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Posted - Jan 30 2019 : 11:39AM
I have one DVD that happens to contain my all time favorite pornography ever! It is a pro-am release from Zack Miles from DirtyDirector.com. It was the video titled "Missy Teeny Tiny Buttfuck." I've read about it and ordered it very long ago. The material on this DVD is priceless to me! Missy is just gorgeous and is absolutely loving the pure anal filth that takes place for it's run time. Quite a few years ago someone stole the masters of the footage from Zack so it has not been available since. I purchased an extra copy of the disc. The first one stopped working after a while. The second copy seemed to have issues from the start but would usually play after some difficulty. Now unfortunately neither seem to work after a certain point. I hqve contqcted dirtydirector.com and tjat title is no longer available in any format.
Does anyone know someone who specializes in obtaining footage from damaged discs? I am hopeful that between the multiple copies I have of this disc all the video could somehow be preserved. I would imagine with the right hardware and software it would be possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.
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Posted - Jan 30 2019 : 5:16PM
Assuming that the content is intact across both discs, it is definitely possible to recover the whole video though you may have to splice the .vob files and join them back up so it can be a very time consuming process.
You can create a backup to your hard drive but the legality varies from country to country and whether the process breaks encryption for copy protection on the DVD.

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Posted - Jan 30 2019 : 7:22PM
^ about the copy protection: except for older Digital Playground DVDs (and Angela White DVDs), youíll have to show me another publisher that uses encrypted porn DVDs. They simply donít exist (and I assume thaís because the CSS protection itself is not free, i.e. one would have to pay royalties)
Itís definitely possible to "repair" a disc by using two (or more) somewhat intact copies DVD, with specialized tools.
Under Linux for example, there is a program called "ddrescue".
You call it like this
ddrescue /dev/dvd file.iso log
which reads the DVD into file.iso, and stores the report about what could be read and what not in the file "log"
then you switch out the DVDs, and restart the same program, it will check the "log" file and read only what could not be read at the first try
Repeat this process until all sectors have been read. If a few KB are missing, you might see some graphic glitch, but nothing too serious. Of course, if we are talking about MB missing, the problem gets more severe.
Different DVD drive models also help. I have a Blu-ray drive and two different DVD drives, all combined they can read basically everything (up to a point where thereís no hope)

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Posted - Jan 30 2019 : 8:16PM
^ The Virtual Sex with... DVDs from more than 10 years ago are literally what remains of my DVD collection since I moved to downloads and streaming.

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Posted - Jan 31 2019 : 3:32AM
^^ "Different DVD drive models also help. I have a Blu-ray drive and two different DVD drives, all combined they can read basically everything (up to a point where thereís no hope)"
Can i ask what the most effective drive for reading scratched discs is? Are Blu Ray players more effective than DVD players?
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Posted - Feb 1 2019 : 8:49AM
Thanks for the replies guys. Does anyone reccomed certain type of software? I'm not sure off hand exactly what DVD player I have on my CPU. On my standard BD player they cqn play tje discs but at a certain point it freezes up and I can't get it working again.

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Posted - Feb 2 2019 : 4:32AM
^^
I can only speak from personal experience:
the drives I have access to are:
ASUS BC-12D1ST Blu-ray drive
TSSTcop CDDVDW SH-224DB DVD-RW drive
LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM DVD-RW drive
ASUS DRW-22B2S DVD-RW drive
The Blu-ray drive reads good, but isnít the fastest.
The TSSTcorp (which is sold as Samsung) is the fastest of the batch, and does also read almost anything
The LG one reads good with decent speed, but with some DVDs it directly skips over defective sectors returning all zeroes (without bringing up an error)... Thatís the reason I always verify the video afterwards with a video benchmark tool, so I know if there were some read errors, I will re-do the disc in another drive. Iíd say about 50/50 that the errors are here to stay (thatís where I check all different drives), but often times cleaning the disc with a soft cloth/cotton (and nothing else) will do the trick.
The ASUS DVD drive (not the BD) is an old one that has trouble reading some DVDs at all, but Iím not sure if thatís because the laser pickup is somewhat dirty (i.e. a problem of this specifc drive), so your mileage may vary.
One DVD i could not read successfully I was able to read without problems with a LiteOn DVD drive from work...

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Posted - Feb 2 2019 : 6:22PM
^ Thanks. (I thought Sony was the most effective brand for playing scratched DVD's.)
But it's interesting that scratched DVD's won't play on one player but will on another, and vice versa.

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Posted - Feb 4 2019 : 12:48PM
^ well, itís not like I can read 100% of the DVDs, but for minor issues changing players definitely helps.

There are of course DVDs with a) scratches that are too bad to recover, but also b) DVDs where no scratches are visible, but every player brings an error at the same position. I reckon this is a wrongly mastered DVD (i.e. the master has a scratch or some damage on this position), which then gets replicated without any visible scratches.

Those errors sometimes occur on the layer transition (often visible when itís right in the middle of the movie). In the early days seamless play over two layers was something which required special care on the authoring stage; I guess this is a somewhat lost art.

And the most fatal error (except for a total damage): one layer plays, but the second layer wonít. This is mostly due to the glue that keeps both layers together isnít up to the job: if it is not sealed properly, the glue with time may become intransparent, so the laser will not be able to focus on the layer below. My "Lex the Impaler 1" DVD has such an error (thatís also the reason Iím looking for a replacement, but ó being the collector that I am ó Iím looking for a first- edition (still under Evil Empire, not the Jules Jordan Video re-release)Ö Times are hard for DVD collectors.

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