Duplicating DVDs

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{"Given the amount of email I get on the subject, it appears that the current Mystery of This Age is how one duplicates an existing DVD. The latest appeal for this information comes from Steve Williams who writes:

"I videotape my daughter's volleyball games and produce edited DVDs for her team using Final Cut Pro and iDVD. I usually burn a dozen DVDs and then delete the video files from my hard drive to regain space.

Is there an easy way to duplicate one of my existing DVDs if someone wants an extra copy at a later date?"

Duplicating DVDs seems to throw people for a loop because copying "," discs can be so confoundingly difficult. Not only must you copy the disc, but you must find a way to defeat the disc's copy protection (and risk falling outside the ",").

The procedure for duplicating the discs you create with iDVD is actually quite easy -- and, better yet, built into Mac OS X. To do so, just insert the disc you want to copy, launch Disk Utility, select the disc in Disk Utility's Source list, and click the New Image button. In the resulting sheet, select DVD/CD Master from the Image Format pop-up menu, None from the Encryption menu, name the disc, and click Save.

Once the image has been created, select it in the Source list and click Disk Utility's Burn button. Insert a blank DVD and you're just minutes away from a copy of the original disc. "}

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