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    DVD burning / encoding hardware solution

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    Question DVD burning / encoding hardware solution
    Hello,

    While searching about why iDVD takes a lifetime to burn my DVD's (direct to the DVD player) I read that it's because iDVD is a software. This makes sense so it doesn't matter how powerful your Mac is, it will never be the same as a hardware system.

    However I failed at getting meaningful results with Google on this.

    So, what *hardware solutions* are available? I am definitely getting one.


    J

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    DVD burning / encoding hardware solution
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    I'll be surprised if you find something for a laptop. I found this old demo of Capty Fast Encoder. Of course the resulting file isn't usable in iDVD. So you would need to use something else to create a DVD. That software would also have to separate the audio from the video as a separate stream.

    Here is a card for the Mac Pro.

    What you really want is something that integrates with iDVD so that when iDVD does the encoding, it uses the add-on hardware. I've never heard of anything like that yet.
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    DVD burning / encoding hardware solution
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    While I realize that iDVD is a pain in the lower posterior area, there *are* other solutions, of course. I have used Toast 9 Titanium for months, and in the current iteration (ver. 9.0.2) it works quite well. Granted, it will set you back between $69 and $99, but it's worth the reduction in headaches and physical time spent on such an endeavour.

    Cheers!
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    DVD burning / encoding hardware solution
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    Quote Originally Posted by hans0m View Post
    Could iDVD be updated for free?
    The only time Apple gives iDVD for `free' is with a purchase of a new Machine. After that, one must buy the iLife bundle to get a newer version. There is no upgrade version either.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

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