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Copyright isn't an issue on this one, btw as the disks were distributed free of charge and would be to me if I was prepared to wait for them.
I went to copy 3 of my son's dvds recently, and found I couldn't. The total filesize was 5+ Gigs, and over 6 Gigs for one! I have my standard 4.7G disks, and that doesn't go. So I have a backup on hard disk as an iso for the moment.
How can I play that with Mplayer? when I loop mount the iso, I get this sort of thing
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, Slackware Current AMD64, various VMs
You can just open the .iso using "mplayer <filename>.iso" as you would any other video file. Though I don't tihnk the menus work. Personally I use VLC to play .iso files as it treats them just like DVDs.
To see menus, you need to use the "dvdnav:" option with mplayer instead of the "dvd:" option
 No, wait, my mistake. I don't think dvdnav will give you menus in mplayer. Use the VLC app rather than mplayer to see menus. "dvdnav" gives you the ability to play DVDs that have intentional bad sectors, by navigating around them just as a standalone DVD player would do. [/edit]
You are not likely to find double-layer DVDs at mass outlets such as drug stores or most discount stores, but you will find them at electronics stores.
In the States, Radio Shack usually has them in stock. That's where I normally get them, simply because it's convenient to my normal range of errand-running. They are readily available from on-line merchants.
Thanks, it half works but I can't work out how to use the menus when I do that.
Anyhow, the answer to your question of how to play a DVD is simple:
mplayer dvdnav:// -dvd-device nameof.iso
Where "nameof.iso" is the name of the iso file to play, obviously.
Thanks - I tried this and got stupid errors about not being able to find files that exist - that's an improvement! Probably a perms thing. I'll look at k9copy, and even consider use of windows if needed. Thank you all for the suggestions.