[SUMMARY] DVD: Hardware and Software Solutions

From: David Foster <foster_at_dim.ucsd.edu>
Date: Wed May 15 2002 - 20:19:05 EDT
Software Solutions:

Got quite a range of suggestions, but we decided to go with
Jvrg Schilling's 'cdrecord-ProDVD' solution. Downside is it
is available as binary only (alpha, irix, linux, solaris,
solaris x86, aix, windows), it's not open-source. To make
matters worse, the program requires a key from Jorg and
apparently it can be quite difficult to get in touch with him.
There is a key for Solaris and Linux available in the README
file of the Pro-DVD ftp site.

See the "4 years of DVD recording with cdrecord-ProDVD" link at:


There is a hacked version of cdrecord which has the DVD stuff
added in (apparently fairly simple since much of the DVD features
have been there for years). Jorg does not support this version.
If anyone would like a pointer to this version email me.

Hardware Solutions:

Most recommended was the Pioneer A03/A04, which is what the
cdrecord developers use. It is EIDE and supports CD-R/CD-RW.
I found the 305S/505S models, which are the newer SCSI models
and are a bit faster and also support CD-R/CD-RW.

YoungMinds was suggested, but it is overkill for what we need:

SmartDax was recommended, it's a jukebox and again much more
than we need:

Thanks to:

Thomas Anders
B. Srinivas

> We are in urgent need of hardware and software solutions
> for implementing the archival of very large data-sets to DVD.
> The CDrecord package from Joerg Schilling has some vague notes
> about DVD support in his "cdrecord PRO-DVD" program, but the
> notes on its download page state:
>         The binaries are intended for testing purposes. They allow
>         you to write either complete DVD-R & DVD-RW media when using
>         the -dummy option or to write up to 1 GB of real data
>         to a single media.
> This hardly seems useful.
> Can anyone make hardware and software (free or commercial)
> recommendations for implementing DVD under Solaris?
> I'm familiar with the recent announcement about a new "Blu-Ray" DVD
> standard, but this won't be available until next year, and we cannot
> wait that long. For details see:
> 	http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991952
> Thanks!

   David Foster    National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
    Programmer/Analyst     University of California, San Diego
    dfoster@ucsd.edu       Department of Neuroscience, Mail 0608
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