Found this through Google, originally posted by buzzy.
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To make all the great information shared by SPLers and out on the web easier for you to find, here are links to info on Ripping and Burning CDs, VCDs and DVDs. Not all of these links are going to give you step by step approaches, but it should be easier than searching for it or Googling for it on your own. Also, if you're new to SPL, see Got a question? Got an answer? New here?

It's very important to rip and burn CD Audio, (S)VCDs and DVDs carefully, or you may create or pass along a bad copy.

DVDs

* DVD's are the hot topic these days. A few of the usual troublemakers have set up a new site with reviews and info - brucedvds.com. If you're looking for info on which shows and versions are available, and comments on the quality, check out the site.
* Ripping and Burning DVDs - An Overview is Pete's tutorial on how to rip and burn DVDs, with a how-to for all the important steps, and also discusses questions like 'What kind of media?' and 'How fast should I burn?'
* Burning the MDS, I01, ... files from ABMS - and a related thread on DVDs from ABMS - i00 i01...etc. on a Mac
* If you want to burn discs with the best chance of being compatible with various players, check out MrCarlos' and BlindedByTheLite's Master Class on DVD Playback Compatibility
* Buying a DVD Burner
* NTSC and PAL Issues - video in Europe uses a different standard than video in North America; some Bruce DVDs are in NTSC (NA) and some are in PAL.
* There's some related (now older) discussion in DVD Copying and Authoring Software.
* Ripping the audio from a DVD - one thread and another thread.
* For basic info on DVDs, see this DVD FAQ.
* dvdrhelp.com aka videohelp.com has lots of info as well as how-to guides for all aspects of DVD, VCD and video. Similarly, check doom9.org.

Audio CDs

* Ripping and Burning Audio CDRs covers the important issues, including how to set up EAC (Exact Audio Copy).
* See Getting EAC to run on your computer if you have problems running EAC.
* The missing manual for EAC is at The Coaster Factory, especially the Configuring the EAC Options page.
* Automatically Naming and Tagging Files with EAC
* Labeling CDs
* For a discussion of ripping software for Macs, see EAC-type Software for Macs.

Media

* DVD + CD Media (North America)
* CDR Media - Europe

VCDs and SVCDs

* Extracting, Burning, Playing and Copying (S)VCDs
* Copying VCDs and SVCDs- also includes info on playing VCDs and SVCDs.
* To play a VCD, put the disc in a drive on your computer and look at the folders on the disc to tell whether it is VCD or SVCD. The video DAT files on VCDs (MPEG1 format) can be played with Windows Media Player. The video on SVCDs (MPEG2 format) can be played with DVD software or with VideoLan Client (free, all OS platforms). Open the program, then open the video (DAT or MPG) files in the MPEG folder on the disc. VideoLan can also play directly from a bin file.
* Ripping the video from an (S)VCD or bin
* Extracting the audio from a VCD or MPG video

General Comments

* Burning software is frequently updated to fix bugs, add support for new drive models, and add features. So check regularly for the latest free updates of the burning software you're using.
* A Firmware Update can enhance the features, performance and media compatibility of your drive. Check to see if you have the latest version of the firmware for your CD or DVD burner, and whether any significant changes have been made. But be sure to read the warnings in the Firmware Update thread.

Basics and definitions

There are detailed explanations in the threads, but here's an overview. Most of the time, it's important to think not about copying a disc but instead of two steps, ripping and burning:

* Ripping means extracting the audio or video from the disc onto your hard drive. With audio and DVD, you generally need to use a specific approach and software to get a good copy. You generally can't just copy all the files or do a disc copy.
* Burning means burning the version on your hard drive to a recordable disc. Once the burn begins, you're committed, so it normally helps not to have too many other applications running while you're burning a disc. Otherwise, the burn may slow or stop.

An exception of sorts is VCDs and SVCDs. These have a specific multi-track format needed to work as a VCD, so you need to use the disc copy feature of your burning software to copy that format to the new disc. However, you still want to use two steps: create a disc image on the hard drive, then burn.

In addition, handling the ripping and burning steps separately is much more reliable and less error-prone than trying to rip and burn at once (called burning "on the fly").

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Edited by buzzy (Tue Nov 09 2004 06:06 AM)
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