Hi folks. I'm obviously a dvd burner newbie.I need advice on what burner to get. I've used the search function, but there is just too many burner choices, too many burning formats too understand and too many software options for a person like me that has precious little time to read. Once upon a time when I was younger I could read about this stuff for days and days, so therefore I wouldn't need to post a question like this. Nowadays, the job, the wife and kid and other real world pressures prevent me from doing so.
So here I am asking you all for advice. I was hoping that a few kind souls would point me to a burner to purchase. If you could point me to a burner and software while keeping the following considerations in mind, I would really appreciate it.
I'm in the U.S. and make most of my computer component purchases from Newegg. I see that the fastest burners can be had for around US$60 on that site. I'd like to stay in that price range.
-The number one thing this burner would be used for is backing up the movies I have purchased. Therefore, the backups need to be able to play in standalone dvd players.
-Easy to use while at the same time accurate burns.
-I don't plan on copying games.
-I already have Nero 5.5 Express(came with a CD burner). I don't know if it is good enough for dvds.
-Fastest ripping speed(for about $60). I think that I read that not all burners are fast for ripping.
-I have no idea exactly what these things do, but someone told me to get a burner that can bitset and bookmake.
-I have no idea what software to use. Something that is easy(not Roxio :)) and effective.
Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it.