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How do I copy a DVD and retain menu chapters?

by lennylampert / May 28, 2013 9:45 AM PDT

I have an instructional DVD that contains several chapters and I would like to copy the DVD into a video format that I can then play on my MacBook Pro or iPad (mkv or mp4, for example). However, I would also like to retain the DVD main menu with chapter headings so that I can choose a particular chapter when watching the video on my MacBook or iPad. Is this possible? If so, what video software if best?

Software for MacOS would be best, but I can use Windows software if necessary. I have tried using Handbrake and the quality was terrible, so I would prefer other options, even those that require payment of less than $60. Any assitance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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That would be an .ISO image of same.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2013 10:02 AM PDT

And play the .ISO image with VLC Player. I'm sure that you know your DVD to ISO creation tools on the Apple so I'm going to share that VLC Player for Apple is going to be the best at this.

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by lennylampert / May 28, 2013 10:13 AM PDT

One more quick question. I used Disk Utility on MacOS to copy the DVD into a .cdr image (which can be converted to an .iso image). Do image files contain the entire DVD, including the menu and chapters? I used some (trial) software that I found online that converted the .iso file to an MPEG-4 file, but there were no menu or chapters, the video file was one continuous video, and it seems like parts were missing. It seems it converted only one of the chapters into a video file and omitted the rest.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2013 10:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

If I take an iso back to the dvd the chapters and all survive so the answer is yes, they are there but that isn't the real challenge here. The challenge as I see is what software video player can give you the chapters and more.

That would be VLC Player.

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Got it!
by lennylampert / May 28, 2013 10:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Odd.

Thank very much for your assistance, Bob! Much appreciated.

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Thank you
by lantran93 / October 9, 2016 8:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

Thank very much for your assistance

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How do I copy a DVD and retain menu chapters
by Lisaostos / October 6, 2016 10:22 PM PDT

On this case, a DVD Ripper like Video Converter Ultimate is required.

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Post was last edited on October 7, 2016 12:19 AM PDT

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Re: copy
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 7, 2016 12:21 AM PDT

Can you be more specific?

What format to copy it to and what app to use on the MacBook Pro and iPad to view single chapters?

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