How to Burn a DVD Onto Another Clean DVD

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DVD collections can represent a substantial investment that's worth protecting by burning backup copies of the discs. Burning a DVD onto another disc is a two-step process that requires DVD ripping software to make a copy of the original DVD, which can then be burned onto a recordable DVD. Many software packages are available for DVD ripping. Some are available as free downloads from the Internet.

  • Open the DVD ripping software by clicking twice on the name of the program or its desktop icon. Software brands include DVDFAB and DVD Rip.

  • Insert a prerecorded DVD into the media tray on the computer.

  • Click the "Rip" tab in the upper left-hand corner of the computer screen when the DVD loads on the computer and displays on the screen. Ripping the disc creates a copy that will save automatically on the computer's hard drive.

  • Remove the prerecorded disc when the screen displays that it has finished ripping and replace with a blank, recordable DVD.

  • Open the software that operates the DVD burner on the computer. This software might be iMovie on an Apple or Windows DVD Maker on a computer with a Microsoft platform.

  • Click "File" and select "New" in Windows DVD Maker or click "New Project" in iMovie. This will open a folder on the computer containing video files.

  • Click "Add Files" and select the copied DVD in Windows DVD Maker or click the name of the copied DVD and select "Import" if using iMovie. This places the DVD copy in a list of files for burning to the blank DVD. If burning an entire DVD, there probably will not be room on the blank disc for any additional files.

  • Click "Next" and then click "Burn" to record the copied DVD onto the new disc. The ripped copy remains on the computer disc until it is deleted by right-clicking the file name, then clicking "delete," if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Expect to consume 4 to 8 gigabytes of computer hard-drive memory for a 2-hour DVD, depending on additional content such as special features, extra audio tracks and other data that may be on the disc.
  • Wait for the DVD to complete burning and to be finalized before removing it from the computer. When the "Finalization Complete" message appears on the screen, you may remove the disc safely.
  • Violating copyright protection on prerecorded DVDs is a criminal offense.

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