Forum Question: How to upload a non copyright DVD for download

Hello Gary. I am wanting to upload a DVD of my wedding to the cloud so that friends and family can download and burn it on their own DVD. I know I can use “cloud” services like dropbox, but my question has to di with what to upload? Most DVD’s have menus and the video. Do I upload the image, sections, rat,… Etc.? I am at a loss here. Thanks.

Comments: 9 Responses to “How to upload a non copyright DVD for download”

    2/4/11 @ 5:43 pm

    You’ll need to keep the DVD intact. So I would use Disk Utility to create a disk image of the DVD. Then upload that. Of course that means that they will have to have something on the other end capable of taking that disk image and burning a new DVD from it. Not sure what they would use if they don’t have a Mac. Lots of steps on both ends and lots of places where things can do wrong. Not to mention the huge upload and download. Probably easier just to mail them a DVD.
    I’ve never done all of that myself, so you will want to test it all out. It will be a big project.

    2/4/11 @ 6:32 pm

    Convert the DVD to a H.264 format to upload to your cloud service of choice.

    2/4/11 @ 6:43 pm

    Thanks. I will try the H.264 format.

    2/4/11 @ 7:18 pm

    Recommend the free Handbrake. But you need both Handbrake and VLC for Handbrake to work. Freak and they both free!!

    2/4/11 @ 9:09 pm

    Correction you need VLC for Handbrake to work if you rip your “paid” commercial DVD’s;)

    Ed Rangel
    2/6/11 @ 6:39 pm

    Thanks fellows. I created a disk image on one Mac, uploaded it via DropBox, and then downloaded the file (.cdr). Afterwards I used Handbrake to change the format to mp4, then burned the DVD. A lot of steps, but for me it was well worth it. I tried Mac The Ripper, but I could not get it to work properly.

    2/6/11 @ 7:16 pm

    Great to hear you are experimenting but you can drop the DVD into the Mac and launch Handbrake to rip the “DVD” and than the resulting file you can publish/upload to wherever. As for me I do not have a DVD player anymore all my movies are either ripped using handbrake or purchased on iTunes. All are played back using Apple TV. If I have any home movies that I made using iMovie that are in the .m4v(h.264) format that family members would like in DVD I just use iDVD to convert those m4v files to DVD. Just some pointers on my workflow if this helps.

    2/6/11 @ 7:22 pm

    Also storing movies/videos in the h.264/m4v/mp4 file format is IMO a good future proofing of yourself in addition to that the files are also many times less than half the size of a traditional DVD/MPEG2 format. Just to give you an idea, I have about 200 Movies in my library currently ripped using handbrake for Apple TV and my total disk usage is 363GB!

    2/6/11 @ 7:27 pm

    Mac the ripper was good in the Power PC days but Handbrake is all you will need for what you are trying to accomplish:)

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