Re: TECH: Copying DVDs

From: Dossy (
Date: Mon Jan 28 2002 - 10:59:45 MST

On 2002.01.28, Mike Lorrey <> wrote:
> Just got an interesting piece of junk email purporting to be selling
> software to allow you to burn DVDs on any CD-R/RW drive if you also have
> a DVD player installed as well.
> is the website. For some of the more tech savvy types on the list, is
> this possible? Is this site for real?

Without actually ordering their product, this is what I know
similarly advertised products do:

1) Use a standard DVD-ROM drive (reader) and read the contents of the
DVD-ROM, around 5 GB of data.

2) Convert the DVD data to MPEG4 or some other codec and produce
a VCD/SVCD (video cd) which is lower quality but will fit on a
650/700 MB CD-ROM.

3) (optional) Burn the VCD/SVCD to a CD-R or CD-RW. Watch it in
your computer or your DVD player if it supports video CD *AND*
reading of CD-R/CD-RW media (not all DVD players do).

This is also why they advertise "transfer your VHS tapes" -- if you
have A/V computer hardware that you can use to transfer your VHS
(or any video source) to a digital format on your computer, you can
just encode it to VCD format.

It's misleading advertising. It's "copying a DVD" -- not to another
DVD, but they didn't promise that. Everything says "DVD format" not
"to a DVD disk" ...

-- Dossy

Dossy Shiobara                       mail: 
Panoptic Computer Network             web: 
  "He realized the fastest way to change is to laugh at your own
    folly -- then you can let go and quickly move on." (p. 70)

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