Burning A DVD From A VIDEO_TS Folder On A Mac

I have a damaged DVD that skips badly and is unwatchable when played on a normal DVD player. I ripped it on the Mac (using [Mac The Ripper](http://www.mactheripper.org/) – great program!), and the resulting VIDEO_TS folder seems to play back fine using DVD Player in OS X.

However, I wanted to be able to play it on a normal DVD player again.

One option would be to convert it to an MPG or AVI using something like [Handbrake](http://handbrake.m0k.org/), and then use iDVD to burn a DVD from that. It takes some time to convert and render a DVD, though, and you’d lose some quality.

Then I found this method to turn a VIDEO_TS folder into an ISO image. At the command line, type:

>hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name DVD_NAME -o DVD_NAME.iso /VIDEO_TS/parent/folder

Make sure that final path is the path to the folder where VIDEO_TS can be found, not the path to the actual VIDEO_TS folder itself.

It takes a little time, but you get an ISO image out. You can then burn this using Disk Utility, and you’ll get a ‘real’ DVD!

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  1. Imran, this doesn’t compress or anything. It just turns a VIDEO_TS folder into an ISO image. Whether or not that ISO image fits onto a single-layer DVD is a separate issue.

  2. Every site or forum i read mentions entering a command… anychance u could tell me where i enter this so called “command” thanks a billion.

  3. This is great! I was searching around for hours for anything that would allow me to recreate a DVD that would not play in DVD players (due to a worn surface). MTR ripped it fine, but I was stuck on how to get it back on a DVD without spending $50-$100. You tha man!

  4. To get to the command line, find and run an application called Terminal (should be in your Applications folder). That’s the command line!

  5. everything worked fine, but when i inserted it in my dvd player it didnt work…
    Any idea?

  6. I’m not sure. It could be the type of DVD – some players don’t like DVD-Rs, some don’t like DVD+Rs, some don’t like RWs, some just don’t like particular brands.

    I’ve also found with CDs (not sure if it’s the same with DVDs) that I have more luck with cross-player compatibility if I burn them slower. The faster the burn speed, the less time the laser spends burning each ‘dot’, and the less well-formed it is.

  7. I’ve tried entering this command (copy & pasted) into Terminal but I can’t get it to work. I’m not sure what part of the command I need to alter for it to work on my Mac. I must be doing it wrong. Could someone explain what part of the command I need to change to make it work?

  8. Just what I was looking for….thanks!!!

    I used the following syntax:
    “hdiutil makehybrid -o new_iso_name.iso /Volumes/Firewire/Movies/folder_where_Viseo_TS-Lives”

  9. If you use that command a lot you might find this useful. AquaISO is an application which provides a nice graphical frontend for the hdiutil makehybrid -iso command. You can monitor the progress of the ISO creation in a way that is better than viewing it in Terminal.

    You can download the application here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/aquaiso/

  10. I’m confused. Okay you say to enter the following:

    hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name DVDNAME -o DVDNAME.iso /VIDEO_TS/parent/folder

    into the command line. But what is the command line? And on what? On handbrake? Do you mean the destination line cuz that didn’t work. I’m sorry, I’m not terribly computer savy, can you be specific, please?

  11. @Tony: The command line is what you get when you run Terminal. If you’re not computer savvy, I wouldn’t muck around with it. If you have a mate that has more experience, ask them to show you next time they’re visiting.

  12. hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name DVDNAME -o DVDNAME.iso /VIDEO_TS/parent/folder

    Taking the above command would this be the correct syntax for example ..

    My VIDEO_TS is inDocuments/MyTSfiles

    I want to call the iso file MyFirstISO

    SYNTAX becomes

    hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-MyFirstISO DVDNAME -o DVDNAME.iso /VIDEO_TS/Documents/MyTSfiles



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