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Which DVD Writer & S/W?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Mark Ward, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. Mark Ward

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    Which DVD Writer should I look at getting for my HTPC network?

    The Writer will need to be in my server rather than my HTPC. I want to be able to write TV programs recorded via a Nebula TV card to a (hopefully) re-writeable DVD disc that can be played on my regular Multi-Region DVD players.

    If it's not possible to do this I'd still like a DVD writer to store TV series for later playback on my HTPC.

    I've seen that most HTPC sites that sell DVD witers seem to offer the Pioneer DVR-105 is that the best to go for?

    Also, what is the recommnded DVD writer software to buy?

    Thanks,

    Mark.
     
  2. Rob.Screene

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    I used Adaptec/Rioxo CD creator delux in the parst with CD-RW's.

    Now I'm a Nero (ahead.de) convert.
    Nero handles burning data DVD's and DVD-Video DVD's and supports buffer underrun nicely on my Pioneer A04 2x writer (retail pack of the 104 drive, plus some crappy stereo/pcm only DVD-Video authoring programs I don't use).

    Nero also make updates available regularly on their website.

    The A05/105 is a 4x writer so can do a 4.5GB DVD-R in 15 minutes! More importantly I think it does DVD-RW's at 2x whereas it's predecessor only does them at 1x, taking 1 hour to write a DVD-RW, say for checking a DVD-Video has been authored correctly, black levels, progressive scan flags, etc on a few players before commiting to a DVD-R blank.

    I'd love to have one of those, also brilliant for backups.

    I don't think Nero handles DVD-Video authoring itself, so I use IFOedit or the SpruceUp trial to create the VIDEO_TS folder content.

    I'd get the oem 105 and a oem copy of Nero.

    regards,
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  3. Plump

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    Hi Mark,
    wait a bit longer, there is brand new Sony coming out that can write all formats.
    With Microsoft entering DVD+RW area recently it all became unclear. Noone knows who wins. That's why this Sony looks as the best solution. However price will be >250£
     
  4. Mark Ward

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    Thanks Rob & Plump

    I don't suppose there's any info on model numbers yet is there?

    Waiting is easy as I've 2 X 120gb (Less XP-Pro & HTPC program files) of drive space that I can store on in the mean time. I'm not sure how much space Nebula Card created data files take up but I suspect I'll get more than a few hours on my available space.

    Looks like I'll hold out for that Sony :)

    Thanks,

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  5. Plump

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    For Software, it depends what you want to do.
    Basically Nero is fine!
     
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    Hi thats interesting news. I've got a DRU-500A on back order, if there's a new one out soon maybe I should cancel that order and wait the new one. Its been 6 weeks already so a few more can't hurt.

    Can you point me in the direction of this new sony ?

    Ta
     
  8. Mark Ward

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    Thanks again Plump!

    The DRU-500A IS the DVD Writer he recommends.

    BTW. Just looked online and found a DRU500AX

    Could this be a further tweak/improvement?

    Cheers,

    Mark.
     
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    I recorded a 1 hour progam from BBC1 the other night and it is about 1.8GB. Obviously, depends on the bit rate of the channel but you ought to have 100hrs or so of storage. Bear in mind though that a 120GB drive is really only 111GB - i.e. they are 120 x 10^9 bytes which is 111 x 2^30 bytes.

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  10. Plump

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    Don't know Mark, might be the same one!
     
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    I guess why would they change a model when they still can't meet demand on the current one. Looks like I will keep my order going for the 500a although AX .........
     
  12. Aladdin

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    My understanding is that DRU-500A and DRU-500AX are physically the same machine. However, the X version has a newer version of the firmware which enables faster recording (4X) of certain media (DVD+RW I think).

    If you have the DRU-500A then I think you can upgrade the firmware to effectively turn it into a DRU-500AX. Details can be found at

    http://sony.storagesupport.com/freeupgrade/

    I suspect those who have the DRU-500A on back order will end up with the X version anyway. I have been trying to find anyone (UK based) with either of these machines in stock for a few weeks now but to no avail.
     
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    I received the Sony DRU-500AX this week (I'm afraid I don't know the source as it was supplied through a friend, but I do know that he got me the only one!). It is physically exactly the same as the A but does have the new firmware on it (version 2.0 I think?) and from what I've heard this firmware is not yet available for flashing.

    Unfortunately I can't really tell you anymore about it as it arrived yesterday and I am off for a long weekend in Ireland today, so the earliest it will get installed is the middle of next week.

    Correction: The firmware is no available as posted above :D
     
  14. cwinson

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    Just received my DRU-500AX today.:D

    I ordered it 2 days ago from Kustom PCs

    http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/product.php?subcat=38

    Great service and they seem to be the only supplier who has them in stock at the moment. My previous order with Komplett was put back to end of April
     

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