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Old 06-29-03, 08:24 PM
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Help purchasing DVD Recorder

After reading as much information I could on DVD-R and DVD+R, I am still more confused then ever on which model to purchase. I really dont want to be stuck with an unsupported system in the next year or two. However, I have noticed more online retailers have been carrying solely + Devices....could anyone give their opinions and model around or below $200....Thanks
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Do a search in this forum for "burner". We've discussed it quite a bit.

I am noticing that DVD+R media has just about come down to the same price as DVD-R. But I still prefer -R for compatibility with standalone players.
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My new DVD- + Rw makes a +R 4.2 GB (data) disk in about 20 minutes!

Same drive took 54 minutes with same data on a DVD-R. Thats a big plus.
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I've heard that +R takes less time to begin and finalize a DVD than -R, but your huge difference in burning time sounds more like burning at different speeds due to the media.
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Optorite DD0203 (Sanyo component) Dual format is w/o a doubt the best deal you'll find on the market right now. It goes for $195 + $5 s/h @ newegg.com. Comments by current owners. Optorite has just released the new v2.09 firmware today which now utilizes all 8MB of buffer.

You'll need at least Nero v551028 to recognize this drive.

Specs:

- BURN-Proof: prevents Buffer Under Run
- HD-BURN: record twice the capacity of CD-R media
- 8 MB internal buffer
- Motorized easy touch tray loading
- Firmware upgradeable
- Installation: horizontal and vertical
- 4X Max. DVD+R and -R Write, 2.4X Max. DVD+RW Rewrite, 2X Max. DVD-RW Rewrite, and 12X Max. DVD-ROM Reading
- 24X Max. CD-R Write, 10X Max. CD-RW Rewrite and 40X Max. CD-ROM Reading
- Random Seek: DVD: 130ms and CD: 100ms

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Gosh, a person can get a headache reading all about the +/- wars. Anyways, I'm curious if anyone has some thoughts on the Tritton TRI-044x, which is an external DVD+RW/+R burner. It comes packaged with Pinnacle and DVD X software for around $350 after rebates at Newegg. I'm also considering the Sony DRX510UL, which supports both DVD +/- RW. ANy comments are greatly appreciated!!
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Another follow-up question. With any of the products mentioned above, do I need to buy a video capture card in order to convert my Hi8mm tapes to dvd?

Also, I just read about the pioneer dvr-a06 internal DVD +/- RW burner!! Any comments from current owners?
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I have heard great things about the Sony, which is probably what I'm going to end up with in future.
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Originally posted by queendvd
Gosh, a person can get a headache reading all about the +/- wars. Anyways, I'm curious if anyone has some thoughts on the Tritton TRI-044x, which is an external DVD+RW/+R burner. It comes packaged with Pinnacle and DVD X software for around $350 after rebates at Newegg. I'm also considering the Sony DRX510UL, which supports both DVD +/- RW. ANy comments are greatly appreciated!!
Given the choice, I would go with the +/- combo drive.
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Yes, I think it's safer to go with the +/- drive so I'll end up getting either the sony or pioneer. With either of these, will I still need to buy a video capture card in order to transfer my Hi8mm tapes to dvd? Sorry if that's a dumb question but I'm a newbie with this stuff. Thanks.
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Originally posted by queendvd
Yes, I think it's safer to go with the +/- drive so I'll end up getting either the sony or pioneer. With either of these, will I still need to buy a video capture card in order to transfer my Hi8mm tapes to dvd? Sorry if that's a dumb question but I'm a newbie with this stuff. Thanks.
If your camera uses RCA cables for output (which I assume it does), then you would need to get a seperate capture card. Between the card and the burner, you should have all the software included you need to transfer/burn.
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Originally posted by Wolf Husky
I have heard great things about the Sony, which is probably what I'm going to end up with in future.
Am I mistaken or isn't this the only brand you buy anyway? At least that's what I gather from the Home Theater Forum.
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Chew, can you recommend any capture cards? I'm having trouble even finding the darn things on websites. I'm probably not searching under the proper nomenclature. Thanks.

p.s. I have the Sony Handycam TRV68 and my pc is pentium iii, windows me.
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Well, I have the ATI All-in-Wonder 7500 Radeon. It can be found at Best Buy and Circuit City, among plenty other places. It includes the necessary software to capture in whatever format you want.

There's plenty of other capture cards out there, but this one works best for me.
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Originally posted by queendvd
Chew, can you recommend any capture cards? I'm having trouble even finding the darn things on websites. I'm probably not searching under the proper nomenclature. Thanks.

p.s. I have the Sony Handycam TRV68 and my pc is pentium iii, windows me.
Follow-up:

Check out http://www.dvdrhelp.com/capture
http://www.dvdrhelp.com/author

The quicker your computer's processing speed, the better it will capture. If it can't keep up, it will drop frames. Based on your computer description, I'm guessing it's a little older? You may have a hard time capturing directly to DVD format. You might have to stick to VCD and then convert to DVD format using TMPGEnc.

A DVD burner will likely come with authoring/burning software, so you wouldn't need to get something like Nero.
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I will be totally bummed if my pc isn't fast enough. I have a pentium 3, 850mhz. ANd thanks for the dvdr link. It is full of good stuff!

Who knew capture cards were SO expensive
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Originally posted by queendvd
I will be totally bummed if my pc isn't fast enough. I have a pentium 3, 850mhz. ANd thanks for the dvdr link. It is full of good stuff!

Who knew capture cards were SO expensive
I have a pentium 4 with a 1.8ghz pc and it still drops a few frames in DVD format (even when nothing else is running).
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Ok, for the dvd burner, I'm going with the Sony DRU510A. Now that I've decided on the burner, I am overwhelmed by the choices for a capture card. Chew, thanks for the ATI recommendation. It seems like ATI, Dazzle and a couple others are the more popular ones. But I ran across another that I haven't read too much on and am curious if anyone out there has some comments on the ADS Instant DVD 2.0? Thanks.

p.s. I'm interested in converting my Hi8mm tapes (old Sony Handycam) to DVD.

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