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Archived - How to copy previously-burned DVD-R video discs

Learn how to use Disk Copy or Disk Utility to create a duplicate of a DVD-R video disc you previously made with iDVD or DVD Studio Pro if you no longer have the original source material to burn the project.

Note:  This procedure will not work with copy protected DVD video discs. iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Disk Copy, and Disk Utility are licensed for reproduction of non-copyrighted materials, or materials you are legally permitted to reproduce.

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For Mac OS X 10.3 or later


  1. Insert the DVD-R video disc that you created.
  2. In the Finder, choose Utilities from the Go menu, then open the Disk Utility application.
  3. Select the disc (not just the disc session) you want to copy from the listing on the left.

    Sample selected disc
  4. From the Images menu, choose New and then choose Image from "your disk name." (Mac OS X 10.4 and later: From the File menu, choose New and then choose Image from "your disk name").
  5. Enter a file name and choose "DVD/CD Master" from the Image Format pop-up menu.
  6. Click the Create button. After the image has been created you should see it in the disk listing in the Disk Utility window.
  7. Eject the DVD-R video disc.
  8. Select the disk image you created from the listing.
  9. Click the Burn icon in the toolbar.

    sample image in Disk Utility
    Earlier versions of Disk Utility will use a .dmg extension instead of .cdr.

  10. When prompted, insert a blank DVD-R disc.
  11. Click the Burn button.

 

For Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.2.8

  1. Insert the DVD-R video disc that you created into the SuperDrive.
  2. Open the Disk Copy application (/Applications/Utilities).
  3. From the File menu, choose New and then choose Image from Device.
  4. Select the disc you want to copy from the listing.
  5. Type a file name and choose "DVD/CD Master" from the Image Format pop-up menu.
  6. Click the Save button.
  7. After the image has been created, eject the DVD-R video disc.
  8. From the File menu, choose Burn Image.
  9. Select the image you just created.
  10. Click the Burn button.
  11. When prompted, insert a blank DVD-R disc.
  12. Click the Burn button.

 

For Mac OS X 10.0 through 10.1.5

  1. Insert the DVD-R video disc that you created into the SuperDrive.
  2. Open the Disk Copy application (/Applications/Utilities).
  3. From the Image menu, choose New Image from Device.
  4. Select the disc you want to copy from the listing. You may need to click the disclosure triangle next to the disc to see the DVD-R video disc you want to copy.

  5. Click the Image button.
  6. Type a file name and from the Image Format pop-up menu, choose DVD/CD Master.
  7. After the image has been created, eject the DVD-R video disc.
  8. From the Image menu, choose Burn Image.
  9. Select the image you just created.
  10. Click the Burn button.
  11. When prompted, insert a blank DVD-R disc.
  12. Click the Burn button.
Last Modified: Mar 3, 2014
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