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Repair Scratched Video DVD

Video DVDs contain files that are named "Something.vob" where VOB stands for Video OBject. In fact, it is an MPEG video file and can be played by any software capable of playing MPEG.

I tried to make a copy of one of my DVDs for a friend (this DVD is not copyrighted) but could not copy the .VOB files. Programs such as Roxio burn, ImgBurn, CD Recovery Toolbox etc. all failed to read the DVD. It seems there was a scratch on the disc that followed the circular tracks of the DVD which supposedly is the most difficult to deal with.

There are different solutions offered on various places on the web including using banana peel. The one that worked for me was white BATA shoe cream shown below:
BATA shoe cream

The cream is pretty old and almost solid but I rubbed a little onto white tissue paper then placed a few drops of water on the spot and used this mixture to gently rub on the DVD surface. The water helped to spread the  polish.

I then rubbed gently with wet tissue that had no polish but had a drop of liquid hand detergent. Finally, I washed with water and liquid hand detergent and dried with a soft hand towel.

Remember many fabrics will scratch the DVD surface so use the softest that leave no lint.

After this treatment, I was able to extract all the video files into a folder. I use ImgBurn to create an .iso image from which I can make copies using the same software. Of course there are other software that can recreate the DVD once you have the files on your hard disk. The only files you need  are those in the folder named VIDEO_TS on the DVD.

When you are trying to save a most valuable video, you will try almost any solution. This one worked for me. 

The Lord bless you.

The Messiah is coming soon. Prepare well for that day.


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