How to Clone a DVD




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This instructable will teach you how to clone a DVD and create your own DVD with a picture on it.

Another nice thing about this is that you can put a different picture on a backup of a copy of your DVD, if you don't like what it has on it (Like the one in the picture)

The images are bad quality because they were taken with my iPod, the DVD quality is much better than this.

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Step 1: Step 1: Choosing a DVD (And Other Needed Items)

Go to your local movie store and see if you can buy a DVD that you like, or use your own. You will also need to get a pack of 4.7 Gigabyte Printable DVD-r's, and you will need to download imgburn and dvdshrink 3.2

You will also need a printer that is capable of printing onto CDs/DVDs. I use the canon Pixma MG5200..



Step 2: Step 2: Copy the DVD Onto Your Computer

Insert the DVD and open DVDShrink. Choose "Load Disc" or any simmilar button and choose your DVD. It will take a few minutes to analyze the DVD. Then click the name with a DVD picture beside it (Not any of the folders). Go to compression and choose Custom Ratio, and slide the bar all the way to the left. LEt this run through (1-2 hours).

I like to create a folder called DVD in Local Disk C, and save the files there. You need to save it to your hard drive!

Step 3: Step 3: Burn the DVD Copy

Open IMGBurn and Choose "Write files to disk".  Then click the icon that has a folder and a magnifying glass, and find the DVD folder on local dick c. Click it and press ok. When the button with files and an arrow pointing to a disk get color press it. Then press ok in the next few windows.

The burning process will take around 1-2 hours.

If you get a message saying that there isn't enough space, cancel everything. Start DVDShrink, and choose the DVD folder in local disk c as the source. Redo step 2, but save into a folder called DVD2, then do this step.


Step 4: Step 4: Making Your Disk Look Good

Take the freshly burn disk out of your computer, and place it in the DVD tray that came with your printer. Start the program "CD Labelprint" or any simmilar program that came with your printer.

Google search for a picture of the DVD that you are copying, or scan the DVD if it has a good picture, and save it to your desktop. Then open it in your DVD labelling program.

For the DVD's I'm using you need to set the circle dimentions to match the ones in the picture.

Then line up the DVD picture so that it fills up the outline.

Slide the DVD tray into place in your printer and hit print.

Step 5: Step 5: Enjoy Your DVD!

Your DVD will come out of the printer with the picture on it. If it is too light, run it through again in a couple minutes (give the ink time to dry). This DVD will Function as good as the original, with no noticable loss of quality.

Step 6: What We Just Did

The DVD that you buy in  a store is usually 8.7 gigabytes. The printable DVD is only 4.7. Running the DVD through DVDShrink once, or at most twice, compressed the video down to a size that fits on a 4.7 gigabyte disc. The quality is almost exactly the same, even though the size has been halved. The only way you might be able to notice the slightest bit of quality loss would be on a VERY large HD flatscreen.

I hope you enjoyed this instructable and learned something new.

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    2 years ago

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I would use another program though instead of dvdshrink
    I tend to use ripit4me to find the encrypted sectors and dvd decrypter to decrypt /save and burn the dvd onto a DVD+R DL.

    Dvd shrink tends to degrade the picture of the dvds to where the gradient colours stand out more and you see a little pixelation.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Making dvd backups is not illegal and is actually considered legal
    under the fair use act
    Provided you don't sell your backup or distribute the copy to other people.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    If everyone could do me a favor I would appreciate it, Could anyone who argued that this instructable was illegal delete their comments? I am doing the same. If the comments are not deleted I am being forced (By a non-legal outside force) to delete the instructable. I would like to not have to do so.This comment will also be deleted once the other comments are removed. I would appreciate this ASAP

    Thank you.

    1 reply

    8 years ago on Introduction

    The argument these days is that you don't OWN the movie, you buy the rights to watch the movie. Several cases dealing with this same thing were successfully prosecuted, although it was on a much larger scale. The point is, the precedence has been set, and if they really wanted to prosecute, they would probably win their case. My suggestion is to be very careful here.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It isn't technically illegal because, after you have bought any copyrighted software/album/movie/material, you can do anything that you wish as long as you are not going to redistribute it. so putting it into your ipod, transferring it into your computer or to another dvd for backup is considered legal. However file sharing them over the internet or redistributing and selling them is illegal.

    Nostalgic Guyawz123

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Just a few words of advice so please don’t take this the wrong way.
    I would be VERY careful about copyright law if I were you.
    To start with in the past companies that produced DVD backup software have been successfully prosecuted in federal court by the movie industry causing them to cease production of said software.
    Also buying does not give you the automatic right to make copies, when you buy any media whether it be music, software, movies or games you enter into an agreement with the company that produces it, as a rule this will include clauses covering making copies or backups of said media most people don't read the agreements but this does not mean they are not bound by them.
    Renting is not the same as buying & even if in the extremely unlikely event that a company did allow purchasers to make copies they sure as heck wouldn’t allow people who rent to do so as they will only receive a tiny proportion of their usual cut of the money if anything at all.
    You have suggested that people who wish to follow your 'ible RENT a copy of a movie this is not BUYING, as a RENTER any rights that may be conferred on a PURCHASER are not applicable, if you have a copy of your agreement with your rental company you way well find that they also include a clause denying you the right to copy anything you have rented from them I know place I used to use had such a clause.
    As I said just a few words of advice but worth bearing in mind before you suggest to people that they are not breaking the law.

    XOIIONostalgic Guy

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Rent? I don't see the word rent anywhere ;)

    Seriouslt though, I own thos DVD's, and you should only do this to a DVD that you own.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Exactly. I own those DVD's, and wanted to have back-ups in case something went wrong with the originals.