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I am seeking advise on burning the best quality DVD movies

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by 11balto11, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. 11balto11

    11balto11 Member

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    I am seeking advise on burning the best quality DVD movies. I am currently using the Basic ROXIO Easy Media Creator 7 that came with the Plextor 716A burner with Teon +R 8x DVD’s. Roxio isn’t the best and I want to upgrade, but what is the best software and what is the best DVD’s to use for burning and does + or - discs make a different. My burner can burn at 16x but am I sacrifice quality for time. I appreciate on all inputs.
     
  2. Hallywood

    Hallywood Regular member

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    Hi balto,
    I can't tell you what software is the best cause I can't afford it. I've heard CCE is great but I also heard that their top program costs about $2000 bucks.
    I can tell you what I use and am very pleased with if that helps. DVDShrink (free), DVDDecrypter (free) and AnyDVD (free trial). I would also get rid of the Roxio and try Nero. Wish I could be of more help.
    HW.
     
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    Hi 11balto11,
    Welcome to AD. Lets cover the media to use first. There really isn’t a big difference in the type of DVD you would use + or- . It all boils down to personal preference or what most DVD’s players you own will support. If your stand alone DVD players are newer (within 2 years) chances are they will read either + or – just fine. The most important factor when deciding media would be the brand or the manufacturer of the disc. This is a confusing one and talked about in depth all over the forum. So my recommendations to you would be these disks. Most will agree with this.. I hope :)

    Buying Online
    Taiyo Yuden (genuine TY’s there are fakes out there so beware)
    Ritek G04 brand these would be the x4 disks again beware of fakes
    Prodisc 2nd class media, but newer media x8 seems to work well for people

    Buying at the store (Best Buy, Office Depot, Wal-Mart ect.)
    Fuji film – Manufactured by Taiyo Yuden, MCC, Ricoh Japan, Prodisc, Fuji Film all fairly good manufacturers
    Maxell – Manufactured by Maxwell, Ritek, RicohJapan, Taiyo Yuden
    TDK – Manufactured by TDK, Ritek, RicohJapan, Maxwell, MCC, CMC Beware of the CMC brand
    Verbatim – MCC, CMC, TY, RicohJapan, Ritek again beware of CMC which it seems Verbatim is using more frequently lately.

    Note: A good rule of thumb when purchasing your media in the store is to look for “made in Japan or Singapore” stay away from “made in Taiwan or Hong Kong” When buying online always try and get “Branded” media this way you can be sure you are getting the genuine article. There is an exception to that rule and it would be Taiyo Yuden disks. You just need to buy from a reputable dealer when buying online. Here are a few I have bought from with good experience. Of course it isn’t going to be the same for everyone.

    Supermediastore.com – Rated number 1 just about anywhere you look.
    Rima.com – Fast and cheap good service
    Mertline.com – Little slower on shipping, but quality media

    Ones you should stay clear of
    Shop4tech.com – Let’s just say you get what you pay for.. I received fake TY’s from them

    Now to copy your DVD's you are going to need a proggy that removes copy protection, and then a program that can compress the DVD to fit on one disk and lastly a program that can record the movie to a blank DVD disk. There are many programs you can use to acomplish all of this, but for now lets use the most widely used by most people. DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink you can use these two programs together to make a complete quality back up of your favorite DVD movies, and best of all they are free :) If you go to my website (link in signature) and use the very first guide there you will be good to go. Once you have mastered that method you can then try others to see what you like the best. Almost all the programs out there have trial periods so you can see if you like them or not before you buy them. I would suggest to try them all and see which one best fits your needs. If you dont care for all the extra junk and just want the main movie then the Decrypter and Shrink way will be just fine and produce excellent quality. If however you want the entire disk with everything left intact then you might be better off with another program. My self I really like DVD Copy3 used in conjunction with AnyDVD it is a very powerfull proggy that produces superior quality. :)
     

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