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6.6. Recovering DVD video and photos

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6.6.1. Hardware requirements.

· We strongly recommend to use DVD-RW drives ("dvd writers"). DVD-ROM drives ("dvd readers") often can not access to the "troubled" or non-finalized DVD discs.
· To read DVD-RAM discs, you should use the computer DVD-RAM drive instead of DVD-RW or DVD-ROM device. Or, you can use so-called multi-read DVD-RW drive with capabilities to read DVD-RAMs. If you need our advice regarding a vendor or/and model of a new computer DVD drive, just contact us at .


6.6.2. Searching and recovering the lost data.

CDRoller Wizard interface is designed for novice users and allows to recover DVD videos and photos off the discs, created by standalone devices (camcorders, personal DVD recorders), using the simple "step by step" procedure. To display the Wizard dialog, just select the Recover DVD Video option from the File Menu.


Every Wizard dialog contains a brief instructions, describing a possible user actions in order to achieve the best results in DVD data recovery.


At the 1st step, please select your computer DVD drive.




At the 2nd step, just insert your DVD and click the Next button.




At the 3rd step, please select DVD video recorder (camcorder or standalone dvd recorder) that placed a video or/and photos on your disc. You can use Any recorder setting and try to scan each of displayed tracks, starting on the track with the highest length.





At the 4th step, just click the Next button if you scan the selected area for the first time.





At the next step, you should see a dialog similar to the one shown here.




Finally, just recover the found video (VOB files). You can also try to scan another track, shown at the 3rd step.




Note. If your mini DVD+RW was re-formatted by camcorder, an additional test is required in order to determine whether the lost video is now accessible or not. For inquiry, please contact us at



6.6.3 Using UDF Reader. Recovering VRO files.

You can usually see these video files on the DVD with UDF 2.0 file system. When your dvd recorder or camera writes a video according to DVD-VR standard. If you see UDF 2.0 under File System column in the CDRoller window, try to browse the disc folders, find and recover VRO file directly. Please keep in mind VRO files are often fragmented. If one fragment is seriously damaged or incorrectly recorded by the camera, this can stop all recovery process. A solution is to recover each fragment of video (file extent) separately. Details ... Recovering AVCHD video.

· Can be recommended to find .m2ts files (UDF files) on the non-finalized discs created by AVCHD camcorders.
· Select the Preferences option from the View menu. Uncheck the Detect disc insertion by Windows and Always use a drive capabilities boxes under the Browser tab in the Preferences dialog before you will insert the troubled disc into the drive.
· Insert the "troubled" disc into the drive.
· Click the Preferences option from the View menu again. Select an appropriate option (that depends on model of your device and type of the "troubled" disc) in the Forced Scan list under the UDF Reader tab and click the OK button.




· The program will scan your disc, without using the system data. Further, please follow our Basic Recommendations from built-in adviser. Also, please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions regarding dvd video recovery.


6.6.4 Viewing VOB files.

To view the recovered VOB files, we recommend PowerDVD from CyberLink at


6.6.5 Converting VOBs into MPGs.

Our Split video option automatically converts a "raw" DVD-video data (VOB or VRO files) into MPG files without loss of quality. In contrast to VOB file, MPG file can be simply viewed with the help of any DVD-compatible software (player). To activate the Split video window, just click Split Video button in the Side Bar (a left panel of 'Step 6...' dialog mentioned above) and assign the recovered file name in the next dialog. Or, just click Split Video button in the Main ToolBar.


6.6.6. Making a new DVD with recovered video.

Just click Burn button in the Main ToolBar, select Make a new DVD with recovered video and click the Next button.




Further, using a simple "step by step" procedure, you select DVD burner (computer DVD drive), add a video (MPG files) into your compilation and, finally, burn a new DVD-video disc that can be played back in the most DVD players.


In addition, you can load the recovered MPG or VOB files into your DVD-authoring software, for example: Sony Picture Motion Browser, Windows Vista / 7 DVD Maker, Sonic MyDVD, Nero Vision, etc.


Note. To replicate successfully finalized DVD-video disc, you can extract ISO Image file first, and then burn it to a new (blank) DVD.

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