Noob Need Help DUH!

vbimport

#1

Ok, so I am going to take the plunge & buy mt first DVD burner.
I need an education!
I need Advice!
I need help!
I do not understand the [ + - ] thingies!
I do not understand layers!

I would like some recommendations please.
I would like to be sure that when I burn I don’t grow a beard waiting.
I would like to be able to ensure that whatever I burn will play on any home dvd plyer.

Thanks to all that share ther knowledge.

I would like it to be an external [USB?] unit.

Nuthin fancy but functional.


#2

Check this:

http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html

It’s more info than what you’ve asked for, but does answer your first questions.

BTW, didn’t you already buy your first burner one and a half month ago? :wink:


#3

No, Posted a question back in Dec 04 but never got any responses.
Can’t seem to find that post now either.
HAve not been on the board since.


#4

External drives are limited compare to internals. Your selections of quality burners (external) would be:
LG GSA-5163
Plextor PX-716UF
BenQ EW162i

In the US, you can find the LG at Sams Club, Plextor at Best Buy and other brick and mortar stores. I think the BenQ would need to order it online.

Of course you need USB2.0 ports to optimized the burner. The older USB1.1 is slow. If you are new to this, I would suggest the Plextor (expensive though). As for the media, I would suggest +R and set the booktype to DVD-ROM. The burner will do this for you.


#5

Thank you.
I have been looking twords the plextor.
Think I will do that one.

Could you please explain though what you mean by “Book Type” ?

Thanks again


#6

You can find many articles from google. One of them here in cdfreaks:
Increased compatibility: DVD bitsetting - Explanation


#7

Thanks.

Have ou any opinion on “lightScribe” technology?


#8

To me Lightscribe is a useless gimmick: Even if you ignore the expense and limited abailability of Lightscribe media… the fact is that to burn a decent graphic (anything more than a few lines of text) that remains readable , you have to flip your DVD after you burn it, reinsert to burn the graphic, which will take at least 20-25 minutes and sometimes even longer…so effectively, producing a DVD goes back to taking as long as it did with 2x burners…and that doesn’t even begin to consider the expected lifespan of a drive that’s now spending that much time burning each DVD…


#9

Yeah, the expensive media, long writing time, and lack of coolness factor when compared to Yamaha’s Disc T@2 all go against Lightscribe. Stick with a Sharpie.


#10

Exactly the same thoughts from my side. :wink:


#11

Maybe to you, but certainly not to me.

I won’t use it on all my discs, but on the important stuff I’m defenitely gonna use it. :iagree: