Please help me choose?

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  1. ellisbailey

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    I need to back up by dvd`s before my kids wreck any more dvds.
    I plan to purchase the NEC ND1300A writer as it would appear it can write in all formats - dvd-+r & rw. I would just like some advice on which dvd players can play discs written on a pc.

    I am swaying towards the Sony DVP-NS730PS as this plays dvd-r and dvd-r/w.

    Will the lack of +r cause problems???

    Can anyone who makes backup copies of their films please advise on what hardware you use?

    Many thanks in advance.
     
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    Personally I would not get the 1300 but the Pioneer 106 this same topic was discussed in the Computer Hardware and Home Cinema section early this week where I give some reasons for this chose.
    Click here to read that thread.
     
  3. ellisbailey

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    arrrrgh!!!

    All i want is to be able to copy a dvd and play in a dvd player!!

    I never knew it was this complex!!!!!
     
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    You mean backup?
     
  5. ellisbailey

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    yes backup my own dvd`s.
     
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    None whatsoever. The end user benefits, for a PC user, between DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R are minimal. The only real difference is that - media is slightly more compatible than + media:
    http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/DVDMediaFormats/Home.aspx
    And also - media is slightly cheaper.

    With regard as to which drive to buy I would suggest either the Panasonic DVD Burner II or the Pioneer A06.

    The Panasonic DVD Burner II writes to DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-RW and CD-R. It's not the slickest drive but it is the cheapest at £85 (inc VAT):
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=52074

    As stated by Garrett the slightly more expensive Pioneer A06 is well worth a look. It features the DBI Chipset which can extend the life of DVD-RW disks but is slightly more expensive:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=49638

    As for which players can play DVDR disks refer to:
    http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdplayers
    A quick search for the Sony DVP-NS730P shows that is should play DVD-R/-RW media (as you would expect from Sony).
     
  7. KraGorn

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    Welcome to the world of DRM :( .. don't worry, it'll only get worse, at least at present you CAN back up your DVDs, the next generation of media is going to be a whole lot harder. :mad:
     
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    Don't worry - for every person designing copy protection systems/software there are half a dozen people trying to crack it ;)
     
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    Yes, but with systems like HDTV/CP and others it's getting orders of magnitude harder to crack it .. and the DMCA and the EU equivalents make it illegal to even try. :mad:

    DeCSS was only possible in large part due to XING's ineptitude at leaving one of the decrypting keys in plain sight for those looking ... that won't happen with the next generation of DVD.
     
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    But cracked it will be! Whatever standard becomes the normal for HD-DVD the specs will be sent to every producer who licences the technology. This means hundreds of firms will get the specs and only 1 needs to leak them onto the internet. People have powerful PCs, are more confident at modifying hardware and have access to more technical knowledge online than was ever possible before. It may be getting harder for your traditional pirate using set-top devices but for the PC based pirate things aren't that hard - and that won't change regardless of rights management in Longhorn.
     

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