DVD RW Hardware - Recommendations?

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#1

Hi,

I am interested in doing DVD RW on Linux. I am currently running Fedora Core 4 (kernel 2.6.12-1). Ideally, I could find software and hardware that supported a direct “on the fly” DVD copy (I have an existing DVD-R drive); however, from the searching I have done, I am not sure if that is possible.

I have used Nero in the past under Windows and am now using it within Linux (excellent thus far).

Does anyone have suggestions on:

  1. A DVD RW drive (that supports dual layer)
  2. Software packages to do DVD on the fly copying (if Nero cannot)

Thanks,
Brian


#2

you can’t do dvd on the fly, it needs to be decrypted and shrunk.

the nearest you could get is anydvd which does on-the-fly decryption (but not realtime) but often you’d need to shrink the decrypted vobs etc.

rippers on linux include vobcopy and perl-video-dvdrip, personally i use anydvd and nero recode under vmware, you can also use dvd decrypter or dvd shrink under wine.

yes, nerolinux is quite nice, i prefer it to k3b, probably because i’m so used to nero. i hate xcdroast.

oh, as far as hardware goes, my benq dw1640 works nicely under fc4, the only problem is the lack of linux firmware flashers - and it’s quite hard to find .cvt files which you can flash using the dangerous bros’ dos flasher and a windows boot cd.

there’s a linux firmware flasher available for nec drives (i’ve used it on my nec nd1100a and 3500a) so the nec nd3540 might be an option. http://binflash.cdfreaks.com/

i’d stay away from sony.


#3

I like anything from Plextor…good drives…although not the cheapest, however I have had great reliablility and performance. Note about firmware flashing. I agree, as of now, Plextor is only providing Windows and MAC Firmware flash versions and it would be nice to have a Linux one too… I’m writing the company…as they support their drives very well and also provide frequent firmware updates for feature enhancements and performance improvements…