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i've had a cd burner for a while and just got a dvd player... is it possible to burn a dvd with my cd burner? (and could someone tell me the difference between a dvd and a video disc?)

any help appreciated, thanks
 

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It is not possible to burn an actual dvd(without a dvd burner)... you first have to convert it to a different format and then burn it as a cdv.. the difference is massive...
A dvd is multilayed and hold 10 times the information (or more) and the quality is considerably better on a dvd

Once you convert a dvd to cdr burning format you may need several discs to fit the movie that 1 dvd will hold
 

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They're relatively expensive (the drives and the disks), and the burned DVDs are not compatible with all players. Depending on why you want to burn DVDs, you may or may not get what you need.
 

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Hi Golfman,

You can rip and convert the signal from a DVD just like you can rip a track from a music CD and convert it to MP3 format.

DivX is a compression algorithm that lets you takes a DVD file and compress it to a file size small enough to fit on a single (CHEAP) CD-R that you can burn with your existing CD-RW.

Just like music CD to MP3 conversion, you lose a little of the quality - but in ordinary use, can you hear a difference between a CD track and a good bit-rate MP3?

You have to install the divx codec on your PC (available from www.divx.com) and you can't play the divx files back on a standalone DVD player but the cost/quality compromise is excellent.

The other option is to rip the DVD and convert the file to VCD (MPEG-2) format - but that might well span 4 or 5 CD-R's (which would still be MUCH cheaper than buying a DVD-R and the blank DVD media).

Hope this helps.

Best Regards
Kit
 
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