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Old February 1st, 2004, 03:33 PM   #1
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External DVD burner for Mac??

I am starting to look around for an external DVD burner for my G4 (which is about two years old, BTW). I really don't know what to start looking for. I am using FCP3 and my harddrive is 40GB. Any ideas of what I might need or could use?

I had been looking at ...

TDK indiDVD burner at Best Buy. Would this work on the G4 or is there something better? I am pretty much lost on this.

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Old February 1st, 2004, 03:41 PM   #2
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What software will you be using?
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Old February 1st, 2004, 03:53 PM   #3
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Well, there something I didn't even think about.

I am so new to this DVD burning stuff. So what DVD burning software is there? What would you suggest?

(Yes, I am lost on all this DVD burning. So much to learn! :-)

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Old February 1st, 2004, 03:57 PM   #4
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If you are going with an external burner, you'll need DVD SP or Toast. iDVD will not work with an external burner.
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Old February 1st, 2004, 04:09 PM   #5
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Oaky, I think I get what your saying.

So, over on apple.com they have LaCie DVD burner with, I think, Toast 6.

Here's the link..

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/72303/wo/IhTnMPrwKcIz3QwgaL4279ukO5T/1.3.0.5.10

If this works it would even be cheaper than the other I was looking at.

Thanks Jeff for the help!

I am learning...... slowly.
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Old February 1st, 2004, 10:13 PM   #6
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That LaCie drive didn't say it supports DVD Studio Pro, it mentions CAPty DVD software for making a DVD.

I bought an external DVD burner at my local store and I couldn't get DVD Studio Pro to work with it, took it back and found out most external burners come with their own DVD authoring software.

I only use DVD Studio Pro so I searched and found a drive that supports DVD Studio Pro. Although I can't get Toast to burn the DVD, I use the Mac utility Disk Copy to burn the actual DVD. The drive I got is this one:

http://store.mcetech.com/Merchant2/m...de=SD4FWUSB2-D

Whatever software you use to author your DVD, make sure that drive will support it. I sent that company a lot of email making sure I could use the drive with a DVD Studio Pro authored file. Hope this helps.
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Old February 14th, 2004, 11:12 AM   #7
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Anybody have a recommendation for the FCP3 asked about in the original message?
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Old February 14th, 2004, 11:17 AM   #8
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You can use iDVD if you have an Apple SuperDrive DVD burner. Lacking an internal drive you will want to invest in Toast and an external burner. I have several Pioneer burners, the latest AO7, and I'm very pleased with them.
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Old February 15th, 2004, 07:35 PM   #9
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I can't find the Apple SuperDrive DVD burner on the Apple Web site.

Why can I buy one?
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