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I just wanted to do the exact same thing (writing a recovery disk to an image file instead of a physical DVD), and looked for a software, and I found one for free which did the job without a problem: KernSafe TotalMounter BTW I have no connection to the company, but I highly recommend this software, because it was very easy to use and did the job. Here'...


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If you have a Linux machine available (if not, there are several Live distributions you could boot from CD/DVD or USB-stick), you might wish to take a look at DDRescue. That's a command-line tool using a sophisticated algorithm to create copies (clones) of "damaged" disks – either directly to another disk (e.g. if you have two drives available with your ...


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ConvertXtoDVD Free trial (can't recall if it has watermark during the trial), however it is not horribly expensive (well as software goes - ~$50). It does not have a photo slideshow feature - the same company has a different product that does that. Menu and submenus can be created with custom backgrounds. beyond background and text styling the amount of ...


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I have used Handbrake for this. It is open source and available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can set it to transcode the subtitles and / or select sound tracks if these are available on the DVD. It isn't particularly fast but it does the job.


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It may well be that you cannot recover 100% of your data. For videos, that might be acceptable, and you might only see a few visual glitches, if they are even visible. For things like spread sheets or word/PDF documents, etc, it is more problematic. I have had success, under similar circumstances, with Unstoppable Copier. Recovers files from disks ...


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This appears to have everything you're looking for. I've used it many times and it works well. DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played on standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus http://...


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There's DVDStyler which can be used to author and burn DVD discs. It's distributed under GNU GPL license.


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You may try Brasero If you run Linux. If you are running Windows as OS then I recommend the lightweight ImgBurn is a powerful 100% free tool for burning CDs DVDs. If you don't like or have already tried ImgBurn the there is another one CDBurnerXP. It is also pretty lightweight and satisfactory in looks.(If you don't like the ImgBurn's interface)


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InfraRecorder I'm assuming from your answer that your OS is Windows. On that, I use InfraRecorder. It: Has full-featured CD/DVD burning and image recording tools Is free and open source, not a shareware or freemium.


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You can use CDBurnerXP. The .NET Framework should be present in your system. free all operating systems from Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 onwards are supported. CDs and DVDs burns video compilations It does not install any adware or similar malicious components, but the controversial OpenCandy module is included in the main installer. You can go to the ...


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https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/a/2211/10687 I found this software via the above answer on this site. I do know that it can: Handle .MOV files that is what I needed (I did use the Windows version of the software thought) I was also able to play the disc on my regular DVD player. I am not sure at this time if it can: Complete remove all the ...


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I use ISO Burner free Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 can finalize disks after burning


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K9Copy can do that at least for DVDs: K9Copy (source: Wikipedia; click image for larger variant) It's main goal is to make DVD9 content fit onto a DVD5 (by e.g. re-encoding video, or drop unwanted audio tracks). The result is then saved to an .iso file. So if you don't "shrink" anything, you should get a 1:1 copy in the resulting ISO. Though development ...


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I found the information I needed on Scott Hanselman's blog post How to create a DVD on Windows 8...: Basic Video Editor: Windows Movie Maker - Free, Windows I was able to use Windows Movie Maker to do the basic editing of the video including cutting out the blank sections and adding a simple clip of white text with a black background. It's installed by ...


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It may well be that you cannot recover 100% of your data. I have had success, under similar circumstances, with Unstoppable Copier. Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every ...


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Dvdisaster is an open source program specifically tailored for imaging damaged discs. It can generate a copy of the failing disc, which you can then mount or analyze with common data recovery software (e.g. TestDisk). It is mainly targeted to Linux, but versions for other operating systems are available. This screenshot is from Wikipedia: Note that ...


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beside DVDStyler i can also recommend Bombono DVD, both of them are GUIs for DVDAuthor. some features of DVDStyler: user-friendly interface with support of drag & drop import of image file for background flexible menu creation on the basis of scalable vector graphic change the font/color and other parameters of buttons and graphic objects place buttons,...


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CD/DVD get scratched due to regular use. You can use following methods to recover data. I assure you that after using these methods, you will have all your data. Clean the CD/DVD properly as dust can be a reason. Use a CD/DVD writer instead a CD/DVD reader device for such corrupted disks, because DVD writer are more powerful than DVD reader. If nothing ...


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I would most likely recommend VLC (VideoLan). It comes with support of most media formats in addition to DVDs and also enables you to convert/stream/rip any media. It is, of course, for free.


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On this genre there is quite a lot of options - freeware, shareware, adware (just kidding :) However the it mostly depends on user's choice, whether the you wish to spend a lot of money to buy the software or you wish to have a free alternative. If the later case is true I would recommend 5K Player. (otherwise Cyberlink PowerDVD) Extra features ...


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For those who don't know how to start Handbrake: Download HandBrake from [1]. Install handbrake. Now visit either [2 for 32 bit OS] or [3 for 64 bit OS] and it should autodownload the file. Now place this file into the program files folder for handbrake (dont put it into any of its subfolders). Now you can pop in your DVD and start ripping copy protected ...


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I've always had good results with DVD Decrypter and Handbrake or ffmpeg (which is command-line only and is what Handbrake uses). I like this solution because I keep the decrypted DVD format for future transcoding and so I can watch it in it's original form with menus intact on a PC, and so I can transcode for different devices in the future.


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An easy, although time consuming, way is to do it in two steps. Make MKV will rip the DVD to an MKV file, which contains the subtitles and language elements. Handbrake can then be used to create an MP4 from the MKV using the elements that you desire. It is time consuming as each stage will take a while to execute. However, it has worked every time I have ...


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If you're comfortable working on the command-line, you'll have several options that are free, open-source and 100% non-dodgy. My personal favs: readom is excellent for CD- and DVD-ROms. You'll have to use a command line similar to this: readom dev=/dev/sr0 f=mydisk.iso where dev points to your CD reader device and f is the output file. cdparanoia is a ...


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The best software I've used for multi-session DVD is: Cheetah DVD Burner Multi-session DVD discs may not be readable by some operating systems below Windows XP. Multi-session DVD discs may not be readable if the subsequent sessions exceed 2.0GB. The first session can be of any allowable size. This rule only applies to DVD-R and DVD+R. References Cheetah ...


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The two major burning suites on Ubuntu definitely support multi-session: Brasero is the "keep-it-simple" variant. It allows you to burn, copy and erase CD and DVD media: audio, video or data. Brasero supports a.o. on-the-fly burning, and offers multi-session support. Brasero (source: Ubuntu Apps; click image for larger variant) K3b is an alternative – ...


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I use a command line tool, ddrescue, for this. I don't know how well it would work if the disc has any form of DRM but it worked fine for my old home videos that were burned to a DVD. sudo apt-get install gddrescue Then use this command to create an iso in the directory of your choice: ddrescue /dev/sr0 ~/isos/filename.iso Where /dev/sr0 is the path to ...


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You'll need a DVD authoring software like Bombono DVD: free for Linux subtitles support transcoding video if necessary find it in Ubuntu Software Center (here is the Launchpad page)


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I personally use Toast Burn(App Store), which generally works very well for burning files. Hitherto I used Toast Titanium (Roxio was acquired recently by Corel and they have split out the product). If you want to burn more than just files, Toast DVD will do the trick for that. I'm not a real fan of Toast for the last year or so, but honestly I can't find ...


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I have not used it personally, but you may find Cathy satisfactory. It was referenced in the forum post to which I linked in my other answer to this question; the post covering someone modifying DocFetcher to include file paths in searches. From the Cathy website: An extremly small, very fast and easy to use media cataloging tool. You can use it to index ...


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