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Best Free DVD burning software

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  1. Android

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    Wow, what happened to HelpOnTheNet.net? It's how I originally got to this site and what I have used since then to get here. Anyway, here's my real question...

    I would like your opinions on what may be the best DVD burning software that I can download. I have a DVD a friend made for me from Italy but it won't play. I was thinking it may be a region code problem, so I would like software that could change region codes or eliminate them altogether. Can a DVD player bought in the US play DVDs without a region code?

    I used Roxio on a computer I used to have, but now have a laptop which I can't find DVD burning software anywhere on it. Here is the "Best Of" from CNET, but their descriptions don't address region codes, so I thought I'd ask if anyone in this forum is familiar and can offer advice...

    Free Movie DVD Maker -- #1 in DVD Burners -- Think Free Movie DVD Maker lets you compose and burn high-quality DVDs from your movie clips. It handles a wide range of video formats as well as DVD output types, including HD DVDs up 1080p in resolution. With drag-and-drop, clip editing, zoom mode, and menu options, it can produce high-quality DVDs compatible with any DVD player. Free Movie DVD Maker places a splash screen before segments; a premium version removes the ads and includes lifetime support and updates.
    http://download.cnet.com/Free-Movie-DVD-Maker/3000-18554_4-10669082.html

    TDMore Free DVD Copy -- #6 in DVD Burners -- TDMore Free DVD Copy clones lossless copies of your DVDs with blazing speed, either the entire disc or just the main movie. It burns directly to a blank DVD or saves output to a folder or ISO for playback on your PC. The software automatically detects inserted discs, or you can add files and folders by browsing or dragging-and-dropping them directly into the app-like interface. While it lacks some of the features and options of the paid version, it has the essentials like a preview pane, output and temp directories, language support, and DVD Region encoding.
    http://download.cnet.com/TDMore-Free-DVD-Copy/3000-18554_4-76172022.html

    ImgBurn -- #2 in CD Burners -- If your PC has an optical disc burner like a DVD or Blu-Ray burner, you can create DVDs that you can play in your home entertainment system, boot discs that can help you start your PC when something goes wrong, and data discs that can safely store backups, archives, disk images and copies, and other data. However, to make all that easy, you need help in the form of a good disc-burning utility. ImgBurn from Lightning UK fits the bill. This lightweight freeware burns CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, depending of course on your system's capabilities: You'll need a Blu-Ray burner to burn Blu-Ray discs with ImgBurn, for example, just like with every other disc-burning tool. What ImgBurn does is simplify what can be a complicated, error-prone process.
    http://download.cnet.com/ImgBurn/3000-2646_4-10847481.html

    Express Burn Disc Burning Software Free -- #3 in CD Burners -- Express Burn Disc Burning Software Free will easily record images, music files, and more onto CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.
    http://download.cnet.com/Express-Burn-Disc-Burning-Software-Free/3000-2646_4-75219417.html

    Or if you know of some other free software to recommend. It doesn't have to be the above four I pulled from CNET. Thanks.
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Won't play on what?

    If it is a burned DVD, it isn't region coded.

    As he is in France, the video is likely PAL format. If you are in the US, your TV format is NTSC. Most US DVD players will not play a PAL disc.

    It should play just fine on your computer.
     
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    Won't play on my TV's DVD player. Another thing is that Free Movie DVD Maker, TDMore Free DVD Copy, and ImgBurn can't compress this DVD9 (Double Layer) to a DVD5 (single layer). So looking for software that can.
     
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    What is on the DVD ????
    If it doesn't contain VOB files like attached , then it's not a Playable Video DVD.
    There are two types of DVDs ... a Data DVD and a Video DVD
    A Video DVD needs to be authored before it can be copied/burnt
    What did your Fiend make ?????
     

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    To simply shrink to a DVD 5 get this.

    http://filehippo.com/download_dvdshrink

    If in fact it's PAL it will still be PAL when shrunk.

    Assuming it's PAL you could try this (free).

    http://www.videohelp.com/tools/VOB2MPG

    You'll end up with one big MPEG2 file. Which may then work in one of the apps you mentioned.

    You can then try this (free).

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdflick-v2/

    It should accept your newly created MPEG, make sure you choose NTSC for your DVD output.

    Note these are old apps, hopefully they still run on newer systems, you may have to set them to XP compatibilty mode.

    You can use ImgBurn to burn your final DVD to disc.
     
  7. Android

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    Noyb, it's a video DVD, with the VOB files.

    Johnny2K, I used ImgBurn to make an ISO file of the original, it was over 8GB in size. Then I used DVD Shrink to shrink the ISO file to a smaller one, around 4GB. I remember Roxio on my old computer used to do all of this, both create & burn ISO files as well as DVD9 -> DVD5 compression; I guess there's no freeware that can do all of this in one program. Here's two sites recommending software called DVD Rebuilder, but I was totally lost in using it (had no idea on how to open the 8GB ISO file)....
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/278210-DVD9-To-DVD5
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/326601-DVD9-to-DVD5

    On creating the NTSC DVD, I'd hate to produce a MPG file, as wouldn't this delete all of the menus created on the original?
     
  8. Oddba11

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    Why shrink it at all? Shrinking it won't change the region (which shouldnt exist anyway), nor will it change the video format (ie: PAL or NTSC). It simply reduces the quality.

    Assuming it's PAL, there isn't an automated process to convert it to NTSC. There are a few guides around using various tools, but it doesn't always work properly.
     
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    Oddba11, again copying the DVD9 to the more common DVD5, a compression.
     
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    Obviously it has to be compressed to fit on a SL DVD.

    But AGAIN, why?

    If you simply don't want to use DL media, then ok, just say that.

    But changing from DL DVD to SL DVD will NOT solve the playback issue. So why waste the time, degrade the quality of the video (and audio), and use another DVD to get the same result?

    Also, while I assume the video is likely PAL and your playback device is NTSC, I will also point out that this could just be a media issue (ie: the DVD player doesn't support the DVD brand/type used or the disc could simply be faulty. Not all burned media brands/types are supported in all DVD players. This is especially true for brands such as Sony.
     
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    Yes, I just have SL, DVD5 media, and can accept the slight degradation in quality. I have DVD media from Philips, Office Depot, & CompUSA.
     
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    Those are all rebranded discs and likely low quality. The only way to know is to check the media id. If they work in your DVD player, then feel free to use them. Personally I only use quality media (Verbatim, Taio Yuden, TDK).

    For your reference: http://www.digitalfaq.com/reviews/dvd-media.htm
     
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    dvdflick will turn to big video files into 4.3 gig. so it will fit on a normal dvd disk.
     
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