I have ‘backed-up’ about 20 movies so far to DVD-R using DVD2ONE. Of those 20 or so, I have used NERO (ver 55107) on about 3, and I have noticed that sometimes, towards the end of a movie there might be ‘skips’ in video and audio. This happened noticeably in ‘The Bourne Identity’. I have a Pentium4, 1.7 GHZ, 512 MB RDRAM, 80 GB HD, WIN XP HOME, SONY DRU500A. I usually playback my DVD’s on a DAEWOO DVG3000N stand-alone player. All my DVD-R’s are TDK 2X DVD-R.
This ‘skipping’ problem does not seem to happen with RECORDNOW MAX 4.5, and i have burned about 17 movies using this, with seemingly no problems. I bought the ‘full’ version of RECORDNOW MAX online, choosing not to use the DX version that came ‘free’ with the SONY DRU500A.
But, for a number of reasons, I do not like RECORDNOW:-
My system seems to slowdown after using Recordnow. A reboot usually cures this (problem does not happen with NERO).
RECORDNOW does not give an accurate ‘time remaining’ (esp. when using a 2x DVD-R) for the DVD burning process (again no problem with NERO).
‘Wizard mode’ in Recordnow does not tell you what ‘speed’ the dvd-r is burning at. (yet again, NERO gives you a pretty good report, even in ‘wizard mode’.)
Recordnow updates seem to be few and far between. How can i be sure they are taking FULL advantage of the new Hardware and the drive firmware ? (once again, NERO updates are on average about once a month)
I suspect that some of the newer ‘backup’ software eg ALCOHOL, might potentially be conflicting with RECORDNOW , hence some of those probs above. NERO is usually on the ball with working around conflicts.
RECORDNOW ejects the tray after burning AND verifying. If you have several small children running around, this is an accident waiting to happen, that will either result in damage to your expensive burner or the child. I see no option to ‘turn off’ this behaviour. Again, no such problem with NERO !
I have also noticed that although NERO claims that the new 555107b should cure some of these and other similar problems, the DVD2ONE author still DOES NOT RECOMMEND NERO on his website. I hope NERO does something soon.
One question. When using NERO, is it better to use ‘wizard mode’ or do it the ‘hard way’ ? If not wizard mode, then what EXACTLY do you need to do ?
UPDATE:- Feb 18th 2003:
Great News ! The new version of DVD2ONE directly supports ‘COPYTODVD’ a DVD Burning Program. No more messing with various settings in NERO, RECORDMAX or anything else! Just clik and go ! It makes perfect ‘burns’ that are supposed to playback on most players ! Now if only he can incorporate a DVD-DECRYPTER somehow !
You will however have to purchase COPYTODVD separately…but at $20 US dollars …its not too bad.