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I have just switched from a Windows PC to an iMac, and am starting to find my way around it. On the Windows machine, I used Roxio Easy Media Creator to copy DVD's, ie. copy one movie DVD (without copyright or other protection) to a blank disc. I could also use this program to create movie DVD's from TS-Video and .iso files as the source. What recommendations can anyone make for a program with a similar capability on a iMac? I don't mind paying for one but I don't want something that has numerous bells and whistles that I will never use but which push up the cost.
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You'll be happy to know that Roxio has the top rated suite for OS X also - Roxio Toast and really the only suite for OS X.

Plenty of other just burn utilities including Burn.

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Many thanks for the quick response - I will take a look at those options.
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For unprotected DVDs, you can use Disk Utility, which is in Applications>Utilities. Just create a disc image of the DVD and then burn it to another.
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Perhaps dumb questions but, firstly, by "disc image" do you mean a .iso file and, secondly, the .iso files I have are bigger than 4.7Gb blank dvd discs. Burn for mac, suggested by Bobtomay, does not seem to be able to do any compression so that a file bigger than 4.7Gb will fit on a disc. Does the disc utility have this capability?
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Yes, disc image(.dmg) is the same as .iso. If the file doesn't fit on a 4.7Gb disc then you will need a dual layer dvd disc. I don't know if Burn can cope with those. Disk Image will handle the large files as well, however, I often save iDVD projects as disc images, but when I've tried that with a project that would need a dual layer disc, I've had a message saying that burning dmg files to dual layer discs is not always successful, so I didn't proceed that way.
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Thanks for your advice Bobtomay and Mightygem. I tried Burn but it doesn't do what I wanted and neither does Disk Utility, although both have been useful for other tasks. I looked at Toast but decided on Popcorn which has proved to be excellent.
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