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Ellen Kotzin
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Anyone have a dvd recorder for the computer? Wanted to know what brands you suggest etc.. I would love one--I have so many tapes (you know of who), and I'd like to put them all on dvds categorized so It's easier to play--with all the magic clips and performances.
Are those dvds able to set tracks like a normal dvd movie? I have a PC.

Ellen
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I have the Sony DRU-500A which does a very good job and burns DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and recordable CDR/CDRW formats as well. I have been most happy woth tha purchase. The newer model DRU-510A has a pretty good rep as well.

The software you use will determine what features your DVDs have. I invested in some higher end software than came bundled with the drive.

To convert tapes to digital video, I'd recommend an IEEE1394 (sometimes called Firewire or I-Link) based recording device. AVOID the Hollywood DV Bridge device as it stops working after a few days and the company doesn't seem to want to correct the issue despite numerous consumer complaints. I yuse the firewire built into my digital camera to do the capture.

The PC also make a BIG difference. On my Athlon 2200+ with all the bells and whistles (IDE RAID, etc) it takes a long time to render the video once captured to make a DVD. On the dual processor machine (Dual Xeon 2.4MHz, UW-SCSI RAID, etc.) it takes a fraction of the time to perform the same task so unles your computer is quite new and fast be prepared to let the computer sit and crunch video for a while before the burn process ever takes place.

Hope this helps. Smile
(PS, I hope this recommendation isn't too terribly techie. Computers are my main job and I tend to tech out a bit too much sometimes when talking about them.)
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irossall
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[quote]On 2003-10-02 14:44, Rob Eubank wrote:
I have the Sony DRU-500A which does a very good job and burns DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and recordable CDR/CDRW formats as well.

Mr. Eubank, I was just wondering if you could tell us a little as to what the difference is between DVD+R and DVD-R, I have never heard of DVD-R ?
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DVD+ and DVD- (R or RW) are the competing standards. Kind of reminiscant of the VHS or Beta standards that happened in the earlier days of Video Tape.

Both standards have pretty strong backing with the (-) standard being backed by Pioneer, Sharp, LG Electronics and Sony while the (+) standard being endorsed by Dell, HP, Phillips, Yamaha, Sony and others. A lot of people were waiting to see who won the standards war before throwing down hard earned cash for something that might not be supported in the near future. (When's the last time you saw a Betamax machine?) Sony stepped up and marketed the first drive that burns both standards ensuring it would have at least some level of support for the forseeeable future. The formats are not compatible with each other but both standards produce DVDs that are compatible with most DVD players less than 2 years old.

The first standard "DVD-RAM" has fallen pretty much by the wayside due to compatability issues and has become much more focused as a data storage medium.

Both formats have a pretty strong following but in my opinion as long as dual format recorders are available in the same price range as single format drives, it would be foolish to commit to a single standard.
Rob "Riff, the Magical Clown" Eubank aka RiffClown
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Thank you Mr. Eubank, your information was very helpful. My only real concern with burning DVD's is the compatability with the DVD players in my family. Looks like having a Sony DVD player is the way to go if you want to be totaly compatible with both DVD-R and DVD+R. Unfortunaly my family have a number of different DVD players and none have a Sony.
Thank you again Mr. Eubank.
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The brand name of the player is not a concern. The media for both formats is compatible with 85% of the players out there and the percentage goes up to 97% if the player was made in the past 18 months. The Sony brand of recorder merely allows you to create DVDs with both types of media. My DVD players in the household are Hitachi and Samsung and both play the DVD I burn with no issues at all. (The Hitachi DVD Player is nearly 4 years old and has no compatibility problems.) Coincidentally, I don't have a Sony DVD Player either.
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In my laptop I have a duel format while in the destop I have a triple interface with the addition to dvd ram .
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Ellen,

Get with Scott Sullivan. He's the man when it comes to techno stuff.

Robert
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