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Looking for some advise on a good (best) DVD writer.  I do high quality video editing, (near broadcast quality) and want to create my own DVD's.  I  am aware that Pioneer makes one, but would like more information.  Thanks,  Tom
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by:MYSstephenoh
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unfortunately, there's no ONE standard yet for writing DVDs and yet will compatible for all DVD drives. So creating own DVDs are no problem, but sharing it with others are problem.

My 2 cents is Use CDRW drive instead of DVDRW+ or DVDRW drives.
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Pioneer does make one, the DVRS201 DVD writer.  It's not a consumer product, however, at about US$4500.00 it's pricy for the home user.  Also, blank media for this are about US$100 each.

http://www.proh.com/DVD_recorders_Pioneer_DVR-S201_4.7GB_DVD-R-RW_drive_sales.shtml

My feeling is that this unit is going to be it for a while.  The manufacturers and the movie studios are still fighting over, as usual, money and copy protection schemes.  The recent cracking of the the lame DVD encryption system has made this an even more distant proposition.  In fact, some pundits are even claiming that this will bring about the end of all video on DVD from studios.
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by:McDorman
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Jhance, sorry to reject your answer.  I have tons of info on the Pioneer unit.  I've been to their web site and have obtained both web info and printed literature.  What I am looking for is information on other brands.  When I was at Comdex, several other companies that I spoke to indicated they would be in production with a DVD unit soon.  If I don't get any other replies, I may end up crediting your answer.  Thanks, Tom
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I've seen no other units on the market than the Pioneer.  I know others have been shown at comsumer electronics shows like COMDEX and some of these are designed for the consumer market, but none have been offered for sale.
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Jhance, OK, lets give this a few days, and if nothing else shows up, I'll award you the points.  Thanks,  Tom
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Jhance, one other question.  It would seem that for DVD movies, the standard is quite stable.  I can buy DVD's that are region 1, and they all work on all our DVD players.  So the comment made by the other person above, does not seem to be correct.  The Pioneer units claims to be able to make the DVD movies.
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jhance earned 150 total points
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He's talking about the writable DVD standards.  There are several competing formats, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, and some variations.  The Pioneer unit actually masters a DVD disc that can be played in a DVD video player or DVD-ROM drive on a computer.  It's mainly marketed at those companies who need to master DVDs for production.  If you can't make a test copy, you can't be sure that the thing is perfect before you spend the money to have it mastered.  This is an expensive mistake to make.

The only differences between DVD videos for different regions is the encryption code used.  The actual format of the discs themselves is the same.  The encoding is the only difference.
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jhance, you're obviously on top of this stuff.  Is there a source to find out more details on the various formats.  I am growing a bit confused between the formats.  I want to take my edited videos and make a DVD that I can send to anyone with a DVD player.  What is the big difference between the DVD-RAM's, DVD-RW, versus the Pioneer DVD.  Does the authoring software care which type?  It does of couse, but can you help explain how?  McD
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by:lgrover
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Go to http://computershopper.zdnet.com/texis/cs/text_search.html?echo=&catid=C0000106&psearch_term=dvd-r to see a list of currently available DVD-RAMs in the <$1000 range.  Since it is a digital medium, the quality of your recording is dependant on your encoding scheme and not the quality of your DVD recorder.  They are write-once, unlike the MUCH more expensive Pioneer unit, but since the drive and media are so much cheaper, you could afford to throw out old DVDs for less than re-recording.  Good luck.

Lenny
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by:McDorman
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Lenny, not quite ready to award points for this question or your answer yet.  Your reply inplies that I could buy a DVD-RAM and use authoring software to store a video on it, then send to a friend with an off-the-shelf DVD player, and he would be able to watch it on his TV.  This seems contrary to what research I have found.  Tom
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by:4591
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How about:

www.lacie.com/scripts/dvd/dvd.cfm

check it out.
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by:McDorman
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4592, I've seen this, but the spec sheets says it can not write DVD-Video, which is what I am after!  Tom
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Jhance, since no other activity is coming in, I'm awarding the points to you since you put the most effort in.  
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