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I have some home movies on VHS that I have recently copied to DVD with a VCR/DVD Recorder combo. I would like to make copies of these DVDs for other family members but the tapes are old and fragile so I don't want to keep using the VCR to make more DVDs. I was told that if I brought the DVD vob files into Adobe Premier Elements, the copied DVD would lose quality due to being compressed to MPEG2 twice.

Which CDBurnerXP option would just copy the data from the DVD either to the hard drive or directly to a new burned DVD without encoding/decoding or otherwise messing with the quality? I was not sure whether to use the Data disc, Video DVD or Copy or grab disc option. My PC has 2 optical drives so a direct copy would be easiest.

Windows 10 20H2

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From the DVD, you can make an ISO file, that make an 1:1 copy from the DVD.

You can open the ISO file with CDBurnerXP (open as file, don't burn ISO file as Data DVD...)

Create ISO file from DVD

  1. Insert your DVD in the drive
  2. Open CDBurnerXP
  3. Choose "Copy or grab disc"
  4. Press the "OK" button

Copy Options

  1. Device: (your DVD device or similar, with the DVD)
  2. "Read retries: 3" (I think, it's okay)


  1. File name: (you can use the ... button)
  2. File Type: ISO (this is the default setting)

If okay, you can press the "Copy disc" button.

Burn ISO image file onto DVD

  1. Insert your new recordable DVD media in the drive
  2. Open CDBurnerXP
  3. Choose "Burn ISO image"
  4. Press the "OK" button

Burn ISO Image

  1. Select "ISO image to burn", you can use the "Browse..." button to select the ISO file
  2. Target device: here you can choose the drive
  3. "Burn method": default is Choose automatically

Burn options

  1. You can choose "DVD high compatibility"
  2. "Mode2XA instead of Mode 1": this can be disabled (checkbox unchecked)
  3. "Finalize disc": I think, this setting is okay (checkbox checked)
  4. "Verify data after burning": checkbox checked

If all settings are okay, you can press the "Burn disc" button.

I hope, it works :)

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