I want to make backups of data and video DVDs, without recompressing or altering them. I just want an ISO that I can mount to act as if I inserted the DVD (this includes video DVDs).

I had previously used K9copy 2.3.6, which seemed to work fine except that every other DVD would have no sound when mounted and played like a DVD. I've now installed dvdrip but it seems more aimed at producing compressed video files with an interface that's somewhat more complicated than necessary for what I'm trying to do.

I tried using dd but it just comes up with a disc not readable result or something similar, even thought the disc is fine.

  • K9Copy requires you to select the audio tracks you want to copy (everytime before the copy job is started). If you forget to do that, you'll end up with a file without sound. Maybe that's what happened.
    – basic6
    Jul 6 '15 at 8:03

Method #1

I generally just do this via the command line if I want to copy a DVD to a directory and then make it into an ISO:

$ cd /dir/where/you/save/the/dvd

Now insert DVD to be copied:

$ dvdbackup -M
$ genisoimage -dvd-video -udf -o movie.iso /dir/where/you/save/the/dvd
$ eject /dev/dvd

Method #2

If on the other hand if I just want to make an ISO directly from a DVD:

$ genisoimage -dvd-video -udf -o movie.iso /dvd/mounted/to

Method #3

If you want to RIP or burn using a GUI then I'd suggest using K3b.


  • 1
    I've noticed that Method 1 works really well, but Method #2 seems to produce an ISO which, when mounted, shows up as a DVD with the name "cdrom" or something similar (my DVD is mounted in mnt/cdrom0, maybe that's related). When I try to play it as a DVD it doesn't show video in VLC (on windows). I'm guessing it thinks it's a CD? Do you know why this might be happening?
    – quant
    Apr 23 '14 at 9:46
  • @ArmanSchwarz I'm not sure why this would not be working but you may have better luck with this command which just omits the -udf. genisoimage -dvd-video -o movie.iso /dvd/mounted/to
    – slm
    Apr 23 '14 at 12:06
  • Does method 1 work even with DVD encryption? Apr 23 '14 at 20:49
  • @FaheemMitha - yes. I've used this for any type of DVD.
    – slm
    Apr 23 '14 at 20:52
  • genisoimage creates a new image and is not a faithful copy "without recompressing or altering". For a start, the volume name is lost; your Method #1 also only copies the DVD-Video content and not any other data on the disc.
    – pndc
    Jun 3 '18 at 13:44

If you want a graphical tool I would suggest K3b.

If you want a command line utility that is not dd, you can have a look at mkisofs instead.

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