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Old 03-20-2006, 11:42 PM   #1
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Burn dual-layer to 4.7GB DVD


There are many tools to burn dvds in Windows. I am wondering if there is any similar tools for linux. I want to burn some home made media burned to a dual-layer DVD but I want it to be burned to a regular DVD (cheaper and I have tons available). What is the best way to do it? I would be great if I could use only command line tools since I dont have a monitor for the machine that has the dvd burner. Any ideas? Thanks very much for sharing them,
Old 03-21-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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Use growisofs part of the dvd+rw-tools and may already be installed. You may want to read the manpage for it also (the use-the-force-luke switch part).
Old 03-21-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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Ok I tried growisofs (as root) and I got:

growisofs -Z /dev/dvd -dvd-video -V 24_SE2_DISC1 24_SEASON2_DISC1/
:-( unable to anonymously mmap 33554432: Resource temporarily unavailable

What does that mean? Can you help me?

Right now I am creating a ISO for the DVD that I want to burn. My problem is that my original disc has 7.4GB and I want to burn it to a 4.7GB disc. Is it possible? Can I split the original in 2 discs? Can I reduce the quality in the first disc in order to be able to burn it in a 4.7GB?

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Old 03-21-2006, 11:11 PM   #4
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Google is your friend ;-) First hit with your error message >
From the DVD+RW/+R/-R[W] for Linux page:
IMPORTANT NOTE for 6.0 users!
That might not be your specific problem, but your posts don't
include enough information about your system for us to tell.

Can you be more specific about what you're trying to copy here?
Assuming "24_SE2_DISC1" and "24_SEASON2_DISC1/" are directories,
and you want to copy those files to DVD. What size are they?
What type of DVD medium are you trying to copy them to? What
versions of kernel, growisofs, distribution are you using?

Issue from each directory "du -sh" to determine their sizes.

I don't know about splitting the files, but I do know how to burn
an ISO image to a DVD with growisofs.
"growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/hd*=image.iso"
as root where /dev/hd* is your DVD burner and issue it from the
directory containing the iso image ... change the name, or course.

You might need something such as DVD-RIP of whatever to get those
files to smaller sizes. I really haven't ventured far out into the
DVD recording world yet. Mainly I use it to backup our original
DVDs, so we can play copies and not worry about scratches. So I just
make ISO images and burn them to DVDs.

Some more references which might help you:

Mark A. Davis' DVD Notes for Linux
(NB: With 2.6.x.y kernels you can use device names rather than scsi emulation)

Linux & DVDs by Stephen White

DVD-R Tools

DVD9 to DVD5 guide

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

I don't mean that last link to be naughty. If you take it that way,
you won't be able to learn anything from it. Many people get offended
when given that link, and don't read it all thoroughly. However, if you
can see past ESRs "presumed arrogance and rudeness," and actually read
for more knowledge, you will learn two things (at least I did).

First, it will teach you how to do better searches for answers, and
secondly, it will teach you how to post better questions. There may be
guys who already know how to do what you're trying, that didn't post
because they didn't want to "play 20 questions" to get to first base.

Hope this helps. I subscribed to your thread to learn about this myself,
and only posted because I think I can offer you 'some' help.
Old 03-21-2006, 11:52 PM   #5
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I agree w/ you. Thank you for your suggestions. I am checking all of the right now and if I cant solve it I will return to the thread. Just to straighten things up this is what I am trying to do:

Copy a DVD authored by me but that I burned to a dual layer disc some time ago. The problem is that I want to copy it to the regular 4.7GB disc because I have many here. I was wondering it is possible to:
a) split the original 8GB content in 2 discs w/ 4GB each (for example)
b) reduce the original movie quality so it can fit in a 4.7GB disc.

The directory displayed was obtained after a "vobcopy -m" on the original disc.

All required operations should be performed in command line unless there is no other way to do it.

Once more, thanks.

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