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Postby MadMind » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:24 am

So, my question is, are stand-alone DVD-R's basically useless when it comes to making copies of copy-protected DVD's, also, you can only create DVD menu's with computer programs ala PC DVD-R's correct?
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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:35 am

Stand Alone DVDR's are pretty useless. Most all of them feature layer after layer of copy protection. Some may allow some minor menu creation but for the most part that is the domain of the PC. You should see iDVD that comes with the iLife package on a Mac. It's ridiculously easy to use and produces some great looking results.
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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:36 am

Also you can get one for PC for like $25
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hm ... e&nextloc=
How much is a far less useful stand alone unit?
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Postby TAsunder » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:45 am

To be fair, that sony drive comes out to about $35 shipped. For that price, you could get the Samsung 203N with lightscribe (which I like, though some find useless) shipped free from newegg.

I have seen stand-alone DVD-R units on sale at radioshack for $20 from time to time. But it's a rare occurrence.
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Postby Shipley » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:50 am

I wouldn't bother. what are you going to burn from a standalone? recorded TV?

with a PC one you can backup data and burn some movies and TV. I used to copy movies from netflix* to my computer to divx, then back them up on a DVD. I could fit 3 or 4 of them, and they'd playback on my DVD player or xbox 360 just fine. staying on netflix 2 movie at a time program was fine, because I'd send movies back the same day after I copied it!

*i am not a pirate please dont sue
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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:02 am

I find the light scribe useless. I own a Sharpie. The Sony is also Dual-Layer the Samsung is single but I digress. The point here is the PC based solution is far more powerful and far less money.
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Postby Kenneth Burns » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:10 am

I have a combo VCR-DVD burner that I bought to archive old tapes, including hours and hours of Live Aid my friend taped off the air. My god, that Live Aid broadcast. Mark Goodman in short shorts, yes sir.

Anyhoo, the thing also works pretty well for archiving stuff off the TiVo and, now, the Charter DVR.
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Postby MadMind » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:12 am

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Postby Shipley » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:20 am

Kenneth Burns wrote:Anyhoo, the thing also works pretty well for archiving stuff off the TiVo and, now, the Charter DVR.

Not a bad idea, actually.
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Postby TAsunder » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:23 am

fisticuffs wrote:I find the light scribe useless. I own a Sharpie. The Sony is also Dual-Layer the Samsung is single but I digress. The point here is the PC based solution is far more powerful and far less money.


I own a sharpie too but Lightscribe looks a lot cooler than any artwork I can do with a sharpie. And the Samsung is DL, not sure why you thought it wasn't.

But I agree on the basic principle.

With newer tivos, you can burn to DVD on your computer. Though the really new ones (the HD models) will sometimes have copy protection that prevents you from doing that.
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Postby MadMind » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:24 am

So, stand-alone DVD-R for recording television shows and converting VHS to DVD.
PC/Mac DVD-R for making copies of copyright protected material, and creating menu's.
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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:32 am

Sums it up nicely I think. Yeah sorry All I saw was DVD+R didn't see the DL.
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Postby Shipley » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:38 am

MadMind wrote:PC/Mac DVD-R for making copies of copyright protected material, and creating menu's.


Thats merely one application. Data backups and storage is my primary use.
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Postby MadMind » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:45 am

Shipley wrote:
MadMind wrote:PC/Mac DVD-R for making copies of copyright protected material, and creating menu's.


Thats merely one application. Data backups and storage is my primary use.

Yeah, but you can also use CD-R drives for that purpose.
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Postby MadMind » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:16 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:I have a combo VCR-DVD burner that I bought to archive old tapes.

Anyhoo, the thing also works pretty well for archiving stuff off the TiVo and, now, the Charter DVR.

Come to think of it, I could really use a better VCR, and a combo deal would make it easier for me to archive tapes onto DVD.
Question for you techies though, do combo players sacrifice quality/options in comparison to stand-alone DVD-R units?
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