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Old 02-08-04, 12:52 PM
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Need help choosing an external dvd burner...

I'm looking for an external dvd burner to buy. It will be for my Dell Inspiron 8200.

I'm willing to put in up to $200 for the best valued burner. If anyone could help me out, I'd appreciate it.

Thank you so very much.
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Old 02-08-04, 02:03 PM
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Just do what I did...Get the best drive out there, a Pioneer 106 dual format +/-, for $139 shipped at shop4tech.com and then get a USB 2.0 or Firewire/Combo External Enclosure such as what ADS technology sells and you are good to go.

This is an EXCELLENT drive and a lot cheaper than buying a external DVD drive. I use this set up along with an old Maxtor HD from my departed desktop (As storage) along side my Toshiba Satellite laptop.
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Old 02-08-04, 02:35 PM
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Ok, now I have a question about how a dvd burner actually burns dvds. Mind you all, when I mention burning dvds, I'm actually referring to making back-up copies for my brother's wedding dvds. His dvds are of sizes over 6.0 GB. If I burn it onto a 4.7 GB dvd, am I permitted to pick and choose the features on the dvd? I'm assuming that I could fit all of the dvd onto two back-up dvds. Is there a web-site anyone could refer me to for more information?

My email address is [email protected].

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Old 02-08-04, 02:44 PM
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Your brother had dual-layer DVDs produced for his wedding?
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Old 02-08-04, 07:17 PM
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You would either have to compress the video (probably a bad idea) or split it. There are a ton of DVD video editing tools that can do it. I use TMPGenc DVD Authoring software and find it easy to use. I usually do most of my editing with the software that came with my DV camcorder though and then convert it to a DVD with TMPGenc.
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Your brother had dual-layer DVDs produced for his wedding?
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Old 02-08-04, 07:56 PM
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Your brother had dual-layer DVDs produced for his wedding?
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Old 02-08-04, 10:31 PM
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Your brother had dual-layer DVDs produced for his wedding?
Yeah, he does. So what of it?

We added a commentary track on it. Some still pictures and a whole set of other features. The length of the wedding alone was 4 hours. And for all this we paid $800.
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