Creating DVD-Video Without A DVD Burner

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#1

I want to create a DVD-Video with the latest version of Nero. I want to create the DVD-Video on my laptop which does not have a DVD burner. Afterwards, I want to transfer the files from the laptop to my desktop computer which has a DVD burner. It seems if there is no DVD burner present in the machine, Nero does not give you the option to create DVD-Video. Is there a way I can create a DVD-Video on my laptop using Nero? Perhaps a program to mount a virtual DVD-RW (if there’s such a thing)?


#2

While it might be possible you will probably encounter more problems moving large VOB files using CDs. I would spring for the $85 bucks and buy a new burner and an external enclosure. You could also do it with an adapter from Newegg and save a few bucks over the enclosure price…


#3

Heh, from the title I thought it was a question about miniDVD. You know, DVD files on a CD, holds about 15 minutes or so, doesn’t work on very many players. Never heard of it? Just as well. :wink:

Yeah the transfer is the problem, eh? And VOBs run up to 1 GB. Might as well get the DVD burner unless you want to be swapping out hard drives. No, get the burner, it’s the only reasonable option. Good luck.


#4

Use DVDDecrypter to put it on your laptop and or DVD Shrink. I hope you have your desktop and laptop on a network for file transfering.


#5

I should think if the OP was on a network, he/she wouldn’t have asked the question. Or is that assuming too much?


#6

Surely the simplest transfer method is a direct USB cable connection e.g.

as in URL

http://www.revealcable.co.uk/acatalog/USB_Adapters.html#aAA_2d1677

Still a lot cheaper than a new external burner.

re. original post - I think the problem is a bit more subtle. DVD shrink / decrypter will rip existing DVD-Videos, and a DVD-ROM is all that is needed. However, if you are creating DVDs from (say) a TV or graphics capture card, then I can see a potential problem, as Nero probably expects to see a DVD burner to use the DVD burning facility.

There may well be virtual DVD drives available on the web, which would fool Nero, but I don’t personally know of any.

However, there are other packages like Powerproducer will import mpegs/other dvds etc. and burn to “hard disk”. I don’t know if they would still expect a burner to be present though - if I get a moment, I’ll disable my burner and try it and let you know.

Of course by the time you buy a cable and something like Powerproducer then you probably might as well buy a burner.


#7

To clarify my question - I am using my laptop to convert to DVD-Video for 2 reasons: (1) laptop is 2.8GHz vs my 850MHz desktop (conversion is faster)
(2) using my laptop doesn’t tie up my desktop which I use every day
I have a home network, so transferring the files isn’t an issue. The reason I like Nero is that it is simple and does a good job. I realize there are other packages available and have tried several - however as I stated, I prefer Nero and would like see if I could use this on my laptop which only has a DVD/CD-RW. Oilman has hit the nail on the head when he says, “Nero probably expects to see a DVD burner to use the DVD burning facility.” So, does anyone know of any virtual DVD-RW apps I can try or a way to create a DVD-Video on a computer without a DVD burner using Nero?

Thanks for your suggestions / opinions everyone!


#8

@ WhatAboutBob
Can you see your desktop burner from your laptop over the network? Enabling that may allow nero to work on your laptop.


#9

Doesn’t NeroVision offer options to burn to an image file or a directory on a hard drive?


#10

I tried sharing my DVD burner on my desktop which I could see from the laptop (that works) but still does not enable me to use DVD-Video in Nero from my laptop. Thanks for the suggestion anyway “Please”.