Originally posted by jonabsoul
[B]I just bought a Lite-On 811s (I will review in a week or two).
It came with PowerDVD and MyDVD.
Separately, I bought Nero 6.
Do I install:
1) All three (Nero + PowerDvD + MyDvD)
2) Nero only
3) PowerDVD + MyDvD
4) PowerDVD only
5) MyDvD only
The 811S installation sheet warns not to install multipe software!
What I want to do, eventually:
* Read DvDs (movies or data)
* Burn DvDs to play movies in a regular TV-attached DvD player
* Burn data (backup) to DvD media
* Play back movies on my PC [/B]
As stated previously, PowerDVD is for playing DVDs, although you can get freedvd codecs/etc. Powerdvd is one of the most popular DVD players around. Although the version bundled with the drive supports only stereo/dolby surround (2.1) sound, and not 4.1/5.1/6.1/7.1 speaker configs. You need to purchase additional audio packs for that.
I've personally used nero for about 5 years now (after eventually converting me from CDRWIN, if anyone still remembers that proggie. Gee I feel old.), previously for CDR/W rather than DVD, but recently bought the same drive.
I was greatly disappointed that the LDW-811 was bundled with "unknown" software, rather than well-known, well respected software like nero.
Nero does everything you'll ever need, and it's been out for long time, meaning that bugs have been virtually ironed out (excepting new bugs introduced).
Sonic MyDVD got on my bad side immediately as it offered only a wizard to start burning rather than getting straight into the nitty gritty, and no immediately obvious way to get out. I also don't have the patience to learn new software, just cos it's bundled with a drive.
The software does what it says it's supposed to do though.
It really comes down to personal preference.
My personal preference lies with the software that nearly everyone uses. Nero. If problems occur, they can be solved pretty quickly, as many of the factors can be ironed out if people with similar hardware configs and same burner/ same software version are working fine.
Another nifty thing is that programs like DVD shrink can utilise the Nero engine and burn directly to DVD in one operation.
I haven't tested DVDshrink with sonic mydvd though.
Has anyone tried using only Sonic MYDVD with dvdshrink? Does it work?