hi there, I'm thinking of getting another DVD burner. I need on that's dual layer and has to have the feature where it can burn a movie so that it will play in any set top DVD player. I think this feature is called bit setting or something. it would be a bonus if this burner was a sata and lightscribe.
I doubt he wants to drop $150 for a Plextor when other drives are nearly as good. The only real difference is the 8MB cache which doesn't make as much difference anymore with the software thats out there.
Personally I like Lite-On drives. Never had a problem with one. Sony's and Pioneer's aren't bad either as well as NEC. Don't get a Samsung. I've had nothing but problems with them out of 4 drives. They either don't boot a bootable CD while another drive will boot the same CD or they get really noisy and whatnot after only about 6 months to a year.
You can get a Lite-On DVD+/-RW DL drive with DVD-RAM support for about $45 Retail box.
these sound like great options, but i need a burner that have that bit setting feature or something that will burn a movie image so it will work in any DVD player.
.......What? You mean something to make a DVD region-free? Thats more dependent on the software you use to burn most likely. I've burned DVDs though and they work fine in my DVD players. I've never tried it in an Asian or European DVD player though.
my brother in law has a benq burner and it came with this utility where you can set it so when you burn the movie, it burns it so it ends up like its a DVD-rom disk so it will play in most or all dvd players. there is also this little application called booktype that does this sort of thing. DVD decryptor seems to have this booktype feature. all you do is right click on the drop down menu where you choose which burning device to use and there is a booktype option. however, none of these things seem to work for my burner. I have a Liteon LDW-400D
my brother in law has a benq burner and it came with this utility where you can set it so when you burn the movie, it burns it so it ends up like its a DVD-rom disk so it will play in most or all dvd players.
DVD-ROM is a format. You just burn your video onto a DVD-R instead of a DVD+R. Yes more DVD players support DVD-R. This still has nothing to do with the drive.
Scroll down about halfway. Its the last section of the article...
The booktype field can be modified by several applications. Best known is Nero which allows you to modify field the booktype field for several brands of DVD recorders. Companies such as Lite-On, BTC, NU-Tech, Ricoh and BenQ have released tools to modify the booktype field. Firmware hacks (E.g. NEC) also are able to set the default booktype to DVD-ROM. Other companies such as LG have announced it will add support and Philips automatically changes the booktype using the firmware of the drive. Plextor has till now said it will not support it because it's not according to the DVD+R specifications. On our forum you will find many discussions on the several applications.
More technical information about the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R can be found here. Check here if there are reports that your favorite brand DVD recordables does not work with your DVD player.
Click on the links for Lite-on, or whatever brand.
You don't need a new burner, you just need some software to tell the burner how to burn the booktype. And the article states that DVD+R's can't burn the booktype since its preset.... read it.
Get a Benq 1650 or 1655. Benq, NEC and Lite-On will all allow you to booktype a DVD+R to DVD-ROM. Pioneer will only let you do it with hacked firmware and can be more trouble than it's worth. Asus is just a rebadged Pioneer, so avoid their drives, too. If you get the Benq, you can set the booktyping via Nero, or DVDDecrypter. Not too difficult. Get the Benq, you won't regret it.
I usualy buy what ever is cheapest... I got my 16X DL drive at Sam's Club I think I paid like 70$ for my LG drive (not sure who actualy makes it though, alot of the drives you buy are just branded and made by one of I think 5 drive makers hmmm used to be just 3) I was just there today and they had them for 60$. I know they have them cheaper online but its nice to be able to take something back and exchange it the same day.