Thanks for the great reply. Since I am a moron, could you please tell me what DVDD means ?
goober22, your fexperiences and mine seem similar when it comes to evaluating CloneDVD 2 and Nero Recode 2.
I find CloneDVD2's speed, simplicity, reliability and consistency absolutely amazing. It just works and works fast.
I have feel as well that if the speed isn't an issue and I want the best quality that I can get, the two step Nero Recode 2 gives the best looking output to play on my stand alone DVD player.
That is cool that you mention using a technique that I have fallen in love with for both CD and DVD and DVD + RL burning. I find the image burn takes takes only about 3 to 10 minutes longer than going directly to media. With products like Nero, CloneDVD2 has as well as many free ones as well as Daemon tools that I have been using for years, it can save so much aggrevation to create a virtual drive and just play the video/audio copy that was just made.
Just yesterday I saved myself some aggrevation with seeing that I messed up by not having the menu that I wanted to start off first.
With audio in partiular. If some image files are backed to DVD, then if one wanted to play them again in original form or re-encode them in another form, the image file is a bit by bit exact copy of the original source.
Last thing. A Image file burn is the fastest adn safest type of burn there is. No calculations.
If one double clicks on a .img or .nrg file, Nero will come up, all ready to burn the image file to media. It just neads another click to go.
I agree with you also on the flexibility that Recorde gives you, as far as being able to really control where you want a better quality and where you are willing to sacrifice quality.
I have found that sometimes recode 2 gets stuck for some unknown reasons.
I also have found that, now that I can get some DVD + R DL media for a little under $2 (the Verbatim's), that CloneDVD 2 does such a fast, find job on them, I am starting to use them more. Especially when the extras are items I want to keep. Especially on convert DVDs.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.