Reading a DLT Drive

With DVD Studio Pro, you can copy the contents of a DLT drive to your hard disk as a disk image file. If the disk image is a single-layer project, you can then use the format feature to write the file to a second tape or to a DVD-R disc. By opening the disk image, you can access the VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder.

This technique can be useful if you want to verify the DLT tape’s contents, make a backup of a DLT tape, or burn a DVD of a previous project without having to load the project and all its assets onto your system.

To read a DLT drive
  1. Make sure the DLT drive is connected and the tape is inserted.

  2. Click Read DLT in the toolbar.

  3. Select the location for the tape’s contents to be written to in the dialog that appears.

  4. Click Open to start the process.

If the tapes are from a dual-layer project, you are prompted to insert the second tape once the first has been read. The contents of the second tape are appended to the first tape’s contents.

Important: When you read from a DLT drive, the “.layout” file that DVD Studio Pro uses to track the copy protection settings, position of the dual-layer break point, and other format related settings is not available. This means that, for single-layer projects, you have to verify the settings in the format dialog before you burn a DVD or write a new DLT from the file. It also means that you cannot burn a DVD or write a new DLT of a dual-layer project.