Gettin' a new DVD-R/RAM drive. Any tips?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Philip Hamm, May 9, 2003.

  1. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

    Jan 23, 1999
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    I'm getting a new DVD-R/RAM drive for my computer. The RAM will be used for backing up data, the -R/-RW for creating DVDs from home videos on DV. I'm using Pinnacle Studio 8 for my DVD production. It's worked good for me for a few months for VCDs and SVCDs.

    So what's the DVD-R ownership experience going to be like? Cool?
  2. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

    Aug 17, 1998
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    Phil, you'll probably find some degree of frustration with blank media. There is a plethora of 'cheap' brands out there and some are more compatible than others. The brands such as TDK, Maxell and Verbatim are quite costly and I've not found them to be any more compatible than the from the brands that aren't household names and I get the feeling you're really just paying for the name. Best thing is to try a few and then stick with the one or two you get on with best.

    It is most cool to be able to play around with writeable DVDs. I've not done too much with authoring myself - and then only with freeware products - but it's a BIG area and the learning curve is pretty steep. Once you get the hang of how the .ifo files work you'll be on your way.

    The really good thing is that there's stacks of help on the web. If you go to you'll find pages and pages of walk-through guides on how to do pretty much anything DVD. Good forum there too.

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