by whompus

Sometimes you want to copy a DVD-9 disc but not reduce it's quality by compressing it. In that case all you can do is split the DVD-9 and create two DVD-5 disc each containing the half movie. Let's see how to do that!

Note: This guide uses the old version of DVD Shrink, using it with the new one is just the same and you will have no trouble.


Start DVD Shrink, load the disc and select the main movie.

Select No Compression.

Select Re-Author. A new window opens.

Drag main movie titleset from the first window to this new one.

Select No Compression and then click Start / End.

In End Frame you are going to select where you want it to split.

Here I selected Chapter End at 24 instead of original 47. Then select OK to get the first disc.

It should look like this. Select Backup! to save the first disc.

Under Target Folder select where you want to save first disc.

Wait for the encoding to finish. Then you have the first disc of the 2 disc set.

Take the same steps for the second disc till you get here. Start frame will be the next chapter after the one you ended with in step 6. Proceed same as before.

Select another folder for disc 2 of the split movie

Note that I made a folder on my hard drive called dvd and 2 sub folders in it called disk_1 and disk_2 you can call them whatever you like. I did this to keep down confusion on my part.

The encoding window comes up again. When it is finished encoding the split set is in each folder you selected and ready to burn any way you like. I personally use copytodvd by vso or Nero by Ahead.


Copyright (this guide & pictures) © 2004 whompus


#8 Hole Puncher 2010-05-09 18:10
Also I've noticed that DVDshrink does not cut the audio correctly when you create a new DVD from the 2nd half of the movie, I had to demux the resulting DVD video, audio and subpics with PGCdemux, run the audio through suitable processing software to create a compliant stream, and remux everything together again with MuxMan.
#7 Hole Puncher 2010-05-09 04:45
It works, but as mentioned you lose the menu. You could try VOBblanker as an alternative, just blank out half the VOB's and save, then blank out the other half and save again. This will preserve the menu's.
#6 Maddog 2010-04-30 19:38
Hello I have been using dvd shrink for years and it is a very usefull bit of software. My problem is that since i've upgraded my main entertainment system my high end players will not recognize any dvd shrink outputted files and reads them as wrong region or some such even though these discs work well in my other players. I've ran into similar difficulties with other programs. Some programs like xilisoft work just fine. Can anyone reccomend alternate software for splitting dvd-9's? TIA
#5 Burnin Love 2009-10-01 22:30
thanks so much! been using Shrink for years and never knew I could do a disc split with it!! Jeez wish I'd known this a long time ago! This works..thanks!
#4 GJ 2007-05-10 17:19
It doesn't retain the menu functionality if you copy everything in the Reauthor container. So the option is to use CloneDVD.
#3 Hawk 2007-05-09 04:40
I suspect that you can copy everything else but why have all the previews etc? You can get rid of the extra languages in the reauthoring step if you click on the DVD browser tab next to the "compression settings"
#2 GPC1231231 2007-04-20 17:49

I didn't understand the part "select main movie" and the figure shows title 1 select.
We always select the "title 1"? is there always a title 1 in dvds?

With this method we get a exact copy of thew original or are we missing stuff? The menus will be the same?
If we want to get rid off something like other languages, anoying screens, what do you advice? Shoud we do it after this or before spliting?

#1 henson 2007-04-07 18:57
One of the Best articles I've read. Shrink is a favorite. Thanks.

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