What do you guys use when you copy episode disks. I have used BarryHL's method How to copy a DVD9 to DVD5 with menu & extras using DVD2ONE and have applied it to episode discs and have found that it works perfectly.
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quite a few ways.
dvd2one, dvdshrink, instantcopy etc.
i personally use maestro and create a little menu so i can get shut of all the extras and menus as a lot of episode disc have big menu vobs.
DVDDecryptor to rip each episode, then just re-author 2 eps/disk. No re-encoding, goes real fast (ASS-U-Ming you can rip faster than 2x).To Be, Or, Not To Be, That, Is The Gazorgan Plan
2 episodes per disk is a bit too little. Doing a whole series will get you a box full of disks. But I agree 4 x 45~50min is, for some, a bit too much for 4.36Gb.
However, I too rip the video and audio streams, leave the audio streams intact and re-encode the mpeg-2 episode videos at 200-3230-6000 VBR with Mainconcept.
I also want to keep the subtitles, so I rip them with SubRip.
Some mpeg-2 video streams are a bit bitchy (actually poorly encoded - I should think), and they have their timecodes and GOP link flags go mayhem. They are easily identifiable, as they either crash or lock-up Mainconcept when opening them. For them, I do a Restream pass reseting timestamps and fixing broken link flags first.
I then re-author the DVD with a simple selection menu.
The whole process takes less than you might think. The only slow part is re-encoding the video, which takes 4 x 35 minutes. The demuxing takes something like 3-4 minutes for each episode and subtitle ripping almost as much. Re-authoring (with Scenarist) takes 1 hour for importing and setting custom chapter points as the ones that come with most episode disks are garbage; they appear to be suitable breaks for commercials. Generating the VIDEO_TS takes another 20 minutes. Recording takes another 45 minutes - including verify. (I do recording while authoring or browsing DVDRHelp )The more I learn, the more I come to realize how little it is I know.