LeRoy on 5 Jul 2010 07:56:14 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Extracting from weird DVD recorder format

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On 07/04/2010 11:18 PM, Gordon Dexter wrote:
> My aunt has a Samsung DVD-VR300 VHS to DVD recorder and she used it to 
> make DVD backups of her old home movies.  Unfortunately the DVDs that 
> she created will play only in the original player, and nowhere else.  
> Other DVD players don't play them, computers can't open them, and when I 
> try to read the resulting DVD there is nothing.  Windows thinks it's a 
> blank DVD, and even trying to use dd under linux results in a 0 blocks 
> copied.  The data is definitely there, but I can't seem to access it at 
> all.  A few posts online suggest that perhaps the DVD needs to be 
> finalized, or at least have the session closed, but I can't seem to find 
> any way to do that using Windows or Linux, and I don't have the original 
> recorder readily available.
> Any ideas?  I know it's possible that the info is recorded in some 
> completely random proprietary format, but the manual seems written with 
> the assumption that any random DVD player can read it.
> --Gordon

Do you have a dvd ripper with libdvdcss2 and w32codecs installed?

You might need to look at the individual tracks to see the video.  Track
0 which usually contains the info into the other tracks might be blank.

For Debian you might want to see http://debian-multimedia.org/

Also check out the various cd/dvd ripping utilities.

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