How to put(combine, merge) multiple DVDs on a single DVD?

November 22, 2009
Filed under DVD authoring

There are times when your favorite videos are small enough to fit on one disc but they're scattered across several discs. This guide will tell you how to pluck your favorite videos from 2 different DVD discs and combine them on one new playable DVD disc without re-encoding.

Possible uses for this guide:

1. Taking 2 or more different movies  and  creating 1 DVD out of them

2. Combining 2 or more DVD's to 1 DVD-R or DVD+R

3. Joining a double sided DVD (meaning you have to take the disc out and flip it over to watch the rest) to a single sided DVD-R or DVD+R

Tool: Womble EasyDVD. It's not freeware, but don’t worry because you can try it for a month. You can free download it here. You can also learn the other guides about Womble EasyDVD by following the links below:

Now transfer your DVDs into your hard drive, insert the blank DVD disc into the drive and run Womble EasyDVD.

Step 1.  Create a new DVD project

Click "New" button in the Start stage, then the editor will automatically jump to the Source stage.

Step 2.  Import DVD files

The Source stage is where you can add in your input video files, perform some basic editing if needed, and create chapter points.

Before we add in our input video files, you might notice that there are actually two "Add" buttons here. Well, the top “Add” button, with the movie reel icon, is for adding what EasyDVD refers to as “Movies”. The bottom “Add” button with the film strip icon is for adding “Clips”. A “Movie” generally contains one or more clips; and each clip can be a single video file, or a whole or a part of a DVD movie.

source stage

Here we click the top "Add" button in Movie Manager(the upper left window), check "Open DVD folder" open dvd folderin the pop-up Open window, then browse to your first DVD file folder and click Open . In the pop-up DVD reader window, select the main movie(which has the longest time in duration) and click OK.

dvd reader window

After adding the DVD files, a movie reel icon named Movie 1 is added in Movie Manager window to represent the movie. Now repeat steps above to import the second DVD movie.

add two movies

You can change the default Movie name(Movie 1, Movie 2) into the real one by selecting “Edit label” in the context menu(or press 'F2' on the keyboard).
 
Step3. Add menu
 
After finishing import DVD movies, click Menu at the top buttons.
 
To quickly add menu for your movie, you can click template list and select a ready menu template from the list. Or you can make your own one where you can change the background to a personal photo, add an opening video before the menu displays, reset the menu button style and so on. I am not going to get into details here, I will just use the first menu template from the list, but you can fool around on your own with the advanced settings.
 
add menu
 
Step 4. Preview
 
When you’re done with the menu, click Preview at the top buttons.Here you can do a final check on the menu design before outputting a DVD folder. If you don’t like what you see, you can go back to the menu window to make changes, and then come back to check it again.
 
preview
 

Step 5. Output

When you are ready to export the DVD project, click Output at the top buttons. You will notice that there are some output options on the left.

Folder path is where you want to store the DVD video – the “Video_TS” folder will be created under the path you specify here. Output size is either a single layer or a dual layer disc – this option is useful when you want to reduce the size of the DVD movie to fit a DVD Disc(Please note Womble EasyDVD will either re-encode your video/audio to reduce the file size or it will do a “stream copy” which means the quality stays the same. You cannot “increase” quality by choosing the 7.92 GB option for a single layer project). Action after export is to define the action to execute after export completion – if you want the editor to automatically start burning your DVD after finishing the authoring process, you can set "Start DVD burning" as the "Action after export", but here we will just use the default setting(None) in case of disc waste.

Once all that’s done, click on the “Start” button to start the encoding and authoring process and sit back and wait.

output
 
Step 6. Burn

After finishing the export, you can preview the exported DVD folder using a DVD player software such as WinDVD or PowerDVD. If everything worked great, then you can click Burn at the top buttons to enter the final step of your DVD project workflow.

In the Burn stage, choose your DVD burner(You may also choose to output to an ISO file for later burning) and then click on the Burn button to start burning your DVD video to a DVD disc. For the burning speed, it is recommended you burn at the slowest speed available to minimize the burning errors.

burn

Done.

Womble EasyDVD is not freeware, but don’t worry because you can try it for a month. You can download it from here. When you want to make a purchase, take advantage of the discount here.

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Comments

9 Comments to "How to put(combine, merge) multiple DVDs on a single DVD?"

  1. ankit says... Thu, 3rd Dec 2009 2:47 pm 

    Thnx …really a great help

  2. Mr. Mystery says... Thu, 7th Jan 2010 5:10 am 

    Thanks a load!
    I thought it would have been a lot harder, but that was as simple as a sausage! Cheers!

  3. How to add an intro video to DVD before the main menu shows up? says... Tue, 16th Mar 2010 7:02 am 

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  4. How to create DVD chapters in Womble EasyDVD? says... Mon, 5th Apr 2010 10:23 pm 

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  5. Mike Carter says... Thu, 22nd Apr 2010 9:37 am 

    My main interest is navigation, which is why I chose Womble over DVDArchitect, an infinitely more versatile authoring program with a serious limitation — a sequential menu setup that doesn't allow random access to various pages.
    My problem with Womble is not being able to rename pages. After playing with Menu for a while, I found that I had Page 1, Page 3, Page 4, Page 7, and Page 9. This made linking very confusing. WHAT was Page 3? Rename the Movies can be done in various ways. Is renaming pages possible?

  6. How to create a basic DVD with Womble EasyDVD? says... Thu, 22nd Apr 2010 3:10 pm 

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  7. Admin says... Fri, 23rd Apr 2010 12:15 am 

    EasyDVD doesn’t support page renaming, but you can try their MPEG Video Wizard DVD. It supports menu page renaming and is more flexible in menu creation (EasyDVD is basically the DVD authoring component of Womble MPEG Video DVD).

    There are two guides regarding MVW-DVD here:

    How to author and burn DVD using MPEG Video Wizard DVD?
    http://guide-how.com/how-to-author-and-burn-dvd-using-mpeg-video-wizard-dvd/

    How to edit and re-author DVD using Womble MPEG Video Wizard DVD?
    http://guide-how.com/how-to-edit-and-re-author-dvd-using-womble-mpeg-video-wizard-dvd/

  8. peter says... Thu, 17th Mar 2011 7:24 am 

    Hi,
    Does anyone else have problems playing the chapter menus in the latset vlc player.
    Is their a fix ?
    I  can play chapter menus etc in other commercial dvds in vlc.

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