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Old 07-23-04, 09:36 AM
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Good DVD burning software?

Appologies is this is one of those 'been asked a thousand times' questions.

I just purchased my very first DVD burner, an NEC 2510A. Being an OEM model, it didn't come with software, or even cables.

I don't want to copy DVD movies or anything, I just need a good quality program, that's not terribly expensive that'll let me backup my data and media files to DVD+R.

All I have is a copy of Nero5 that came bundled with an old CD-R drive, and it doesn't seem to be set up for DVD burning.
Old 07-23-04, 10:25 AM
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Nero 6 is set up for DVD burning and is great software. You can download a free 30-day trial from the company's Web site and see if you like it before you buy it.
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I love Nero. If you already have Nero 5, you should be able to download and install the last version of 5 for free since you already have an OEM license. Nero 5 can burn DVDs, but because you have a newer drive you may need to upgrade to Nero 6 since your drive probably isn't supported in Nero 5.
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I have that NEC drive, for $85 it was a steal, and I use Nero 6. has a bunch of utilities with it including a dvd authoring program to put in menus and stuff, plus it has the normal interface for making data discs
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nero does almost everything i need
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Another vote for Nero 6.
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Nero 6
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Nero 6. Hasn't let me down in any type of burning
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Nero 6 rules.
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Hey guys,

What makes you like Nero 6 so much? I'm looking for dvd authoring software, too. I have nero for burning cd's and that's good.

But, for Nero 6, how are the menu options? Does it allow you to add a lot of them, or is there only a limited amount of menu's to choose from?

Also, can you actually edit your home movies using Nero 6, or do you have to edit them somewhere else and in Nero just add all the bells and whistles and then output to dvd.

ALSO, where did you get Nero 6 and how much did it cost you? THANKS!
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NERO, NUFF SAID!
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Originally posted by PacMan2006
ALSO, where did you get Nero 6 and how much did it cost you? THANKS!
I'm up past my bedtime, so I can't answer all of your questions right now, but you can download the complete Nero 6 package from www.nero.com and try it for 30 days. This is s full-featured trial, so you'll know for sure whether or not you like Nero before you buy it.
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Originally posted by PacMan2006
Hey guys,

What makes you like Nero 6 so much? I'm looking for dvd authoring software, too. I have nero for burning cd's and that's good.

But, for Nero 6, how are the menu options? Does it allow you to add a lot of them, or is there only a limited amount of menu's to choose from?
For DVD *authoring* (as opposed to burning), Nero is not very good. DVD Lab for authoring, Nero for burning is a good combo.
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I use CopyToDVD for all my burning. It doesn't have as many features as Nero but it does what I need.
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Thanks guys...I can't currently download any free trials because my main computer is messed up regarding internet access...

But...it sounds like Nero isn't very good for editing...but good for burning...why do some feel this way? Not a lot of editing features?

And how much did DVD Lab cost you to the people who bought it? I think I read it wasn't compatible with Windows ME
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Where's there's 2 obvious market leaders in DVD burner software (same 2 as in CD burning)... DVD authoring software for the masses is still anybody's game. There are dozens of possibilities, and most of them have serious drawbacks one way or another.
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Originally posted by Mr. Salty
Nero 6 is set up for DVD burning and is great software. You can download a free 30-day trial from the company's Web site and see if you like it before you buy it.
It is now only a 1-day demo version. I know I downloaded it Sunday and it expired today.
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I just downloaded a trial for TMPGenc DVD Author, and found it real easy to use. I was basically editing stuff I had transferred off my TiVo. It made getting rid of commercials and adding chapters super easy, and the menu templates built into it were fine for my tastes.
http://www.pegasys-inc.com/en/download/tda.html
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Regarding Nero, what do you guys like/dislike about the editing process? I am considering buying this. Thanks.
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Nero is excellent, and does whatever you want with it.... it will also warn you if the files you're burning may not be OK, so you don't end up with a ruined disc.

If you want a free burner, DeepBurner (http://www.deepburner.com/) has been recommended on sites like Anandtech
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For authoring (as opposed to burning) you should try Ulead DVD MovieFactory, TMPGEnc DVD Author, or the absolute best I know of, DVD-Lab (from a very small company called MediaChance)
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OK, thanks. Any chance DVDLab works on Windows ME? Anyone have ME and try it on there?
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Also...it was stated above that Ulead might be a way to go...but it was stated "for authoring as opposed to buring" Why do you say this? What do you use to burn the dvd's after you edit them with Ulead? I'm new to all of this...

Thanks.
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Originally posted by PacMan2006
Also...it was stated above that Ulead might be a way to go...but it was stated "for authoring as opposed to buring" Why do you say this? What do you use to burn the dvd's after you edit them with Ulead? I'm new to all of this...

Thanks.
Authoring is adding menus, chapter stops, etc. for the DVD. Then you take that and make a physical DVD with burning software.

I personally use Encore for authoring and Nero for burning.
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Originally posted by RalphWiggum
Authoring is adding menus, chapter stops, etc. for the DVD. Then you take that and make a physical DVD with burning software.

I personally use Encore for authoring and Nero for burning.


Me too.

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