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Which DVD Burning software is the best?

Asked by jlm11f (12388points) June 14th, 2008

Based on your experience of course. Oh and for Windows please? (In case I want to try it out). Doesn’t have to be a freeware. So far I have used MyDvd (not that great) and Nero (decent). Was wondering if I am missing out on anything better. I

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joeysefika's avatar

I really like Nero 8. It burns DVD’s really fast and also allows you to edit menu’s very easily. If you get the whole suite its also a converter and encoder and can rip DVD’s

jlm11f's avatar

@ joey – my issue with nero is that it only burns one movie to a dvd (technically, you can burn more, but it doesn’t encourage it). I have heard if you use ConvertXtoDVD, it can burn 3–4 movies/dvds with good print. Is that true?

joeysefika's avatar

@PnL If i understand your question correctly are you saying that you can only burn one movie per DVD… You can burn more than one; It just dumbs down the quality to fit as many as you want onto one DVD. So i often put 2 movies on a DVD.

jlm11f's avatar

I know you can burn more than one movie, but like you said it ruins the quality. One of my friends burns 3–4 movies/dvd, but yet the movie quality in her dvds is still great! She says its the software she uses (ConvertXtoDVD) which is why I was curious whether I need to change my burning software.

joeysefika's avatar

it will still dumb down. Although it boosts quality when you put one movie on. Making it take up all 4 gigs. So in theory if you have 4, 1 gig movie you should be able to keep the quality.

charybdys's avatar

DVD Shrink has been my choice. Not perfect, but pretty decent. And then DVD Decrypter for getting the data, and burning it back.

You can burn more than one, but you lose quality, or you make it a different format, that “regular” dvd players can’t play. That said, many out there, even some cheap ones, can play DivX or Mpeg-4 stuff.

Regarding ConvertXtoDVD, have you watched a movie your friend burned with it on a large TV (or a high def TV)? You’d probably notice errors and compression artifacts. That’s my guess.

jlm11f's avatar

@ chary – i think of dvd shrink more of a dvd back up and authoring tool rather than a burning software because it uses another software to do the actual burning. (don’t get me wrong – i LOVE dvd shrink) I have never tried dvd decrypter, is it worth looking into?. as for your question, we saw the movie she burned on a 53 inch tv and it looked fine to me, i am not sure if that is considered large or not. i feel what might be the case is that her dvds won’t last as long and my one movie/dvd will last longer due to better quality? i have no idea but i am not going to risk having to burn all those movies again a year from now. thanks for your answer!!

charybdys's avatar

DVD decrypter is pretty good. When it doesn’t work, I found a “helper” program called RipIt4Me(always in wizard mode, not one-click). Shrink will make an image, and DVD decrypter can burn that image. It can burn any other disc image too.

Quality here means picture quality. The disc should last as long as it does based on the brand that it is, and how you take care of it (don’t leave in the sun in a hot car).

As for the movie, I would watch more than one. A slow movie with long shots will compress easily to look great, as opposed to a hyper-kinetic action movie. So before you burn a bunch, watch a fast-paced movie and judge that. Also make sure it works in YOUR dvd player.

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