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Raise Your Burn Rate

The fast way to duplicate your DVDs By Stephen Schleicher
I just finished a major video project and for the delivery requirements the client stated she needed 120 VHS tapes and 40 DVDs. The VHS tapes were not a problem; there is a dubbing facility next door. However, trying to find a place locally that could duplicate DVDs in a short turnaround time (clients always need it tomorrow) is impossible. Fortunately, I was armed with a couple of Macs and lots of blank DVDs.

For those of you who decided to blow your dot-com millions before the dot-bomb explosion, and for those of us who had some extra money to spend, and were fortunate enough to invest in a Mac, already know you have a DVD authoring system, but did you know you also had a way of quickly duplicating DVDs?

Unfortunately, iDVD is not the fastest way to burn a DVD. My 30-minute production would have taken nearly four hours to author and burn had I not come to my senses at 3 o'clock in the morning and decided to jump to DVD Studio Pro (both products from Apple). DVD Studio Pro is easy enough to learn, and I was able to create my DVD in roughly an hour's time. That included opening the manual and figuring out how to best use the program.

The bad thing was, each time I wanted to make a copy of a DVD it was going to take another hour to burn. With 39 copies still to go, that wasn’t looking too good.

Enter Roxio Toast Titanium and a way to knock that one-hour duplication down to 12 minutes.

In DVD Studio Pro go to File>Build and Format Disc

Instead of burning a complete DVD, create a Disk Image instead. This will create the Video_TS and Audio_TS folders and files that contain the DVD information in a specified folder on your hard drive. If you are on a fast Dual G4 Mac, then the time to create an image file should be relatively short.

Once that is complete, close out of DVD Studio Pro and launch Roxio Toast Titanium.

From the Other Menu, select DVD.

To keep from looking like a goof later on, click on the New CD icon in the lower left hand corner of the Toast interface. This will open up the DVD properties, and you can name the DVD.

Next, drag the Video_TS and Audio_TS folders from the directory in which they were saved and drop them into the Toast window.

Click on the Record button, and Toast will ask you to insert a blank DVD. Go ahead and do that.

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