Copy a VCD on a Mac...Impossible? : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

What I thought would be a simple process is proving to be impossible. I have about 30 VCD's that I need to duplicate. I'm on a beige G3, with an external SCSI cd writer. Can anyone suggest software or methodology to simply duplicate a VCD? I have used several programs, and they all give me grype and can't do it for one reason or another. I've tried using Shrinkwrap to "duplicate disk" and also "create image from disk", both of which fail with error "media problem, error -36". Then I tried dropping the original VCD onto Toast 4.1.2, which grypes about "cannot make a copy of a multi track data disc". Then I tried using Astarte CD Copy 2.1.3, selecting the entire contents of the original VCD, selecting "save as videoCD image" and yet another grype "Read Error":. I have tried using a variety of known good VCD's and they all report the same errors. these VCD's play just fine in my laserdisc player, my DVD player, and on the Mac with SimpleVCD, so I know that the originals are good. Any suggestions on duplicating these VCD's that I havent tried yet? Thanx -Barron

-- barron (, December 25, 2000


Have you tried Astarte M. Pack? It's supposed to work. (Don't know how though)

-- WackoJack (, December 25, 2000.

I've never heard of using M.Pack to dup a VCD only to prep the mpegs as toast compat

-- Arcadia (, December 26, 2000.

Just use Astarte CD-Copy and afterwards burn the image-file with Toast. That's it.


-- (, December 27, 2000.

Using Astarte CD Copy will not work unless you have the older version which can save all the tracks as 1 track. Reason being is a vcd has 2 tracks and Toast will not recognize these as a vcd. If you have virtual PC handy you can use something like CDRWIN and save a bin and cue file for the image and that will burn as a vcd in Toast.

-- vanguardd (, December 27, 2000.

Using an old version of CD_Copy (1.0.2 e) I've had pretty good results making the back-up copies of the discs that are allowed. (Hey, I have a two-year-old, so backups of her cartoon VCDs are absolutely required!) I have had problems with a specific disc that was composed of three tracks (the XA and two MPEG stream tracks), but that might just be my inexperience at work.

Suggestions of other applications to use on a Mac to make the legal back-up copy of purchased VCDs would be greatly appreciated...


-- Charlie Summers (, January 22, 2001.

I think I can help you out getting this problem. I have duplicated many VCDs, I do not know that whether this process is suitable for you or not . I used Quicktime movie player 2.5 in which you can open the original CD .dat file and save as self-contained movie. When you save as the movie on your hard drive than you can copy it on CD by any cd writer.

If you like this option or you already know this, plz reply me



-- Asim Mumtaz (, April 24, 2001.

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