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dvd writing

bitchass

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so i finally got a dvd-r/+r writer and have a ton of vcd mpg episodes i want to burn. question is - i'd rather not burn them as a dvd video because then i'm limited to 2 hours per disc. is there a way to burn them as a 4.5gb vcd that would work in my standalone player? my player recognises cdr discs with mpg files on them but not dvd-r discs with mpg.

also, whats the quickest way to burn a couple mpg files as a dvd video? for example, american wedding is 2 mpg files and nero vision express took about 4 hours to transcode to vob - is that normal? i have and athlong 2400+ with 512mb ram.
 

Rocky

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I was going to pick up a DVD writer. Just got a new CD-RW instead. I wasn't too sure about the writing speed. Most models are 4X DVD write. My first CD burner was 4X and it was amazingly slow.

Does 4X on a DVD burner mean that it would take 30 mins. to write 2 hours of DVD quality video? Or, what does this mean exactly?
 

Rocky

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Originally posted by swenard
At 1X it takes an hour to burn a full disc.
Does this apply to CD-Rs also?

Also, what's the difference between CD+R and CD-R; and DVD+RW and DVD-RW?
 
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Soundstream

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Just for anyone who is interested, Futureshop has a Pioneer re-writable drive that supports both the +R/W and -R/W formats. It is a 4x too. It's $169 (I think) after you get the $40 rebate. Not a bad deal. They certainly have dropped in price faster than I expected.

Cheers ... Ian :)
 

Stormshadow

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Originally posted by Rocky
I was going to pick up a DVD writer. Just got a new CD-RW instead. I wasn't too sure about the writing speed. Most models are 4X DVD write. My first CD burner was 4X and it was amazingly slow.

Does 4X on a DVD burner mean that it would take 30 mins. to write 2 hours of DVD quality video? Or, what does this mean exactly?
4x DVD writes in 13-15 minutes.

DVD and CD speeds are rated differently because DVD burns at a much higher data rate.
 

Stormshadow

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Originally posted by The Tesseract
Can someone explain to me why they label DVD writers as +/- #x??
There are two different types of media: DVD+R, and DVD-R.

A drive that's dual format (+/-) can write to both kinds.
 
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Aerius Zension

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It's kinda like how digital cameras use either a Compact Flash, or a Smart Media (I'm excluding SD, XD, MS).

To my knowledge, and the Compu Smart guy's knowledge, there's no real diff between the two, as one being better than the other.

It's best to pickup a drive that burns to do both +/-

What he couldn't explain to me is the speed. I know 4x is the recent upgrade in speed, as price has come down considerably. My friend bought one about 18 months ago for $1000, but it was the same speed (2x).

And, if you use to to burn CD's, it's about 16x max. That's quite slow, its almost worth it to have a seperate CD-RW drive for CD's.

I've no idea why they are still so slow.
 

Stormshadow

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They're at 8x now (about 7-8 minutes for a full disc), with 40x cd-r writing. That's why all the 4x drives are dropping in price.
 

bitchass

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from what i've seen, dvd-r blanks are less expensive than the dvd+r (i bought 50 blank ritek dvd-r for $90) and work in the majority of standalone players. dvd+r is used by a lot of people for gaming console burns.

my writer is a LG 404B and was $149.99 in an oem, nonretail package. i bought it here in calgary, but i'm sure theres local stores like this in every city. the first disc i wrote was a data backup with 4.3gb that took about 13 minutes to burn.
 
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