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Old 26th July 2005, 01:00 AM
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DVD burners and FC4

I'm planning to add a DVD burner to my Fedora box, like this one:

http://www.burnworld.com/dvd-burner/pioneer-dvr-a08.htm

What is the software support like for this burner in Fedora? Will it be recognized? Also, what software can I use to burn DVDs?

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Old 26th July 2005, 02:05 AM
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By the way, I'm also considering the Samsung TS-H552U/Nero Linux package:

http://www.linuxelectrons.com/articl...50602094033764

I'd love to hear if anyone has used it. Looks pretty good to me, except I don't see explicit FC4 support.

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Old 26th July 2005, 02:06 AM
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The Linux kernel (and thus Fedora) readily recognizes 99% of modern ATAPI burners. You can use the K3B, Xcdroast, Graveman, Gnomebaker, Nero Linux, etc GUIs to burn DVDs. CLI tools such as mkisofs, growisofs, cdrecord-prodvd, dvd+rw-tools, etc also work great.

A good idea might be to search Google to see if there are any known issues with that burner and Linux.

BTW: Nero Linux is commercial $oftware ($70us). The software I mentioned above is free and open source - and just as good, if not better than Nero.

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Old 26th July 2005, 02:28 AM
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If you own the windows version of Nero then NeroLinux is free.
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Old 26th July 2005, 02:36 AM
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K3B works great for CDs and DVDs burning.
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Old 26th July 2005, 08:04 PM
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Thanks--this is exactly what I needed to know, and it looks really good. I have one followup question. Do any of these programs support doing divx/xvid rips from DVD, or burning a DVD from a divx/xvid file? This is what I found:

k3b: video CD and DVD ripping support, but I found no mention of divx/xvid to dvd-video
xcdroast: dvd-video is "experimental"
graveman: no dvd-video support
gnomebaker: no mention of any dvd support
cdrecord-prodvd: couldn't find a feature list
dvd+rw-tools: couldn't find a feature list

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Old 26th July 2005, 09:24 PM
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Thanks--this is exactly what I needed to know, and it looks really good. I have one followup question. Do any of these programs support doing divx/xvid rips from DVD, or burning a DVD from a divx/xvid file? This is what I found:

k3b: video CD and DVD ripping support, but I found no mention of divx/xvid to dvd-video
xcdroast: dvd-video is "experimental"
graveman: no dvd-video support
gnomebaker: no mention of any dvd support
cdrecord-prodvd: couldn't find a feature list
dvd+rw-tools: couldn't find a feature list

G
k3b can theoretically rip DVDs to divx. But I suspect its not very good at it. The best program for the job is called DVD::Rip. In the Yum repos, it's known as perl-Video-DVDRip.

K3B supports the creation of DVD-video compatible ISO images within the GUI, as does xcdroast. The mkisofs CLI utility is used to create all forms of ISO image - including DVD-video compatible images. The growisofs and cdrecord-prodvd tools are CLI programs are used to write the ISO (and other) images to cd/dvd.

The important thing to remember is that all these tools require an existing DVD-video compatible file structure (the VIDEO_TS/ directory) to operate on. There are Linux programs capable of properly encoding / transcoding video into DVD-video format (transcode, mencoder, avidemux, etc). Then the dvdauthor CLI tools is used to generate the DVD-video file structures. The dvdauthor CLI tool also has usable GUI frontends such as qDVDauthor and DVDstyler.

DVD-video creation in Linux is still pretty new, but it's getting better. Also, the forum also has numerous threads discussing dvd creation, try a search.

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Old 28th July 2005, 12:22 AM
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Well, it's disappointing that it's so complex, but thanks for the pointers. I'll check it out.

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Old 28th July 2005, 01:19 AM
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you can get dvdstyler from livna, I used it to make a dvd with video backgrounds 10 menus and scene selection and it workds great. at the end it will let you create an iso you can burn.
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Old 28th July 2005, 05:10 AM
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Mega-dittos for K3b. I did a backup of my wife's entire /home with one drag-n-drop and a two minute burn last night. You can even install K3b in gnome!

You might also look at DVD:Rip. It's a gui front-end to all the command line tools needed. http://www.exit1.org/dvdrip/ Freshrpms has this as perl-Video-DVDRip. It's a little touchy about which version of transcode it wants, however.

From the README: - Using transcode newer than version 0.6.14 is *not* recommended. At least subtitling is broken for these versions, and it seems there are still several NPTL related issues making problems.

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Old 28th July 2005, 07:23 AM
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If you own the windows version of Nero then NeroLinux is free.
you have to use your serial number from your windows version of nero of course...
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