I want to copy a DVD+RW Disc onto a DVD-R Disc so that when I play either one, I have the same working DVD Menu, Titles, and Chapters.
I've tried saving DVD/CD Master images from the original +RW onto my hard drive with Mac Disk Utility (MacBook Pro, OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite) and then burning the image to a -R disc, also using Disk Utility.
I see the same Video_RM and Video_TS folders on the Duplicated Disc as I do on the original, however, the duplicate will not auto-play.
Should I be able to do this with Disk Utility? If so, please provide suggestions as to what I am doing wrong; if not, please indicate which free programs can do this. Thanks.
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I use a PC, so I can't create DVD/CD Master images and burn them with with Mac Disk Utility to test with. I used Imgburn to make a disc image (ISO) from a DVD+RW created by my DVD recorder, which produces DVDs with a similar file structure to your disc. I burned the resulting ISO to DVD-R, again using Imgburn. My Toshiba TV's built-in DVD player auto played the DVD-R, so it seems possible that Mac Disk Utility is doing something wrong.
I suggest that you try a different program to make and burn a disc image. Mac DVDRipper Pro can make and burn disc images. It has a free trial that will allow you to copy 5 DVDs. There is a tutorial here: http://www.macdvdripperpro.com/mac-dvd-copy.html. In spite of what the tutorial says, you should only need a single layer DVD (DVD-R) to copy a DVD+RW.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 29th Nov 2014 at 08:35.
Did you finalize the DVD+RW disc before trying to copy it?
Here is a quote from the DVD+RW Alliance (http://dvdplusrw.org/Article.asp?mid=0&sid=1&aid=1) , which created the format:
Do DVD+RW discs need to be finalized?
No. Everytime a DVD+RW disc is ejected, either from a DVD+R/+RW drive in a PC or from a DVD+R/+RW video recorder, it automatically contains the needed information for the disc to be read in a normal DVD-Video player or DVD-ROM drive. There's no need to perform a time-consuming "finalisation" process on the disc, as is required for all other rewritable DVD formats, and for CD-RW. Likewise, there is no such thing as "unfinalizing" a DVD+RW disc: you can always make modifications or add new contents to a disc without performing some special procedure in advance.
Correct, but will "the needed information for the disc to be read in a normal DVD-Video player or DVD-ROM drive" be complete and appropriate for the new DVD-R media? My experience is that unfinalized disc give unexpected results.
It isn't possible to finalize DVD+RW, and the option wasn't available when I looked for it.