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Thread #104151   Message #2578057
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
28-Feb-09 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: Home Made DVD problem
Subject: RE: BS: Home Made DVD problem
DVD Shrink 3.2 is the best one, and it works in partner with NERO, so you need both. You can copy directly or reduce it in size to fit a standard DVD, or you can copy to a dual-layer DVD with no compression, but you need to have an earlier version of NERO (6.0 or earlier) to use it if you want to watch your copies on anything other than your computer. The newer versions of Nero have a lot of VISTA nonsense in them that limits the use of your copies, even though they're legal, etc. The newer NERO will also slow your computer to a crawl because it has an indexing feature called Nero Scout. Even though you may say not to install it via custom installation, it's still in there.

There are also programs out there that will convert DVDs from different regions. I found one for watching some films that haven't been released in the U.S. but it has a free trial period and after that you load a different of their programs with a free trial period--the page to actually buy the software has never worked, it might be a U.S. legal thing. I've bought films via Amazon and eBay where I had to use that software to read the disk to make a copy and convert the zone on a new disk, using DVD Shrink, so I can watch it here. I don't know if using a region-free player will allow you to copy DVDs to play anywhere, but that's a different question.