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BMonk
06-09-2001, 12:41 AM
Not sure if this is the right place for this questions, but...

Is there a way to copy DVD movies to hard disk and view them there, without a DVD drive?

I'm not talking about theater films. What I want to look at is the DVD set Apple sells of the 2000 (and hopefully 2001) developer conference.

Where I want to view them is on a new-style iBook, but I want to do it without a DVD drive - on the model with the 8X CD burner.

PENDRAGON18
06-09-2001, 01:24 AM
There was some RIPPING software for DVDs. It works great - on DVD equiped Macs. I copied two @ 8GB each http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/crossbones.gif It would play over the FW drive on my PB2K, but it was choppy. It is only a 400MhzG3 with 192MB RAM and I know FW isnt all that fast on portables (vs desktop systems) so who knows?

It would cost $20 to record it via iDVD (~4GB/1HR@$10)... My 18GB Narrow Cuda is about $14/GB, so thats $112 to store MPEG2 video http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/eek.gif

Not sure what the paranoid recording companies are worried about.

BMonk
06-09-2001, 12:26 PM
>>It would play over the FW drive on my PB2K

What software did you use to play it?


>>It would cost $20 to record it via iDVD (~4GB/1HR@$10)

IOW, you need iDVD to get data off the DVD disks? Is there no cheap way to do it? (iDVD is like $1000, right?) I was wondering if it was possible to copy at least single-layer DVDs from an existing DVD-RAM drive I've got.
Or from a G4 w/DVD drive. Copy the video to internal 60GB HD, then ethernet it into the iBook as I'm ready to view it.

>>Not sure what the paranoid recording companies are worried about.

Me neither. But what I want to do here is view my Apple developer DVDs (5 disks). The iBook has a 20GB HD, and I only need each video on HD long enough to look at it once. The existing DVDs will store the stuff long term.