My name's Joe and I'm searching for a way to burn multiple DVDs at the same time. I've found myself doing several DVD projects in the last 7 months for my family and church. For a 100 year anniversary church concert, I ended up shooting and editing a multi-camera video, then doing 300 DVD's and 600 CD's. I stumbled through with Nero 8, using the "Use Multiple Recorders" option and external USB DVD drives (with 2 different computer systems). I was able to get through that, but I'd like a better solution.
Through research, I've discovered that my best bet might have been a standalone duplicator, which are fairly inexpensive. I found this duplicator at a place called Supermediastore.com.
I also ran across references to DVD controller cards, but I'm unsure if those work with SATA DVD burners.
Here's what I have now:
- An older PC (Asus A8N-SLI motherboard with 8 SATA I ports on the board), Athlon 64 x2 4800+, 2GB RAM, 1 system and 1 storage hard drive.
- 6 Samsung (TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203) DVD burners.
- Windows XP Pro.
Trying to use Nero 8 and multiple drives (all 6 connected to the mobo SATA ports), I get "DMA Driver Error, CRC Error." Usually, 1 or 2 of the DVD's fails during the burn and it takes forever, even though Nero reports that it will burn at 18x. Changing to lower speeds for the burn doesn't seem to make any difference - takes forever and one or more disc burns fail. I was able to put 4 DVD recorders into external enclosures, attach them via USB and burn 4 discs at once at 4x. I added 2 more external drives to a second system (also via USB) and burned 2 additional copies at 8x.
So, here are my questions:
- Is there reliable software and hardware I can add to my existing system (such as a SATA DVD controller card) that will let me burn at fast speeds (at least 8x, preferrably 16x)?
- Am I better off just selling the older system and applying the money to a DVD duplicator?
I don't expect (or want) a huge number of jobs, but based on the responses I've gotten so far to my work, I may get enough jobs to pay for a duplicator in the next few months.
Ideally, what I'd like to do is make this computer into a DVD burning station with what I already have. Since I can buy a 9 disc DVD tower for $559, though, I don't want to waste too much time or money trying to get it working.
I've scanned through the topics, but I'm not sure where to concentrate my search - software, hardware, specific burners, etc.