDOS and NTFS as I understand that newer TVs use NTFS which my iMac doesn't offer as an option in the Disc Utility even though I have upgraded to OS X 10.8.2
Thanlks for your help guys.
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