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    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 4th Oct 17, 4:37 PM
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    How to copy DVD to Windows 10 laptop?
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    • 4th Oct 17, 4:37 PM
    How to copy DVD to Windows 10 laptop? 4th Oct 17 at 4:37 PM
    My wife's bought a language book which came with a DVD of tutorials. The laptop, which runs Windows 10, won't play it, and besides, we'd like to copy it to the machine so she doesn't have to keep loading the actual disc every time she does an exercise.

    What (preferably free) software do we need in order to be able to (a) play the DVD and (b) coppy it to the desktop?
    A positive attitude might not solve all your problems, but it'll annoy enough people to make the effort worthwhile
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    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 4th Oct 17, 5:46 PM
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    What do you mean it won't play it? Is it music, video, slideshow, word document, .pdf file? what happens when you put the DVD in the player? You would normally see a dialogue box asking you what you want to do?
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 4th Oct 17, 5:54 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 5:54 PM
    I can't think of a more done to death subject in this forum - Shouldn't this have been stickied long ago..?
    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 4th Oct 17, 6:20 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 6:20 PM
    What do you mean it won't play it? Is it music, video, slideshow, word document, .pdf file? what happens when you put the DVD in the player? You would normally see a dialogue box asking you what you want to do?
    Originally posted by Le_Kirk
    It's video, and I just checked the wife's laptop to see what actually happens. A box comes up inviting you to choose what use, and the options are something from the "App Store" or take no action. The "App Store" lists various software starting with Windows Media Player at £11-odd, then free stuff I've never heard of.

    Assuming that's what we need, can anybody please recommend something that's (a) free and (b) very easy to use which will let us copy this blessed DVD to her desktop?

    I can't think of a more done to death subject in this forum ..
    Originally posted by pogofish
    Well if that's the case, any chance you could be helpful and post a link to the answer?
    Last edited by Si Clist; 04-10-2017 at 6:24 PM.
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    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 4th Oct 17, 6:47 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 6:47 PM
    Download vlc player

    https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.en-GB.html
    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 4th Oct 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 7:08 PM
    Thank you! At least now we can play the DVD! All we need next is to be able to copy it to the laptop ...
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    • By hans 2 4th Oct 17, 7:22 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 7:22 PM
    Thank you! At least now we can play the DVD! All we need next is to be able to copy it to the laptop ...
    Originally posted by Si Clist
    Insert dvd then

    https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/rip-dvd-vlc
    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 4th Oct 17, 8:13 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 8:13 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 8:13 PM
    Thank you very much indeed for posting that! I'll try that on the wife's laptop in the morning and report back ...
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    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 4th Oct 17, 8:26 PM
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    • 4th Oct 17, 8:26 PM
    Oh poo

    Starting with the disc in and the title page showing in VLC, I followed those instructions to the letter, then hit "Start". Disc speeded up and ran for about 20 seconds with the VLC "traffic cone" logo thingy on a plain black background and "Streaming -VLC Media Player" top left above the menu bar, then silence and nothing.

    It did create a correctly-named MP4 video file in my chosen location, but it's 40 bytes. Any idea what I'm doing wrong please?
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    • Pikeyp
    • By Pikeyp 4th Oct 17, 9:10 PM
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    I don't know about VLC, but in the past I've used DVDShrink .. it's another option anyway!


    more here ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_Shrink
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 5th Oct 17, 9:48 AM
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    Read this article from the Guardian.
    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 5th Oct 17, 1:15 PM
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    Thanks for posting that article. Very interesting
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    • Si Clist
    • By Si Clist 5th Oct 17, 5:30 PM
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    Problem solved (by using Handbrake)
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    • fenlander_uk
    • By fenlander_uk 6th Oct 17, 12:06 PM
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    If you're using Handbrake on a Windows machine and your PC has a recent Intel processor, check under the Video tab to see whether Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) is available in the drop down list of encoders. Using this, instead of the regular H264 software encoder, can reduce your processing time by 80% or more.
    Last edited by fenlander_uk; 06-10-2017 at 12:10 PM.
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