10-18-2004, 09:31 AM #1jamminjarjamGuestDVD-RW's and PB superdrives - whats the story?
I bought a whole load of dvd-rw's (Hewlett Packard) and my powerbook (titanium superdrive - Feb 2002) spits them out in a very rude and annoying way!
I have never updated my superdrive firmware and am not sure whether I should or not. Apple are not very helpful and suggest I use their (expensive) media.
Also, while I am at it, I have a 10GB movie (used iMovie) and its looking like I am going to have to use 3 dvd's (ie 4.7GB each) - is there a way to get round this? I wouldnt mind losing a bit of quality . . . but come to think of it, how is it that you can buy full films of 120mins etc on dvd?
Can anyone advise please?
10-18-2004, 09:45 AM #2iSheepGuest
Are you sure they're DVD-RW? If they are DVD±RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R then they aren't really accepted.
Films use layering technologies, so they layer a DVD on top of another DVD. You can see the jump as it jumps between layers when half way through a movie sometimes. DVD layering may never make it to consumer level because of new technologies such as Bluray.
10-18-2004, 11:42 AM #3
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Consumer dvds are 4.7 gb
Film producers have access to 8.5gb and 10.2 gb discsDon't forget to use the new User Reputation System
10-18-2004, 11:58 AM #4
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Actually dual layer dvd burners are already available for around $100 in most electronic stores.
They can store 2 regular dvd layers on one side (i.e. 9,4 GB I think)
Theoretically you can actually have 2 layers on each side of the dvd, but then you'd have to flip it over....
10-18-2004, 01:35 PM #5jamminjarjamGuest
[QUOTE=iSheep]Are you sure they're DVD-RW? If they are DVD±RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R then they aren't really accepted.
Hi - yeah, they're def DVD-RW's . . . can write DVD-r's no problem . . . do you think I should update my firmware? kind of temped to do the cynikal challenge . . . http://superdrive.cynikal.net/
so - am I right in thinking that I should be able to use these DVD-RW's? perhaps I should update firmware - I shouldnt have to irreversibly alter my superdrive a la cynikal to use dvd-rw's should I?
10-18-2004, 02:55 PM #6iSheepGuest
Can you show us the product on Amazon? I didn't even know that HP made discs!
The firmware really should not a be a problem, the DVD-RW format has been a standard since the very first DVD-R PowerBook.
10-19-2004, 05:21 AM #7jamminjarjamGuestOriginally Posted by iSheep
10-19-2004, 05:12 PM #8iSheepGuest
Nasty pieces of work those, I bought a few DVD-Rs from them. Two of them don't work. The rest burn all right, but a couple of them stutter when played in TV DVD players. Heard so many other problems with them, I guess they really just suck.
I'm using Verbatim, I got a 25 pack of DVD-R, I'm nearly through it and not a single problem.
10-20-2004, 03:33 AM #9jamminjarjamGuest
Fair enough - I have no problem with various dvd-r either - but what about dvd-rw? do/can you use them at all?
10-20-2004, 12:45 PM #10iSheepGuest
I've used DVD-RW before and it worked fine.
10-21-2004, 06:51 AM #11jamminjarjamGuestOriginally Posted by iSheep
Does anybody know what might be up? do I need to update my firmware? this is a titanium PB bought in Feb 2002 and hardware has never been updated in any way - memory, superdrive, nothing . . . ?
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