iDVD - IS no DVD Copy program at all - It is an encoding DVD code and burn this to DVDs.
As a Video-DVD doesn't have a code that need to be encoded - then iDVD can't do anything to this.
If it is a Privat (not comercial DVD) then
• Put it in Your Mac
• Turn of Play DVD - if it starts of it self
• Use Disk Util tool to make a Copy
Copying on DeskTop/Finder - will result in a Data-DVD and this will not play on any DVD-Player so one has to go via
• Disk Util tool - or -
• Roxio Toast™
iDVD can not do this.
Yours Bengt W
As Bengt says, using Disk Utlity is easy:
To create an image file, launch Disk Utility and select File: New: Disk Image From Folder. In the window that appears, navigate to the desired folder and then click on Image. Give the image file a name, and click on Save when prompted. That’s it.
How to copy previously-burned DVD-R video discs
But using Roxio Toast is even easier.
Bengt and Klaus - Thanks for responding to my question. I was using Disk Utility and trying to follow the directions in HT2059. Everything seemtd to be going along fine until it got to "closing session" where it got hung up for over an hour. I have tried again with the same non-result. I had to quit Disk Utility and Restart just to get the new disk to eject. When I put it in the drive now, it ejects itself after short time, so I can't tell if it has been actually written to. I used iDVD 4 to make this DVD, and I understand that this does not work with my current OS (10.5.8) but that should not affect the copying process, should it?
• free space on Start-Up (Mac OS) hard disk. How Much ? (other HDs don't count at all)
I never go under 25Gb free space for SD-Video material (and guess that 4-5 times more is OK if HD is used)
• What did You use for DVD - Brand and Type ?
I only use Verbatim and DVD-R and set down burn speed to x4
Yours Bengt W
I cleared out about 25 G of HD memory are tried again. This time Disk Utility said "Unable to create 'Sony DVD RW-U10A' (Read-only file system)". What's with that?! I have made copies of this movie before using Disk Utility. Has upgrading my OS messed up Disk Utility's fuctionality as well as obsoleting iDVD4?
I still have a .cdr copy of my movie on Disk Utility from my previous attempts, but am reluctant to try to burn it since I have already used 3 DVDs which have been partially burned, but won't play because Disk Utility got stuck at the "closing session " stage. Is there any way those DVDs can be fixed?
Sony DVD RW-U10A
is that the name of the DVD burner - or are You using DVD-RW disks ? (DVD-RW use to be problematic)
Don't wast DVDs - in iDVD "Save as a DiskImage"
If this works - then the encoding process is OK and problem is in burning stage
This DiskImage - if it plays well - Burn it by using Disk Util tool and set down burn speed to x4.
I run a Cleaning DVD in my Mac from time to time - also a suggestion.
Yours Bengt W
Yes, my disk burner is Sony DVD RW DW-U10A (I left off the DW before, sorry). I am usung DVD-R disks.
Anyway, when I put the copied DVDs in before, they would eject after several seconds, so I didn't think I could get a diskimage, but I tried it anyway, AND THE MOVIE PLAYED! Apparently they copied correctly after all. I don't understand what happened, and am still concerned about the "Unable to create... (read only file system)" message, but will worry about that when I need to copy another DVD. Thanks for your help.